leaving life behind to pursue the divine

Leaving Life Behind to Pursue the Divine

Not only are we taught that our forefathers had to sever their relationships in order to begin their spiritual journeys, but it is intimated that the deepest mystical questing requires this step ...

Exiles from the garden. Strangers in a strange land. In every age our spiritual forefathers have left home because they believed that to come to God you had to be stripped of allegiance to tribe or homeland, of the love of parents and wives and children, of the responsibilities and privileges of daily life ...

Our fathers believed this, and perhaps it was true for them. But what about our mothers? What of all the generations of our mothers who did not leave home to wander in the wilderness, but who remained to raise children and plant gardens and cook meals? Were they less open to the sacred? And, to raise a more urgent question, what about us? What about those of us who love our parents and husbands and children, who have responsibilities in the daily world, who make homes rather than leave them? To open to our innermost being, do we, too, need to leave home? ...

When there are no institutional requirements ... do women leave behind what has been dear to them in order to open to the divine?

Sherry Ruth Anderson & Patricia Hopkins
The Feminine Face of God
 

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