A Mother For All / by Heather Neary

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Several years ago, I found myself feeling very drawn to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Although I have grown up in Texas and have been around her image all my life, it seemed as if I was now truly experiencing her. I couldn't seem to have enough pictures or statues around my house. It truly was as if she was surrounding me and the comfort and nurturing I felt was like nothing I had known before. During this time, I was in the midst of a huge transition in my life that although liberating, was also very painful. I can reflect back now and realize that it was the beginning of a spiritual quantum leap, as most of our challenging times offer, and Our Lady of Guadalupe was and continues to be a key ally in this transformation. What I know now is that she provided a gateway for my 'gnosis' of the Divine Mother. When I began connecting with her and 'remembering' her, all the knowing of the Sacred Feminine came spiraling in and to this day an integral part of my practice is empowering people to remember that Spirit is not isolated to one gender-Spirit is our Divine Father AND Mother. When Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, a humble, Native American who was newly converted to Catholicism, a way was paved to remember the Divine Mother. On this very day today, millions of people are honoring this Divine Feminine presence. Thousands of years ago, this was commonplace and our world was more balanced. After centuries of living in the dark with a denial of the Sacred Feminine, the pendulum is swinging the other way as people are remembering and embracing the unconditional love, acceptance, and compassion that is available to them and that lives within them. Juan Diego's courage and trust in the guidance of Guadalupe was the turning point, and not a minute too soon. I still chuckle when people come to my house or sanctuary and ask, "Are you Catholic?!" I experience great joy in sharing my story of her and empowering them to realize that She is so vast and surpasses all boundaries of religion and our illusions of separateness. She is Mother to all beings and has a heart big enough to love everyone and everything-just as we do! How blessed we are! May we all rejoice in this gift!

Peace, Love, and Infinite Blessings,

Heather