For the past four weeks, we have been sitting at the feet of scholar and wise woman, Anne Baring, as she unfolded for us her research, her intuitions, her reflections on the Divine Feminine, especially as She is known in Judaism as the Shekinah.
These teachings have been so rich and profound that they merit more than a brief reading.
In preparing the four reflections, I spent many hours seeking to understand Anne Baring’s work, seeking a way to present her teachings so that you might also enter them with joy.
This week, I invite you to spend time re-reading the four Rose Garden pieces and fashioning a response either in your own words or in words from another writer or poet.
What do you hear the Sacred Feminine say to you?
What do you wish to say to her?
You may be blessed to receive a poem in which this Presence of Love speaks to you directly.
Or you may be inspired to simply write your own words to this Sacred Presence.
I offer you three examples:
“Here’s the Dark Mother” by Peg Rubin
I am the Voice in the whirlwind,
in the place others call, and experience as,
I am above, below, within the Chaos.
I am the darkness.
And I am the One to seek when you need to source yourself in joy,
in peace, in turbulence.
But beyond, beyond, way beyond
the normal experience of darkness,
I invite you into the Darkness—beyond and before and after Time.
This is your Source, your Origin.
If things fall apart,
if you fall apart,
come into my all-holding embrace.
I am the energy that shapes and holds universes together.
Can I do any less for you?
There is pressure in my holding
and incalculable power—so after a time of rest you may begin to feel the pressure
of new birth—persistent, insistent.
I who shape galaxies
do not hesitate to shape you—fiercely, perhaps—but truly to your most
elegant and beautiful design.
Your design—like the galaxy—
is glorious to behold.
And in my vast darkness
I hold that pattern, and desire
you to recognize it, to become it.
You will not fly apart,
though it may feel like it.
I am holding you and
I am holding your becoming.
Black Madonna of Montserrat
Mother Wisdom Speaks
Christin Lore Weber
“I am the maiden of joy.
I am song in the wind and rain upon the rocks.
I am fair love and holy hope and the flight of the dove.
I am earth, betrothed. I am mystical rose.
I am the mother of mystery.
I hold opposites together.
“I birth children and sever the cord with my teeth.
Those I love I send away to their lives.
I am the cauldron of fire and the cup of milk.
I am the two edged knife.
“I am the old woman: I am the queen.
If you seek me you will find me everywhere.
I am the womb of wise blood.
I am the world’s crown. I am diamond. I am pearl.
I shine with the wisdom of God.
“I am the circle of being.
I am glory — splendor of infinite life.
I am the spiral, the fullness of being, fully becoming,
forever, world without end.”
Some of you I will hollow out.
I will make you a cave.
I will carve you so deep the stars will shine in your darkness.
You will be a bowl.
You will be the cup in the rock collecting rain…
I will do this because the world needs the hollowness of you.
I will do this for the space that you will be.
I will do this because you must be large.
People will find their way through you.
People will eat from you
and their hunger will not weaken them to death.
A cup to catch the sacred rain….
Light will flow in your hollowing.
You will be filled with light.
Your bones will shine.
The round open center of you will be radiant.
I will call you Brilliant One.
I will call you Daughter Who is Wide.
I will call you transformed.
(Originally published in “Circle of Mysteries: The Woman’s Rosary Book”, and “Woman Prayers” edited by Mary Ford-Gabowsky)
“In My Glad Hours” by Rainer Maria Rilke (words that express what I wish to say to this Presence of Love)
In my glad hours, I will make a city of your smile, a distant city that shines and lives. I will take one word of yours to be an island on which birches stand, or fir trees, quite still and ceremonial. I will receive your glance as a fountain in which things can disappear and above which the sky trembles, both eager and afraid to fall in.
I will know that all of this exists, that one can enter this city, that I have glimpsed this island and know exactly when there is no one else beside that fountain. But if I appear to hesitate, it is because I am not sure whether it is the forest through which we are walking or my own mood that is shaded and dark. (Rilke: Early Journals)
With what words will you respond to the Sacred Feminine or in what words will this Presence of Love address you?
If you wish to send your words to me, please do so: firstname.lastname@example.org