Worship the Goddess

by Christopher Lovejoy on August 21, 2016

I began following pathways to the Goddess after reading an article on “the sacred prostitute”.

The term prostitute (the noun that refers to “a woman who walks the street”) did not see its first use, according to Merriam-Webster, until the year 1613, so when we talk about “sacred prostitutes” plying their trade and performing their magic on men of war in ancient times, please keep this in mind.

Not long after I read the article on “the sacred prostitute”, I discovered (and read an excerpt from) a fascinating little book in Google Books by Gary L. Thomas called Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God. In this book, he outlines nine sacred pathways to finding God.

What I like about his approach is that it is liberal enough to appeal to broad sections of people, and yet conservative enough to preserve a sense of the sacred in relation to the divine.

Now, what I am about to do might seem sacrilegious to some of you, especially to those who swear allegiance to God, but again, please bear with me. What I propose is that, instead of thinking in terms of God, we start feeling in terms of the Goddess, that we flip the script with this: Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to the Goddess – following nine sacred and divine pathways to the Goddess.

Before I share the particulars of following nine pathways to the Goddess, and before I invite you to follow these pathways, I’d like to get clear about what it means to “worship the Goddess”.

Here are two definitions that resonate with me:

worship (n): the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for … the Goddess

worship (v): show reverence and adoration for … the Goddess

I paused twice above to emphasize that anyone or anything can be worshipped, but the question remains: is anyone or anything worthy of reverence and adoration? Who, in your experience and estimation, is worthy of reverence? And who is truly deserving of being revered?

Reverence (as a noun) simply means “deep respect for …”, and (as a verb) simply means “regard or treat with deep respect.” When respect is given, admiration is given, but when deep respect is given, we cross over into sacred territory, into giving adoration – respect and love.

I liken the Goddess of Creation to the Mother of Creation, to the Ultimate Source of Creation. As I approach ultimate Creator status, I gauge the quality and vitality of my relationship with Her – my creationship with Her – by how well and how far I can go in co-creating with Her.

I could just as easily imagine a goddess in fourth density, in service to others, who embodies and expresses universal love (Kwan Yin, the goddess of mercy and compassion, comes to mind), or a goddess in fifth density, in service to others, who embodies and expresses a state of being that approaches a fine-tuned balance between love and wisdom (Sophia, the goddess of wisdom, comes to mind), or a goddess of unity beyond duality who chooses to appear as female in sixth density, in service to others, who embodies and expresses compassionate wisdom, or a powerful goddess assuming the form of an androgynous female who flows easily and effortlessly through timelessness in the foreverness of seventh density who embodies and expresses the sacramental nature of all things and all beings, or an extremely powerful goddess whose gender is not easily discerned who dwells eternally in eighth density in direct contact with intelligent infinity in service to the one infinite Creator, who is the Mother Goddess of Creation, the Ultimate Source of Creation, of the Omniverse that oversees an infinite number of universes.

When I worship the Goddess, I revere the Goddess: I adore Her by giving Her my respect and my love. “I revere the Goddess” is a shortcut way of saying “I adore the Goddess by giving the Goddess my deepest respect – that is, both my soulful respect and my heartfelt love.”

This bears repeating:

I adore the Goddess
by giving the Goddess
my deepest respect –
both my soulful respect
and my heartfelt love

And I do this by having a relationship with Her magnificent, majestic, mysterious Creation, through my own understanding and appreciation of Her Creation as and when I rise in awe with Her Creation and marvel at the results and outcomes of co-creating with Her and Her Creation.

This, then, for me, is what it means to revere the Goddess, to show reverence for the Goddess, and so, how might we revere the Goddess in practice, to show reverence for the Goddess?

We can revere the Goddess through …

  1. immersion (in sublime natural beauty and harmony)
  2. contemplation (with heartfelt adoration and devotion)
  3. sensation (through awe and splendor, majesty and ecstasy)
  4. abstention (in solitude and simplicity, austerity and reclusivity)
  5. celebration (through movement and mystery, joy and excitement)
  6. intellection (with depths of understanding and realization)
  7. tradition (by way of symbol and ritual, structure and closure)
  8. confrontation (with a view towards repentance and salvation)
  9. through interaction (in loving and caring, giving and hurting)

Some (or even many) of these nine pathways to the Goddess might not even appeal to you, and this is fine. In gauging their appeal, I found that I have the following personal profile: I am a contemplative naturalist with strong sensate and reclusive tendencies, who appreciates the contributions of celebration and intellection, but who has little or no interest in adopting caregiving, activist, and traditionalist pathways. Here are my sacred pathway scores (30 is the highest possible score):

Naturalist = 25 … Contemplative = 24 … Sensate = 22 … Ascetic = 21
Enthusiast = 17 … Intellectual = 12 … Traditionalist = 7 … Activist = 7 … Caregiver = 7

At present, I feel most comfortable demonstrating reverence for the Goddess by immersing myself in the natural world, by observing Her manifest beauty and harmony, by taking a stroll through the woods, hiking up and down a mountain, exploring an open meadow, meandering along the shore of a remote beach – tapping and tasting the vast magical mysteries of the divine Goddess in Mother Nature.

