Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Identify Your Theology: Spiritual Belief Questions, Number Five


Identify Your Theology:
Question Five






Yesterday's question asked for your beliefs about the divine. Today we continue exploring what god is like, as you understand God or the divine.

But before we turn our attention to our next question, head on over to your retreat room so you can relax and let go of any of the day’s stress and prepare for deep thoughts. :)

Or, you can listen to the meditation here, if you'd like..

 
Today's Question

If you think of the divine as male, does the divine have feminine aspects?

"The Hebrew word for compassion portrays the love of a mother for the child of her womb. It implies a range of feelings including goodness, tenderness, patience, and understanding. It expresses the tenderness of God's feminine love. The kind of God Jesus experiences is one who feels as a mother feels. There is a beautiful tenderness in how Jesus views the divine." ~~Rev. Mark Townsend, Jesus through Pagan Eyes

During the gradual evolution of my own spiritual beliefs, one of the things I came to understand deep down was that I really needed god-the-mother! Something inside me longed for a mother goddess. Have you experienced similar longings?

"An uneasy reaction to the word Goddess is common among women. Thousands of years of repression, hostility, and conditioning against the Divine Mother have made a deep impression on us.~~Sue Monk Kidd,  The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

Journal Questions

Now that you’ve read today’s question and a quote or two to get you thinking, head on back into the mini-retreat to blow out the candle, close the retreat and to see the journal questions and the blessing I’ve recorded for you. 


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Have a great day!





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8 comments:

  1. Difficult question, of course as a woman I also need "god-the mother" if look around we can find her but all in different way and as Orthodox Christian I can say that Mother Mary for me is female goddess.

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    1. Shasheta, I think you're right. Sometimes we just have to find her in a different way. I'm glad you have that kind of connection with Mother Mary.

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  2. I enjoyed reading your post. For me I believe absolutely that God has feminine aspects. I have studied Tanta and am also a big fan of paganism, both of which have both male and female aspects to the belief systems. I find it easier to identify with the feminine energies in the universe being a woman I suppose. Glad I popped by from UBC today and connected. I shall listen to your meditation later, much needed, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea!! I'm glad you connected, too.

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  3. Though I identify with God as a male in the abstract sense, in reality, the God I worship is not confined to the boundaries of gender, yet encompasses both.

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    1. That's good! I think we miss out when we only have one or the other.

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  4. I don't think I have ever thought about God as a gender so your question today has given me something to consider. Thanks for sharing. Best Regards, Wendy http://wendybottrell.com

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! There are so many possibilities in how different people think of God. I was brought up to think of God as male, so the concept of gender was always with me. Making the shift to consider God as female or spirit did not come to me until much later in life.

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Thanks so much for coming to visit and sharing your thoughts! Let me know where you are and I'll come say hello at your place next.

By the way, I know that sometimes my readers disagree with what I say here and I wanted to let you know that not only is it okay with me if you happen to as well, but you also are welcome to tell me so, as long as you do so kindly.

Have a great day!
~Jeanine