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Sacred Rage

I first learned of the concept of sacred rage while reading about of the myth of Pacha Karmaq, the Father of the World according to Peruvan Ichma Culture. The Ichma predated the Inca’s and they believe that God created Man and Woman but, in so doing, forgot to create food. When man died from malnourishment, woman got angry and demanded reparation from God. Pacha Karmaq responded by blessing woman with fertility and populating the earth with food. According to this myth, the sacred rage of woman led her to demand healing change.

In my view, this myth speaks to the need for sacred rage over neglect and how it can inspire creative resourcefulness within us.  It begs us to ask questions of ourselves about what is being neglected in our lives, communities, country, and world.  What is being neglected in education and in spiritual development? Can we speak our truth about these areas of neglect and even muddle in the uncomfortable waters of rage over them?

I am enraged by the marginalization of women in stories about God.  I am an ordained Christian minister with a Master of Divinity from an Ivy League institution.  I learned about God as man in my formal and informal training. Courses about God and women were specialized electives, not general track requirements. 

The year 2020 created time and space for me to explore the ways that world cultures throughout history have understood who God is.  I learned many stories about powerful women; Goddesses, Wisdom Keepers, Sages, Leaders, Healers. I learned stories of women so tall and majestic that ‘they have to bow their heads when the moon hangs low’ (Hafiz – “Dropping Keys).  I learned myths about women with super powers and the audacity to express rage toward God, I learned that the wombs of women were worshiped!

How empowering it would have been to have learned these stories as a child.  As a Black girl who grew into a Black woman in America, I wasted too much energy trying to fit into the mold of a demure, chaste, skinny, woman.  Good manners and knowing when to speak became survival skills in a country where white men have historically found themselves at the center. These ideals were created by and for them. 

For years I’ve rejected and neglected my strong thick body with the thought that if only I were smaller, I would be deserving of protection.  I have two master’s degrees but have ‘dumbed myself down’ in dating situations so not to intimidate the men that I date.  I am enraged by this neglect.  By the neglect of stories about strong, magical, smart, warrior women in my spiritual education.  I am enraged by the way that this caused me to neglect my fullness.

No more! My sacred rage over this neglect is inspiring creative change in my life and in my understanding of who I am.  Someone wise and unknown said that ‘what is to give light must endure the burn.’  Perhaps the burn of sacred rage is what we all need to melt away that which does not serve our individual and collective highest good.

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