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Amaterasu Omi Kami - Japanese Goddess of Beauty and the Sun
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Meditation is a large part of what I do in my Spiritual Work. As a Druid and a Pagan, I am ever seeking my connection with the divine. Recently I have been called to do a series of meditations, asking numerous gods and goddess the same eleven questions. Amaterasu Omi Kami was the first goddess to speak to me. The following is the written reflection of the meditation. It speaks to me of beauty, love, and the Divine Feminine. I hope you enjoy...
Who are you?
I am inner light and beauty. I am the spirit of the sun. I am the radiant beauty reflected in all women. When you feel sorrow, pain, or grief, I am the blessed light that leads you toward grace.
What is your gift to humanity?
I show humanity the difference between vanity and grace. Knowing what is truly beautiful is learning to look past the face, the body, the shell. It is a journey into the essence of self. It is asking yourself what it is that gives you life. What is it that creates your unique, radiant spark in this web of life and death? I am here to spiral you into the heart of your essence, give you permission to bask in your inner light, and to reflect that light back into the world. That is my gift to humanity.
What gift do you ask for in return?
Do not diminish yourself through words or actions. Do not stand in the shadow of others. Do not allow anyone else to define you. Let your inner light be also your outer light. Let others be warmed and illuminated by what you reflect into the world. What is unique in you is unique in all. If you reflect it, others will see it. I ask that you be a mirror of divine beauty.
What do you feel it means to be a woman?
It means accepting the whole of yourself. Your body, your face, they are only a small part of who you are. They change every day. You are born small, helpless, cold, and hungry. Your mother, and her mother before her, nourished you. Their bodies were scarred in your making, yet their beauty intensified. Their breasts sagged, their hair turned white, lines grew in their faces, yet their wisdom settled into your bones. To be a woman, a whole and complete woman, means to fully honor and accept your place in creation. Why be sorrowful over a body when you have the divine right to be co-creator of the Universe?
What is fear and how does it paralyze us?
Fear is the opposite of love. It is jealousy, torment, anger, pride, and ego. Fear is the human condition. It exists because humans allow it to exist. They use it as a boundary, a prison, a scapegoat of the ego. Fear is the false assumption that you are separate from all other living organisms of the above, the center, and the below. Fear is a trickster. It makes humanity believe it is separate from the dark, but it is the darkness itself. Fear paralyses by soaking up the light.
How do we overcome our fears?
Humanity does not realize how it walks around with closed eyes. Spend a minute, an hour, a day with your eyes closed. Walk in the darkness. Touch the fear. Let it consume you. Then open your eyes. Know that as the light floods in the fear dissipates. To reach your full potential you must look into the darkness. Look into it and know it is not evil, harmful, or disgusting. It is only light waiting to shine. Look to your fears as portals of light.
How can humanity reach its full potential?
To reach your true potential you must understand your full beauty. Ask yourself what and where your standard of beauty comes from. Write it down. What does this reveal to you? If I, Amaterasu Omi Kami, were to redefine beauty for you, I would say it is nothing you see with your human eyes. It is not what you hear with your human ears. It is not what you doubt with your human heart. It is how you allow the divine to pass through you unto humanity.
What does it mean to heal ourselves and how do we best begin the process?
Healing ourselves means allowing ourselves to wash clean our wounds. Begin with the shallow ones. The ones what are easy to touch and nurture. The ones that are not yet ugly. Be tender and gentle as you wash away the sorrow. It is with patience and practice that we prepare ourselves to venture into the gashes of humanity. The festering, oozing, brutal wounds that separate souls. Healing is feeling your connection with all living things in conjunction with the divine. Healing means giving yourself permission to accept and embrace all that has made you feel ugly or disempowered, transforming it into love. Begin by refusing to call any other being ugly, bad, or wrong. Begin by refusing to call yourself ugly, bad, or wrong.
What is divine love?
Divine love is a flow of energy. Within this flow are many facets of power, color, and truth. Amaterasu Omi Kami brings inner beauty into the flow, mixing it with the divinity of all other gods and goddesses, creating channels of light. Stepping into the inner beauty of divine love brings about compassion, forgiveness, soul connections, radiance, grace, internal fire, and love of life. For Amaterasu Omi Kami, divine love is the fire of our inner beauty and passion.
What does the Earth need from us?
The Earth needs us to be compassionate. It needs you to feel her under your feet, not as mere dirt, but as a living, breathing organism. The Earth is life itself. Without her, all humanity will cease to exist. All life upon her will be extinguished. Look to the beauty of nature. Honor and cherish it. Respect it and its divine right to be here. Look to the animals. See how they live in the web of life. Learn from them. The Earth needs you to treasure her as your treasure your very existence. Only then will you be in harmony with her.
Is there anything else you wish to share at this time?
The divine did not make it easy for humans to love, nor did it make it difficult. The divine simply made love a choice. The purpose of that choice is teach grace, humility, acceptance and responsibility. It is easy for one to lay blame upon others, to wear fear like a badge of honor, and to blow out the candle of existence. It is equally as easy to embrace joy, laughter, and grace. It is your divine right to blow on the flames of peace and passion. It is why you have breath. It is your divine right to be beautiful. It is why you have a heart. It is your divine right to love; it is why you have a soul.
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