spirit of suffrage speaks to Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi –  Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and  60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011;  the first woman to hold the office and, to date, the highest-ranking female politician in American history – tells of how she experienced her first meeting in the White House as a new member of the Leadereship of the Democratic Party with then President Bush.  In this powerfully symbolic moment she felt the presence of many women who had gone before her, paving the way so that she could be where she was; and the voice of suffrage speaking to her – most recognisably as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Pauls.

Nancy Pelosi talks of this experience many times and as a revelatory experience, using it to help inspire others to continue their work giving a voice to those who have been denied the right to use their own voice and have it heard .

Studies show that about 10% of us hear voices, often at significant life events.

The voices can help us recognise the significance; to understand and interpret their meaning; help us make sense of important events; and connect with our history, sense of self, and sense of connection with greater forces.

About two thirds of people who hear voices experience it as gentle, supportive, helpful and insightful experience.

Even those who have difficult experiences with voices can learn to transform their experience, making it easier to live with. Some do it by themselves, others with help, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot of help.

It’s  hard, but people do it all the time: and mostly what they need from you is simply that you find it in yourself to not freak out, and to listen.

If you think a person hearing voices means that person must be ill, think again. In CBT that’s called “automatic thinking” and seen as something to be corrected – the good news is you can change what you think about how others experience the world.

Susan B Anthony as she appears on the obverse of the US Dollar coin.

“at last we have a seat at the table”.

from CNS News

Pelosi ‘Swears’ Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Spoke to Her in White House

August 8, 2012

 (CNSNews.com)- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) told a recent gathering of the Women’s Political Committee that the spirits of suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul spoke to her at the White House.

Pelosi said she heard them say: “At last we have a seat at the table”.

A video recently posted on Youtube shows Pelosi speaking in May describing her first meeting with President Bush in the White House after becoming part of the Democratic House leadership.

 In the video Pelosi says, “He’s (Bush) saying something to the effect of we’re so glad to welcome you here, congratulations and I know you’ll probably have some different things to say about what is going on–which is correct. But, as he was saying this, he was fading and this other thing was happening to me.”

“My chair was getting crowded in,” said Pelosi. “I swear this happened, never happened before, it never happened since.”

“My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn’t figure out what it was, it was like this,” she said.

“And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were,” said Pelosi. “More than I named and I could hear them say: ‘At last we have a seat at the table.’ And then they were gone.”

This was not the only time Pelosi has told this story. On June 6 of this year she told it during an event celebrating her 25 years of political service.

Pelosi has also told the story when speaking at colleges, including at Trinity Washington University’s commencement on May 20, 2012. Pelosi’s website contains a transcript of the tale as related in her 2005 commencement address at Goucher College in Baltimore.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were activists in the women’s rights movement during the mid to late 1800’s.

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