|The Mystery within...|
I know my consciousness came through darkness and struggle with abuse that I suspect is at the heart of all consciousness. My first need was for courage. I list ingredients for courage in "God Never Hurries:"
Accept my fear.
Trust my mind, heart and gut.
Trust others and learn from their reactions."
Also from my memoir: "Early the next morning, while my parents were still asleep, I read an article in a publication called Radical Grace. A 68-year-old grandmother wrote it to her granddaughter on her graduation in hopes that she could help her choose life. She wrote of unholy martyrdom, diseased concepts of sin, masochistic obedience, and the need to always search for truth. Her words touched deeply." And "…the following morning while they still slept I read another article in the same publication that spoke of women's compliance and the resulting destructive behaviors I know too well."
I recently listened to a video interview between Jungian Analyst Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D. and Sue Monk Kidd http://suemonkkidd.com/media-room/media-features/video/, author of "The Dance of the Dissent Daughter." In the video Kidd tells of a controversy resulting from a presentation she gave in a convent's space. A ninety plus year old looking nun in authority called her in the office and questioned if the controversy was true. Upon confirmation the nun replied, "It's high time people know that God is more than two men and a bird." Which led me to ponder a recipe for abuse.
Claim masculine superiority.
Refuse to integrate feminine spirituality that honors the body and the earth.
Silence dissenting voices.
Create doctrine and dogma that obscures the sacredness of everyday life.
What if we all questioned the heart of our spiritual conciousness?