Goddess Gift E-Zine
The Goddess of Good
The goddess Kuan Yin, full of compassion, mercy and forgiveness-- is the most beloved and revered goddess on this planet.
But I'll be the first to admit it. I have issues with her.
That's why it's taken so long for me to get around to writing about her, even though so many of you have written to ask 'What's the deal? Why don't you have Kuan Yin at the site? She's my personal favorite. Please do her story.'
What's my hang-up? I'm still not totally sure, but it has to do with all that goodness and light that surrounds her. I struggled mightly with the issues of being an 'out-of-touch-with-my-anger, people-pleasin' goody-two-shoes' in my younger days. (Still struggle, but it's much easier these days thanks to the 'crone thingy', I suppose.)
So much of what I'd read of the goddess of Kuan Yin made her sound so perfect and yet so insipid. I like my goddesses to be both sugar and spice (or even piss and vinegar). As my friend, storyteller Jo Carson is apt to say, it's the 'liars, thieves, and the others on the bench' that bring a story to life.
Where was the tension, the drama, the human-ness in Kuan Yin's story . . . the thing that would make her feel like a real person to me, someone I'd really like to invite into my life?
And here is what I found . . .
Will the real goddess Kuan Yin please stand up?
The goddess Kuan Yin knew all about suffering.
In her first life in India she was born as a male named Avalokitesvara, who sought to help poor lost souls be reborn to a better life on their journey to enlightenment. But he was overwhelmed and anguished when more lost souls kept coming in what seemed an endless cycle. In his despair he shattered into a thousand pieces.
In an effort to honor her many incarnations and many variations of her myths, I've attempted to weave parts of her story as they are told in the different sects who worship her. Hope you read on and enjoy the myths of the beloved Goddess Kuan Yin.
Note: Doing the research for this piece did give me a new respect for the gentle, compassionate Kuan Yin and a calling to examine what issues in my life and personality I need to resolve. But it is still her incarnation as the feisty goddess Mazu that I likethe best.
'EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
Be the Good You Wish to See
Be the change you wish to see in the
Unlike news headlines that shout out bad news and horrible happenings, goodness often reveals itself quietly. The people doing the good work will most likely say, “Hey, it’s no big deal. I’m just living my life.”
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Our young staffer (and family member), Ian Lee was given the task of coming up with the inspirational video for this month's issue. Though he's just 18, we've long suspected that he's an old soul on an important spiritual journey. Now we've got the proof of it!
We sleep better at night knowing that there are young people like Ian in the world.
Ian could use a little divine intervention this summer.
In just a few weeks Ian's off to college. We were distressed to learn that he's had to pare back his meal plan and forego breakfast (and a whole lot more) just to afford the books he needs.
Of course, it could be that he's planning to sleep in and skip breakfast, but we divined that finances are the real issue.
That's not gonna' happen. At least not on our shift!! So we're planning a secret Garage Sale.
And speaking of life-changing events . . .
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I'll be back next month. Don't know yet where the spirit will lead me. . . so stay tuned.
Practice goodness and compassion.
Live. Learn. Love. Be.
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