An Inside Out Approach to International Women’s Day

Friday 08 March 2019 - Posted by Julia McCutchen

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). Millions of people around the world are celebrating the achievements of women in social, economic, cultural and political arenas alongside the call to action for “accelerating gender balance”.

IWD dates back over 100 years; the first one took place in 1911 and was supported by over one million people.

Each year on 8 March events including campaigns, concerts and conferences are run by inspired activists from all areas of life to raise awareness, celebrate success and inspire change.


This year the theme is #BalanceforBetter with the premise that a balanced world is a better world for all and not just an issue relating to women.

I couldn’t agree more.

It seems to me that this is especially crucial at a time when there’s an alarming increase of uncontrolled extremes showing up globally in people’s thoughts, words and actions.

External Action

It’s understandable that IWD is focused on external action to create gender-balance in all areas of life including business, government and the media, and I wholeheartedly support the call to action for equality.

In fact it’s almost inconceivable to me, for example, that women aren’t paid the same as men for doing exactly the same job in the contemporary workplace, and yet it’s still remains the exception rather than the rule!

Fortunately the tide is turning, and it’s important to acknowledge that a great deal of progress has been made even though there’s still a long way to go.

Inner Change

In addition to the wonderful work being done to create a new version of reality based on genuine parity for all, I feel called to share a reminder about inner change being the primary originator of external results.

Both ancient wisdom and modern science confirms that everything is energy and exists as latent potential in the quantum field.

Individual and collective beliefs and intentions combine through thoughts and emotions to collapse formless possibilities into the world of form that we call reality.

Simply put, enduring change begins with shifting what you believe is possible.

Intuition and Intellect

When it comes to balance, we all have both feminine and masculine energies flowing through us, and the dynamic relationship between the two is what I lovingly describe as the dance of creation.

The feminine flow and the masculine focus are both needed for everything ranging from creative self-expression to consciously crafting an authentic and balanced approach to writing, living and leadership.

The greatest success always manifests when there is a healthy interaction between intuition and intellect as the foundation for making conscious decisions and taking awakened action.

Call to Action

My inside out approach leads to a different call to action than you might find elsewhere relating to IWD.

It includes the following suggestions, not just for today but as the foundation of a consciously inspired way of living and leading over the long term:

  • Take a moment to pause and acknowledge the feminine flow of creative energy within you.
  • Drop your awareness into your heart and feel the sense of fullness and connection there.
  • Commit to a wholehearted approach that’s based on love not fear in all areas of your life.
  • Pay attention to your intuitive hunches and trust them alongside intellectual analysis.
  • Remain open, play with possibilities, and then dive in to take inspired action with the highest good of all as your guiding light.

The well-know words attributed to Mahatma Gandhi beautifully encapsulate this inside out approach in a nutshell, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”


Further Resources

For more information on International Women’s Day, click here.



Image by katyandgeorge on Pixabay



    • Thank you Daphne. I very much appreciate your comment – as always – and I’m so glad you enjoyed this blog.

  • I think the ‘Feeling’ element within the Heart is critical to more skilful and sentient initiating and interacting. I love the Flow & Focus blending; really wise and effective guidance.

    • Yes indeed Peter, I agree about the importance of the felt sense within the heart, and in the whole body which is an often forgotten source of immense insight. The meeting point of focus and flow is such a powerful edge for conscious creatives to work with; I wholeheartedly recommend exploring it deeply! Thanks for your comment.

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