Mother’s Day: Honoring the Divine Feminine

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A Love Letter To Life

The lights are dimmed and candlelight shimmers across the faces of women smiling in silent repose. We are gathered in a circle, as women have been doing since time began, and the music begins to play. We have created an ancestor altar and soon we will be sharing our matri~lineage, our line of female descendants dating back as far as we can remember. This is the enchanting beginning of our Divine Feminine retreat.

GoddessIt was the phrase “And God created woman!” that led me to offer my first Divine Feminine retreat almost 20 years ago. Spoken by a dear spiritual sister that I considered to be the very embodiment of a goddess, I found myself pondering what a God that looked like me would … well, look like. With that phrase to guide us, I gathered a small group of women together for a retreat and so began a sacred journey that continues to this day.

The current name of my retreat is “Called Into Her Presence” and its energy creates a sacred space where women of all ages, races, religions, and cultures can explore the depth of their sacred/secular, or sacred/outrageous, her~itage. A much-loved tradition called “A Love Letter to Life” is a profound meditative journey that reveals the depth of ancient wisdom that all women possess. Here we call forth a powerful vision of a world at peace, a world that honors women, when we share ~ though poetry, song and art ~ that vision with all of life. Over the years we’ve laughed, cried, and been rendered speechless by the truth that has been given voice. This letter is a favorite of mine:

A Love Letter To Life
Maria Shamaya
“And God Created Woman” Retreat ~ 7/28/01
 To the children of the earth
To the peoples of the world
To all beings everywhere
Hear me ~ I am the voice of the Goddess

I am the one who walks out to the skinny end of the branch
I am the one who stands faithful in the middle of the mystery
I am the one who calls forth life from the center of my soul
See me ~ I am the feminine sprit of creation

Time passes, life goes on, the world constantly changes
Love doesn’t always last, truth isn’t always honored,
goodness isn’t always rewarded
Everything dies, everything is born, everything has a season
Know me ~ I am the mother of eternal peace

Detaching from life closes your heart
Living in judgment closes your mind
Ignoring a moment of beauty closes your eyes
Feel me ~ I am the heartbeat that tells you what is real

Stand tall in the light
Be true to yourself
Walk in the ways of love


What wisdom do you have to share with the world? This Mother’s Day, I invite you to light a candle and welcome the Mother – More Of The Heart Energy Revealed – Goddess to speak through you. You will be amazed at how much treasure lies hidden in your soul.

May peace be your journey…

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Through her ministry, “Doorway Into The Infinite”, Rev. Maria holds the vision for the transformation of the consciousness of planet earth. She is a spiritual change agent committed to… educating people in the process of healing… empowering the world one creative thought at a time… and experiencing peace in our lifetime. Her articles, essays, and meditations have been published in various magazines. She has self-published numerous books and manuals, and released two recordings of guided meditations. She’s created a variety of classes, workshops, and spiritual performance pieces, where she expresses her profound interest in spirituality and peace. For more information, she can be reached at her website: or at her e-mail: