A recent-stirring theology with ties to an ancient spirituality is influencing
our modern thoughts and times. As individuals now seek a means to heal
their spirit and planet, many are finding, with refreshed optimism,
a new desire for an old religion. This interest in a theology of metaphor
and intrinsically-found knowledge is referred to as an awareness of
She is beauty, love and strength. She is the changing seasons and the
explosion of new life that grows in the womb. She is all life. And,
we are her. And now, she has become a movement of modern times and an
opportunity for spiritual peace and future growth. And today, we need
her. The current study of the Goddess as an entire spirituality is known
as theology, named after the Greek word “Thea” which means
For centuries she has been forgotten by the populous, only healers,
life-affirming teachers and intuitive leaders as her companions. Today
however, the Goddess movement is flourishing and her methods are seeping
into your daily life, bringing hope, healing oppression and promising
a renewed future. Goddess-loving people originated between 35,000 and
10,000 BC. Her remnants have been found across the world, first in southern
France, Africa and Egypt. Ancient societies the world over, revered
her and believed her to be the source of all living things. Nevertheless,
as hunting tribes and more violent societies emerged, she was pushed
aside. Eventually, civilization forgot her gentle ways. The western-European
Goddess began her first decline as nomadic tribes of Northern Europe
introduced a male sun God. The Goddess culture soon became suppressed
and her followers shamed and left to decline.
The New Hebrew religion is said to have hastened the end of the Goddess
culture between the years of 1800-1500 BC. And, the Christian Church
attempted with great success to abolish the Goddess all together.
Today much of the Goddess culture remains buried deep within the heaps
of patriarchal literature of our modern churches and synagogues. They
have recoated her with peasant attire and villainous deeds. They have
portrayed her badly as Eve the temptress or Delilah the unsavory woman
ignoring her strengths and promising punishment to her consorts. Yet,
even in these male-celebrated times, her attributes emerge as peace-seeking
individuals unbury her methods and assimilate her ways into their lives
in spite of the undeserved reputation she has been poorly granted.
Presently, the Goddess as a religion or purely an attitude is the fastest
growing spiritual movement of the western world. With individuals seeking
to know a living-breathing spirituality, the Goddess is in her second
coming. New churches and spiritual centers have begun to open their
doors to her. Men and women have now found it necessary to recall her
wisdom in the hopes of healing repression and violence. Finally, her
healing traditions are once again being recognized as the natural and
life-affirming lessons and methods they have always been. And as her
words promise, “Seek not beyond your own self. Seek within and
you will find me.”
With the help of contemporary and open-minded leaders the ancient-Goddess
traditions are resurfacing. New books are making their way to publishing
companies and book shelves and falling into the hands of innovative
individuals. And, those pioneering individuals are sharing the old,
yet newly learned Goddess lessons and leading others to know her joys.
The new word in the community is that the Goddess is alive. And that
she offers news that we are in need of hearing. She allows us to experience
an inner strength that a patriarchal society has forgotten to allow
us. She encourages us to explore our own intuitive voices and trust
our intrinsic knowledge. She tells us that we are good because we are
a part of nature and that all life is to be revered.
And through her words we begin to hear and recognize world-wide injustices.
And, we become determined to change them. We set our sites toward rewriting
history and creating a new future. We strive to make the future “our
story;” a story that encompasses both positive feminine and masculine
archetypal symbols with experiential methodologies and rituals capable
of presenting a new story of compassion and respect to all who are ready
to learn a more life-affirming way of living. She is the world itself.
She is the earth, the sky, the rain, and all that inhabits these things.
As we learn to know her, we learn that revering nature, ourselves and
life in general is the easiest way to connect with her.
As our western culture continues to seek life-celebrating spiritual
outlets, the Goddess philosophy will continue to emerge. The forms and
concepts which she guarantees us will joyously influence future generations.
Her influences will be seen in the spiritual and political movements
of the New Age, in the pursuits of intuition, in the birth of understanding
and compassion, through united religious experiences and in the splendid
act of loving one another.
We are free to know her in spite of cultural backgrounds or religious
affiliations. We are liberated to trust our inner voices. And through
her, we are healthier of spirit and mind. We learn to recognize that
spirit is grand and too big for human understanding. We learn that one
aspect of knowing the Goddess is recognizing that she is a part of our
own creations. She, created as a metaphor for our own use, helps us
to relate to the divine. With her, we have choices. We can know her
as the earth and the seasonal changes which our calendars stress or
we can know her as the voice of intuition that whispers into our dreams.
We can discern her through the thousands of names and mythical characters
of our ancestors. Accepting the Goddess as a spiritual philosophy allows
us a myriad of avenues in which we can travel. But always, she guides
us to listen to our inner voice. “Listen well”, she tells
us. “I am here with you”.