A Spiritual Path of Love & Enlightenment through the Ancient Love Goddess
“The women, the teachers of love, must realize their power and use it for enlightenment for all of the planet. Enlightened women will create a beautiful world of peace.”
– Magdala Ramirez, Sacred Sex, Ancient Teachings for Women
When I am speaking of ‘enlightenment,’ am not referring to a stagnate state of perfection to be achieved or a goal to be obtained, which is often a goal to many spiritual seekers, but rather an awakening of the human heart.
This is a path into wholeness through an integration of the wisdom of the eternal love within with the conscious awareness of all aspects of our humanity.
Through a path of integration we can allow ourselves to be a whole human being who is centered in the heart, or spirit, of our inner most self. This path is not a religion or doctrine but a willingness to embrace our inner most emotions through the deep compassionate and integration with this higher self.
It is an allowance of ourselves to become conscious and responsible for our triggers and our shadow nature (our repressed emotions which you can read more about in my blog). When we are conscious individuals, we see others as mirrors to our selves and are compassionate as we understand that we all have the capacity to reside in love or crippled by fear at any time in our lives, depending upon where we place our attention.
Through the integration of this higher self, we can heal our childhood wounds that created our wounded (and therefore destructive) ego with the light of the wisdom of love and allow for true wholeness that love provides.
"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."
— Carl Gustav Jung
This path is about becoming spiritually mature. It is about no longer seeking or needing the approval and validation of others. On this path, one allows the voice of love to guide her life. From this sacred place within, is where we find all of the peace, love, compassion and acceptance that we will ever need.
This is much more simple than we believe it to be. One must not be a master of meditation or spend hours meditating each day to connect to this voice within. Rather, it possible through silent prayer or just pausing for a moment, taking as little as three deep long breaths, feeling this sense of peace within and consciously asking to connect to the heart.
When we can allow ourselves to let go, surrender, create a moment for quiet, and allow the space for the voice of love within to guide our lives, to hold compassionate space for our emotions, we can become integrated with our higher self and experience ever increasing clarity, peace and joy from within on a day to day basis.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Taking care of ourselves and our needs, to the needs of our inner child, without pushing her away or telling her to be quiet, but with loving compassion and listening to her feelings with an open compassionate heart, can allow us to be restored to a state of peacefulness and love.
Setting healthy boundaries to allow for the space of peace and taking loving care of our bodies is a part of living in the space of the heart and experiencing true self love. Allowing ourselves to feel loving pleasure throughout our day, not in an over consumption way, but by simply paying attention to the sensation of our body as much as we can is a way to return to our heart.
Slowing down and putting our awareness onto our body and consciously taking in the pleasures of the smells, tastes, sounds, and feelings of our world expand throughout our body in awareness is a way to be in the gentle and quiet heart space in an ongoing basis throughout our life. I find it fascinating that the body and the heart are the realms of the divine feminine, as this very essence is what has been so long suppressed and shamed. It is through our disconnect in the sacredness of our hearts and bodies that we left our mind and egos to run and wreck havoc on our lives.
Integrating this way of being, the way of the divine feminine, is a vital part of the wholeness that so many people are missing today in their lives and awareness. The feminine state is one of receiving. This is a state of being, rather than doing. Included in this feminine state is, observing, letting be, accepting, allowing, integrating, connecting, welcoming, listening, appreciating, noticing, and embracing. These are all states which connect us directly to our hearts. I call this a path of (rather than to) enlightenment, because it is a practice and a way of being throughout our lives. It is a journey and a daily choice, yet the more we practice, the more this integrated, whole, peaceful and loving state becomes integrated into our self and in our daily life and we experience increasing states of peace, love, joy and connection with all that is as our state of being.
Despite popular understanding, this spiritual awakening, or enlightenment, doesn’t generally happen in a single “moment of awakening.” While one can have “peak experiences” that open us up to Self-transcendent awareness, these experiences are passing. Instead, the development of a more peaceful, centered, intuitive, and universal feeling of connection, inner peace, compassion and trust in life develops over time through the practice of connecting to your inner centre, the voice and state of love within, and integrating this with your emotions, rather than separating yourself from them. It is a state of deep self compassion. While the ego acquires knowledge through learning, the voice of love understands reality by experiencing, accepting, and embracing what it is. The ego thinks. The Spirit of the heart knows. While the ego is always doing, analyzing, calculating, worrying, and planning, the Spirit remains eternally in a state of love, gratitude, trust, resting in peace, and unfolding. As the process of spiritual awakening unfolds, the ego begins to reroute and become whole through the connection to the quiet, still voice of love within.