Overcoming obstacles and healing wounds for any woman can be difficult. Oftentimes, celebrating our divine femininity can get lost in social stereotypes and double standards of our culture. If strong and assertive, women can get labeled as threatening, broken, or senseless. Accountability as women is one of the most beautiful things that we can celebrate together. Despite the different constructs that we all have to deal with in life, women who take pride in themselves and their true nature have the strength and inner beauty that is undeniable.
We can get conditioned to think negatively about our own body image and self-worth, with all the images of superficial perfection from the media in society. I know I’ve struggled with body image issues and feeling accepted for my true feminine nature. It can seem like at the times I feel most empowered, I also feel the most objectified.
Regardless of such obstacles, I grew from being concerned with what everyone else thinks to embracing what I truly deserve. As women, we must learn to disconnect from any unhealthy forms of conditioning that make us feel small. For instance, one way that helps me understand how to celebrate my own divine feminine nature is learning about different feminine figures of spirituality. When dealing with stereotypes and double standards, being inspired by other strong women helps to grow introspectively.
Below are some divine feminine figures that may inspire you with any obstacles or healing that you may be experiencing.
A Hindu goddess whose name means “female power” and “never not broken”, she represents transformation and infallible energy of strength. There is very little known about her historically, but in her constant state of change, she stands for liberation through love. She is always in the state of being broken only to remain unbreakable.
Akhilanda can be what we try to avoid in our own ego’s disillusionment, a symbol of tremendous strength when experiencing heartbreak and obstacles. Because she grows in freedom and love, she can be called upon in times of fear, insecurity, and loss.
Teresa of Avila
Saint Teresa’s work focuses on the interior life of femininity as the key to higher ascension. She was born in the 16th century and founded 17 different convents in Spain. Most significantly, she has become a pillar of Christian mysticism. At the age of 44, she began having visions of Jesus. Even though he remained invisible to the eye, she believed he appeared in the physical form.
The visions lasted two years and consequently inspired her work. She emphasizes the soul’s journey through prayer, meditation, and introspection. Her work celebrates authentic love and the importance of the answers we find within.
She is a Greek poetess, who’s best known for her lyrical poetry from the Lesbos. Much of her personal history is unknown. Her work focused on sharing her poetry and music specifically with women. She is a symbol of women embracing their own body image and self-worth in harmony with other women.
To this day, her sexuality remains controversial. She stands a legendary figure of women’s sensuality, even though most of her work was destroyed in the 11th century. Sappho used her poetry as a way to teach and celebrate femininity. She encourages us to love everything about ourselves and other women fiercely. Above all, her work inspires women to go beyond objectification and reach for harmony.
In conclusion, I wrote this blog with the intention of exploring the celebration of women in spirituality. I hope you continue to explore the divine feminine in all her aspects of your individuality spirituality.