So far, we’ve talked about subtle ways to make the Female Divine commonplace in a better future – infusing the wisdom of women’s spirituality and sacredness into our own lives as well as finding these in every day aspects of life so that we can begin to change how we think and demonstrate how they are already all around us.
But there are also other ways to bring the Female Divine more directly into our own life and work and that of others.
Art, literature, and the media can educate about the Female Divine and explore its meaning to everyday life
Feminist artists have, for decades, been in the forefront of using images of the goddesses and heroines in their work that is seen by millions. Judy Chicago’s installations such as the Dinner Party and her 2020 installation for Dior, “The Female Divine” with banners asking and answering the question “What if women ruled the world?” are perhaps the best known. There are, of course, many, many others and exploring their work is always a joy.
Recent years have also seen many portrayals of women’s spirituality, goddesses and heroines in literature, art and the media. Books and their movie versions by authors like Mary Sharratt, Sue Monk Kidd, and Alice Hoffman, especially, have brought some of this into general consciousness.
We can bring passion and power to our social justice work by illuminating the female-focused spiritual aspects of what might seem to be purely political or social issues.
Because I’m from Michigan and feel a deep spiritual connection to its land, and I know people who live near Flint, I had a visceral, physical reaction to the Flint water crisis. In response, I wrote a blog post for Feminism and Religion relating the Flint water crisis to a devaluing of the Earth and women and their children, who suffered the most, and ultimately the Spirit of the Land and Mother Earth.
In my post about the sacredness of “home” (Coming Home to the Sacred), which talked about on a previous page, I also related the sacred nature of “home” to the devastation of homelessness, and how this is not just dangerous, but an assault on the soul, which I’ve seen many times in my work. The emotional devastation of eviction has been documented, but this gives it explanation and meaning.
What other political, social, or economic issues can you think of that can be made better by considering them in light of the female Divinity and scariness?
Sometimes it is also important to relate current issues to what has happened in the past, and find the spiritual meaning in that. Here is a story about how witches persecuted hundreds of years ago can rise up, through us (or maybe in person!), to speak against current persecutions.
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