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How many of us inwardly feel a secret longing to find God; and this usually accompanied by the perception that we are confronted by an impenetrable barrier--we cannot find Him--we can neither go through this barrier nor climb over it! We have faith. We are able to admit that He exists, for we cannot help but perceive a Will dominating the laws of the Universe; but something deep within us that we cannot put a name to, something subtle, secret, and strange, cries aloud, "But I need more than this, it is not enough; I need to personally find and know Him. Why does He not permit me to do so?"
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Lilian Staveley (1878-1928) was a Christian writer and mystic whose anonymous works have only recently been credited to her. One of the dilemmas that Staveley struggled with was that of the ‘feminine principle’. She saw across history and religion a tendency by those in religious power, (by men who were otherwise great and holy), to look down on womankind. She feared that in God’s eyes also she was not of the ‘acceptable sex’. This apparent disparagement she could not understand: “What profound injustice—to suffer so much and to receive no recognition whatever whilst men walked off with all the joys after leading very questionable lives!” For several years her shame at being a woman was such that, although she continued to believe in and pay homage to her Lord, she could do so only with a certain reverent sadness, and not with love. “Almighty God, if it is Thy Will to blot out Woman from Paradise I most humbly assure Thee of this—Man will miss her sorely; and Thou Thyself, Almighty God, when Thou dost visit Paradise, wilt miss her also!” Eventually Staveley came to the conclusion that, the arrogance of certain men aside; “Clothed in the body of either man or woman, the soul is predominantly feminine—the Feminine Principle beloved of, and returning to, the Eternal Masculine of God.” The spiritual journey of each soul is a journey shared alike by man and by woman.
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