Last August when I was interviewing a prospective student for our Spiritual Guidance Training Institute, he asked if I would mind if he asked a personal question. Of course, I said yes.
"What is your current spiritual practice?" he queried.
It didn't take me long to answer. It's easy. My beingness longs for silence. To sit in the deep quiet of the world, this is a gift; a time of letting go of the need to listen, or to take anything else in.
Of course, there will always a bit of subtle noise. The world is not a completely quiet place, but whatever silence is there for me, I'll take it. My body-mind, heart and soul thrive in silence.
One time I visited my friend Anne. She lives in an intentional community in the forests of northern Michigan. I stepped out of my car to face a sea of green fern fronds, and heard absolutely nothing. Nothing. No noise. The silence was deep and powerful. This took me by surprise. It was so quiet, in fact, that the quiet itself made a sound—the sound of nothingness.
My soul was supremely happy.
Seedlings rest in the moist soil of Mother Earth's womb
*Excerpted from Awakening the Spirit Within
The Buddha is said to have advocated this: “Friendship is not half of the holy life, but all of it” (Samyutta Nikaya, 45.2).
I have been blessed in my life to have many spiritual friends, individuals who are wise and true, who continue to point me back toward my true self. One of the most notable is my "forever mentor for life", Sue Patton Thoele.
Recently, I had the opportunity to have a wonderful conversation with her around the topic of "The Feminine," and specifically the "Sacred Feminine." I felt the pull of the Feminine in my 40s, knowing somehow this was going to contribute to my healing, as well as defining the future of my spiritual path. Sue was one of my way showers on this path and I am deeply fortunate that she was willing to serve as a mentor for me as I wound my way "home."
In these times when it feels as if The Feminine is trying to rise, to transform and heal us individually and collectively, I reached out to her to have a conversation about this. This conversation (which she agreed to do via video so I could share it with you all) was a series of sacred moments for me; a string of pearly wisdom which reminded me of deep truth—and hope—even in these difficult times. May it do the same for you.
As Sue points out in this video, we are at a "crisis point" in our global culture. We need to activate and harness the Feminine within EACH of us to turn the tide; to create peace, healing, and harmony on all fronts. I believe Sue's new book, Strength: Meditations for Wisdom, Balance and Power is a beacon of light in these times.
In this particular video we talk about:
The Shadow side of The Masculine
How we can begin to bring the world back into balance
Empowering The Feminine to “save the world”
Your “Core of Knowing”
What is meant by “The Feminine”
What is meant by “The Sacred Feminine” and what role does it play in our personal and communal life
Some reflection questions for you to consider:
1. Do you believe you have strength? Do you feel strong right now?
2. How can you own your strength in a complementary, kind way?
3. How are you empowering yourself and The Feminine within you right now?
4. Are you in touch with “The Sacred Feminine”? If so, what is it calling you to
Meet Sue Patton Thoele
... is the author of numerous books including The Courage to Be Yourself, The Woman's Book of Courage and The Mindful Woman. She is a mother, step-mother, grandmother, former psychotherapist, and hospice chaplain. Sue and her husband, Gene, live in Colorado
Her new book, Strength: Meditations for Wisdom, Balance and Power, is perfectly timed and oh, so needed for optimal growth and healing presence for ourselves, others and for the planet.
This very moment, this sacred moment, offers up a host of opportunities to walk in the world with eyes and ears wide open; to pay attention to WHO is here right now.
This WHO may be someone we barely know a complete stranger; a dear loved one or a difficult person. If we are awake and aware, moving more intentionally through our day, we will notice the individuals who cross our path and what they might be here to offer us, or what we can offer them as fellow sojourners; what we can learn from one another.
There are no random encounters in a divinely ordered universe.
It is easy to love those who love us,
**From Awakening the Spirit Within
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.