Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin
John Blofeld

The body of the Mother

I feel one with all women who are suffering from breast cancer, and I feel that the heart of the Mother is one with all of us. We speak of Mother Earth, and some nations speak of their country as Mother, as in Mother Russia or Mother India or the Motherland. Native Americans believe that we are all a part of Mother Earth. Hindus and Buddhists know many manifestations of the Divine Mother—Kali, Lakshmi, Durga, and Kuan Yin, to name just a few. We can even think of the entire physical universe as the manifestation of God as Mother, Mater, Matter.

I believe that we are all the body of the Divine Mother. There is the energy of Mother in our soul, our spirit, and our body, and whether we occupy a male or female body in this life, our physical body temple is the body of the Mother.

Today we are in an age when the light of the Divine Mother is intended to rise again, in the planet and in each one of its people. As this light rises, it activates many things, and we are collectively dealing with the effects of this light coming to the fore. We have to deal with the consequences of our individual and collective misuse of that light. This is a personal karma as well as a planetary karma, and its weight is something that we bear spiritually, even in our physical body.

Therefore, I ask myself the following questions:

Is not our Mother Earth suffering from all kinds of abuse?

Is not the heart of the Divine Mother weeping for her children during these troubled times?

Have we not seen the appearances of the Divine Mother in the person of Mary, as she has asked us to pray for her children?

And as we are one in the heart of the Divine Mother, especially those who wear feminine bodies in this life, perhaps our own spiritual hearts are also burdened—for one another and for our planet and her people—when we know that things are not as they should be, either in our own bodies or the body of Mother Earth. Perhaps it is no accident that so many women are suffering from this disease (dis-ease).


Excerpted from A Journey through Cancer, by Neroli Duffy