Thursday May 12, 2016
The Sacred Feminine and Divine Mother
Belatedly in honor of Mother’s Day, I would like to share the very brief message I realized I needed to share while honoring the Sacred Feminine on Mother’s Day during the Self-Realization Community’s Celebration. We read writings of female Christian mystics, such as Hildegard of Bingen. We also read some writings of Pema Chodron, a woman who is a well-know, loved, and respected Buddhist teacher.
The message I shared was the realization I had as I reflected on what I love most about being a mother. Now, that said, there were many times in life when I struggled as a young widow and single mom, and I did not love being a mother at all – it was just too hard while feeling abandoned and alone and not knowing how to raise two strong-willed kids (whom I had raised to think for themselves!). I also did not love the work of being a mother that one has to do if one is totally in the zone of being a mother – or maybe it only feels like work if one feels unwilling to dedicate oneself whole-heartedly to being in that zone.
The positive, precious aspect of being a mother that I love the most is the privilege and honor of getting to be someone who exists for the wellbeing of another human being.
Such is the role and responsibility of a parent in general, but for a biological mother, that privilege begins in the womb. A mother’s whole body becomes aligned with the needs of the baby: fluids are built up in her uterus to protect the child; she craves the nutrition her baby needs; she feels the baby move, even hiccupping and poking and kicking her; and the nutrient levels in her blood lower to a level that can pass through the placenta, leaving her with lower levels of nutrients in her blood than her body normally needs.
When a baby is born, a mother spends many waking moments and half-awake moments existing to provide for the needs of her child. A mother gives of her own body as she breastfeeds her child. Again, what a privilege and an honor it is to have the wellbeing of another human being entrusted to us. When we respect that privilege by becoming someone who exists for their well-being, we become divine blessing for that child. Fathers can become this “someone who exists for another” as well.
Indeed, when we become someone who exists to bless anyone, we become a Presence of the Divine. That motherly nature of existing for the well-being of others is the very nature of the Divine Mother, and I daresay also of the Divine Father.
That is who God is in the Universe: the One who exists for the wellbeing of others. God loves, nurtures, supports, guides, gives, gives of God’s own Self, empowers, encourages, leads, protects, and serves the wellbeing of living beings in the universe.
So, as we celebrate the Divine in us all, I encourage us to celebrate that aspect of the Divine Mother who exists for us, and who exists through us for others. As my son affirmed in our Mother’s Day conversation, “it feels good to be on the receiving end of that.” May we all feel the Love!
Love and Light,