Awakening Your Inner Goddess

Awakening to one's Inner Goddess begins with the ability to embrace the Feminine Divine. Her presence balances male and female energies for both genders.

Awakening to one’s Inner Goddess begins with the ability to embrace the Feminine Divine. Her presence balances male and female energies for both genders.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous’? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”.  -Marianne Williamson

​For thousands of years, the world has been ruled by patriarchal societies. These masculine rulers have created wars, power struggles, destruction, pollution, fear, pain, separation and famine. They have shown little or no respect for feminine wisdom or our Mother Earth. The patriarchal organizations of the world have repressed most knowledge of women’s roles in world history.

It is time for the pendulum to swing back towards the Divine Feminine and rest comfortably in the middle. To become whole, we need both the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine energies equally in our lives.It is without a doubt that our religion and culture have made a huge impact on how women perceive their worth.  As a child, I remember hearing Bible stories about women and feeling their shame.  The words “unclean”, “slave” and “concubine” were heard a lot.  In the book of Genesis, woman is blamed for the downfall of man.

In Exodus, daughters were sold as maidservants. In Deuteronomy, virgins who were raped were to be stoned to death with their rapist. There is a long list of limitations, exploitations, punishments and repressions for women in the Old Testament , which I feel initially set the stage for what came forth in societal roles of women. In many ways the mindset is still present today.  For example, a woman who has a few sexual partners is called a slut, while a man is a stud.

In ancient societies, it has been theorized that women were worshipped as goddesses, honored and held in high esteem.  The Minoan religion was heavily involved with iconography and the depiction of women as Goddesses to worship was a supposedly common occurrence. These depictions include wall paintings, seals, stone-carvings, and sculptures. The art often combined the Goddesses and Gods with scenes of nature, as within the Minoan culture, the two were intrinsically linked.

Exploring and Embracing the Feminine Divine...Equal and Powerful but different.

Exploring and Embracing the Feminine Divine…Equal and Powerful but different.

It is theorized that the old European culture stressed the female as divine, largely based on the number of carvings of the female shape found from this era. Some point to the relative lack of equivalent male statues as evidence of a Goddess culture.

This “old European” culture lasted for tens of thousands of years in what is now Europe. They generally lived in peace; there is a notable lack of defensive fortifications around their hamlets. As evidenced by their funeral customs, males and females appear to have had equal status. Many historians and archaeologists believe that their society was matrilineal; children took their mothers’ names. Life was based on lunar (not solar) calendar and time was experienced as a repetitive cycle, not linearly as we think of it.

Many academics believe that the suppression of Goddess worship in Western Europe occurred a few thousand years BCE, when the Indo-Europeans invaded Europe from the East. They brought with them some of the “refinements” of modern civilization: the horse, war, belief in male Gods, exploitation of nature, knowledge of the male role in procreation, etc. Goddess worship was gradually combined with worship of male Gods to produce a variety of Pagan polytheistic religions, among the Greeks, Romans, Celts, etc. Author Leonard Shlain offers a fascinating alternative explanation. He proposed that the invention of writing  rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion.

Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain’s linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images and in literacy’s early stages, the decline of women’s political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.

In some religions, a sacred feminine archetype can occupy a very central place in prayer and worship. In Hinduism, Sacred Feminine or Shaktism is one of the three major Hindu denominations of worship along with Vishnu and Shiva. In Tibetan Buddhism, the highest achievement any person can achieve is to become like the “great” female Buddhas (e.g. Arya Tara) who are depicted as being supreme protectors, fearless and filled with compassion for all beings.  So, as you can see, the strengths of women are as equally important as those of men.  Our long history of programming has created a perception that women are the weaker of the two species when in fact, we are equally strong, just different. Together we form the yin and yang.

Goddesses Offering Love and Light

Now, more than ever, we see the shift of the feminine energies taking on a stronger role in our world.  This is something that has to take place in order to create balance and harmony. We all hold the power within ourselves to create this balance, but first we must understand and appreciate our worth.  Unless we recognize our own worth and until we respect and honor the very essence of our being, no one else will see our value. We must awaken that warrior within, the one who has always existed there.

Goddesses, Gender Balance and Equality

This symbol represents the balanced flow of energy in shadow, light, masculine and feminine. One cannot exist without the other and balance between the two is the ideal.

This symbol represents the balanced flow of energy in shadow, light, masculine and feminine. One cannot exist without the other and balance between the two is the ideal.

Embracing the Feminine and Masculine Divine Equally assists humanity in achieving inner/outer balance, peace and harmony.

