What is the Sacred Feminine?

Who am I to define the sacred feminine? Well, I’m a wise woman, for starters…  and a high priestess with direct experience of the sacred feminine mystery. And why would I even want to try? Because I’m writing a book about breast cancer and the sacred feminine. I can only manage to describe a few of her many faces and shapes… perhaps you can add your own in the comments.

Below is an excerpt from my forthcoming book. The working title is Dancing with Cancer – The Sacred Feminine Path to Wholeness. Yeah, really! Soon I’ll be following my own advice from the last three blogs and writing a book proposal!

[begin excerpt] Imagine before you a maternal being that is as big as the universe. She takes you in her arms, against her soft bosom, and you know that you are safe and protected. Let yourself sink in, for in this moment you are a child with no cares or fears. Take a deep breath and fill yourself with the sense of nurturing that radiates from her.

She begins to shift now, into a mama bear whose babies are threatened. Feel her fierce protectiveness and her willingness to defend her children at all costs. You are one of her children.

Now she morphs yet again, beginning to dance and move with wild abandon, flowing skirts and scarves following her every leap and twist. Do you dare to dance with her? Feel her breath breathing her, her dance dancing her, her life force fueling every cell to express with full freedom and total abandon.

She spirals down to the ground now, placing a dark mask on her face. She lies down upon the earth and surrenders herself to the underworld journey, willing to navigate the place where she feels all her earthly feelings… sadness, grief, anger, rage, loneliness, and sorrow. She beckons you to follow, if you have the courage.

Looking up, you see there’s a playful winged creature in the woods ahead of you, giggling and peeking around trees. She’s got a magic wand and she’s not afraid to use it. She leads you on a merry chase, laughing, until you both collapse in a soft, warm, green meadow. She asks you about your creative projects, your dreams, what you do for fun. She wants to make some playdates with you.

She rises up with a sword in her hand, screaming, “Off with your head, tame your ego, cut out the bullshit, carve away what no longer serves you, do it now, now, now!” She sticks out her tongue, feints her sword toward you once more with the sternest face you can imagine, and offers you the hilt of the sword.

She brings her hands to her heart and then opens them toward you. From them spills golden light, shimmering and sparkling, flowing and rippling all around you. She brings her light-filled hands to your body and swirls the energy around you, anointing you with it. She taps your third eye and you are transported to another realm, filled with indescribable colors, scents, and sounds. Every place she touches you ignites with pure ecstasy and bliss. Breathe it all the way in.

She leads you now into a temple of such beauty and grandeur as you’ve never experienced before. She reminds you of who you really are, who you have always been. She bids you look into a magical mirror that reflects your true essence to you, and you gasp at the magnificence and elegance that you witness as you look. She offers you a drink of holy water. Her lips don’t move, but you hear her say, “May you never thirst.”

She drops to the ground and transforms into a writhing snake and you feel a blast of pure, formless sexual energy. She bids you sit on the ground and slithers behind you, bringing her head to your sacrum. Expanding into the fear, you feel her moving up your spine. You are breathing the energy that creates life up your spine and feeling it fountain out of the top of your head in red, yellow, and orange sparks. The sparks form a human body made of fire and you look into her wild and primal eyes.

She melts into grandmother, wise ancient one, she who spins the threads that connect us all. She shows you how every thread is connected, and reminds you that every thought you think and every action you take impacts everything and everyone else in the universe. She reveals the paradox of as above, so below… as within, so without. She reminds you that when you love and care for yourself, you are effectively loving and caring for everything and everyone, not the other way around

The years drop away from her ancient face as she transforms into a beautiful, mature woman holding a chalice… the symbol of the feminine. Her beloved approaches her, holding a sword, a symbol of the masculine. Together, they place the sacred articles upon an altar, and come together, wrapping their arms around each other and joining their foreheads. As you witness this, you see the multi-colored skeins of energy and light wrapping around and through them, and you suddenly understand the true meaning of “communion.”

Everything vanishes, the altar, the chalice and sword, the beloved. You are now facing the queen of death, all in black. Fear ye not, for death does not always mean physical death. Death must occur in order for rebirth to happen. She asks you what needs to die within you now, and you have an opportunity for letting go of what no longer serves you. Will you take it? The queen of death will guide you.

