The Feminine Face of God – Reflections on Ch. 1

September 05, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Spirit Book Club

Reading the first chapter of The Feminine Face of God, I was immediately drawn in by the authors’ authentic and very personal approach. The authors took on “the seemingly impossible challenge: to give birth and be midwives at the same time”. I think this multi-faceted role is one of the greatest challenges that women on a spiritual journey face today.

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If we are to nurture, protect and even guide ourselves (like midwives) throughout the journey of sacred awakening, we must have time and space in which to retreat for contemplation and connection to our inborn spiritual source. Because modern culture fills our schedules to bursting with career and social obligations (projects and events we must ?birth? and ?mother?) that rarely fulfill our deepest needs, it is no wonder many of us are completely disconnected from our own divine nature and innate wisdom.

In Chapter 1 Pat writes, ?The voice of the deep feminine is beginning to speak clearly and firmly to many women. And it is by sharing our inner truths, our sacred truths, with each other that a ?new way?, an untraditional perspective about what it means to live an embodied spirituality in the world today, is beginning to take form.? Reading this chapter I think a lot about intuition and how historically women have not been safe to share their dreams, visions or even innermost thoughts. I am grateful to be of a generation of women least hindered by patriarchy and sexism and am also acutely aware of their residual effects, especially on women of earlier generations. This is another of the greatest challenges women spiritual-seekers face. As one woman in the chapter shares, she is used to ?ignoring (her) own feelings and intuitions whenever they don?t fit with what the priests or lamas or holy books say.?

The words of Marion Woodman quoted in this chapter have also deeply resonated with me: ?One of the problems women have today is that they?re not willing to find the river in their own life and surrender to its current…And then life starts to feel meaningless because they live in terms of pleasing rather than in terms of being who they are.? This image of a river running through my life and the notion of surrendering to its current has emerged again and again in my contemplations since reading these words.

I?m curious about what stood out for others as they read this chapter and ask our community these questions
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  1. Were there any words, images or ideas that really spoke to you?
  2. Do you feel that your spiritual perspective was shaped or hindered by patriarchal traditions?
  3. Do you experience the challenge of mother/midwife in your own life – and if so, how do you seek balance?
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