Embracing the Feminine and Masculine Divine Equally assists humanity in achieving inner/outer balance, peace and harmony.

By Coralie Raia Darsey-Malloy

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In my view of Goddesses, they are the female aspect of The Divine that holds equal power. The Feminine Divine reveals her energy in a gentle, receptive way. In the symbol of Yin/Yang Goddesses are the receptive, inner aspects whereas the Yang and masculine energy directs energy outward.  Balance is central to yin and yang. The Tai Chi Tu presents these energies in a circle of balance. The circle illustrates a point on the point on the other side where one side equalizes the other within life changes.

The Yin/Yang symbol is a reminder that anyone can develop the skills to remain in balance and live in this world…but not “of” it.Taoist texts speak of “living life in the round.” The “round” refers to the circle, which encompasses the yin and yang energies. Living life in the round” means being comfortable with the flow of energy as it passes through one phase and then the other. Knowledge of the cyclical process of events liberates us from an unbalanced view of the world.

Balance is central to yin and yang. The Tai Chi Tu presents these energies in a state of balance. The Divine order within creation involves balance and applies to gender equality.  When that is absent with emphasis on male dominance problems arise. Historically China and India have aborted female babies and consequently there is a shortage of women to marry. Gender and spiritual equality assists men in women in their respective ability to work together and create new generations. Similarily, Yin and yang transforms each othe like the undertow oceans. The ebb and flow advances and retreats and the rise and fall of energy is a natural process.

In nature, seeds sprout and grow upwards. This process is the yang movement.  Once it reaches full potential, it retreats and the roots grow in darkness and eventually seek like and the process begins again.

It is a similar process with the interconnection within the Masculine and Feminine Divine. Embracing both aspects within one’s spiritual development assists both genders in reaching higher potentials, balance and inner harmony.  Within changing social norms anyone having difficulty accepting strong empowered women are ones who see them as equal.

In my view, patriarchal religions refusing to accept the roles Goddesses throughout have an innate difficulty with female power. After divorcing my first husbandin 1970 Gloria Steinem, Helen Reddy and Helen Gurley Brown were poineers in the Feminist Movement.After growing up in a male dominated family with a an enabling mother their message of equality provided nourishment for my empoverished spirit. It was my first awakening to equality and how strong, empowered women can also embrace their innate feminine power.

A few years later, I began a quest to understand the historical roots of Goddesses and the significant roles they play in other cultures from then to present time. The spiritual teachings and energy within the Divine Feminine is gentle within the Power and continues to guide my path. With a higher comfort, level under my own skin there is greater opportunity to experience inner shifts and expanded thinking. The Divine Feminine fostered a sisterhood with other women and soul sisters along my discovery trails.

The Feminist Movement inspired and continues to inspire women around the world to work together for the common good of the all. The original focus states the intent of equal rights for all without gender bias. The Feminine Divine energy balances. It gently guides men and women to explore the full range of their humanity without censuring either aspect through outside definers. Embracing the Feminine Divine does not emasculate men or have them more like women. Rather, the goal is to have both genders strong and empowered as they balance the Masculine and Feminine Divine within.

After studying the historical and spiritual significance of Goddesses and their role in many religions around the world, they are conspicuously absent in the three main religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The feminine aspect of the Godhead in Hinduism and their doctrine s underscore the power and purpose of Goddesses.

I am a self-avowed feminist and so is my husband David. We are also pro-women pro-men and are activists for human rights and gender equality. After growing into my own power through the feminist movement, the focus of my writing reflected the importance of women taking their power back. As we do so there is a balancing effect and David and I believe in the efficacy of equality for the greater good. e David understands and accepts their importance in the spiritual development of both genders and we work together sharing this perspective.

Looking at history (“her-story”) and the roles of Goddesses makes for intriguing study and research. For us it is on going. Once women…and men open to the powerful gifts Goddesses bring they enjoy a greater sense of wholeness that comes through the subtle grace of the Divine Feminine within. All of humankind is all a cell in the body of Goddess and She dances with our every breath.

Feminism is not a rebellion or a revolt. Rather, it promotes the truth that people are equal and are entitled to basic human rights. Although hmanity has come a long way since the Feminist Movement started it is clear that acceptance of women in power and the norm over the exception is still not there.

David and I walk our spiritual paths in quietness and plant seeds about the significant roles of the Divine Feminine. We post on social media, write and produce course material with this perspective in subtle ways. We are confident in the knowing that both genders are opening to softer, gentle energy and in our view that is the evidence that Goddesses are here and there time to be heard will come. At that time gender, race, creed, culture and religious acceptance will become the new order. Respect for differences is the key to meeting on common ground and developing unity and consensus through respectful dialog whether we agree or not.

