We were busy living our lives, falling in and out of love, going to concerts, learning about ourselves, dressing up for parties, studying new things such as womens’ issues, people coming into our lives and leaving, and making ethical decisions for our lives. So here we are. We stop one day and to our surprise we are in our sixties or seventies. Whoa. What happened? That young woman is still here but when you look into a mirror you see someone else. You see the crone.
The Goddess based religions revere the Crone as the holder of the wisdom of life. The three stages of a woman’s life cycle include maiden, mother and crone. For me, I looked in the mirror one day and couldn’t find myself. Then some health issues occurred and I realized that I was 21 on the inside but this corporal body had aged while I wasn’t looking. Shocking! How did it happen?
I really floundered for a while, almost a year before I could realize that it was all a part of the cycle of life. What should I do with my life? The rest of my life. I decided I would not sit and wait for death. When it arrived, it arrived but I would do anything I could to continue making the world better. I would see what life still had in store for me.
Life does this to all of us; male or female. We must embrace ourselves and keep on living and loving and working for this One World that we have.
‘I speak without concern for the accusations
that I am too much or too little woman
that I am too Black or too white
or too much myself.”
———-Audre Lorde; poetess and feminist
Women who are “of an age” still have a lot to give to this world and to their countries. We may not have all the energy we used to, but we continue to be passionate about Mother Earth, peace, women’s issues. Don’t let anyone tell you to slow down. If your body is telling you to slow down, take care of yourself and find the things you can still do. Don’t give up, find another way.
“Women in business
Dress in man-style suits
And treat their secretaries
In a man-style way.
Women on campus
Wear “masculine” thoughts
And look to daddy for
Give their bodies away
And wear their husbands’
Cover sinful bodies
And ask redemption from god
She is within them.
That’s why I’ll always love
The fat woman who dares to wear
A red miniskirt
Because she loves her woman’s body.
The smart woman who doesn’t go to college
And keeps possession of her mind.
The lover who remains a mistress
Because she knows the price of marrying.
The witch who walks naked
And demands to be safe.
The crazy woman who dyes her hair purple
Because anyone who doesn’t love purple
Dear Goddess: I pray for the courage
To walk naked
At any age
To wear red and purple.
To be unladylike,
To the very end.”
A Tribute to my Murshid Hazarat Inayat Khan
You found your pearl in the wine
But you became the vessel to carry my lilac
When in the ocean of purple wisdom
I look for myself being lost and drifted-
The vessel that contains the True-Love finds me within distilled wine.
Hold my wine as an ’embryo’ beholds all that Truth
As for the pearl- I am the womb…
And you are born each night being the pearl within me…that ‘the night vigil’
As I evporate in you
And you contain me- for the room is for one only…
Oh my Beloved, my Murshid, my son
I am the oyster, you are the pearl
Born each night, within the wine the very you hold for me
Being the vessel- containing the ocean within…
I was meant to find you-
Beyond the horizon of right and wrong, truth of lie
Beyond all that is ‘limitless’
I will meet you there floating on the notes of pure music
Will hold your hands- whether it is paradise or not
The womb will meet the drop of wine which creates the ‘Best of the Pearl.'”
——Naajnin Soofian; 21 January 2013
The path of Sufism can be orally traced back to Zoraster.It teaches the unity between religions. During the Universal Worship, all of the major religions are recognized and honored. Sufism is a mystical philosophy and Hazrat Inayat Khan brought it from the East to share it in the West. All have been touched.