LOVE – The Feminine Aspect of God

 Happy Mother’s Day!  Julian of Norwich wrote:  “As truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our Mother…to the property of Motherhood belong nature, love, wisdom and knowledge and this is God.”  The Buddha:  “Like a mother who protects her child, her only child, with her own life, one should cultivate a heart of unlimited love and compassion towards all living beings.” Scripture – Isaiah 66:13:  “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” 

 In the history of humankind, before there was a male God, there was the concept of God as Divine Mother.  Even now, we consider a mothering kind of love as the first element of God’s love for us.

In the history of humankind, before there was music, there was rhythm. Rhythm is considered the first element of music.   Our early ancestors noticed and imitated the rhythm of the human heartbeat and the rhythm of human breathing on simple percussive instruments prior to adding melodies of music and much later in history, harmony.

Musicologists know that certain rhythms can soothe the soul while other rhythms can incite feelings of passion or martial readiness.  Modern medical research affirms what native people have long known and practiced, that the simple rhythm of drumming can bring a disparate group of people into a focus of oneness or provide the lifeline of sound for traveling into other states of awareness.

 We were created in love, and the heartbeat of our birth mother was the first sound, the first rhythm we heard as embryos in gestation prior to our earthly birth… Our mother’s heart beat was a comforting, loving sound during which time, all we needed was provided for us as we developed from a single cell into the full form of a baby about to be birthed.  Later… we heard and felt the comforting sound and rhythm of our mother’s heart as she held us safe and close against her chest or perhaps nursed us.  Later… we may have heard or felt the comforting sound and rhythm of the heartbeat of other human beings, who held us against their chests to comfort us when we were small children.  Those who held us close may have been fathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles or older siblings but they comforted us as a good mother would.

As Louise Hay affirms in “Heal Your Body” – “My heart beats to the rhythm of love!”

Meditation:  “My heart beats to the rhythm of LOVE; my heart beats to the rhythm of love; I am loved by God… I am love expressing.”

As we enter into a time of listening-prayer or meditation, I invite each one of you to become still.  “God, we now become still and prepare to receive Your inspiration.  As we listen quietly to the heartbeat of the drum, your message of comfort resonates within us as thoughts of peace, life, love and abundance. In these moments, sustained by the heart rhythm of the drum as well as the heart rhythm of our own hearts, we are inspired by divine wisdom.  Attuned to divine life within us, we now feel God’s presence as mothering love and healing energy.  We lift our vision to God’s great love and we are blessed now.  “My heart beats to the rhythm of LOVE”

Solo:  I Have Felt the Hand of God

 Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore wrote:  “The divine feminine in humankind is the mother phase of being – this is the activity of the Holy Spirit.  Divine motherhood is the brooding, nourishing element of Divine Mind in which spiritual ideas are brought to fruition.”

 “Andrew Harvey and Anne Baring write in their book “The Mystic Vision – Daily Encounters with the Divine”:  “In Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the image of the ineffable mystery of life that we have called ‘God’ has contained no feminine dimension to balance its lonely masculinity.  Our Christian Trinity of God consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  (The Virgin Mary was not included in the Trinity). Our God has been defined solely in male imagery and has been conceived as transcendent to rather than immanent within all life.  Over the last two and a half thousand years, everything once associated with the Divine Feminine has been progressively excluded from Spirit:  Nature, matter, soul, and body.

“Yet now, the feminine image of the Divine is mysteriously permeating our consciousness. She is imagined, apprehended, experienced as the Divine Presence, the Divine Wisdom inherent in all forms of life, intrinsic to all levels of consciousness.  Through vision, dream and intuitive perception she reveals the sacredness of life, the earth, matter, ourselves.  She offers a new image of Spirit which embraces life in this dimension and unifies the spiritual and instinctual poles of our experience.  She is transforming our image of reality.

“As the Divine Mother aspect of God, she is close to us, not remote.  This aspect of the divinity heals the separation between the divine and the human and brings to our consciousness a deeper vision, a new ethic of human responsibility towards the planet and the life it enfolds.  Above all, she, the feminine aspect of God, brings with her the sense of the beauty, balance and harmony of life.  She asks us to discover, love and serve the Divine Life of God that she represents.”

This morning, I invite you to consider your relationship to the mothering LOVE – aspect of God.  AS adults it’s easy to get overpowered with a sense of separation from the divine.  It’s easy to forget we are always connected and provided for by the Source of our being.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed with concern for our own children or grandchildren – forgetting perhaps that the divine love of God cares for them even more than we do and is an integral part of their inner wisdom and guidance.  And forgetting perhaps that the divine love that created us through our physical parents cares for us even more than we can imagine.

Henry Ward Beecher wrote:  “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”

 A Persian proverb:  “Heaven is at the feet of mothers.”

 A Jewish proverb:  “God could not be everywhere, and so He made mothers.”

 Larry Barretto:  “Babies are bits of stardust blown from the hand of God.  Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.”

 Pablo Picasso:  “My mother said to me, ‘I believe in you.  If you become a soldier you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as … Picasso.”

 Maureen Hawkins:  “Before you were conceived I wanted you.  Before you were born I loved you.  Before you were here an hour, I would die for you.  This is the simple miracle of love.”

 Reader’s Digest:  “Before entering a Catholic seminary, a young man was interviewed by one of the priests. At the beginning of the interview the priest told the secretary, “Don’t put any calls through unless it‘s the archbishop or the pope.” In the middle of the meeting, the phone rang.  Annoyed the priest answered it.  Then his eyes widened.  ‘Yes’ he said. ‘I told her not to let any calls through unless they came from the archbishop, the pope OR YOU MOM.”

 And in Reminisce Extra magazine:  “In 1927, I had a nickel to spend for Mother’s Day, so I went to the grocery store and told the owner, “I want the biggest thing I can buy for a nickel.”  He sold me a head of cabbage.  When I gave it to my mother, she said it was the nicest Mother’s Day present she’d ever had.”

Whatever our relationship with our mothers – they have been our teachers and are expressions of Divine Life.  By giving birth to us and by mothering us to the best of their abilities, they have been an intimate part of our lives and have contributed to our soul’s journey of spiritual growth and understanding.

We have all had mothers and many of us have given birth, making us mothers, but the realization eventually comes that while creating a child may be easy, becoming a good mother or (father) takes much time and care and love… and that job is never complete until our lives are completed… and even then, the influence we have had on our children continues… just as the influence our mothers had on us continues.

Closing:  Each of us dwells in God’s love.  We may think about God’s love often, seeking to understand its scope, its energy, its reality, but most of all, we abide in God’s love whether we recognize it or not.  That love can enrich our lives, satisfy our deep longings and fulfill our heart’s dreams.  God’s love is greater than any disappointment we will experience.  It can override any obstacle.  It can lift us above every difficulty, assisting us to cope with life’s challenges.

My prayer for you today is for you to experience and accept the divine mother-love of God today, even as you honor your mother or are honored yourself for being a mother… or grand-mother… or great Grand-Mother.  May you KNOW how much you are truly loved by God for the individual expression of love you are. Happy Mother’s Day!

Rev. Jan Mahannah

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