When I express reverence for the Goddess through contemplation, my focus is not on serving Her, not on doing Her will, not on accomplishing great things in Her name, but on adoring Her with a love that runs deep and true, by sitting or standing still, closing my eyes, and raising my arms as an offering, with true acceptance of Her many blessings, with total allowance of Her many and various appearances.

Getting lost in the awe, beauty, and splendor of the Goddess, by way of the senses, is another of my favorite ways of giving the Goddess Her due. I think immediately of the film Baraka (which means Blessing), which I’ve seen experienced more times than I can count. No other film that I know of at this time conveys the novelty, variety, and majesty of Creation like this one – a true feast for the senses.

Forget the liturgy (formal, public acts of worship), forget the trappings of religious ceremony, forget the clamor that pollutes much of this world; give me instead a sublime taste of the Goddess in solitude and simplicity, in blessed stillness, listening to the Great Silence of the Void, inside the Womb of the Goddess. Leave me alone when I recline on the grass, in the shade of a tree, under a clear blue sky.

I am willing to worship the Goddess with others, to share in Her Majesty, to dance with Her in ecstasy, and I am willing to plumb the depths of Her Mystery with the intellect, to understand Her as much as experience Her, but I have yet to find common cause with those who are traditional in their approach, with ritual, symbol, and sacrament, or with those who call evil-doers and wrong-doers to repentance.

As for caregiving, I favor performing random acts of kindness on a daily basis, but I do not resonate with those who say: “it’s not enough to say that you love the Goddess; you must love others, which requires that you give until it hurts – otherwise, it’s not true love.” In light of this admonition, I counter with this: “meet and greet others where they are, giving where giving feels good and true, and then move on.”

Which is not to say there’s anything wrong with giving until it hurts; I just don’t wish to make a habit of it.

In summary, I bring the Goddess to life in my sacred imagination, through many ways and means, as a Way for me to personalize my gratitude and appreciation for being and becoming an infinitely worthy, deserving, valuable, capable, indispensable part of the motherly Creation as a whole.

* * *

I feel that my post would not be complete without addressing this question for myself: would I be willing to offer myself, my body (mind, heart, soul, spirit) to a complete stranger for an enlightened, empowered purpose that serves the both of us with uncommon grace and ease?

In having opened up sacred pathways to the Goddess, I can see now that this question is flawed in two ways: first, no one in this world is a stranger to me, and second, I always, already offer myself in body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit whenever I meet those who cross my path, and in so doing, I get a quick sense of how ready, willing, and able they are to offer themselves in body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit.

If the resonance is there for both of us, for having a particular kind of encounter, for having a particular kind of experience, and we can both sense that this is the case, then the connection is already complete, ready to be made manifest as and when we feel ready to manifest it.

Our eyes lock, falling into grace with depthless ease;
our hands join, and the joining lingers, as if destiny calls.

The world yonder tiptoes into a void beyond compare;
in wordless wonder, we feed the other with eternal bliss.

Intercourse with the Goddess never felt so … peaceful,
and … I had only met this angel once before in my life …

In light of this response (and this responsiveness), that mad concoction known as “sacred prostitute” feels wrong on so many levels. A woman who knows enough and feels enough to embody and express as feminine is divine by nature, and will be perceived and received as such by those who know enough and feel enough to approach her embodiment and expression with sacred masculine intent, and so, “divine prostitute” sounds a little more in keeping with my intent (but not by much), as “prostitute” is as sullied a word as they come. Might we instead say that a woman who can offer herself up as a caregiver with dignity and integrity be called a divine goddess, in service to the Goddess of Creation?

Might one then be willing to worship the goddess as a worship worthy of the Goddess?

I am not trying to be perverse here; I sincerely wish to live in a world where Woman can be worshipped, where She can be treated with deep love and respect for Her many (countless) stellar qualities.

I know how silly that sounds, how impossibly naïve, but there it is, for your sacred consideration.

At the heart of worship is kindness, which is more than a mere act of love and respect; it is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch; it is patience, empathy, affection, compassion, absolution.

Kill that and you kill life itself – and the Goddess too.

This post has been filed under Integration in the Ultimate Outline.

Note: my evolving outline on approaching a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment can be found here, accessible from the nav menu under the page “Be Here Now”.

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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