Giving Honor to the Divine Feminine

In the Western spiritual tradition, the images of God are decidedly masculine.  Let us not forget that importance of remembering that the Divine is its feminine form, hence giving honor to the feminine within ourselves as well. 


Mary Rocks!

One of the things I love about having grown up Catholic is the devotion offered to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  In the Catholic tradition, Mary has been given many titles including:  Co-Redemtrix, Mediatrix of Peace, Mother of God, Immaculate Conception, Queen of Heaven, Theotokos (God-bearer).  In her human incarnation, Mary played the important role of saying yes to the invitation to birth the Divine (through Jesus) into the world.  She bore and raised the man that would bring God’s word of love into the world and she bore witness to her son’s suffering and death and to her word of the resurrection was delivered.  In Catholic practice and doctrine, Mary has been elevated far beyond the simply human role of mother.  She is considered to be co-redemtrix with her son in freeing us of the false perception of separation from God, thus providing for us the pathway to contentment, love and joy…in this world and in the next.

Waking up to Mary

I was first inspired to give honor to our “Divine Mother” when I awakened this morning to images of Mary in my mind.  It has been a restless night of chaotic and anxious dreams, so I found comfort in remembering that Mary is available to us as a source of healing and comfort.  Instead of jumping out of bed to tend to my daily journaling practice, I stayed in bed, placed my hands over my heart and offered prayers of surrender to Mary and her healing love.  A few Hail-Marys even found their way into my prayer.  In this time with Mary, I found my anxieties calmed and my mind quieted.  Thanks Mary!

There are NO Coincidences

After spending 20 minutes with Mary in prayerful repose, I got up, tended to my journaling and got about the business of my morning.  Then I picked up the daily scripture…….and I was forced to LAUGH!!!!   It just so happens that TODAY, May 13th is the Catholic feast of Our Lady of Fatima.   From May 13 – October 13, 1917, Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima Portugal and revealed herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.  Mary reminded the world, through these children the importance of turning our attention to God, to allowing our hearts to be opened to and by Divine love, (giving her own Immaculate Heart as an example) and to the value of prayer (including the rosary).

Why does any of this matter?

Whether or not you were raised Catholic, Mary provides an important example of human witness.  She has been portrayed as a woman of prayer, of obedience to the path that she discerned God had in mind for her and followed the counsel of her heart as led by God.  In a western tradition that tends to favor the masculine, Mary reminds us that the Divine can be revealed in feminine form and what those feminine attributes of the Divine might be:  gentleness, an open and listening heart, tenderness, vulnerability and a calming presence.  As we grow spiritually, we are invited to explore, discover and embrace all the infinite experiences of God, including masculine, feminine (and other)…AND we are invited to integrate ALL of these qualities within ourselves.  Today, I invite you to explore the Feminine Divine in all its forms….most importantly….that which lies within.

Just for fun

And just for fun, and because sometimes I enjoy the oldy-moldy Catholic devotions, here is the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which is part of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima:

Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(special intention).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.
Amen.

Lauri Lumby
Authentic Freedom Ministries
http://yourspiritualtruth.com

1 thought on “Giving Honor to the Divine Feminine

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    From: RadarloveJC@aol.com
    To: RadarloveJC@aol.com
    Sent: 5/16/2011 9:22:42 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time
    Subj: Fwd: “All Are One In Christ”.

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    From: RadarloveJC@aol.com
    To: RadarloveJC@aol.com
    Sent: 5/14/2011 3:42:43 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time
    Subj: “All Are One In Christ”.

    Infinite Presence:Beyond Duality
    It seems only appropriate,that I should mention now,my dream of Mary.
    In my dream of Mary,I saw Mary
    had named two of her daughters Mary. I
    was somewhat disturbed about this double
    naming,feeling that this would cause
    quarreling between the two. I then woke up before I could tell her. Being still perplexed about the whole matter. I decided that my appropriate response
    should be that I put the whole matter to
    rest until I felt that God had explained the dream.
    The only other reference I had of that
    moment of Mary,was the five by seven
    photo my sister,Donna gave me recently of her singing “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant at a Christmas Eve service while
    a picture of Mary,clothed in the Light of Christ,had shone in her background. She was so surprised,when she turned around, that she,unknowingly discovered that Mary was there! All she could feel at this time, was that Mary was holding her through the whole song! She felt a deep peace.
    Then I felt the dream being explained
    through my own experience of the Selfless,unconditional love Light of Christ
    shining in,and on me,healing my split ego
    of the minds helpless battle of the striving knowledge of good and evil I had to let go of first. This was my prerequisite in my meditation and my daily walk,before I was filled with the Wholeness of Christ’s love. One in the Stillness of the center of my being,that brought the feeling a sense of being on “auto pilot”,God taking away my helpless,split condition in my thoughts futile battle there.
    That’s when it hit me there! It was my split ego there,like the two Mary’s,that was trying to pull me back into the fearful illusions of the super ego. They had lost there power to fight there,left at the cross of Christ,our Redeemer’s perfect love. Like the power of God’s magnetic polarity there,lifted up,drawing all mankind unto Him. There,in infinite inner space and emptiness,in Christ,that appears to be like a sort of black hole polarity at the center of the galaxies,so,I dwelt in Christ’s magnetic polarity of love for all. It was this Selfless, unconditional love of Christ,Mary found in her midst,that named both daughters Mary! The two daughters named Mary that had quarreled over who was the true Mary, each seeing the other as,now evil, now good,were the shadows of our minds super ego,always tying to be on top. The answer was that in our fears illusions of the super ego,that is fear fed and so created,was the solution to no longer fear even fear. Nor helplessly fight ego with ego. That’s was what was found in the meek and lowly love of Mary,that,she knew in Christ. All were One whole complete person of God’s perfect love for all in Christ. Individually,and collectively!
    As the Apostle Paul put it,”There is no longer,male nor female,Greek nor Jew, slave,nor free. All are One in Christ’s love”.
    My dream was,as if Mary were telling me what she was saying to her two daughters in Christ’s love for us all in our brokenness,through His,and her brokenness for us in Him,”give your mind’s a rest in that perfect inner stillness of Peace in Christ’s loving center for all. Give it a rest,switch to “auto pilot”!
    Sincerely,
    Jay P. Raeder

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