Whenever anyone heals their life and feel whole it is easier to look back, ahead, move forward and live a more conscious life. Personally, my spiritual journey with Goddesses continues to uplift, guide, heal and inspire me to live the best life possible. I have more energy to give back to others in nurturing, compassionate ways and I am thankful for Her presence in my life every moment of every day. The transformational re-births while standing on firmer ground.

The energy of Goddesses assists us in seeing beyond what pain is and what it brings forth. That allows us to grow, emerge and fly free like the beautiful butterflies we are all mean to be. The balancing aspect of embracing both the Masculine and Feminine Divine removes bias and assists with the acceptance of differences in others. With the blessings of the Divine Sacred Mother, we are free and express more of whom we already are rather than comparing, judging or justifying.

In my healing and spiritual journey, I am at a place where I know I am more than just a woman as are others. Within the respective roles of mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, beloved or friend there is a sisterhood. The ability to open to Divine Goddesses assists us in connecting to the Oneness. The perceived differences that once created polarized thinking and positions dissolve within the light and love of Source-Centered awareness.

Within my personal and spiritual healing journey, it is clear that each person is an important part of a co-creative force. It consistently seeks self-expression and we are the conduits.  Human beings are a Divine spark and conduit for Creator’s energy. I respect those who choose to gain wisdom and develop spiritually in a male dominated doctrine but it never fit for me from a very young age. The questioning mind wondered where Mrs. God was…and now I know. Within my spiritual emergence, it is clear that I came into this life at this time in a female body for growth and transformational change.

As a woman, I am in the position to nurture and assist others in discovering the power, beauty and love within the Goddesses and their unique energetic imprint. There is growing awareness of the importance of the Divine Feminine and her more prominent return. She is here to assist us through changing times and difficult passages. She knows that intransient polarizing positions are counter-productive.

For humanity to move forward we all need to work together for the highest and greatest good of the all. The Great Mother energy is nurturing, wise, courageous, strong and empowering. Those of us embracing her power wield energy as spiritual warriors using swords of intent to cut through ties that bind us to outdated mindsets rather than using violence in self-serving ways. . The activation of the Goddess within is an awakening. She is here to liberate, emancipate and assist us in the ascension process of thinking that is more enlightened, living and BE-ing.

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Goddesses and The Feminine Divine

By Coralie Raia Darsey-Malloy

Aligning with Goddess and the Feminine Divine consistently expands my awareness and now I walk my sacred path in balance and beauty.

Aligning with Goddess and the Feminine Divine consistently expands my awareness and now I walk my sacred path in balance and beauty. [caption id="attachment_523" align="alignnone" width="300"]Goddess  is within the all and we are One. Goddess is within the all and we are One.

The Feminine Divine is equal to the Masculine but Her attributres are different.

The Feminine Divine is equal to the Masculine but Her attributres are different.

When Goddess speaks her voice is a soft whisper.

When Goddess speaks her voice is a soft whisper.

Most women instinctively know that she is at the center of this great mystery of bringing life into the world. The feminine aspect of our spiritual nature is a co-creative process within the  sacred transformation of light into matter. Every woman intuitively knows that nothing can be born without the energy contained within the Feminine Divine.  The evidence of her presence is everywhere. When we have the eyes to see Her she is there… in  the beauty of the green earth, white moon,  stars and within the magnetic mystery  of  water.   When we walk our sacred path and ask the Divine Feminine’s alignment, she comes in profound ways. come unto me.  From her all things proceed and until they return.  In our woman-to-woman connections, our hearts rejoice. 

Our sisterhood  rituals and ceremonies draw us together in unity, peace and harmony.  Here we open to the  beauty and strength, power, compassion, honor and humility and we open to the Sacred Goddess aspect within everyone…both male and female. Within the divine being of nurturing love and bright light, both genders become a conduit of the Divine Mother in openness, trust and love.  The unity and Oneness provides  healing and mutual support as we  look back, move forward, see and learn.  

Whenever we embrace the Divine Feminine the energy it  provides inner strength and balance. From this place of empowerment and individuality we stand on firm ground as spiritual warrior women. We do not use our swords of intention for war or personal gain. Spiritual warrior women wield their power  energy to sever old ties that bind through polarized thinking and create inequality. The goal of empowered women is to achieve human rights for all without censoring their right to choose their religion, path and culture.

Women to women  sisterhood connection assist men and women develop unity and oneness remaining One with each other and ourselves.

