12 November 2016

and so we breathe and examine who we are -

safe space pins - for the light holder, 
love bringer and seeker of inner peace

this is how i begin to respond - by seeking ways to connect people, perhaps finding a way to tap into community and alleviate some pain. i saw that safety pins are being worn to signify that the wearer holds a safe space. this resonates deeply with me. as one who was sexually abused as a child, raped as a teen then ended up in abusive adult relationships - what was validated by much of our populace has left me feeling shaky - and much less than safe. i didn't use to talk about my past. but when one realizes how many people keep it tucked away in shame, in fear of not being believed, or worse, blamed, holding silence helps no one. 

this happens with or without an election - a desire for the feeling of safety and security runs deep in beings. when it is threatened, our world can feel out of kilter, threatening even.

so i will be making these pins - lovely little bulb pins from merchant and mills - with stones believed to have powerful metaphysical properties to support you - amethyst, garnet, moonstone and more. and will donate towards non-profits that are going to have their work cut out for them. 

wearing this small little pin, might put someone who is extremely currently anxious a bit at ease. it might allow us to look each other in the eye.

and while ultimately this should be so anyway, for those who have been on the ugly end of xenophobia, racism, misogyny, perhaps they might feel a bit safer in the world. even if they've just gone out to get groceries. 

a small bit of history on this - it began after the brexit decision in the uk. and represents that you stand beside those who are in the crosshairs. 

in terms of showing solidarity, it also has ties to the #illridewithyou movement in sydney. there, people offered to sit next to muslims who were feeling threatened during their commutes. this occurred following the rise in islamophobia following a terrorist attack.

while i know people here are wearing a simple, emptied safety pin - i thought it would be of benefit to both the supporter and supported to attach the minerals. 


  1. Oh, I just love this idea! You have taken it to the next level - wonderful! xo

  2. Oh MJ - this made me tear up. I love what you are doing, what you are sharing and am so proud to see you making things that matter; that are beacons of hope; that show kindness and care to others...thank you.

  3. I often wondered why I have always felt an affinity with you. It effects your life in so many ways. You think "why did I" and never make the connection. I have NEVER talked about it and probably never will.

    I like these pins and especially like adding the minerals.
    xx, Carol

  4. MJ - small mundane things can be given so much energy and power. In hard times it is important that we take small steps to continue to share light and love. Thank you for sharing your story and for offering some folk hope and hopefully safety. Go well. B

  5. MJ, you are so brave and this is a wonderful idea! This world needs more women like you to illuminate, for sure!
    I know how you feel and I would like you to know that you are not alone.

  6. You being you, I am so grateful. You have courage to speak up and say your truth where some of us are still silent. It give others including myself hope for humanity and for the future. Not to get too deep here but I am so grateful for you and all you do and share with the world. Inspiring. Still feeling that shaky ground here. I am hoping it will level out eventually. Meantime, we can hold to solidarity and others who are strong(er). peace & blessings.


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