Beadmouse wrote:Grant O Goddess thy protection ...
...The love of God and all Goodness.
Is the way I begin and end my prayer. For me this is a way of acknowledging my belief in one God/Great Spirit and at the same time acknowledging my personal need to relate to the female aspect of Deity. Brought up as a convent educated Roman Catholic, I was blind for many years to the rather obvious fact that my relationship was with 'Mary' and that all my conversations and prayers were with her, it was to her that I turned in time of conflict, for comfort and sometimes simply just to be. The official God of my supposed religion did not get a look in. It was on that realisation that I began my search for the right path for me.
On a rational level, I do not believe that 'God' is gendered. Or that there are more than one. I do believe that the Deity has many aspects and many names and that we seek the face that we need or can relate to. So I begin by acknowledging The Great Mother and finish by acknowledging that she is both male and female and in a way by acknowledging both, acknowledge that She is neither.
When I seek her protection it is that it is already there. In a way I am reminding myself that it is there and that the strength and love of the cosmos are available to me. Lest I forget. Which I often do.
Robert wrote:Lastly, if you understand that the life-force resides in the deep inner core of the lower body behind the genitals and below the sacrum, then you can see that this prayer is simply a mirror of that life force as it rises through the body, flowering in universal connection with the universal life force. It's really very simple, and not "spiritual" at all, in the traditional sense of the word.
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