Within our respective roles as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and grandmothers, we are loved and loving.  Our bonds assist us in seeing beyond the pain and give us the strength to continue and learn our lessons in truth. In openness, trust and love we are able to  surrender  and trust the process of our emergence. 

The innate energy of Sacred Mother Source’s energy always loves. When we emulate and channel unconditional love and light it frees us from  unencumbered by conditioned thinking.

The gift comes as we are FREE—to BE…you and me with respect for differences. Enlightened thinkers seek and find common ground within the diversity and life. As we do, our consciousness ascends  to a resonant place  filled with love, purpose and peace.

 Divine love from my Heart Flame and blesses all Life as it passes by.

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David and I created this slide show through CD Creative Ventures. It illustrates the role of the Feminine Godhead and female deities throughout time. We are given the right to choose our path, grow the soul. Embracing the powerful, equal but different aspects of the Feminine Divine is yet another.

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Embracing The Divine Feminine

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By Coralie Raia Darsey-Malloy

God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back.

–Gloria Steinem

I started opening to Goddesses and energies within the Feminine Divine and their emerging presence in the mid eighties. This Blog post shares some of my insights in my soul path discoveries with Her in my spiritual and personl growth. Opening to Goddesses continues to assist me in walking my sacred path with ease, balance and flow. The bountiful blessings increase as my alignment with the Feminine Divine grows. Their gentle presence is very different from the dogma and patriarchy in my exposure to religion early life where God was the only choice in searching for a connection to Infinite Souce. At this stage I believe male and female Deities are equal with different attributes.

To keep the channels open, my day begins daily self-care practices. Journaling my path with Goddesses is one of the ways I enhance my commitment to shining with divine feminine radiance. Expressing the Feminine Divine enhances intuition, feeling into things, nurturing plus receiving. Comparatively, the masculine is action orientated, logical and analytical. I use the feminine to perceive needs then balance that with the masculine action to outwardly direct my intentions and create the best life possible at any age and stage.

As I focus on the Divine Feminine Her gentle guidance assists me in getting out of the way so it is easier “allow”the flow of Source-centred energy.There are three practices that support this intent. Journaling is one, as is sensual joy in how I dress, walk, dance and move. There arealters throughout our home with Feminine Dieties. Their visible presence are reminders of their special attribues. Pleasure and sensual enjoyment with David keep the my body, mind and spirit in alignment to the Divine Feminine. Reading books and using Goddess oracles inspire and continue to raise the energetic frequency.

Journaling and oracles focuses attentioin on desires and our larger life purpose. While journaling I energetically align to the blocks that keep me stagnant and removed from the flow of life. Diarizing thoughts, feelings and spiritual epiphanies are part of my gratitude practices. In this way I remain thankful and aware of the manifestation process in action and how my desires are being fullfilled. It is a direct communion with the Divine and makes the rest of my day holy and scared.

Within these precious moments I discovered that one cannot be impatient with the Divine Feminine. She is all thing and exists outside of time. Her presence is felt when She is ready and not before. Once we begin to open the channels she hears and feels the love and respect, nourishment and support. As the connection grows she offers that back…and so much more. In my experience the alters, oracles and offerings draw Her closer and augments the energy exchanges.

There is no ceiling to the love and support Goddesses provide to those who embrace her. My husband David is open to the Feminine Divine within his spiritual beliefs we both feel the balancing effect. Holding the masculine and feminine within assists us in expressing the full range of human emotions without gender stereotyping.

The feminine IS the core of creation that is LOVE. She and the Great Mother are one and the same. Every woman instinctively knows that she is at the center of thegreat mystery of bringing life into the world and how there is a sacred transformation of light into matter. Every woman intuitively knows that nothing can be born without the feminine.

The feminine energy is enormously powerful, and we would not be here without Her presence. With our Celtic roots we have an affinity wih Goddesses and their Divine roles. With many religions the dogma was written by men and the power of the feminine has been feared and suppressed within the psyche and mass thinking. The feminine represents the felt and unseen and nurtures and opens hearts and minds through greater intuition. It also encourages heart-centered living and loving through compassionate sight.

My feminine practices support me in being the juicy, delicious, vibrant women that I am. What new practices can you bring in that will support your transformation and personal empowerment? As we allow the feminine influences in we are more able to become the butterflies in transformation that we already are. Emerging, growing, changing while revealling our true colours from the inside out. Genunine, open and free to fly ever higher and stronger with our own wings.

The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power.
–Carol P. Christ

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This is a video David and I created to illustrate the role of the Feminine Godhead and female deities. With a respect for diversity embracing the Feminine Divine provides another perspective to soul growth.