Celebrating Mother: In Every Sense of the Word

Mother. She’s the “bomb.” Probably the number one brand in the world and the most recognized archetype of them all.

Who is this woman? Illuminated and idealized, trivialized and mocked. This lady has many faces: nurturing, forgiving, compassionate, protective, critical, abandoning, and abusive. She is the character expressed in various cultures through stories and personas such as Eve, Gaia, Medea, Demeter, Mother Goose, the Wicked Stepmother, the Fairy Godmother, Rose Kennedy, Clair Huxtable, Marmee March, Joan Crawford, Sojourner Truth and Maria Von Trapp.

There is the myth of the perfect mother who only exists in our imagination, yet we hold that impossible image against the real, flawed “perfect” mother we have. She is our first powerful role model, a continuing influence on the choices we make, our health and even our sexuality.

In The Mother Lode Experience — a workshop for women in Los Angeles — my partner Sue Kiel and I have been mining the wealth of information available in exploring the myths that exist in the matrilineal line. As we continue this pursuit, we are unearthing many gems along the way. We are learning much about the deep impact this lineage has on our personal lives and how it impacts the culture. We see that life stories evolve with the telling and retelling.

During the Mother Lode Experience, we offer women an opportunity to give voice to their stories. Then we ask, “How far back can you remember your female line?” “What are the stories about the women in your family?” “Are there elements in your story you want to change?” We keep reminding ourselves to breathe and check in with our bodies to see where we feel the emotions. At The Mother Lode, we want our stories real and we want to rewrite the story of female empowerment and how we got there. It’s a process.

We know what we know. Our passion now is to find the ways to bring consciousness to our unconscious behavior that needs to wake up. We are committed to full out transformation. We teach participants to understand their individual personal mother-daughter connection. We know an empowered mother will enrich the lives of all they touch. It is our desire to inspire women to appreciate and express their fullest, powerful, courageous, juicy, unique, magical, funny, wild, and brilliant selves.

Today, I am thinking about the mothers in my family. I am missing my mother Evie. I am weighing in about myself as a mother. I am pondering my special daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Lenore, who are the mothers of my grandchildren and who bring play and creativity to their mothering. I love being a mother and a grandmother.

It feels good to take a moment to honor her – the Mother. May we all do that today in our own ways.

The Mother Lode’s next four-session workshop begins May 30. To learn more details and sign up, go here.

About the Author

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Carole Isenberg is a Concierge of Consciousness. She has been a lifelong student in the world of personal growth and knows how to mix and blend the best elements. Synthesizing creativity, fun and truth telling is her signature style. Her mission is connecting to females from pre-­‐‑teens to crones across all borders, in a language they easily understand and assist them to access and nurture their most juicy heart felt selves. She has been studying the powerful influence of the media on the way women regard themselves especially around beauty. Becoming a middle school teacher in Harlem in the late sixties created a permanent connection to her love of teaching. Her Company Just For Us Workshops brings together groups of mothers, daughters, colleagues and friends (and occasionally Dads) to nurture relationship and communication skills. Her producing career in film and TV was the outgrowth of her passion for reading and her love of storytelling as an inspired and innovative way to deliver information. She recognized the power of the media to champion new ideas and inspire change. In projects like The Color Purple (nominated for 11 academy awards, This Is My Life (the first film Nora Ephron’s directed) and The Women of Brewster Place (nominated for an Emmy as best mini series), life challenges and life transformations are key elements to the heroines’ journey. Recognizing the enormous need to raise awareness about heart health for women Carole co-founded the non-­profit Events of the Heart. By creating a collection of emotionally compelling stories, a kind of “Angina Monologues”, this iconic theatrical performance dramatized the reality of what is going on at the heart of women today and traveled across the country. This production was performed in venues across the country like New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Carole has twice been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has had articles written on her work in More magazine, Prestige magazine and The Huffington Post. Carole lives in Los Angeles and adores reading stories to her grandchildren.

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