I am lucky, in my life, to have side-stepped the church and organized religion. At a very early age my Sunday-school experience felt deeply wrong. I rejected the church completely, and luckily no one pressured me to return to the flock. So, as a free and unburdened spirit I spent years shedding the conditioning of the dominant society that keeps us all separated from what is truly important - the embrace of a spiritual path unique to each individual and an overwhelming love for the land. Accessing my own inner knowing and wisdom through reflection, meditation, dreams, oracles and intuitive affirmation was a big part of the process. When I discovered contemporary Goddess literature and archaeology my joy was complete. Among other eye-openers, I will never forget the electric moment of seeing ancient matriarchal carvings and Paleolithic goddesses for the first time in Lucy Lippard’s Overlay. In the college library that day, the door opened to a NEW version of history - a woman-empowered history – and a feminine view of diety. THERE SHE WAS - She had been there all along, waiting, and after all that seeking, the Goddess embraced me, and I embraced HER with all of my body, mind and soul.
For me, Divinity has always been a sacred presence, a circle around me encompassing all directions, guiding and illuminating, sensed as beauty and unconditional love, with the strongest connection happening when I spend time in nature away from the distractions of the left-brain world. Wild nature is truly the lens through which myth, magic, and the sacred appear. My bond to nature is a luminous connection and I am Gaia's daughter - She is my first love ever and always. "Whenever I go into wild nature I renew my wedding vows." In nature it becomes crystal clear that the divine presence emanating from and animating the natural world and indeed, the entire universe, is FEMININE - abundant, fertile, yin, cyclic, ever-renewing, forgiving, and above all, loving and nurturing. All things are born and nurtured by a mother - this love and nurture is the great cosmic principle of all life. It is so obvious, yet our civilization, based on 2000-plus years of patriarchal rule, has tried very hard to conceal this great and beautiful feminine truth. It is time to realign ourselves, men or women, with the Great Mother, to bring the principles of the Divine Feminine back into our lives, to recover what has been lost, and to bring a much-needed balance back into the world.
Pegi Eyers is the author of Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community, an award-winning book that explores strategies for neurodecolonization, social justice, ethnocultural identity, building land-emergent community & resilience in times of massive change.