I’ve been needing some sisterly love and best girlfriend kind of support and advice – where better to go for that than to the Goddesses! Like the angels, the goddesses are there to help us work through our hard times and issues…and also to help celebrate successes and victories! Goddesses help us harness our feminine power and use our feminine attributes to our advantage (we are not just talking about T&A here!).
Think about all those characteristics that are usually associated with women – kindness, warmth, intuition, working with children lovingly, wisdom, patience, compassion, sensitivity – these are the traits that the goddesses help to bring into your life or out of you!
My first goddess encounter this week was a very random, very intense visit from Kuan Yin. I was stretching out from my run and felt the sudden, urgent need to sit down and meditate – not only that, but I also felt like Kuan Yin was there and she was the one who was inviting me to meditate.
Some legends have Kuan Yin reaching out to those who are suffering in life, and others liken her to the Virgin Mary – a mother figure who is concerned with mercy and protection. It is said that she hears our prayers and helps us to find answers for them.
So you can imagine the happiness and awe that I felt in my heart by feeling invited by such a deity to have a quiet moment of connection. My breath slowed and I focused on it and the images that were coming to mind as I took this moment of silent reflection and prayer.
I know that I need to be more compassionate toward the people in my life – especially toward myself. That is one of the messages that Kuan Yin might have been sending me.
During the intensity of the few minutes, I also saw the head of Buddha, which got me to thinking about enlightenment.
As quickly as the meditation session started, it ended, and I went on my way with a head full of wonder about the meditation that had just taken place. Random and spontaneous invitations to meditate are – to me – quite the experience and something to note for future reference.
That experience, plus a couple of other things that are going on in my life right now – namely being fully overwhelmed by the energy and vivaciousness of two growing boys and doing all of the work by myself quite often because of my husband’s work schedule, and being in a place where I want to expand my esoteric knowledge and trust my intuition more fully – have me in a place where I really do need to call on the goddesses for their love, support, and guidance…
and also to nurture the goddess in myself so that I can face my own trials and life with the very traits that these women embody.
What better way to honor the goddesses than to work with them in more detail this week. I am starting with this Goddess Reading for you all. It is a spread that I did just for you all with the question, “What advice do my readers need this week?”
First, we have the Green Tara who encourages us to ask for help in all of our day-to-day tasks. Many of us are willing to take on the lion’s share of work, responsibility, child-care, household work… Nurturing, caring, supporting – to the point of exhaustion, frustration and resentment. Even though it can be hard, we should reach out to our friends and especially our family members (husbands and children) to help with the work that needs to be done. We will feel much better if we honor ourselves and our families by sharing the burden so that we are not overloaded and angry.
Pele comes next (you know how I love Pele!) – she is here to remind us about the importance of our goals, dreams, passions and desires as well. Again, women (especially) are building others in their lives up, putting their dreams on hold so that others can achieve theirs – and denying our passions and desires to fit into the role of “mother and wife.” Pele urges us to find our inner fire and be honest with ourselves and those around us about what we want. We have to take the time out to pursue what burns in our souls so that we can spread that passion throughout our lives.
And then we have Hathor and such a very important message from her: BE OPEN TO RECEIVING. So many of us give, give, give – and some of us feel awkward when we are given anything. Honoring the sacred feminine within ourselves includes being open to receiving. There is a flow in give/receive. It is balanced. So, make sure that you open yourself up to receiving.
One great point Doreen Virtue makes in describing Hathor in the Goddess Guidance Oracle deck book is,
When you receive, you have more resources to give to others.
So receiving is not a bad or greedy thing, it is a part of the divine flow.
I will be doing some more work with the goddesses this week on my Facebook page. Feel free to join in over there!
With respect and light ~ Susan