Goddess spirituality assumes the position of building a relationship with a living cosmos…one that is alive and aware and interactive…and that thought, I think, is the one that TERRIFIES people. Cause it means we ain't in control and I believe brings up a fear that a living chaos would be something that could consume us all. But I see that as very minimizing to what having a relationship with the can be.
That fear is what, I think, keeps us from creating a world where we feel our own feelings and consider them as part of the structural basis of living life. We are taught to see ourselves as mental spirits who are shackled to a body which is a total drain with its needs and sufferings. When we open to our feelings we discover a whole new way of relating to the world that is intimately tied in a web of relationships. Instead of using the signposts of feelings as guides to coming into balance we shut them off and run away into our caves and look down at the world in fear.
We grow up in a culture (assuming that western culture = christian culture) that says if you have feelings you will be punished and separated from your community...with the understanding that any ancestors that you had that had feelings were also erased. That is SO debilitating. If I have learned nothing else its that having a connection to your ancestry is the most psychologically grounding thing there is. With it we are part of a cosmological network that reaches far beyond the limits of space and time. With out it we are dust in the wind.
As a deity the Goddess is immanent (present) as opposed to transcendent (far away) like the patriarchal God. When you say the word Goddess your body can feel her presence. If you're open to it you can perceive a warm and nurturing substance holding your whole being with love. She holds all the complexity as perfect and opens us to see the world as it is. From there we can work from a place of grounded wisdom.
Since we meet the Goddess in our body this is why, I believe, that sexuality is so tied to this conversation. Sex opens up all our senses and feelings and super powers and its the same energy that we use to open up spirituality. I find the term "yoni" to be a beautiful concept because it reinforces the sacredness that is inherent in the act of using our bodies to connect with each other and/or deity/goddess/earth.
We are at the beginning of a long conversation that our collective is having. It involves digging through our past, grieving the wounds, finding common ground, building relationship and so much supportiveness. This perspective is so new in the cosmic sense of things as the forces in "power" have tried to keep the Goddess suppressed for so long....but she is waking up again through our awareness of her. That we can sit here and talk about it is amazing and so necessary.