THE SACRED FEMININE angela
The valley spirit never dies;
It is the woman, primal mother.
Her gateway is the root of heaven and earth.
It is like a veil barely seen.
Use it; it will never fail.
—Lao Tsu, Tao te Ching
The SACRED FEMININE is the ancient voice who sings the song of creation.
She is the aspect of the Divine that brings the divine spark into being, from the infinite realms of non-being through the currents of love that reveal this being as an ocean of oneness, and from oneness into the myriads of forms and colours, into the multiplicity of creation.
It is through her that we recognize the light in creation, the sacredness of the Earth.
In reverence for the Sacred Feminine we find love and respect towards every being in creation showing us how to honour them as sacred, as filled with divine light.
Through honouring the Sacred Feminine we find natural access to spiritual qualities like receptivity, patience, the ability to listen, and the care for life.
The Sacred Feminine also holds the spiritual power of the feminine to give birth to life and to connect matter and spirit. Her deepest potential is the power to connect and re-connect the created world with its soul.
The Sacred Feminine is not bound to gender, it lives in all of us, in women and men. Yet we believe that women have a particular role to play in reclaiming the Feminine in our spiritual work and practice, after we as humanity have neglected and disregarded the feminine for millennia. We believe that this work is an indispensable contribution to the healing and transformation of the world.
Once a year, we extend an invitation to a weekend on Feminine Mysticism.
In the outer form of a seminar, this event offers an open forum for seekers, wayfarers, and mystics from all traditions, who together would like to work on, and take part in, the evolvement of a living and genuine feminine spirituality.
For more than a decade, the thread that weaves through our work and brings us together, each year anew, is the serious interest in a spiritual work for the world and the increasingly necessary contribution of the feminine. In creative exchange and in respect for the different paths, we share our experiences and our visions and get in touch with the essence that we all have in common. In doing so, we bring to life a web of interconnectedness, which pervades each one of us and all of creation.
In addition to the joint seminar activities, which consist of meditation, talks and conversation, silence, dream work and exercises, the open-air meal in a garden on Saturday evening has become a central and favoured part of our seminars on „Feminine Mysticism“.
This Facebook page in English is dedicated to the contribution of the Feminine – in women and men – to the balance of life, illuminating the awareness of the sacredness in creation and the sacred interconnectedness that we experience as oneness.
We like to connect with all people who are interested and engaged in the reawakening of feminine wisdom and qualities in service to life and our world – this on the foundation of mystical consciousness and mystical experience, embracing all mystical traditions respecting both their uniqueness and the oneness they belong to.
We discuss possibilities and questions about the awareness of the sacred Feminine in our daily life, communities, work, arts, relationships and spirituality – which, according to the feminine consciousness, are all one.
“The mystery of the divine feminine speaks to us from within her creation. She is not a distant god in heaven, but a presence that is here with us, needing our response. She is the divine returning to claim her creation, the real wonder of what it means to be alive. We have forgotten her, just as we have forgotten so much of what is sacred, and yet she is always part of us. But now she needs to be known again, not just as a myth, as a spiritual image, but as something that belongs to the blood and the breath. She can awaken us to an expectancy in the air, to an ancient memory coming alive in a new way. She can help us to give birth to the divine that is within us, to the oneness that is all around us. She can help us to remember our real nature.”
“This consciousness gives women a unique role to play within creation. It allows us natural access to the creative darkness from which all life emerges. We can access this darkness, and work within its silence to guide life from the emptiness. We live in two worlds, helping light enter existence, wherever it is needed, and we are attentive—with great care—to all that is born.”
—Angela Fischer, from The Unknown She
“Without the feminine nothing new can be born, nothing new can come into existence—we will remain caught in the materialistic images of life that are polluting our planet and desecrating our souls. We need to return to the core of our being, to where the sacred comes into existence. And the mystical feminine holds the key to this work of redemption and Transformation.“
“Is there a spiritual science grounded in the knowledge that transformation for women can happen in accordance with our nature as women? Yes, it exists. It is an ancient science as old as human consciousness itself. And for some women it is the way home.”
