Spirit, what some call God or Buddha nature, Source, Spirit, is
infinite, genderless, ineffable, nameless. It, the Self, the I AM, does
not care what we call it, for no names can hold it or define it.
We are the ones, who care... and what a lot of names we have come up with!
It is my preference, to call It, "Goddess." You may choose to
call it something else; I don't mind. I don't care. You may choose to
take issue with my choice of term... I don't care about that, either.
What a lot of Holy Wars have been started, over this simple thing: what
to call, that which is nameless. I prefer peace.
While reading this site you can substitute "Goddess" in your
mind, for whatever term you prefer to use to refer to the Divine. I
won't mind at all.
Traditionally, in Hindu texts, the Kundalini Shakti is
referred to as a Goddess; Goddess Shakti. In most Kundalini oriented
writings, you will find this convention. Kundalini is the Goddess.
Personally, I was raised in a Roman Catholic home, where the
Divine was always referred to in masculine terms. The Lord God. I found
that this rather distanced me, a female from accepting that the Divine
was a part of myself... especially, because my first experience of the
Divine was in a powerful lucid dream, at age 2. A vast love and light
that said I was its child, whom I identified as my true Mother. It
seemed to be under the ground, within the Earth... because leaving it
as I awoke, I experienced going through a tunnel. An upward movement.
For many years I did not associate that beautiful Mother Goddess
energy, with the church teachings about the distant, righteous Lord God
in Heaven. I simply did not make the connection, the God of
Christianity seemed a distant, disinterested figure. The church taught
that underground, was Hell... it made no sense to me... but I did have
the sense to keep my mouth shut about my experience!
Referring to the Divine as feminine, also reminds me every
day, that is is me, too. That this feminine body, is a vessel of that.
So, my choice of terms, is personal... as such choices always must be.
Goddess, is All that Is, including me! Wheee! Joy.
In some Gnostic Christian texts, those that predate the
Council of Constantinople, the Holy Spirit is called "God the Mother."
Kundalini is often considered a manifestation, or an alternate
interpretation of awakening to the Holy Spirit.
When it comes to the interpersonal, I find that when one is in
a Patriarchal system, one cannot see the forest for the trees. Many who
use the term "God" are not conscious of the cultural, masculine
association with it... but it is very pervasive, in the unconscious. As
recognizable as Michaelangelo's genesis, the old white bearded male God
offering the spark of life, to Adam.
In Tantra, the word for feminine genitalia is "Yoni", and it
means "sacred space." The word for penis is Lingham, and it means "Wand
My own interpretation of Genesis; "In the beginning, there was
the Void. (Goddess, the empty womb space where creation occurs) Out of
the Void there came a voice (consciousness is the eternal Nothing)),
and the voice said "Let there be Light." (Goddess the void creating her
consort, God the Light; between them, they created everything else.)
People tend to associate God with Light... this may be correct, but
Divine Consciousness predated Light, the Light is a manifestation.
Most folks are so focused on the Light, they do not become
aware of the nothingness... which for me, is consciousness. The sacred
space between the stars, the atoms, the neurons and synapses of your
brain. Without space, there is no time or distance. Consciousness and
matter, make creation. Consciousness; the nothing spaces, and matter;
the Light. Photons, particles and waves.
E=MC2 Everything is made of energy, everything is made of light, and consciousness; the organizing principle. The spaces between
The term "Goddess", is functional in how it changes one's
thinking and identifications. A conscious choice to refer to the Divine
as feminine, brings the masculine cultural associations into focus, so
that they can be surrendered... clearing the masculine associations of
Divinity from the unconscious.
A conception of the Divine as an unconditionally loving
Mother, can be useful for releasing the intimidating concepts of the
judgmental, righteous angry Father God on his lofty throne... a
difficult conceptualization to reconcile with the realized "Self"
concept of the Divine being the true nature of us mortal, fragile,
fallible human beings. Moving from one gender polarization to the
other, eventually leads to the middle path... the genderless, formless,
Self, that is Realized through the spiritual evolutionary process.
When my mother asked me why I speak of Goddess, I told her
that Goddess is essentially the same as the Christian concept of the
Virgin Mary. There are sculptures of the Mother Goddess Kali, older
than Christian concepts, but she is dressed the same, in white and
blue, with the Kundalini Serpent underfoot. Her own mother often
appealed to Mary, so she felt comfortable with that association.
There is a difference, of interpretation. Shakti is often
depicted standing on Shiva, because She is dominant, but also because
he is the ground she springs from, like the images of Aphrodite on a
clamshell, born of the sea. Water is symbolic of spiritual energy, in
dreams. Mary springs from the Serpent. Kundalini, the Source.
From an historical, evolutionary viewpoint, Matriarchy long
predates Patriarchy. The oldest idols are feminine, the most ancient
tombs are womb shaped. Birth and death, a cycle. Birth, and the
mysteries of menstruation are the oldest miracles. In nature, creation
springs from the feminine... as the Wiccan chant goes,
"We all come from the Goddess,
and to Her we shall return,
like a drop of rain,
moving to the ocean."
I know the Divine is genderless, infinite, nameless and
formless... but how do we talk about what is nameless? We need words,
terms and labels. "Goddess", just feels right, to me. It calls to my
I'm not attached to the term. In session, I usually ask my
clients what term they prefer, and use that... though I may slip
sometimes and say Goddess, anyway, out of habit. When reading this
website, use whatever term you prefer.