There is a book that I carry with my in my bag wherever I go. It’s called “Mother Wit, A Feminist Guide to Psychic Development (subtitle: Exercises for Healing, Growth and Spiritual Awareness). It was written by Diane Mariechild in the early 1980’s. I am not exactly sure why I carry it as I have read it a couple of times. It does seem to be easy to pick up and read while waiting — in a doctor’s office, in a parking lot, etc. I’ve done most of the exercises within the book, some of which were familiar to me from two decades of Kundalini Yoga and many more years of studying as I have journeyed along my spiritual path.
I think one of the reasons why is that there is a term within the book that really called out to me; that term is Woman Soul. Just for a moment, close your eyes and think about that — Woman Soul. Just thinking it brings me to my happy place.
To me, this means not only an individual woman’s soul, but also the souls of all women, collectively.
Woman Soul – Traveling our individual paths, while other women are doing the same
Woman Soul – Contemplating change so that women are safer the world over, as well as other endangered humans and all the creatures of the planet
Woman Soul – Working together to save Mother Earth from the indignities done to Her by man and his greed
Woman Soul – Uniting with other women who feel as you do
Woman Soul – Searching and finding the Goddess, within and without
Woman Soul – Coming together with others of like mind
Woman Soul – Realizing that you are never really alone
Woman Soul – Knowing, finally, that you are enough
I believe that the spirit of a woman is to endure. In traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs, not only are we born with original sin on our Woman Soul, but we are further cursed by just being a woman, due to the actions of Eve. We are raised being taught that we are second best. We are bombarded by media telling us how to look, what to wear, how to behave. Fairy tales teach us that to be successful in this world, we need to find and keep a prince to take care of us. I would hazard a guess that this is the way most of us were brought up. Additionally, this does not even take into consideration our own individual experiences within our families, the hurtful words, the judgements of not measuring up, compounded by the sexual harassment, abuse and assault that many of us have been victim to within our personal and professional lives. Woman Soul – we are strong and we endure.
Some of us take these experiences and embark upon a journey of self-awareness and self-realization. We find our way to what makes sense to us – the Goddess. She has always been and She will always be. She strengthens our Woman Soul, our Woman Spirit. Because of Her, we are strong and we endure. We continue our journey, following our path toward a stronger Woman Soul, meeting others through social media, strengthening the collective Woman Soul; with each connecting strand, we become stronger and we fight injustice and we continue to endure.
I, personally, thank the Goddess for the connections that I have made on social media within the Goddess and feminist circles. I have come to think of some of these women as special friends. They strengthen my Woman Soul and my Woman Spirit. I become stronger because of them, and I endure.
Woman Spirit. Woman Soul. What does this mean to you?