Connecting with Our Personal Mother Goddess
Ancient texts say that each of us not only has a physical mother, but our own spiritual mother, too. She has been described by Jesus, his disciples, the spiritual community of the Essenes Jesus was said to have spent time with, and in numerous ancient sources including those of the Mayans, ancient Egyptians, Hindus, and Taoists of China; and has been symbolized as countless goddesses such as Durga, Mary, Gaia, Isis, Athena, Coatlicue, Senge Dongma, Inanna, and as Yin energy — all of which encoded a knowledge of the feminine aspect of the universe and of our own consciousness.
References to the spiritual mother suppressed
Unfortunately, many spiritual teachings of the past were given in societies that were male dominated, and those given by Jesus for example, were edited and suppressed by the Church in formation, which removed all references to the feminine creative force, including from the Trinity (which I’ve written about here).
Many of these texts were not included as part of the Bible and are virtually unknown, whilst some like Pistis Sophia and the Essene Gospel of Peace, have only recently resurfaced after being lost to the world for over a thousand years.
Your Mother is in you, and you in her. She bore you she gives you life. It was she who gave to you your body, and to her shall you one day give it back again. Happy are you when you come to know her and her kingdom; if you receive your Mother’s angels and if you do her laws.
~ Jesus in The Essene Gospel of Peace, translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely
Their absence drastically affected the knowledge of the spiritual mother in the western world, which instead had been kept alive for thousands of years in the East.
The mother and father of creation
The Chinese, Egyptians, Mayans, Hindus, pagans of old Europe, and even early Christians, wrote creation stories in which a great spiritual Father and Mother came together in unison to give birth to a divine child and the entirety of creation.
Many ancient peoples recognized that nature imbues the principles of creation, and that just as every animal in nature has a mother, the whole of creation does, too.
It was this understanding that formed the basis of the trinity of Father, Mother, and Son, found in sacred teachings throughout the world, which served as symbols of the greater spiritual intelligence that gave rise to and sustains creation.
A universe of polarity
The creation of the universe out of a dual masculine and feminine energy can also be found in science, as the manifest universe arose from the interaction of protons and electrons, which are the positive and negatively charged particles that make up every atom.
In ancient China, this duality, expressed as positive and negative energy, was called yang and yin.
The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to yin and yang. Yin and yang give birth to all things.
~ Lao-Tzu in the Hua Hu Ching, translated by Brian Walker
We are the universe in microcosm
This same process of creation, in which the poles of masculine and feminine energy unite, is also key to understanding ourselves, as we are the universe in microcosm.
Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
~ Genesis 1:26-27, the Bible
Today, the field of cosmometry is now uncovering some of the properties of creation that many ancient peoples used to understand the nature of reality. Cosmometry describes our universe as being fractal and holographic — fractal in that the same fundamental pattern appears at all scales, and holographic in that wholeness is found everywhere and in everything, essentially describing the same maxims of wisdom “As above, so below,” and “As within, so without.”
The mother and father of consciousness
In keeping with the fractal and holographic nature of reality, creation arising from polarity applies not only to the creation of the universe, and to all natural life, but also to the origins of consciousness. Our body came from our physical mother and father — and in spiritual texts, our consciousness came from higher parts of our being known as our spiritual mother and father.
Within the great cosmic process, the two ch’I — Ch’ien the father and K’un the mother — blend harmoniously and give birth to all creation. Therefore, it is said that in all creation only man is also thus. Man possesses a prenatal and postnatal nature. The prenatal is the spiritual father and divine mother; the postnatal is the mundane father and mundane mother.
~ The True Transmission of the Golden Elixir, translated by Douglas Wile
The role of the spiritual mother
Throughout the ancient world, the spiritual mother was described as having similar attributes — most importantly as the destroyer of ego, darkness, and illusion. In India she is symbolized as the Hindu goddess Durga where she appears as warrior that rescues us from sin, and is described as follows:
[The goddess Durga is] always decked in celestial garlands and attired in celestial robes…who is armed with scimitar and shield, and always rescues the worshiper sunk in sin, like a cow in the mire, who in the hours of distress calls upon that eternal giver of blessings for relieving him of their burdens.
~ The Mahabharata, translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The Chinese described feminine energy as capable of infinite transformation — a process we see continuously at work in nature. Ultimately transformation has its root in the mysterious properties of electrons, electricity, and fire, which in higher dimensions have spiritually transformative properties.
Connecting with our spiritual mother
Like the ancients, we can connect with our spiritual mother — understanding once more the role of the transformative power of feminine energy both within the universe and within us. Next time we feel anger, fear, depression, or ego of any kind, like Arjuna did at the advice of Krishna in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata, we can call on our spiritual mother, and in that way allow her to fulfill her role in liberating our consciousness from all illusion and suffering.
