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               “Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” - Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer

     I am knowing that each of us can say with love and sincerity, "Happy Mother's Day" whether our mothers are living or have passed from this dimension.  And I can state this because, All Is Mind and All Is God, and so no matter whether we are separated from our mothers on this "Mother's Day" or not, all is known in Mind ... and at some level our mothers will know that our thoughts are with them.

    When we love our mother and know that she loves us, there is a happiness in our heart that almost nothing else can match.  There is something within each of us that desires this connection with our mother for it is one of the strongest bonds that we experience in the physical realm of life.  Very few of us have estranged ourselves from our mothers or have mothers who have estranged themselves from us.  Mothers have an inherent ability to forgive their children and accept them for who they are.  And no matter how old we may be, our mothers still can make us feel accepted and deserving more so than anyone else in our lives.  We must never forget that being a mother is a choice and this has been true throughout the ages.  And this choice has been made by many women who have never given birth to a child.  Being a mother is not limited to child-bearing ... it is the loving, forgiving, understanding, nurturing role that many women have accepted and have given it freely to children that were not birthed by them.

     In many parts of the world; especially Mexico and most of Latin America, Mother's Day is celebrated on the fixed day of May 10th.  Pope Benedict XVI took the opportunity on this day to condemn contraception and reiterated the Vatican's instructions against using birth control.  This ban against artificial birth control seeks to take the "choice" away from women ... and give it to the Vatican.  Now, I don't want to be critical of Catholicism, but most Catholics in America that I have known ... and I was Catholic for 30 years ... practice birth control ... both before and after Pope Paul VI's 1968 "Humane vitae" ("On Human Life") encyclical which prohibited Catholics from using artificial birth control.  The Catholic Church continues to fail to understand that God has given women freedom too.  Freedom is not limited to men in high positions of religious organizations.  Freedom is part of Mind ... and Mind is God.  And God has given each of us ... both men and women ... freedom of choice.  And this choice creates the great difference between being a "mother" ... and being someone who gave birth to a child because she felt she had no choice.  The Pope does not realize that his instructions can create burdens on the human spirit that are unnecessary ... both for the mother and the child.  And most importantly denies the eternal-loving-kindness of God.

     All the great mystics have realized that God, Infinite Spirit, is both a Masculine and Feminine Energy.  And the reality of this is that each of us have to a degree, a combination of both within our consciousness.  Both men and women have the ability to nurture and care for a child, but women, having a greater realization of the Divine Feminine, are more well-suited to this role in general.  This Mother-Father God aspect of Life within us, gives each of us the abilities that we need whenever it is necessary for us to take on the nurturing role of a mother.  This is why some men have been very successful in raising children alone.  God, Infinite Intelligence, never gives us anything that we can't handle.

     Deepak Chopra tells us, "The divine mother is an essential nurturing, life-giving energy. She represents the power of beauty, the power of intuition, the power of creativity, the power of compassion, and the power of love. In many Eastern traditions, this dynamic, potent energy is known as Shakti, which means feminine power. This power doesn’t reside only in women, however; Shakti is the divine spark and the flow of God’s love within each of us."

    
As we understand that this feminine power is within each of us, we know that a Mother's Heart is in Truth, the Heart of God expressing Its love, compassion and creativity.  And on this 2008 Mother's Day, let us all declare a "Happy Mother's Day" to the one who has served us in the capacity of "mother" ... no matter what their gender or physical relationship to us may be!

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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