We have been living in a culture that creates boxes. In most of our "boxes", only a few can hear messages from Spiritual worlds. The box says, "If you hear voices beyond the "real world", there is something wrong with you." or "If you hear voices beyond the "real world", you are on the level of a Master." or "Sharing messages for the unseen is only for the elite few and the masses are to worship such done and obey." In most boxes, if a message purports to come from God, Ascended Masers, a channel, than that message has the weight of absolute truth.
The social, religious structures that grow from such concepts have crippled the expansive capacities within human kind.
My paternal Grandmother lived during a time when ..… She was in an environmental activist before there were such. She saved water by throwing her dish washing water onto her thirsty garden plants. She walked rather than drove the 10 miles to Church and back. She grew what her family are. But then, she always deferred to the men; her husband, sons and religious leaders, who were men, of course. But, there were two stories that she told me as I was growing up. They peaked my curiosity and I didn't know why.
The first happened one day as she was walking along the bank of a large canal on her way to Church. My grandmother was deathly afraid of water and took great care in the presence of any large, wet body. So what happened that day is a mystery. Why was she was close enough to fall into this deep canal? But, fall she did and found herself wet, sinking in deep, rushing water. My young Grandma was petrified. No one else was around. Did she yell, scream? cry? curse?
I don't recall that Grandma told me what she did, but knowing Grandma, I'll bet she prayed and prayed as the water tossed her about. Then everything went black. She doesn't know how or for how long. Just that everything went black.
The next thing she knew she was standing on the bank of the canal, dripping wet. Wet, not muddy from climbing up the bank, just wet. Awake and standing.
She never postulated to me what she thought or who she thought had lifted her from the water. That would have been outside of her box. And there was something about her eyes that said, "Spiritual happens, but only to men and so I cannot say more" Her box.
My Grandmother was a powerful prayerer. (That is a new word.) That takes me to her second experience. It shared occurred during World War II. Three of her children were in the military, two seeing action.
One morning, Grandma carried her breakfast dishwater out to the back door to water her vegetables. Putting the pan down on the floor so that she could pushed open the screen door, as she normally did, Grandma looked out and stood in shock.
Her entire back yard appeared filled with water as expansive as the ocean. Waves rolled in and out and on that open water military helmets and debris floated. Then she heard the voice of her oldest son, "Mom' pray for us!"
I can imagine my Grandma letting the screen door slam shut as she hurries to her bedroom and hits her knees. She never reported how long she stayed there and I know it could have been hours. She would not have moved until she "felt" her son was safe.In his next letter, my uncle wrote of an encounter that had occurred as his troop was being moved in the ocean to a new fighting zone. He wrote that he called to her over and over. The crew and ship made it through safely.
She did not make a great deal about it. Just a story to her granddaughter. Were my Grandmother's innate Spiritual gifts acknowledged and cultivated? No. Her box did not allow that for a woman.
It has taken me 70 years to discover, unwind, reframe, reclaim and encourage this rich heritage for myself and grandchildren.
We all, especially women, have the capacity of Spiritual Wise Women. Leaders whose visions and voices have been discounted for generations. A Lack that has caused suffering to our families, communities, countries and world. Multitudes have suffered from lack of women's wisdom. Women's visions come from Good, Wisdom, Creativity, Integrity to the benefit of all of Life.
What about you? Your inherited beliefs. Your tribal concepts? Consider opening a window in your social, religious, or cultural boxes. Learning from other as to how they see the world does not require that you agree nor does it mean that you will be endangered.
When we open our minds in curiosity to the rich diversity, we are expanded and our world is benefited.
I'd love to hear where you chose to stretch. You can leave comments, email me at email@example.com or visit my Facebook page.
Sharon Riegie Maynard
After Forty years of working within the worlds we call Spiritual and with Beings of the Highest Integrity, I am honored to share my path to spark and empower your own.