“In minobimaatisiiwin, we honor one another, we honor women as the givers of lives… Implicit in minobimaatisiiwin is a continuous habitation of place, an intimate understanding of the relationship between humans and the ecosystem and of the need to maintain this balance.
Overall, land-based traditional societies value fertility, birth, and rebirth as the centerpiece of their cultural practices, with obvious implications for agricultural, harvesting, and religious institutions. Inherent and instinctual in that is the understanding that women manifest those qualities and events in physical form. Thus, most indigenous cultures view women with reverence. And women, in turn, exercise influence and authority in their communities.”
Written by Winona LaDuke of HonorEarth.
Although we don’t talk specifically about minobimaatisiiwin in Earth is Your Sweet Spot, we express similar ideas. We discuss the “Opportunities of the Female on a Female Planet.”
“In a lecture, Gregge Tiffen specified that ‘Opportunities of the Female on a Female Planet’ are:
- Spiritual Renewal
- Instinctive Wisdom.
(Source: Gregge Tiffen, g-systems.com)
These are Earth’s Gifts. Her gifts rearrange our current understanding of ‘gifting.’ Earth’s gifts are an instinctive extension of her nature. They are given with no reason, requirement, or strings attached. You also give gifts. These gifts are a natural extension of your unique nature.” -an excerpt from Earth is Your Sweet Spot.
Each woman can awaken and remember the natural gifts she gives, especially her gift of reproduction. This does not mean that a woman has to give birth or have a child to realize this gift. As Winona LaDuke discusses above, reproduction can take many forms.
Start now. Appreciate your personal gifts you give just by being you. Appreciate your natural female ability to create and reproduce — whether you are planting tomatoes in your garden, writing a book, or doing anything you enjoy, you are manifesting your gift of creation and reproduction.