Healing and Empowering the Sacred Feminine

by Lama Tsultrim Allione

The question that women most frequently ask me is how to integrate their spiritual lives with their everyday lives. The fact that we have to ask that question indicates the extent to which we are alienated from spirituality with a feminine presence, because a reference point in all religious traditions with a prominent feminine view is an integration of spirit and matter, spirit and the body, which leads to spirituality being inseparable from daily life and to the divine as immanent.

Both nature and the earth have been associated with the feminine, as in Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and references such as a “virgin” forest, as a place not yet penetrated or disturbed by man. Historically, when the feminine was disempowered or denigrated within patriarchal religions, there has been a parallel disrespect for nature—a failure to see the earth as something sacred that should be cared for—and, equally, a view that nature and women are obstacles on the exalted, disembodied spiritual quest for enlightenment.

 

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Excerpted from Wisdom Rising: A Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine © 2018 by Joan E. Allione, published with permission of Enliven/Atria Books, a Division of Simon and Schuster. Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala, a retreat center in Pagosa Springs, CO, and the author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. She was awarded international recognition as “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” by a panel of distinguished scholars and practitioners in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information visit TaraMandala.org and SimonSchuster.com.

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