What do female voices from around the globe think is the meaning of the Divine Goddess/Feminine? To find out, I recommend this wonderful book, Goddess: when she rules (Golden Dragonfly Press). Profits from the sale of the book will go to charities which promote education for women. I wrote the essay below as a contribution to the Goddess book. The editor, Catherine Schweig, also hosts a great blog site for those interested in spiritual poetry: Women’s Spiritual Poetry. Click on the image to read the article which was published in Mystic Living Today e-zine. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, so you’ll need a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Enjoy! Much love, Anita.🙏
“For like the olive
I cannot be without
The sturdy tree;
And like the nectar
I cannot flow without
The blossom at its Source.”
The above quote is taken from my poem In the Garden which I wrote last year at Easter time. It got me thinking of the issue of surrender. The more I read and talk about spiritual matters, the more the word surrender raises its head. And I’ve finally understood it! Just as in the poem, an olive cannot exist without the sturdy tree which gives it life; and nectar cannot flow if there is no blossom from which it may flow. So neither can we exist without that which gives us life – the Creator / God / Brahman / Source. I’ve also realised that the more I/we fight this higher power and try to do things our way, even when it feels wrong, the more we become immersed in “I”, the ego.
The ego is the part of us that is entrenched in the duality of the material world. It believes in all the dramas playing out before its eyes. It has desires, needs, wants and believes that these will bring it the happiness it seeks. But, deep down, we know, don’t we, that the soul has always had the right idea all along – we just didn’t want to listen! For the soul is linked with wisdom – Divine wisdom – and it directs us towards courses of action which will be for our highest good. Always. We just have to surrender to it and have faith that everything will be as it should be, for our greater good.
Surrendering doesn’t mean giving in and doing nothing. It means listening to our inner wisdom and choosing a course of action in line with it, one that will be for our good and the good of others. It means doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do and not wanting or expecting something in return (praise, reward etc.). This is non-attachment to the outcome of our actions, which is a highly desirable spiritual quality we should all endeavour to attain.
This Easter time, whatever your religion or belief system, why not take a moment to think about the avatar, Jesus Christ, who came to earth over 2,000 years ago as an embodiment of Divine Forgiveness. Think of his teachings and the example of his life of renunciation and selfless service. He was and remains an inspiration to many, and yet he was condemned by his people. #healingwordsmon
Surrender – Faith – Non-attachment – Forgiveness