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Embodying the sacred feminine

Inspirational leader Tammy Scarlett explores why we must listen to intuition and create a balance that allows the feminine to thrive
Embodying the sacred feminine

This article first appeared in our International Women’s Day issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published 08 March 2024. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

‘People say, ‘How can she possibly believe in such illogical things?’ But the Warrior knows that intuition is God’s language and she continues listening to the wind and talking to the stars.’

I first put that quote, from Paulo Coelho’s Warrior of the Light, on my Instagram page in 2016.

At the time I was a little nervous; I was uneasy about how people in my circles would receive such ideas. But I had recently had a profound experience.

I had spent the day in a cold river, moving logs and boulders that represented the energetic blocks in my own life.

I had been so deeply connected with nature that day, and had revealed and overcome my own obstacles in such a powerful way, that in the moment of posting, that quote was overwhelmingly the most clear and true thing I felt. So, I posted it.

The quote is actually about a man – the book reads, ‘How can he possibly believe…’ – but I learned a while ago that division around gender, in any sense that oppresses or prevents growth and becoming, is only an imagined construct which I can choose to allow or not in my own mind.

I intentionally replaced the ‘he’ with ‘she’ so I could fully receive and embody the words into my being.

My ‘ah-ha’ moment

A mentor, Yvonne Bryght, once said to me, ‘Happy is the woman who approves what she chooses.’ I knew in that moment that when making future decisions, I must be in my full agency of self and give myself my full backing and support for each decision I make, the way I had previously hoped someone else out in the world would.

The phrase stuck with me, and when I later asked the origin my mentor said it is a verse from the Bible.

Having been incubated by the church for the first 25 years of my life, I quickly replied that I was very familiar with the Bible and had never heard of such a verse. ‘Oh’, she said, ‘it says ‘Happy is the man who approves what he chooses,’ but I just updated it for us women.’

It was an ah-ha moment for me. When I felt the way the phrase felt to me the ‘Happy is the man’ way, it felt true and wise; when I felt the way the phrase felt as ‘Happy is the woman who approves what she chooses,’ I felt I could begin to embody it. I could feel the difference in my being.

What do I mean by ‘sacred embodiment of the feminine?’ There are masculine and feminine side to everything. We have a choice in how we show up as women and as any gender, we have a choice in how we show up as the feminine aspects of ourselves.

The ‘showing up as’ is the embodiment. Sacred means ‘set apart for the highest purpose.’ So, my ‘sacred embodiment of the feminine’ is how I am showing up as the feminine aspects of myself for and in my highest possible purpose.

A space for the feminine

Fragility and tenderness are part of what the feminine uniquely brings to the universe.

This makes her vulnerable in a society built on masculine dynamics, requiring her to ‘suit up’ in masculine traits in order to guard her exterior and experience success as defined by current cultures.

But the feminine holds an indestructible centre core made of the essence of God. It is how women have lifted cars off babies and why a mother will throw herself to her death to save her child.

In many cultures the womb is regarded as a God space and even shrouded during ceremony to protect it as such. In death and in life, this inner core of the feminine cannot be harnessed or extinguished.

How, then, do we as humanity cultivate the conditions for the feminine to thrive? Because the feminine must thrive, in reciprocity with a thriving and balanced masculine, in order to bring into being the regenerative future of life itself.

Towards a new age

The sacred embodiment of the feminine is needed now more than ever because we are on the precipice of a new age.

After a collective global shared experience and great reset, we are redefining who we will be as humanity.

Co-creation is the task before us; we must invite the sacred masculine to thrive with us and, as we send healing back a thousand years before us, let go of the shaming of men. It will require trust.

We have much before us to do. But we must each only do what is ours to do, as pieces of the whole.

I don’t love the terms ‘Warrior’ or ‘Warrioress’ since they connote the struggle I wish to release, but until I find a suitable replacement, as a Warrioress of the Light I will honour my intuition as God’s language, and keep on listening to the wind and talking to the stars.

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