I need creation to balance destruction. I need nurturing to balance power. I need love to balance hatred & intolerance.
How do I find balance when bombarded with information & technology every waking moment? I quiet myself & dive ever deeper into my spiritual practice to bring to the surface valuable pearls of wisdom from wherever I can find them– native traditions, poetry, art, mainstream religions, & most importantly right now, goddess faiths– beliefs that enhances my spiritual life with the sole purpose of making my entire existence more spiritual. I don’t cling to the past; I make it relevant in my present.
As I drove to Alexandria VA on Saturday for an art date with my sister, I listened to Sally Kempton’s audio CD titled Shakti Meditations. On the first of 4 CDs, she explores such topics as the feminine face of spirit, the power of the goddesses, & experiencing goddess energies. While Kempton’s CD focuses on Indian deities, I consider all those I’ve studied from around the world– Yemaya, Lakshmi, Arianrhod, Brighid, Diana, & Oshun, to name a few. I’m not called to worship them, per se, but I feel called to honor them as symbols of the attributes women possess at various stages of life. I study them to better understand myself.
For example, I’m going through a rather long period of “nesting”. I’m tending my home as if preparing for something sensed but yet not seen on the horizon. Like Hestia, I’m keeping the hearth fire burning as well as the flame within myself, as I’ve described in a previous post.
There are moments when I embody the compassion of Kuan Yin, the passion of Pele, the love of Aphrodite, & the intellect of Athena. I’m a creator– painting canvases, experimenting with a new recipe for dinner, & designing flower beds that will bloom in the spring. I’m a nurturing mother figure– caring for my dogs every minute of every day, nourishing Jim with a hearty Irish stew on a frigid winter evening, & supporting women through my sacred work. I’m a warrior– standing up for myself in situations where I must, speaking up for those whose voice goes unheard, & protecting what matters most to me.
From all this study & meditation, I have come to believe with all my being that truth, beauty, & wisdom can be found anywhere, if we look with openness of heart, mind, & soul. And when I say “everywhere”, I mean outside of ourselves & within ourselves. Or, to put it another way, Rumi wrote, “I looked in temples, churches, & mosques. But I found the divine within my heart.”
Recognizing the divine within myself restores much needed balance. It’s not about the job, the possessions, & the little dramas playing out around me; my spiritual practice (yes, it’s always PRACTICE) acknowledges the divine spark in each of us & the sacredness of the world around me. And it’s that understanding that brings peace, allows creation, & infuses my life with light & love.