It is amazing how a very simple idea can change your whole perspective of life. You feel like you are newly born where everything that you have thought of before and memorized has different meanings than what you used to think off.
Paulo Coelho’s writings have this effect on me. Whenever I read a couple of pages from his books, something changes in my perspective of life, and thus it is reflected on my way of thinking and on my behaviour and life in general.
In his book “By the river Piedra I sat down and wept” (Thank you RedRose for lending me it), he introduced me to the feminine face of God. An aspect of the creator that I haven’t really thought of before, neither even tried to felt it or reflect it on the world around me.
God has always been a male figure to me. While there is not true sex identification of God in Christianity or Islam for him being a supreme spiritual being, it has always been a HE when mentioned. In English, it is God not Goddess, in Arabis it is Allah, not Allaha! And then you have God’s son being male and his major prophets being males as well.
Paulo points out the feminine Goddesses that exists in most of the cultures around the world, from pre-abrahamic religions such as Isis, Ashtar, Aphrodite, …etc to the Virgin Mary and Holy Spirit figures in Christianity.
While most Christians would argue the concept of Virgin Mary as a Goddess which is not a clear concept for many who percieves her as a human being who happened to deliver the manifestation of God to the world, her being referred to as a God’s mother does give her a Goddess qualities.
In the other hand, the holy spirit, as mentioned in the link to the wickipedia article above, used to be mentiond as a feminine entity in old scriptures.
I have considered before a world-less God, it changed my perception of everything. The world sounded meaningless and cold. It scared me to the point that I have never really was able to let it go.
Now, I am considering a female Goddess. I don’t want to loose the male attributes of a God as well. But feeling the feminine side of God does make my world brighter. The feeling of her tenderness covering me makes me happy.
Our world does have a feminine face