To be in the Red Tent, even if only once, is to absorb an atmosphere of safety, daring, community, space and time to just be, and invitation to examine the truth of your life and feelings. My own actual Red Tent experience is limited, but I have been so captivated by this atmosphere that I have nonetheless stepped wholeheartedly into the movement.
It is because of this that I have been thinking about how Red Tent consciousness may be more than just something that exists during a once a month meeting. What gets carried forth when the women walk out into the night? How do women who do not live close to a Red Tent and are not yet able to create one connect to this movement?
Is it possible to live Red Tent consciousness in such a way that it becomes inseparable from the activities and thoughts of every day?
I believe that symbolic action, intentional space, and sacred objects help to change and shift consciousness. If you want to learn more about a particular quality or aspect of life, surround yourself with what evokes that quality and in so doing enter into dialogue with it.
Red Tent, Palo Alto, CA. Photographed by Lynette Penick of URMyArt photography.