(3rd Revision March 2012)
By Rev. Jan Chase
Beneath and within all She flows like purifying waters,
Moving energy as emotions, helping the world feel,
Sweeping away the pangs of childbirth,
Weeping away the pain of loss and the anxiety of the forever changing.
Watering new growth of life and love,
The Divine Feminine weaves her way through cultures and religions,
Sometimes hidden, unbidden in the patriarchal scheme,
Sometimes honored as the Mother of All, even Goddess,
As She flows openly through men and women alike,
Intuitively gathering the tribe to her life-giving nourishment.
Judaism hides her in the nourishing breast, the mount of El Shaddai,
In the Weh of YahWeh, in Shekina and in sister Wisdom
among other names.
Hindu Shakti, Kali, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati
Only begin the naming of the goddess forms honored from ancient India.
While Quan Yin appears as the feminine face of compassion for Buddhist.
Mother Mary comforts Catholics and many other Christians,
While the Holy Spirit of the Divine Trinity
May be seen as the illusive flow of She active in the world of Protestants.
The world of Islam hides her face as body prayer and surrendering grace,
As separate but equal gender roles
And honoring mothers at least three-fold.
Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon bring balance to
Father Sky and the masculine Sun for many Native peoples who honor “All my Relations.”
Slow, soft, yielding, dark and feminine Yin embraces its polar opposite Yang:
In the nature of the Tao, they include each other equally and arise from each other naturally.
Through other religious mountains she rolls
Usually untitled, sometimes known as love or compassion or the rule Golden.
In New Thought She takes more visible form;
Women founders and leaders have always welcomed women ministers;
Mother God is no stranger to the ears of Truth Students, as long as Father is mentioned too.
The illusive, creative and intuitive Divine Feminine is honored within each person
And throughout all creation and yet…still She is often but a whisper, an afterthought-
not a proclamation.
Wherever She flows, hidden or bidden,
The waters of new birth within and without burst forth and new beings radiate the landscape;
Washed clean of ancient or recent impurities, they raise the consciousness of the world.