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.
Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War and Female Empowerment
Few historical places on earth perpetually spur such a strong sense of mystery and interest as ancient Egypt. Though millennia have passed since the days of the pharaohs, mythological figures whose presence adorn myriad walls, monoliths, and scriptures, continue to inspire those who find meaning in what they represent. Among them is the powerful lioness goddess Sekhmet, perhaps the ultimate mythological representation of female power.
Sekhmet, also spelled Sachmet, Sekhet, Sakhet or Sakhmet, was one of the oldest gods and goddesses in the ancient Egyptian pantheon who went by many names and titles, appearing often in her characteristic red dress. She is often associated with the goddesses Hathor and Bastet and is depicted with the Uraeus, associating her with the Wadjet.
Above her upright head, as if postured for battle, is the celestial solar disk, and in her hand, grounded steadfast in the earth is the ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life. When standing or striding, she often holds the papyrus specter symbolizing Lower Egypt.
Scholars note that her scepter is one of the most significant representations of the goddess. And, because Sekhmet has the head of a lioness, some have surmised that her likeness may have been inherited from Sudan, Egypt’s neighbor to the south, where lions roamed in great prides.