My Evolution as a Woman

Here’s a sentence that you may have to read twice: “for most of my life I have been aware that when certain people have shared something good that has happened to them, I have felt disappointed – and when they have shared something bad that has happened to them, I have felt mildly elated.” My suggestion that you read this sentence twice is not because it’s a difficult sentence to understand, but more so because it’s difficult for most of us to admit.

I have had these feelings since the age of about 9 and can pinpoint the exact moment that my body first registered the physical stab in the gut that accompanies the jealousy that underpins these feelings. I was on holiday with the school and my classmates and I were walking down a country lane. My best friend and I had found out that we were both being considered for some kind of special acknowledgement – class captain or something similar – and when I looked up and saw my friend walking alongside our teacher I experienced a stabbing feeling in my gut accompanied by mild agitation. That stabbing sensation and accompanying agitation became so familiar to me that I simply incorporated them into my life; completely missing the point that it was my body’s way of drawing my attention to a choice that I was making that was neither loving nor harmonious… and I continued to miss the point for about the next 40 years!

Looking back, I have had a surprising level of awareness around these feelings of comparison and jealousy but my awareness was never enough to actually shift them. These feelings continued right up to my fiftieth birthday and if I’m totally honest, I still occasionally feel their murky hold.

Over the years my body has silently catalogued an inordinate amount of times that it has felt a very secretive part of itself skulking down behind its own eyes, holding its breath, whilst it waits to see if a friend is about to share something ‘good’ that was happening to them, or something ‘bad.’ If the friend shared something that wasn’t working in their life, then that hidden part of me would breathe a sigh of relief and launch itself into a charade of commiseration. However, if the news was jubilant then a crusty hardness would come over my body and my ‘congratulations’ would be pushed out from behind tight teeth.

What I knew about this behaviour was that these feelings usually arose with certain female friends and hardly ever with men: in fact, these feelings were always strongest with my closest female friends and my sister. Due to the fact that many of my competitive feelings seemed to be centred around women’s looks or their weight, I had always put them down to some kind of primal competitive behaviour, designed to ensure that women attracted the fittest mate.

By brushing off these feelings as ‘normal,’ I allowed them to play both a major and a crippling role in my life: they have interfered in my relationships, not only with others but also in my relationship with myself and interestingly, what I have now come to know is that it is from within my relationship with myself that these feelings were actually born.

As a direct result of my involvement with Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon’s revelatory presentations, I have come to realise that what I brushed off as ‘normal female jealousy’ was not – it was in fact self-fury. What I took to be competitiveness around ‘looks and weight’ was not, – it was self-fury centred purely around the potential evolutionary power that I could feel in another. And the reason why this evolutionary power that I could feel in another made me so furious was because I have subjugated myself since the age of about 8.

I took my naturally joyous expansiveness and crammed it into an old shoebox and stuffed it under the bed of life. This I did through my own free will – it was a choice that I made to be less. Then, when in the company of women, who even so much as hinted at being their naturally amazing selves, I went into an internal rage (commonly known as jealousy), knowing that I had chosen to energetically kneecap myself since childhood.

By allowing myself the space to understand why I would choose to live in such a diminished way, I have come to understand that I was intent on avoiding the vile jealousy (self-fury) of other girls who had already made the choice to dim their natural light.

There is one sentence that I have cowered from my whole life, lest it should be hissed at me from the shadows, and that sentence is; “who the %#@! does she think she is?”

Having made the choice to reduce myself down to the same washed out version of me that everybody else had also chosen for themselves, I then perpetuated the cycle of abuse by inflicting the same force (jealousy) on other girls and women who had not yet chosen to energetically opt out.

As women we can blame all manner of things for keeping us out of our power, but the biggest factor by far is jealousy from within our own ranks. It has taken me years to remove the layers of protection that I have built up since childhood and to return to the essence of the stunningly beautiful girl that I was at the age of 8. Looking back, I can see that I was an unadulterated slice of life, an absolutely pure reflection of divinity and now, as I return to that exact same divinity, I am consciously choosing to not cower in the face of jealousy but to stay steady and to shine my light.

By Alexis Stewart, Disability support worker, Yoga teacher, Mum to a stunning boy and Partner of a beautiful man, Sydney, Australia 

Related Reading:
Comparison and Competition between Women
Jealousy: Foe or Friend?
The Beauty of Loving Women. Women Loving and Honouring Women is a Lost Art

730 thoughts on “My Evolution as a Woman

  1. If we choose to not see and be aware of the reflection before us we are at the mercy of contracting and diminishing our light. The power within is there to be claimed and held regardless of what is there that tries to bring it down.

  2. ‘Looking back, I have had a surprising level of awareness around these feelings of comparison and jealousy but my awareness was never enough to actually shift them.’ So true. We can be very aware of our behaviours but it’s then what we do with that awareness that counts. Awareness plus willingness to take action and do what is there to be done – surrendering to a purpose and call that is greater than who we are as individuals- is what shifts our behaviour and responses.

    1. Well said Bryony – awareness is of no consequence if we do not apply that to life and make the due changes that we are being offered…..it is to stay in comfort if we do not take action and this supports no-one let alone ourselves.

  3. “As women we can blame all manner of things for keeping us out of our power, but the biggest factor by far is jealousy from within our own ranks.” Indeed, and we are the ones who feel jealous. To be able to admit this, and then to start to look at the reasons why we feel jealousy towards another brings the potential of healing so many rifts not only in our immediate connections with other people, but it starts to have a much wider impact that goes way beyond our seeming reach.

