Connecting with the Great Mother: Transforming Our Lives and the World

To close the month of mothers, I want to share with you a profound and transformative topic: the Great Mother. Connecting with her can not only heal your personal wounds but also contribute to the improvement of the world in general.

In these challenging times, it is crucial to acknowledge the ongoing genocides and human rights atrocities occurring around the world; Palestine, Congo, Sudan, Haití and many more. Being conscious of these tragedies and the suffering they cause, it becomes even more imperative to connect with the Great Mother. By embracing her nurturing and healing energy, we can cultivate compassion, resilience, and a deeper commitment to justice and peace. This connection can empower us to take meaningful action and support those who are most affected, fostering a world where love and empathy prevail. And it reminds us to take care of the mother, what gives us life and nurturance. We are the caretakers of the land, and I bet you agree that we can do a better job at it.

 

Connecting with the energy of the Great Mother through Mother Nature

To heal maternal (and general) wounds, it is important to reconnect with a maternal energy that helps us repair the experiences we didn't have with our mother or maternal figure. Some people were fortunate to have an alternate maternal figure that provided part of that experience, but for most people I have worked with, this did not happen or no longer happens. This is why I invite you to connect with the energy of the Great Mother through Mother Nature.

The idea of "Mother Nature" as the first mother is a notion found in various cultures and traditions worldwide. It represents the conception that nature is a feminine entity that gives birth to all life and sustains the world's balance. This notion was seen in many indigenous peoples of the Americas, including the Taíno, from whom I am descended.

For the Taíno, their beliefs and religion were deeply rooted in the nature and cosmos surrounding them. Mother Nature, or nature itself, played a central role in the Taíno worldview. They worshipped and respected the earth, water, trees, animals, and all natural elements as sacred manifestations. They believed these elements had associated spirits or deities and maintained a close spiritual connection with them.

The Taíno, like many indigenous peoples of the Americas, venerated a principal deity associated with fertility, the earth, and nature, often personified in a maternal figure. For example:

1. Itiba Cahubaba (Taíno):

Itiba Cahubaba represents Mother Earth. She died giving birth to four sacred twins - creators, symbols of the four cardinal points and the four elements (https://pueblosoriginarios.com/centro/antillas/taino/cosmologia.html).

2. Pachamama (Andean):

In the Andean cultures of South America, especially in the tradition of the Quechua and Aymara peoples, Pachamama is an important deity representing Mother Earth. She is revered as the mother of the earth and fertility, responsible for providing and sustaining life (https://www.cultura.gob.ar/pachamama-mucho-mas-que-una-celebracion-a-la-tierra-10855/).

3. Tonantzin (Aztec):

For the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican peoples, Tonantzin was a deity revered as the earth mother and mother of the gods. Her name means "our mother" in Nahuatl, and she was worshipped in multiple forms throughout the Aztec world. With the Spanish conquest and the elimination of Aztec deities, it is said that the cult of Tonantzin was replaced by that of the Virgin of Guadalupe (https://graficoaldia.mx/2023/12/13/la-historia-de-tonantzin-la-diosa-azteca-que-fue-venerada-en-mexico-antes-que-la-virgen-de-guadalupe/).

What is the representation of this Cosmic/Nature Mother in your ancestors?

Throughout history, humans have worshipped goddesses, personifications of the divine feminine. These goddesses have taken many forms and had various roles, but the most enduring has always been the Great Mother; the ever-loving source of all life on Earth. She guides and supports through the highs and lows of the human experience, seeing you with unconditional love and sacred innocence.

Mother goddesses who personify nature, life, creation, fertility, and the divine feminine can be found in ancient myths from Africa, Australia, Egypt, China, and Europe. Names like Isis, Oshun, Venus, Kuan Yin, Mother Mary, and the Black Madonna are different aspects of the Great Mother, providing paths for you to connect with her.

There is significant evidence of matriarchal or matrifocal religions where a female Goddess was worshipped, and the feminine was revered. Monica Sjöö compiled evidence of such communities, showing that ancient cultures respected women for their wisdom, nourishment, and spiritual leadership. Her work, "The Great Cosmic Mother," has influenced the modern Goddess movement.

Humans have always worshipped mother goddess figures because mothers are the vessels of life, providing nourishment, warmth, and protection. Mother goddesses are also revered for their inspiration and creativity, seen as goddesses of poets and artists. The Great Mother gives you life and provides everything necessary for survival and inspiration. 

Over time, societies evolved to value logic and science over intuitive and healing arts, leading to the suppression of feminine worship. However, the Great Mother lived in the hearts of those who felt an innate connection to her.

We are emerging from thousands of years of denial and rejection of the Great Mother and recognizing the impact of this denial on our societies. Feminine traits such as intuition and empathy are increasingly valued, and there is growing awareness of the need to reconnect with nature and the feminine to ensure our survival and well-being.

Connecting with the Great Mother is more than a simple spiritual practice; it is a way to heal your personal wounds and contribute to a better world. By embracing the feminine qualities of intuition, empathy, and connection with nature, we can transform not only our lives but also our communities and the planet.

I hope this message inspires you to reconnect with the Great Mother and discover the transformative power of her loving and healing energy.

 

With love,

Dra. Lydiana