[Last summer, I penned an initial definition of the Sacred Feminine for this blog but I feel called to write more about Her. I’m currently working on a book about Her and my spiritual journey. What I wrote before seems too flippant to me now and perhaps a little too angry. So here are some more reflections and a call to all of us.]
What is the Sacred Feminine?
Most of us, as women, feel a deep longing for something within ourselves that we know to be Sacred. We can feel it deep in our bones and the center of our belly, an ancient presence that has been long, long buried. It is barely something we can give a name to unless someone names it for us. We just sense that it is there and when we tune in to it, it starts to beckon to us to let it awaken.
This ‘it’ is so primal and powerful that many of us are terrified of it. To really embrace it is to change ourselves and our world around us. And change, as positive as it is, can be scary.
The more we tune in to this deep beckoning in our center, the more we realize that ‘it’ is a “She.” And “She” wants to awaken in us, to bring us to our deepest sacred self and realize ourselves in our fullest sense of who we can be.
This dormant presence within us is the seed of our Sacred Feminine. She is a powerful being of great compassion, creative force, gentleness and sweetness. She is a significant, mysterious consciousness deeply, deeply connected to the Earth. There is an ancient grounded wisdom to Her also. She knows silence, and patience, and yet can also wing thunderbolts if needed. And she is within all of us, including men, because She is the Mother of all life on the planet.
And She is eager to emerge. It is time.
Within the Western world, the great majority of us grew up in religions that embodied a powerful patriarchal deity. This God figure may have gone by the name of “God”, “Allah”, “Yehweh” or perhaps another name.
We were taught that this all-encompassing spiritual Being was omnipotent, omniscient, all-being. We were also taught that this Being would judge us and possibly condemn us to Hell if we were not good. We were being watched carefully by this great deity and needed to follow the Ten Commandments or whatever scripture was sacred to our religion. His wrath was something to fear terribly.
There was rarely any discussion of the Sacred or Divine Feminine in our churches, or synagogues or temples. If there was any mention, they might have touched on the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church. Or the concept of Sophia or Great Wisdom in the Jewish Tradition. But any sense of the existence of a powerful Divine Feminine presence in these Angry God religions was repressed. Any threads of Feminine strength were squelched centuries before by the powers that be within that organized religion.
Somehow, the balance was lost and the Sacred Feminine got buried. But She never died. She’s only been suppressed. She very much exists and many women are discovering Her.
She is calling to us to embrace Her again. She is calling to us to own our bodies and embrace our womb spaces as sacred centers of our being. She wants us to know that we can all heal. And we can all embrace Her to come back into balance with the masculine energies that have run too rampant on our planet.
It is not that She desires us to take control. She wants us to just come back into our own power, to wake up our dormant powers, and encourage the men in our lives to understand the need for balance.
If our awakening to Her brings out rage, or terror, or great sorrow, then She can be called on to hold us in our beds or wherever to help us release the pent up emotions. We can thrash about or lease the torrent and trust that Her powerful Love that can be present to all that we express. She is the greatest Compassion. She wants us to release these ancient feelings so that we can eventually come to forgive and step into Her sacred ways to help all us who are so wounded – men and women.
She is waiting. And She is part of all of us. The Great Mother is here and ready.