For millennia humanity has projected divine attributes of being to an otherness, a separate entity in a realm perceived outside their consciousness. The question is can this archetypal qualities of being be found in ourselves? Goddesses in ancient mythology were revered and tapestries of divine qualities were woven round them in adoration. But who is a goddess and how can women reach the ideal states of the divine in their nature? If we look at the woman, we see, from the perspective of the male and child a creature that brings succour to humankind, with bowels of compassion, grace, gentleness, courage, mercy and beauty. So a woman’s ideal journey is to realise selfhood and become a “goddess” on the earth sharing these gifts. It is no easy path. The “goddess” in the woman is first impeded, shrouded, and restricted by cultural forces. Yet a breaking out to authenticity would give rise to a “goddess”. Only then, when a woman has outgrown her inertia and realised selfhood can she give the attributes of the divine to humanity who desperately need her to bless them.
This essay will identify the archetypal qualities of a “goddess” and why she will inevitably attract divine love. These qualities have been inspired by women I have met in my own journey, not fantasy or rhetoric. Now, let’s look at each quality in turn.
- A “goddess” is not afraid. How can we imagine a goddess to be afraid? Afraid of what? Because this woman has met nothingness, she is profoundly responsible and in control of her personal outcomes, the outcomes of her organisation, society and world. She is a force of nature, making things happen and unleashing her creative energies in the world. Her courage shines through without affectation, clearly seen in her words and actions.
- A “goddess” is ordinary, just anybody, any face on the exterior. In fact a characteristic of a goddess is gentleness and meekness, the most tender of hearts with sublime levels of sensitivity. Yet at the same time in the goddess we meet a fortress, a colossal mountain and infinite space able to accommodate just about any circumstance without losing her poise and balance.
- A “goddess” is an embodiment of love and positive energies. Love emanates from her being like an ambience and the power of her love heals. She respects potential and sees it in anyone and through her benevolence nurtures the weak to become strong, the inexperienced to become an expert and the immature to become grown and wise.
- A “goddess” is a deliberate creator. She is so much in control that she creates future outcomes in the present with a clear confidence that is powerful. She assumes responsibility to know why and how her creativity is needed in the world. In her organisation, society, and world she assumes ownership. If a goddess is not responsible, who will?
- A “goddess” alleviates suffering and does not add to it. Everywhere she goes with her energy, she is uplifting hearts, raising spirits and giving hope. This is her life, it is truly what she wants to do, her value and means of self-expression. She does these things out of the integrity of her being not because society demands it, or her religion or culture. A “goddess” has realised selfhood and does not necessarily need cultural forces to shape her actions. In essence that is why is she is a “goddess”.
- A true “goddess” is indifferent to perturbations of circumstance, accepting the ups and downs of life in stillness, peace and constructive acceptance. Her faith in possibilities is immeasurable and her hope boundless. It is unheard of for a goddess to complain! Goddesses flow with reality and when they can, shape it according to the laws of the universe.
- Finally a “goddess” is human. She has frailties, fears, hopes and dreams. A “goddess” cries and can be hurt. What makes her a “goddess” is her ability to heal quickly, to bounce back, to be resilient. Goddesses are not perfect, they make mistakes. But even in their mistakes, their authenticity shines through.
To be continued.