In my Centering Prayer group this week, the contemplative question was whether we had found God/dess or Consciousness in other cultures than the one(s) we grew up within. I shared in my reflection that I actually think it's a miracle that the mystery of God/dess could be found within such a controlled box of my childhood church. And, I am grateful for the cracks that let that light (and dark) in.
I also shared how I was, indeed, continuing to find this mystery in cultures that were actually my own but lost through generations of racism and sexism. That is, I am finding God/dess in remembering the spirituality of my (mostly female) ancestors. And, here's the good news, my ethnic cultural heritages are amazing, and mysteries are unfolding!
This past weekend, in particular, was a lovely journey into my Filipina ethnic cultural and spiritual mysteries. I joined other women from the Center for Babaylan Studies at the FilAm Arts Festival in San Pedro. I loved being able to connect with these sisters and aunties (and brothers) that I know from my travels in San Francisco and the Philippines. I enjoyed the kulintang music, the massage station, the Babaylan Pavilion, and the dancing most of all.