The meaning behind this didn’t hit me until I was in the middle of writing this story, based on a suggestion from a writer’s prompt. In knowing a lot of my women friends, I can see this happening with them as well, as I dug inside myself. My spirit soared, as I recognized, line by line, what I felt in my heart and what I want to show others. I am on my path as well, so I know how important it is to help women heal, but also to learn. I hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed writing.
The Story of the Mermaid
There is a mermaid swimming around in the deep blue ocean. Her name is Chloe. She has a pleasant and content look on her face, but is it? The mermaid looks around and sees beautiful schools of ‘normal’ fish, shells floating, sea turtles and seaweed. She doesn’t fit in with anything she sees. Chloe is content floating in the crystal clear water, it’s warm, and it’s comforting. But she is missing something.
The mermaid looks around to see if there is anything or anyone swimming nearby that looks like her. There is no one. She feels sad and lonely. Chloe knows deep down that she is special, but she has no one to share her beautiful gifts and soul with, no one is interested. No one seems to care, and she has a hard time connecting with others. They are all the same, but Chloe doesn’t feel a part of them. Sometimes she wants to be a part of it, but in many ways she doesn’t, but she doesn’t know why.
She leans back, with her head resting in her hands like a pillow, closes her eyes and lets the current move her. The mermaid considers what she needs. Although Chloe is beautiful, with long brown flowing hair, bright brown eyes, a glowing face and beautiful human body on top, alas she is also a fish from the waist down. Sometimes Chloe feels ugly; mostly she feels lost and doesn’t fit in. The other fish see that she’s almost like them, but they never invite her into their schools. And the mermaid never sees a human under the surface, so she can’t connect with them either.
Chloe has felt lonely and ashamed her entire life. The mermaid daydreams about what her life could be like, as she floats on. In her thoughts, Chloe sees other mermaids swimming around her, each one all alone. They all seem to be in their own little worlds, they all appear to look lost, just like she feels. As the mermaid swims along, she sees that they are all beautiful, each in their way. But Chloe can see past their small smiles, and they all look somehow sad like something is missing. Maybe they feel just like she does; maybe no one else in the depths of this beautiful sea understands them either. Being a mermaid is hard. Chloe was excited at the prospect that she has found other beautiful, inspiring, loving, creative, gifted souls. Souls who understand her. Souls who just want to see them for who they are deep down inside; who can release who they are and shine like the great warmth of the sun when it shines onto the surface of the ocean warming it.
Chloe continues to float until a ray of sunshine broke through the surface of the water, hit her face and woke her out of her daydream. As the mermaid starts to realize that she is no longer in her part of the ocean, Chloe is frightened. She continues to look around, as the warm waters calm her, she tries to figure out where she has gone.
Her eyes widen as they come into focus, and Chloe is in awe of what she sees. So many of them! From where did they all come?Mermaids everywhere! Her excitement was tremendous!
She started to move from mermaid to mermaid, asking how they got there. As the mermaid moves about, she continued to look around and sees that they are spread out as far and wide as the ocean. She is totally surprised. What is going on here?
Chloe looks into the eyes of the ones she is closest to and sees that same heart and spirit she feels in herself. They’ve come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors; just like the rainbow, she thought. They were all so stunning! Each one of them seemed to have this look of relief on their faces as if they realized they weren’t alone either.
Chloe looked once more over the current of the other mermaids and suddenly spoke to them in a voice that did not sound like it belonged to her. It was powerful and commanding, yet compassionate. The mermaid said, “We have come home! We are all here for a reason. We are meant to be here to become the strong women that we are intended to be! We are here to help each other as women healing women.
Women Healing Women
Women in the old times had rituals, ceremonies, and gatherings. We used prayer, and it kept us strong and powerful. It wasn’t competitive power which has taken over our world; it was a beautiful, loving feminine power that moved mountains. Over many years these things have been stripped from us, and we have become lost and confused. Over many generations, our sons have lost that quality as well and have become angry, competitive, and greedy. We are here to change that. Becoming powerful is about women healing women.
Our daughters have become stronger in recent times, but they so desperately need our guidance. They saw the strength we had even though there were times that it didn’t appear that way to us and they learned how to survive. As single mothers, we have raised our sons with the understanding of compassion and love. They are starting to get it now; the pendulum is swinging the other way, and we have come together to recognize this in ourselves. Recognizing who we are is necessary for our future generations. The time of women trying to be tough and competitive as men to be accepted is now in the past. Now is a time for women to recognize their feminine beauty and heal themselves and bring that back out into the world!
The world which is primarily led by men, who have themselves lost their way, has been based on greed, competition, and fighting to get what they wanted. In the process, we have hurt others and killed for it. And what we have gotten is an accumulation of more material things, more pain, more sickness, more anger, more hatred. Yes, there are men out there who feel as we do and are in search of something. For them, deep down, know they are missing something too. We each have a masculine and feminine side, and that’s how we become balanced.
As women, we are about love, compassion, friendship, and sisterhood. Women healing with other women. The fighting is no longer a necessary part of life, we all need love, and we need to connect with our hearts, and we are the ones who can make that happen, but we must heal ourselves first! We are givers, the givers of life! If it weren’t for us, there would not be life. Since our gift is to give, we have no need for competition; it is no longer necessary!
We have finally come home, and with each others guidance, love and support, we can heal and bring that back out into the world! I am blessed to be here with all of you!”
As Chloe finished speaking, she looked down, and the bottom part of her body vanished and what she found were legs. Chloe looked across the ocean crowded with the other mermaids and saw the same thing, and there was not a dry eye amongst them! As a group, they took each other by the hand and began walking out of the ocean onto dry land. They had never experienced anything like this in their lives!
Once on land, they began to realize the meaning this moment had to them. They were about to begin a new journey into their own hearts to heal. They knew it was time! They all let out a yell from happiness that reverberated around the world! “We are ready to heal ourselves, each other and help bring life back to the world!
Chloe smiled, and for the first time in her life, she felt right about what was about to happen.