couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers." - Jewish Proverb
"While we know that God really is indeed everywhere because
God is Omnipresence, I have always appreciated the folk wisdom and
metaphor as quoted above because it depicts the ineffable character of
the Divine Feminine, which is omnipresent, nurturing and sustaining of all
living things while excluding no one. Dr. Ernest Holmes refers
to the Feminine Principle as the Universal Womb of Nature, an
omnipresent principle operating through all living things, unconditionally
nurturing and growing to fruition whatever falls into its embrace.
For this reason, I believe another term for the Divine Feminine could be
"Unconditional Love." In other words, God as the Divine
Feminine is Unconditional Love."
Merritt Jones, D.D. ..
I used the words above from Dr. Dennis Merritt
Jones to clarify the metaphysical understanding of the Divine Feminine.
And like him, I also appreciate the Jewish Proverb. I have always
enjoyed the celebration and recognition of mothers on Mother's Day and
found it to be a wonderful opportunity to honor this very important
relationship, both personally and collectively. Mother's Day is
celebrated in various ways and dates in over 140 countries in the world,
because the celebration has different origins from which it began.
So much of what we will hear and read about mothers
in Mother's Day spiritual and religious services will most likely be
about the "ideal" of mother. But, in our day-to-day
living, our relationships with our mothers can vary from devoted
affection to antagonism. Not everyone's relationship with their
mother has been ideal, and not every mother has welcomed the role
enthusiastically. For some women, biological motherhood has not
been possible, and so they have accepted the role of nurturing the life
of a child that they did not give birth to. And some women have
become mothers by accident, and not always happy about it.
Psychology has not always been kind to mothers
throughout the years ... Sigmund Freud coming foremost to mind.
Psychology has attempted to make mothers the "cause" of so
many of our emotional and mental challenges. In doing so, they
have kept far too many from realizing their true source of self-esteem
and security, and often disaffected the relationship between mother and
child. No one can create an "ideal" mother-child
relationship for any of us. Our relationship with our mother, is
part of our relationship to Life. And for most of us, our mothers
have always given us their best. Perhaps, not according to
psychology, but their best is the truth.
The Media, via television and movies, has also
attempted to create the "ideal" role-model mother for us.
Today, on CNN.com there is the asinine question: "Did you
ever wish your mom was Carol Brady of "The Brady Bunch?"
And while reading a "sermon" from a Southern Baptist Pastor, I
found that, "Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the ideal role model for
So, if you, or your mother, was/is a
cookie-cutter version of Carol Brady or the Virgin Mary, you can skip
the rest of this message. It's not for you. It's for those
who don't look to role-models or comparisons to others, either
positively or negatively, to define their life experiences. In
this message I want to encourage every mother, and every son and
daughter ... to embrace the truth that their relationship with their
mother or child, is the ideal one for them. Only in truly being
our authentic self, can we ever feel the embrace of the Divine Feminine
as It expresses through our relationship as mother and child.
Whether our relationships with our mother or children has been one of
frustration, concern, or loving and satisfying ... there is a Good in it
that we must discover and reveal within our mind. The
"cause" of this relationship is "consciousness" ...
and only "consciousness" can appreciate it ... or heal it.
Both of which are required for a healthy emotional and mental experience
of life. As we seek this appreciation or healing within, we shall
find it, for it is the nature of Unconditional Love to reveal it to us.
I agree with Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones that the
Divine Feminine is "Unconditional Love" ... G-d as the Divine
Feminine is Unconditional Love. And it is this Unconditional Love
that expresses the nurturing nature of G-d through every woman who
accepts the role of motherhood in whatever form it presents itself.
And this nurturing nature of the Divine Feminine is not limited to
women. Many men have been in the role of raising children, and
this Divine Feminine urge is not feminine in a physical sense, but
nurturing. We can all embrace it within ourselves, for we are all
a part of G-d's Unconditional Love.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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