One way to bring back the Divine Feminine and Healthy Masculine is by way of mysticism itself. We have seen how Father Bede Griffiths insists that a distorted worldview in the West that ignores the feminine prevents this from happening.
Dorothee Soelle speaks often of the power of mysticism to lead us out of the realm of what I call reptilian brain dominance and into a more promised land of the mammalian brain and what Julian of Norwich calls “oneing.” In doing so, Soelle is a true sister to Father Bede Griffith.
The essence of the mystical experience as Soelle sees it is a “certainty that nothing can separate us from the love of God.” This certainty builds courage, freedom and a willingness to love. It displaces hate with love and justice. She says:
We must approach mysticism, which comes closest to overcoming the hierarchical masculine concept of God.
How does she define mysticism? It is “a certainty that nothing can separate us from the love of God.” How to get there from here?
(It) grows when we ourselves become one with love by placing ourselves, freely and without guarantee of success, on the side of love.
Soelle understands a healthy mysticism to be the best antidote, detoxing us from a dangerous “masculine concept of God.” Of course this “masculine concept of God” also manifests an unhealthy concept of relationship in general—one that puts control over caring and power-over before power-with. It lacks compassion therefore, a motherly dimension.
For Soelle, a healthy mysticism leads to “real liberation,” that is, to prophetic action. “The prophet is the mystic in action,” as William Hocking notes.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics, p. 279
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Painting of Buddhist goddess Green Tara by Prithvi Man Chitrakari done in 1947. Wikimedia Commons. According to the Dalai Lama, “There is a true feminist movement in Buddhism that relates to the goddess Tārā. Following her cultivation of bodhicitta, the bodhisattva’s motivation, she looked upon… those striving towards full awakening and she felt that there were too few people who attained Buddhahood as women. So she vowed, “I have developed bodhicitta as a woman. For all my lifetimes along the path I vow to be born as a woman, and in my final lifetime when I attain Buddhahood, then, too, I will be a woman.”
Queries for Contemplation
How are we doing? Is this kind of mysticism and the Divine Feminine alive and well in us and around us? What are we doing to make it so?