What is a Goddess and are you one?
With the word being thrown around a lot these days, it might be worth clarifying with this one simple question:
Do you identify as female?
- If you answered YES, you are definitely a Goddess
- If you answered NO, you’ve still got some Goddess in you, but you just might have a bit more uncovering to do to get to her.
Right about now you might be saying, “I don’t get it. Is everyone a Goddess? How is that even possible?”
Great question! Allow me to elucidate.
When we bow our heads in Namaste at the end of our yoga practice, we are bowing in recognition and reverence to the divine spark within each and every one of us. Of course, you knew that already but did you consider that we are not all the same?
I am a woman, so that divine spark in me is expressed predominately as Goddesses.
And not just one, I might add. There is a little bit of every Goddess in each of us even though we will relate more to some than to others. I like to think of myself as an Aphrodite lover with Artemis's sense of purpose and Persephone's calling to go down into the Underworld.
What Goddesses do you relate to?
So back to my point: you are a Goddess and you have been one all along, whether you knew it or not.
Turns out you don’t even have to look like what you thought a Goddess was supposed to look like. You don’t even have to have a Goddess-sized bank account or wardrobe. Because you, when you crawl out of bed with your morning breath and drool-crusted cheek, are still a Goddess.
It is as simple as that.
So if we are all Goddesses, then why even bother calling ourselves by that name?
Aha! That is the juiciness!
We call ourselves Goddesses to remind ourselves and one another that we are in fact spiritual beings incarnated into this world with the power and majesty to heal ourselves and one another through our divinely endowed Goddess qualities of compassion, love, & wisdom, just to name a few.
We call ourselves Goddesses to remember that as women, with the power to bring new life into this world, we deserve the utmost reverence and respect and that we will not tolerate being treated as anything less than the heavenly beings that we are.
We call ourselves Goddesses to remind ourselves and one another when we have forgotten. And we will forget, and that is OK, but we will call ourselves Goddesses to remember. And when we bow in Namaste we will remember that it is not just a sanskrit word, it is an honoring of the Goddess that we are.
Now for you men, like it or not, there is a little Goddess in you too and you might want to learn not only to accept it, but embrace it as a part of yourself and I will tell you why. As you embrace your inner Feminine you will open yourself to a process of healing that will help you grow in all aspects of your life, but especially in your relationships with women. Most women want a partner who can recognize her Goddess nature and worship her as such, while also being able to tap in to his own inner Goddess, his emotional self, his sensitive side.
As human beings we each have masculine and feminine quantities, we each have Goddesses within us, and in honoring both sides of our nature we can show up as whole and integrated beings here on Earth, ready to do our part to serve humanity.