Come O Holy Sophia! Fill us with your presence!
Our eyes are open —
Our ears are open to hear and to receive you, Come!
O Come we want to know your mystery and your wisdom.
The answer is simple. The divine feminine is the goddess is in all traditions, and has been since the beginning of time. These traditions are a mystical, magical, powerful, part of primal Mother Earth. They symbolize balance and healing, renewal and restoration.
Sophia is a very ancient form of the Goddess of Wisdom. She is known in many traditions by different names but she carries the mantle of intuitive intelligence. Sometimes she is Isis, spreading her wings of ascension. Sometimes she is Asherah, the original bread of life. Mary Magdalene is said to have been an incarnation of Sophia.
The Old Testament’s King Solomon had a deep and profound relationship with Sophia. She was revered as the wise bride of Solomon by the Jewish people. In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom and weaving; the owl and the olive tree were sacred to her.The symbol of Sophia is the dove, depicted as the bird descending from the heavens, known in Christianity as the Holy Spirit.
Isis is the Egyptian goddess of magic, fertility, and motherhood. She has gone by many names, such as the Queen of the Heavens, Star of the Sea, Light-Giver of Heaven, Lady of Green Crops, and She Who Knows How To Make Right Use Of The Heart.
She is the Great Mother of fertility, of creation, of life and death. Some see the Mary, the mother of Jesus, as an incarnation of Isis. The exotic and mysterious Black Madonnas have their roots in the pre-Christian goddess traditions. In southern Provencal tradition, the Black Madonna is associated with St. Sara, the patron saint of the gypsies. Many believe the European shrines to the Black Virgin have special healing powers. These energetic places often have a sacred water source and a Celtic foundation. The Black Madonna is another form of the feminine principle.
So what is the feminine principle? Simply put, her principles are ones of nurturing, of love, understanding, compassion, insight, intuition, creativity, forgiveness, healing, and wisdom.
Whatever your beliefs and choice of traditions are, whether She appears to you as Ishtar or Mari, Gaia or Quan Yin, as the great Mother Mary or Magdalene, or as one of the pantheon of goddesses from ancient Egypt or Greece or Rome, to Africa or the Middle East, to the cults of the Black Madonna, or whether she is spun from one of the archetypes of the indigenous tribes, such as Spider Woman, the divine feminine is still the primordial She who creates from a central source.
All women carry within themselves the essence of the divine feminine. It is for this reason, over time women have been subjugated by patriarchal societies. In ancient and pre christian times, women were revered for their natural powers and powerful intuitive connection to the divine. Sadly history has tried to take away that power, by undermining, corrupting and distorting the truly pure and divine source of that feminine energy. Women today, still have to prove they are equal to men in a very patriarchal world. Women are the major caregivers, the nurturer’s and for the most part the ones who succor future generations.
Too many women today lead lives in which they feel dis-empowered, weak, helpless and have no say or control over what they do. I believe, by re-connecting to the divine feminine energy within themselves, they can reclaim the power of their birthright. Embrace it, and use it to lead happy, emotionally rich and fulfilling lives.
Read more: The Divine Feminine
A question that is often asked is, what is my life purpose? I didn’t realise it until today, that when I think about my life purpose, I see it as an end result, a destination.
The roads I take to get to that destination, are the teaching paths, the learning paths, offered to me by the richness and diversity of the lessons I learn along the way.
In a moment of insight or you could call it illumination the following realisation came to me. That our life purpose is to overcome our own weaknesses, and it is our humanity our desire to reach out, explore and learn new things that is the motivation behind it.
To think of life in terms of reaching a destination, or coming to the end of the need to question, is simply not part of our genetic makeup. Since man first stood upright and walked the earth, his desire to learn and expand his own knowledge and awareness has continued to grow.
It is this growth that keeps us pushing the boundaries further and further outward. It came to me today, that there are no limits to what we can achieve. There is no boundary in a far off place or distant time to which we are restricted. The only limitations we have are those born of our own making. But even they are an illusion, ready to be easily brushed aside the moment a shift occurs in our conscious awareness.
I would like to share with you the following passage by Marianne Williamson from her book ‘A return to love’:-
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Why would we be afraid of our own power, I hear some of you asking yourselves. I believe it is because, by accepting how powerful we are we then have to take responsibility for our lives. Many prefer to see themselves as the powerless victim, because it saves them from having to make difficult decisions, or taking the blame for things when they go wrong.
Have you ever seen the transformation that occurs, when a child or a friend succeeds at doing something they never thought themselves capable of. It truly is an amazing sight isn’t it. It as as if someone switched a light on inside them. This is all because they suddenly realised how powerful they were. We are all capable of the same thing.
My purpose in life is to affirm each day that ‘I am’ living my life’s purpose. It is not in the future it is now in this moment. Physically, emotionally and spiritually ‘I am’ growing, ‘I am’ learning and ‘I will’ continue to keep pushing my own boundaries.
Read more: Living Your Life Purpose