"What does it mean to reclaim the feminine? It means to honor our sacred connection to life that is present in every moment. It means to realize that life is one whole and begin to recognize the interconnections that form the web of life. It means to realize that everything, every act. even every thought, affects the whole. And it also means to allow life to speak to us." -Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Church for Our Common Home began with the name Church of Mary Magdalene. With our name change we hope to help make the cosmic connection of Mary Magdalene's experience and the experience of the earth and the divine feminine in all religious traditions and patriarchal cultures. This has been done to both men and women for we all have a divine feminine and divine masculine within. What we have done to women's bodies and souls we have done to Mary Magdalene AND we have done to the earth. We left her out, forgot about her and abused her, either raping her and leaving her for dead or acting as if she was not there and that she did not matter-- or both, neglect and abuse simultaneously. It is time to honor the divine feminine to look at her, to bear witness to her suffering and learn about her suffering within us and among us. She will not heal until we make room for her suffering. The world needs mothering now more than ever. Many of us have been guided by Mother Mary and the Divine Holy Mother. She teaches us how to be mothers to our own children, to our wounded inner child and how, "to do unto the least of these" (Matthew 25:40 ) as Jesus taught. Mary Magdalene calls us to be the divine Sophia the divine bride of Christ to be Jesus's wife's, partner and co-minister. She is a teacher to adults not only children encouraging exploration of the imaginal spiritual realms of death, eternal life and miraculous healing. in partnership with the divine masculine as we offer grandmotherly, motherly, wifely and teacherly love to all in partnership. It is time for us as a human family to grow up, take responsibility and dedicate our lives to mature love and compassion for ourselves and all life forms.
Mary Magdalene is appearing now in many forms. She is not only a mother, she is a teacher, the most advanced of all Jesus' students, his spiritual soul mate, perhaps she is a wife, a co-minister, a lover, a daughter in law, a grandmother, a friends and she represents the divine feminine stream that loves and interconnects with the masculine divine stream of Jesus. We must look behind the new stories that are emerging to see the grander truth of her presence at this historic time. She embodies the message of Jesus teaching us that love is more powerful than suffering, torture and death. Not only was she the first to see the resurrected Christ, she is resurrecting now for us as the newly found gospels have been found where they have been in hiding under the sands of Egypt and the Mediterranean for thousands of years. She comes now here our ecologic crisis which is a spiritual crisis to teach us about the spiritual realms.
The Divine Feminine is of course much more ancient than Mary Magdalene who is only one of the major faces of the divine feminine in western civilization and religion. She is the earth, all life forms, the ancient goddess of the Black Madonna. She is found in all world religions and wisdom traditions. She comes in our dreams and through our hearts as we feel with all those who are suffering-- all life forms. As we wake up to the annihilated during the current 6th mass extinction of life on earth. She assures us that she will remain,. She is with us as our human family is waking up to the reality that unlike other mass extinction of life on earth, this mass extinction has been created by us humans. She will be with us in our awakening, in our grief, in our bearing witness with others suffering, and in the miraculous life cycle of life, death and rebirth.
In Jack Angelo's book, The Healing Wisdom of Mary Magdalene, he shares his vision of Mary Magdalene in St. Baume Cave in France where legend has it she lived and taught until her death. Pain is the way in which she came to Jack Angelo. He thought he was having a heart attach the pain was so great and then she said, "'You are all Christs, or Christs in the making. It is only your clouded vision that prevents you form seeing that you are all beings of light. It does not matter if no believes what you say, but I want you to tell the others that Jesus, the Master, is walking among you right now....The pain you feel is my pain. I cannot let you feel all of the pain because you could not bear it. It is my signal to you that it is Mary Magdalene whom you sense...You can call on me any time to help you and I will use this signal to assure you that I am close. It cannot hurt you, it is just my signal.' She then gave me her blessing."