Creativity and Your Yearning to Express Yourself by Teri Degler
“Love, begin the song, and let me hear how well you sing.” Mechthild of Magdeburg
In The Divine Feminine Fire, Teri Degler explores the similarities and differences of the divine feminine expressed in Shakti (Hinduism), Sophia (Christianity), and Shekinah (Kabbalah). She examines ancient and suppressed texts leading to some fascinating insights. The reason to explore these traditions is made plain by the need for understanding in our own time of the awakening going on in us and around us. Degler asserts that it is the divine feminine that is waking up, being ignited and transforming consciousness. The divine feminine is a creative force (not limited to the female gender, in any way) experienced in the human body as a birthright. This experience is one that exists along a continuum.
To get a feel for the extreme of the continuum, Degler examines the lives of a 12th Century Christian Saint (Mechthild of Magdeburg) and a 12th Century Hindu Saint (Mahadevi Akka). She draws some appropriate parallels and calls our attention to the whole of the transformation being rooted in the body. The stories of five modern women are also given to show the other end of the continuum. There was a compelling discussion about Gopi Krishna and how we have no reason to think we have a good handle on understanding what the far extreme of this transformation would look like. Things like where do Christ or Buddha fall on the continuum come to mind.
Throughout the book, there are examples of what transformative experiences happen when the divine feminine is awakened. Again, these are on the continuum. The principle signs of transformation include mystical experience, paranormal abilities, and divine inspiration (inspired creativity).
The final chapter of the book is a call to live a balanced life. Whether we know it or like it, all of us are in the body going through transformation somewhere along the continuum. Creativity is the way the divine feminine is expressed and how consciousness is transformed. Many of us feel this call of transformation through our creative work and the whole of life can be viewed as creative expression.
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I’ve also read an understanding of Mary as the incarnation of the feminine divine essence to Jesus’ masculine divinity, together making a whole.
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Yeah, I think it was a Catholic feminist writer, but unfortunately I can’t remember her name
Its funny how we never really understand the nature of the duality we live in which is always expressing opposites to confuse us. We are either attracted to or reject what we are perceiving . The opportunity for growth comes when we see through the charade and truly only communicate what is bringing us real dynamic inner peace. That way we naturally become relaxed and creative because our minds are joyful. Great Post Ellis
Sounds like I know this… delightful and true… with a world where the female consciousness is taking some real blows these days (political conservatism) .. seems like a book the is very much needed.
Thanks for this, Ellis! The Divine Feminine is definitely waking up, which is what surprised me so much about the last election. Maybe it was just the last gasp of an outdated paradigm though. Will look into this book.
I think you’ll really like the discussions on Sophia. That part was totally new to me.
This looks like a fabulous book. I will definitely look for it!
Great for the creative spirit.
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