The Heroine's Journey
Stories have been told throughout time and across cultures of the hero’s journey, a series of events that a hero faces in order to fulfill his destiny. Most of these stories are cyclical, the hero ending up back where he started, only smarter, stronger, and with something gained from his struggles that will allow him to be the hero he was destined to be.
What is the Heroine’s Journey?
While the hero’s journey is more often talked about and better known, another journey exists, one that is, at this moment, crucial to be reminded of. That story is the one of the heroine’s journey, the feminine hero who learns in a completely different manner than our beloved hero. It’s important to remember that these stories of heroines and goddesses were once plentiful in the world. During the ages of goddess worship, these stories were not only shared, but lived by women around the world. Unfortunately, as the patriarchal society that we know today, filled with modern inventions and technology, began to take hold, these women and their stories were pushed to the sidelines, told that they were weak and fragile.
Over generations, women began to believe the stories men told them, and they gave up the life they once knew, trading it in for one of domesticity and servitude.
Guided by Intuition
In the heroine’s journey, woman warriors are uniquely guided by intuition, a knowingness that comes from within. This intuition is sourced and nurtured by nature and the creative connection that the feminine has with it. While men on the hero’s journey are guided by tangible things, like people, the female hero seeks guidance from the earth, hearing the voices of the plants and animals that no one else can hear, seeing signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.
A Desire to Heal
Today, stories told about the heroine’s journey are about a woman’s desire to heal the wounds caused by living in a patriarchal society. Also coined “the mother wound” by Dr. Oscar Serrallach, women’s journeys are fueled by a need to recover what has been lost, a means to cope with the psychological struggle, the inner turmoil that drives her to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. Dr. Serrallach writes that the four fundamental aspects of the feminine are “to nurture, to protect, to empower, and to initiate.” Roles that are either diminished, ignored, or refused of many women in today’s world.
When the patriarchal society gained footing, and women were removed from their place of power, an unforeseen side effect began, one that is beginning to be impossible to ignore today.
Connected to Nature
Women, who carry an innate connection with nature and a desire to nurture and protect, were made to forget their purpose on the planet, their voice drowned out by the droning of machines. Indoors, women turned to their family, doing what they could to nurture, protect, and empower their sons and daughters. But, away from nature, their source of power, women were weakened, removed from the planet’s cycles, no longer hearing the voice of the infinite mother who speaks softly through the wind, the leaves, and the whistles of birds.
A Call to Protect Mother Earth
Over centuries of being forgotten, her female protectors locked behind walls, our mother earth is suffering – burned, scarred, abused, and ignored. She is crying out louder now, begging for someone to come and to remember her, to protect her against the atrocities that are taking place on her soil and in her sky. Only she knows exactly who will come to her rescue: women.
Women, when they start to remember who they are, can speak to her. They can fight for her and do what they do best: nurture, protect, and empower.
Relearning From the Divine Feminine
The beautiful thing is that women today don’t need to start from scratch; there is a relearning that needs to take place, one that can be facilitated by the groups of women who never lost touch with the divine feminine. In the documentary Arise women can be inspired by others who are leading efforts to protect and restore our natural environment. On every continent, there are women who have not forgotten their roots, women who are actively creating and being involved with projects that are solving some of the world’s largest natural problems.
In another film, Juliette of the Herbs, women can see the beauty of a life lived through herbalism, holistic medicine, and a deep love and affection for animals. Finally, we can see the potential of our actions in the beautiful documentary, created by the futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard, Visions of a Universal Humanity, highlighting the optimism that is needed to fuel our ambitions of saving our planet.
There is no doubt that women play a role, an important role, in the future of our planet. Designed to tune in to the subtleties of nature, to draw power and strength, to share in the creative force, to be led by intuition, women, as the Dalai Lama famously projected, will save the world.
Three Things You Can Do Now
- Get inspired by women (like those in the films above) who are already blazing a trail for you. Listen to what they have to say, notice how they live, and ask yourself what resonates and calls to you.
- Take action now, even if you just start by going outside and listening. Find yourself in nature, close your eyes, and take in long, deep breaths. Take off your shoes and feel the earth beneath you. Pay attention to the beautiful intricacies of flowers, leaves, and individual blades of grass. Recognize the spirit in animals. Begin to remember who you are and the power of carrying the divine feminine.
- Get involved at some level with protecting and reconnecting to the planet. It might be as simple as starting a garden in your backyard or joining a community garden to help bring beauty and nourishment to your neighborhood. Consider donating to efforts you have researched and feel connected to. Think about changing your diet, so that you are eating more whole, plant-based food. Whatever you do, do something that causes you to change the patterns you have fallen into. Do something that draws you outside of your comfort zone and back into the wild – where you belong.