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Laura Amazzone Laura Amazzone jewelry artist. yogini. goddess.

Author, teacher, jewelry artist, and Yogini Laura Amazzone teaches goddess classes and workshops and is adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. [www.lauraamazzone.com]

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I teach goddess classes all about the divine mother in India and Nepal. There’s so much we’re not told. It’s essential that we consider the lives of the women who came before us, especially their spiritual contributions.

My relationship with the divine mother and knowing about her throughout spiritual history, across the globe and back to earliest times, has really made a difference in my life. Seeing the difference the teachings have made in my students’ lives has also been profound.

I’ve found that applying the many different layers of myths of the divine mother to inner and more global struggles brings liberation, calmness, and a deeper understanding of our place in the universe. There’s so much conditional layering from culture and orthodox religion that keeps us in a more limited place. But the divine love embodied in strong women from mythology and in the living role models around us is available to us all the time.

My childhood was quite challenging and abusive. When I found the myth of Durga – a goddess from South Asia who’s the goddess of invincible power and strength and the remover of difficulty – I realized I’d been fighting battles at home against patriarchal ego constructs that threatened the equilibrium of the world. That sent me on a quest for other strong female role models. There are incredible women all over the globe who can share their rich knowledge about confronting fear and transforming pain into a source of power that helps us liberate not only ourselves, but others facing similar challenges.

That’s the power of women’s history – sharing our experiences and talking about things that are considered taboo. There’s treasure in our darkest experiences. If we dive deep into that darkness, we find fertile ground. Instead of being afraid of the places we don’t want to see, we can go there with the fierce mother, who’s really ourselves. There are all these divine mother traditions that mirror back to us our own divinity. The history and study of goddesses is not about transcendent deities out there or back then. It’s about the divinity within.

When we pay attention to how connected we are to each other and to the unseen realms, we find meaning and synchronicity. There’s so much magic around. Not magic that’s superficial and light, but a deep, earth-based connection, a connection of body and heart that’s beautiful and useful.

– Laura Amazzone

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