  4. One of the most important things we can do about jealousy is simply be super honest about it, it’s going to happen within ourselves and from others but what I am learning is it doesn’t need to have an effect, we can continue remaining connected to our essence but also not judge the other person for jealousy and continue to relate to them from their essence also. There is also an understanding that can come from the bigger picture of how life is set up, and the way we are not nurtured to remain in our essence. This itself is a foundation for jealousy. I have gone from being very hurt by jealousy to now feeling when it’s present and observing it and remaining connected, it’s taken me a few years but it’s truly amazing to have come this far as it’s so worth overcoming. Still some other layers to work on around it, but so much more solid now by observing and holding the person in love.

  5. It’s like when we go into jealousy and comparison, we are refusing to take in in full what is being reflected as something that is equally ours to claim also, an inspiration. Being inspired is to allow ourselves to choose our own breath, and I can feel how often we stop ourselves short of that.

  6. For us all, just starting to be honest about the pernicious tentacles of jealousy that wrap around us is a wonderful start to disentangling us from something that affects and influences society on so many levels.

  7. Sometimes I feel competition from my partner or between men and women. This always remind me to tenderly care for myself and breathe the preciousness that I know in relating. When it is a force that comes from women, similarly it is the Living with this solid preciousness within me that expresses steadily with accepted no abuse but Deep understanding.

  8. This is a very honest account of what many women I’m sure can relate to. There is such a depth and love, true beauty and wisdom that women all hold within naturally, but we are very good at dismissing this and hate when that dismissal is exposed by another living it. That’s why inspiration is so powerful, being inspired by another will overcome the jealousy.

  9. Ever held back shining because someone’s reacted towards you for doing so? Yeah I have. I’ve been apologetic and played down the amazing way I’ve felt or the great thing I’d done. I’ve done it to make others feel better to my detriment. But I’ve realised that it’s a travesty to hold back one’s shining light. The world needs it.

    1. When we dumb ourselves down, so as to not make the person we’re with uncomfortable or equally when we mechanically lift another person up to bolster them, we tarnish not only ourselves but the other person as well.

  10. “Due to the fact that many of my competitive feelings seemed to be centred around women’s looks or their weight, I had always put them down to some kind of primal competitive behaviour, designed to ensure that women attracted the fittest mate.” What is interesting about this sentence is that we don’t question these concepts. Because if we question it, it falls apart because wouldn’t we actually be more successful in getting a partner when we are fully loving ourselves and embracing our femininity? I mean maybe it is not the reality but for sure being on a tight regime with ourselves to fit a certain picture is not going to leave us with a body and feeling of being beautiful and not naturally at ease with ourselves. I must think of the pigeons with their mating dances and how the females definitely don’t wear their bodies out to get the best male, they just are and in my eyes let themselves be.

  11. Alexis, I love your honesty in this article. Thank you for sharing this; ‘when in the company of women, who even so much as hinted at being their naturally amazing selves, I went into an internal rage (commonly known as jealousy), knowing that I had chosen to energetically kneecap myself since childhood.’ This really makes sense and fior me explains why we get jealous. It feels empowering reading this because if it is our choices that make us feel jealous then we can make different choices.

  12. This is a very powerful piece of writing Alexis and I appreciate the exposing of something that many of us have chosen and participated in and not been willing to take responsibility for. It is much easier to blame life and others for the fullness we believe we are yet to experience and to bathe in ‘feeling sorry for ourselves’ and attack others in regard to this. The moment we are able to honestly own the truth that we made the choice to bury how amazing and loving we are, is the moment we are offered the first glimpse of the divine essence that has been within us all along.

  13. Thank you for your candour, Alexis. Self-fury and comparison has been something I have been riddled with for many years, and it is only now that I can see how dismissing and diminishing I have been towards myself in not valuing what I uniquely bring to the world.

  14. A powerful, inspiring blog Alexis and deeply exposing of how we dim our light through any relationship with jealousy. Your honesty is refreshing and well expressed. Thank you for sharing your return to Divinity.
    “Looking back, I can see that I was an unadulterated slice of life, an absolutely pure reflection of divinity and now, as I return to that exact same divinity, I am consciously choosing to not cower in the face of jealousy but to stay steady and to shine my light”.

  15. Jealousy and comparison must be rife because we know many people in our lives who have a lack of self-worth. That’s why conversations like this are needed to get this ugly energy out of our bodies and to see the harm we are choosing to inflict on ourselves and others.

  16. Brushing anything off as normal that feels wrong in our body is a denial of who we are and what we are feeling. It has been an important learning with Universal Medicine to actually acknowledge jealousy exists, how it feels and the effect it has on me. Understanding that it is a force of group energy rather than belonging to one person has been important also, to know why it feels so big and crushing.

  17. When we get caught up in jealousy we silently destroy each other, and ourselves in the process and yet if we were to simply appreciate our differences and celebrate each other for who we are and what we each bring, connecting to the joy of another’s essence, remaining open to ourselves and others would mean there is no need later to reconnect or peel back the layers of protection we build up from using jealousy, if we don’t use it in the first place.

  18. ‘Joyful expansiveness’ is a great way to describe how I felt as a child, which also got locked away after a time. How different would the world be if we celebrated the divine spark in each other, rather than pulling each other down so we don’t have to step up to be amazing as well?

  19. Great article Alexis, jealousy exposes our own lack of self-worth and self-love, yet when we are truly connected to ourselves we don’t get sucked into the games of jealousy because we already know and appreciate our own worth.

  20. It is enormously sad that the success or joy of another is seen as a failing simply because we do not hold our own worth in a place of honour. The world within where self-worth is a norm is what is now on offer through the work of Serge Benhayon.

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