It seems that from our cultural “western” point of view, we have become severely limited in how we both perceive and address She Who Is. We have been enculturated to approach the Divine with some sense of “worship” which is an extremely misguided sense of “reverence” toward that which is now and has always been the Divine source of our beingness, not to mention our humanity.
I suggest a kind of spiritual housecleaning is necessary before we can understand and view the Divine as a relatable “Mother in Heaven,” if you will. If an anthropomorphic figure is necessary in order to approach the Divine in word and thought, let it be so. But let it not be adapted into some literal form where – as opposed to an old man with a beard sitting on a throne – we have merely replaced the image with a kindly grandmother who becomes the supposed “Mother of God,” or “Queen of Heaven” to whom we simply transfer our piety and adoration in the same form we were taught to approach the Monarchical “Boss of the Universe.”
Let us then be enlightened in what I consider to be the truest sense of the word. Let us behold the Spirit, engage in union with the Divine in a way that is not subservient. Rather let it be our way that we acknowledge being a part of All That Is, and in so doing, address She Who Is as “family members” not prohibited by protocols of fake reverence and obeisance.
In life we grow past our childhood domestication and become equals with the adults whose commingling resulted our our mortal conception and who then domesticated us from a child’s point of view in preparation for our becoming adult equals to those parents. Ours is a relationship best defined by Gibran’s The Prophet,
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
As we became equals in converse with our parents, let us explore and establish ways to have converse with She Who Is. In so doing, we may create prayerful intonations,and affirmations that move forward that spiritual sense of being a part of a real and living All That Is. We then begin the beautiful spiritual walk of a relationship with the Goddess as reality and not a mere theological notion – as opposed to the place where a Heavenly Father is stuck in both time and thought.
Enlightenment then becomes not the apparent impossible task required by extensive and deep meditative effort, but the simple awareness of being a part of and belonging to She Who Is All That is – that beautiful childlike awareness most children have with awareness of who Mother is even if Mother is not in the same room.
With a bit of focus, setting aside a tendency to hide behind logic while suspending disbelief, we may set ourselves free from the misconception of who we think we are. We awaken our innermost wisdom, pure and divine, sensing and recognizing our participation in the Mind of She Who Is.
It is possible then to experience from within ourselves, using imaginative prompting, Divine light, the inner heaven and the source of all influence. She Who Is may be understood as the source of our prompted urge to kindness, justice, sympathy, impartial love, humanity, and mercy. We sense bonding with the measure of all things.
It is possible in such a frame to become fully awakened. Such awakening brings a realization that each of us is identical in spirit, in essence, and in nature with She Who Is. Such a realization does not trickle to us through spigots activated by worthiness, obedience and subordination to an external God/King figure who commands and demands conformity.
Aware of the reality of She Who Is, we learn to open more fully our spiritual eyes.
We intuit that life is not a mindless flow of birth, disease, old age and death. It may include but is not dominated by a vale of tears. The innermost truth of mortality is that the combine of spirit and body that drives our inner and outer senses makes of who we are literally a temple.
Ultimate, as we learn to take control of that portion of an individual living segment of the life of She Who Is, we might learn not to be so “troubled by anger and hatred, by envy and ambition, by sorrow and chagrin, melancholy and despair,” as Jung once wrote.
Unless we look forward with imaginative vision, we might never know connection with a true secret and not something that has been imagined or pretended. Union with She Who Is has already been established in creation – She has taken the first and permanent step in love. Our goal then is to become awakened to the already-present grace of Her presence and love.