The black disappears, and she is hugely pregnant with planet Earth. Your willingness to let something die has paved the way for this birth. You are her midwife, just as she is yours. She is giving birth to herself, just as you are giving birth to yourself. Her message is we are all in this together.

The sacred feminine is vast, ever-changing, powerful beyond measure, and always with you. She resides within you. You have access to her at all times, in any of her aspects you choose to call forth. Perhaps some are more hidden within you than others, but you can invoke and cultivate them as you choose. I’m going to show you how to invoke the sacred feminine aspects you need for healing, for change, for letting go, and for growth… all part of your breast cancer journey. [end excerpt]

What does the Sacred Feminine mean to you?

Please add your comments below. I would love your input and feedback

Love & blessings, Amrita

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10 Responses to What is the Sacred Feminine?

  1. SF means to me a returning to the times of Old, when women were sought out for their power, being special, & treated with reverence as the Carrier of the Next Generation; SF is a perspective that says Woman/Man are not the same, and yet they are equal. It is a honoring of the bond between the sexes (all of them), a bond that increases the strength and resilience of each Person woven together, each Person bringing their unique and special/important gift to the weave; SF also means Sacred Men for me as each person has both “male” and “female” hormones in our bodies. This tells me the Gods/Goddesses/Yahweh/Buddha and all Divine Beings did this for a reason: to show us how we are literally a part of one another – and that we each need that other part in order to be healthy and Whole. Finally it means viewing the world outside of the typical black/white view. We look out our windows to see the World is in Living Color. Why do we seem to want it to be in black and white? Speaking for myself, I want to experience every bit of color possible before I go! Thanks Amrita!

  2. Thanks Amrita I love your writing it took me on a delicious meditation
    I wish you well with it

  3. Gaianna says:

    You are such a priestess Amrita! Thank You Thank You Thank You for sharing your heart, experience and vision of the Divine Feminine!!! While reading this work I welled up with emotion & completion for the cradling arms that I’ve missed dearly in my adult life! The tears that fell were so welcome, you are a true representative of the goddess and divine feminine! I can’t wait for this book to come out! Thank You again dear one, you are so valuable to the healing of human kind and our world, keep up your work and visions!

    Luv Gaianna!

    • Amrita says:

      I receive your gracious comments with pleasure and humility, Gaianna. I feel happy that you had an experience of the mystery through my words. I feel very blessed, indeed!

  4. william coté says:

    Amrita Dear,
    I have a lot that I would like to contribute to your writings, even though I still struggle to put these in a practical perspective in my life. There are many traditions that describe her in MUCH more detail than I could ever want to do. She is all that is warm and nurturing, as well as, fierce and protective. I will say more about all this later.
    What I want to say is that she is the energy of connection to the earth where we all finally begin to search for her presence. As you know, I have been searching for her my whole life!
    She is all that wants to birth, embrace, dance and expand in the universe. She is inviting and compelling. She is the source of the “flow” that energizes and moves the planets in their orbit. She is the source of the kundalini which arises out of the sacrum ( meaning sacred). She has many faces and looks soft and loving at one time and then as fierce as Mother Kali in the next moment. She utilizes the first shakra ( in the process of our life here on the earth plane) to absorb her earthly energies and transmute them for our learning and growth.
    The reason our coccyx is pointed down is because it is always energetically connected with the mother earth energies and forms a powerful electric thread of energy that connects the first chakra to earth or ground. The 4 petals represent the 4 directions on the earth and it is necessary for the coccyx to “sense” the energy direction and move in that very subtle way, all the while keeping contact with the safe and secure connection to our mother source. She will guide us in the way which is essential for us on our journey to her when we can strengthen that bond and listen to her song.
    There are several mantras which represent her and call her presence in our lives. She is always listening to her children for any cry of help that they need. And hears every sound of joy that comes from our heart. She is, at once, our greatest teacher and our most fierce advocate for casting out illusions and ignorance….

    • Amrita says:

      I thought you might have something to say about this subject, William! Thank you for your contribution. I love this most of all: “She is, at once, our greatest teacher and our most fierce advocate for casting out illusions and ignorance…” And so it is. Blessed Be.

  5. Iolani says:

    Wow!! You go girl. What a ride of images presented. The changes seemed a little fast. I would like to add a profound truth about the divine feminine which is we are the gateway in which all humans come to be in this world. Amara said that in a class she taught here. She has been doing a lot of research and created an awesome power point to educate women with in her classes.
    Love you, Iolani

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