“If we can rediscover in ourselves the hidden beauty of this receptive devotion, if we can learn how to be still without inaction, how to ‘further life’ without willed purpose, how to serve without demanding prestige, and how to nourish without domination: then we shall be women again out of whose earth the light may shine.”
—Helen M. Luke, The Way of Woman. Awakening the Perennial Feminine
“And when we’re talking about that feminine that’s missing, we’re talking about the heart energy. That can fill a room. Certainly in a relationship it’s the energy that holds presence.”
“I believe unless we return to the remembrance, to the realization that we are a soul, that the earth is a living being, that the rich soil (which is the darkness that allows all things to grow) is sacred, to the organic sense of life, to the fact that water is the source of life and that we are also water, to this knowledge, which is held naturally within the woman’s body as a sacred space, within the feminine feeling values of the heart, both in man and woman, until then nothing can or will happen. Only then, all feminine qualities will rise as a natural follow-up from a sacred space and can be implemented in the outer world as service to humanity, as an agent of change in consciousness, a revitalizing force of a new life.“
—Anat Vaughan-Lee, from Making the Way for the Feminine
“I heard a voice saying to me, ‘This Lady whom you see is Love, who has Her dwelling place in eternity’. When God wished to create the world, He leaned down, and with tender Love, provided all that was needed, as a parent prepares an inheritance for a child. And thus, in a mighty blaze the Lord ordained all His works.
Then creation recognized its Creator in its own forms and appearances. For in the beginning, when God said, “Let it be!” and it came to pass, the means and the Matrix of creation was Love, because all creation was formed through Her as in the twinkling of an eye.”
—The Holy Spirit as Sapientia, Hildegard von Bingen, trans. B. Newman
“When the world was born, I came into being. … Through me, all things have their movement and are made to work as one. I am the beauty running through the world… I am the essential Feminine. I was the bond that held together the foundations of the universe…I extend my being into the soul of the world… I am the magnetic force of the universal presence and the ceaseless ripple of its smile. I open the door to the whole heart of creation: I, the Gatewayof the Earth, the Invitation… It is God who awaits you in me!… Lying between God and the earth, as a zone of mutual attraction, I draw them both together in a passionate union.… I am the Eternal Feminine.”
– Teilhard de Chardin
Listen to the deeds of Kuan Yin / Responding compassionately on every side / With great vows, deep as the ocean, / Through inconceivable periods of time, / Serving innumerable Buddhas, / Giving great, clear, and pure vows… / To hear her name, to see her body, / To hold her in the heart, is not in vain, / For she can extinguish the suffering of existence…
– From the Buddhist Lotus Sutra
“The feminine, whether the feminine principle or women themselves, holds the secret of creation, which is the light hidden in matter. It is very important to understand that if one is to do any real spiritual work at this time of global and ecological crisis because the feminine holds the unique understanding of the sacredness in matter and how we need to reawaken that aspect of life… I think both the feminine principle (the receptive quality in consciousness) and individual women in particular, have a unique roll to play. This also needs to be honored by the feminine principle within men — that can understand the power of the receptive feminine and her particular relationship to the spiritual principle of holding the light that is needed to redeem the world — the sacred light that the feminine understands because women alone can give birth to a human being, can bring the light of a divine soul into this world…”
Recommended Reading by Different Authors
THE RETURN of the FEMININE and the WORLD SOUL
by LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE
Published by The Golden Sufi Center
THE UNKNOWN SHE
Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness
by HILARY HART
published by the Golden Sufi Center
FRAU SEIN – SENSIBEL UND STARK. MIT DER KRAFT WEIBLICHER SPIRITUALITÄT DAS LEBEN NEU GESTALTEN
by ANGELA FISCHER, 2010 – German language
BODY OF WISDOM: Women’s Spiritual Power and How it Serves
by HILARY HART
published by O Books, 2013
Frauen meditieren anders
Women Meditate in a Different Way
by ANGELA FISCHER, 2003
Goddesses. Mysteries of the Feminine Divine
by JOSEPH CAMPBELL
Collected Works, Edited by Safran Rossi, 2013
The Way of Woman: Awakening the Perennial Feminine