Kay Lindahl is an interfaith activist, speaker and retreat leader, author of “The Sacred Art of Listening”
It took me a long time to recognize the Divine Feminine. I grew up in the 40’s, a member of a mainline protestant denomination, and was used to all the masculine pronouns and expressions of God. I didn’t necessarily feel excluded or included – that was just the way it was. However, I also sensed a deep calling to be in communion with God. At one point I thought I wanted to become a minister – but that was out of the question in my denomination at that time. So then, in my 14 year old way, I thought I should attend a seminary where I would meet my future husband who would be a minister. That was not meant to be and I went on to become a registered nurse – seeking my connection with God in my work.
Fast forward a few years to the 60’s and I am the mother of five children, busily engaged in being a stay at home mom, not paying much attention to what was going on in the sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll culture of the hippie generation. I couldn’t relate to the “Feminine Mystique” and was happy enough making it through each day, always looking forward to time at church on Sundays.
Once my kids were all in school I began to search for what was next for me. Somehow I knew it was a spiritual journey, although that was not a term commonly used in my community. We started talking about using inclusive language at our church services – and I finally got the connection with the Divine Feminine. It was as though this connection had been ‘a missing’ for me. I became aware of the whole world of women’s issues and have been exploring that sensitivity ever since.
One of the practices I have that keeps me connected to the Divine Feminine occurs during church services. My church is liturgical and credal, meaning we have a certain ritual to our services. Every time we use the word Holy Spirit I substitute the word She for the pronouns that follow it. A small thing, but it presences Sophia and wisdom for me. Many of our prayers refer to God as a He or Lord. In these instances I just substitute the word Creator or use God instead of He. It’s my way of reminding me of the feminine aspect of the Divine.
I love being outside, and feel a strong bond with nature, which occurs to me as an expression of the Divine Feminine. So whenever I am in the presence of a beautiful sunrise, walking in the rain, any beautiful landscape, the ocean, mountains, trees, – and on and on – I choose that moment to connect with the Divine Feminine. Now that I think about it, almost all my senses do that for me – She is the sensual aspect of my nature.
Finally, being with other women is a powerful way to presence the Divine Feminine. I love being in circle with women of all ages and stages in life. It is a sacred experience and nurtures my soul.