“You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you.” ― Julia Cameron
How do you define the sacred? The Spirit? God?
I don’t know the answer to that question. I believe it’s beyond the scope of human language.
I only know that I trust a Higher Power – a source of wisdom and strength much greater than me. A source of peace and comfort. A source of fire and fierceness. A source of power and wildness far beyond my comprehension.
I also know that life is better when I am in living in connection with that Source.
It’s also more dangerous, because that Source (the God of my understanding) requires that I live boldly and fiercely, that I confront my fears, and that I crack my heart open and pour love lavishly on the world.
My faith has shape-shifted over the years, but even though it’s been weak and restless many times, and I’ve been tempted to throw the baby out with the bathwater, there has always been something at my core that longs for God, that knows a life without God is empty, and that seeks the kind of grace and abundance that I can only understand through the lens of faith.
I am a big fan of the radical grace of Jesus Christ. That’s the faith tradition that’s most familiar to me, and so I continue to embrace it. But that doesn’t mean my faith is narrow. I’m also a fan of many other spiritual teachings. I incorporate Buddhist principles into a lot of my work (including Mandala Discovery) and am quite fond of many elements of Native Spirituality, Hinduism, and Islam. There is great wisdom in many different understandings of God/dess.
In recent years, my longing for the feminine divine has grown stronger and stronger. I am not satisfied with the male version of God that the Christian church has historically embraced. I think God is much bigger than our understanding, and that includes our understanding of God’s gender. I also believe that our limited understanding of God has allowed patriarchy to run rampant and has thrown the yin-yang balance of feminine and masculine far out of balance in the world. If we seek the feminine divine along with the masculine divine, it will change us and change the world. (If you’re interested in more of this exploration, check out my free e-book, Sophia Rises.)
I believe the world is seeking a new understanding of God/dess, one that can’t be bound by the doctrines of religion. I believe we need a God/dess who wakes us up to the damage we’re doing to ourselves and to the earth, a God/dess who fiercely guards creation and longs for us to be in right relation with it, a God who embodies radical love, a God/dess who is both powerfully masculine and fiercely feminine.
That God/dess is available to us, but we must seek her/him. We must make ourselves available to his/her power. We must crack open our hearts and allow God’s love to flow through us to the world, to our communities, to all creatures of the earth, and to ourselves.
How do we connect to that power and open ourselves to the mystery of God/dess? We do it by seeking stillness, by being mindful, by being in communion with other people, and by being fully present to nature’s wisdom. We do it by creating space in our lives for the still small voice to speak. We do it by stepping courageously into the radical grace Jesus modeled. We do by standing up for the marginalized, by working for peace, and by building community. We do it by embracing ourselves as beautiful creations, beloved of God/dess.
We do it by trusting that abundance and grace are available to us.
We do it by praying the way Mary Oliver prays…
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
~ Mary Oliver ~
If you’re seeking a greater connection with the God/dess of your understanding, if you long to hear that other voice speak, or if you’re seeking spiritual practices that open your heart, then I can help. You can find that connection through Mandala Discovery or through Pathfinder. Or download your free copy of Sophia Rises: Changing the World through Feminine Wisdom. Or we can explore your spirituality in a coaching session. I’d also be happy to talk about incorporating a spiritual quest into a retreat or workshop.