Wicca Spirituality VI
Meeting The Great Goddess Within
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The Goddess Within has many names. She is the Great Goddess, the Mother Goddess, the Star Goddess.
She is the ground of all existence.
She is the Pregnant Void that exists in the blackness between the stars and beyond the subatomic particles. She is the quantum field of all potentiality, the Mother of everything that has taken form in this universe.
She is also the Divine Energy that lives within each human body, known as the Kundalini.
Reawakening Her is the Great Work of this millennium. . . the spiritual act which can save the physical world.
And we awaken the Great Goddess not only “out there,” but within each of us. This is how She regains Her place and power in the world.
Have You Met The Goddess Within?
It’s not enough to think about the Goddess. It’s important to meet Her, to know Her intimately. This is the process of spiritual endarkenment, the complement to spiritual enlightenment. And it’s also indescribably wonderful to know the Goddess personally. It’s the wellspring of joy, of love, of creativity, of meaning.
How do you bring the Goddess to life within you? There are lots of ways to invoke the Goddess Within, worship Her, and become aware of Her existence within you.
Getting To Know The Goddess Within
A useful way to begin is by pondering who the Great Goddess is, to you.
• What does She represent?
• What qualities does She have?
• How does She act in the world?
• What would She look like?
• What service does She desire?
• How does She challenge you?
• What gifts does She offer?
This is something to be explored deeply, if you really want to connect with the Goddess within. A surface appraisal and quick response are not going to take you the distance.
- Spend some time with your journal. Meditate on the Great Goddess – through stillness or song or however you gain clarity – and write what comes.
- Then make a visual representation: a drawing or collage or something that gives you an image of the Goddess. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, so don’t fret if you – like me – have little skill in visual art. What matters is the process of clarifying your idea of the Great Goddess.
- Then use movement to express what you’ve come to understand and feel about Her. Dance, or enact your devotion to the Great Goddess. You can use prayer dance as a potent way of experiencing the Divine moving through you. The Divine Mother Prayer Dance, in particular, is a practice that deepens your union with the Goddess Within.
- Finally, write a poem about Her. Don’t get caught up in expectations about quality or style. A poem is simply the language of soul, speaking with words. Let it be open and easy, whatever you want to say, just in a form more spontaneous than prose.
It may seem unnecessary to do all four, but it’s usually the activity you resist which will have the most new information for you.
This doesn’t need to be done all at once. And of course you can do whatever part/s of it you wish – you’re in charge of your spiritual path.
But the joys of relationship with the Goddess Within are so great, I encourage you to give yourself and the Goddess the gift of coming to know Her to the best of your ability.
Experiencing The Goddess Within
Here is a quick but effective way to contact the Goddess within you . . .
Take some time to ground yourself, and come to a place of open relaxation.
Gently notice your hand. Keep your gaze soft. Become aware of the contours, the hard bone and soft flesh that make up your physical hand.
Now imagine looking very closely, and seeing the cells that make up the bone and flesh and everything else in your hand. Tiny pulsing living sacks, filled with watery fluid and protein molecules, joined to each other with silky, almost transparent connective tissue.
Now imagine looking even more closely, and seeing the atoms that make up the cells. Infinitesimal whirling flashes of energy that are only half-there. Electron pulses that flit instantly from place to place, with no distance being traveled between, sharing information with all the other electrons in your body – and the universe – instantaneously.
Imagine looking deep into the galaxy-scale distances between these particles, and seeing beyond them, to the black void of empty perfection. This is the quantum field that gives rise to those pulses of energy that give form to everything in existence, including your atoms and cells and flesh and bone.
This is the field of pure Consciousness, and it is the essence of the Great Goddess.
Breathe out into this field, and notice your breath being inhaled by the Goddess.
Breathe in, and know that you are breathing in the exhalations of the Goddess. Maintain this connection through your breath for as long as you like.
When you are ready, come back into ordinary consciousness, keeping your awareness of the Great Goddess within you.
Where Lives The Womb Of Creation
What you have just experienced is the Womb of all creation. Whatever Consciousness calls forth from this Void, comes into being in the world.
This is the essence of you!
This is not merely what you are made from, it is what you are.
You are the Great Goddess! She is within you, now and evermore.
This visualization makes it clear on a visceral level that nothing can separate you from the Divine . . . no more than a drop of the ocean can be imagined as not being water!
Allow this knowing to settle into all levels of your consciousness. Your atoms know it. Your cells know it. Your physical body knows it. Your mind knows it. Your soul and spirit already know it.
This is you!
So whenever you want to connect with the Goddess, all you must do is go within yourself. That’s where She lives.
Building A Relationship With The Goddess Within
Now you know the Goddess on a profound level. But it doesn’t stop there.
The Goddess desires a personal, intimate relationship with you. She has an immense amount of love, guidance, and information She yearns to share with you.
Now that you know where She lives, it’s up to you to make time to build this relationship. Just like any relationship, it needs nurturing.
• Long quiet talks,
• Shared activities,
• Thinking of Her,
• Doing things just to make Her smile,
• Simply being together.
She’s always here for you, always maintaining Her end of the relationship, always holding out a welcoming hand.
All that’s necessary for you to have the most perfect love relationship in the world, is to reach back.
That’s the meaning of the Wiccan song:
She’s been waiting, waiting
She’s been waiting so long
She’s been waiting for Her children
To remember, to return.
Returning to the Goddess Within is the greatest gift you can give yourself. It’s the greatest gift you can give the world.
I wish you absolute joy.