Are Women Human? by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Photographer:  Artis Harrison

Photographer: Artis Harrison

We are not human beings trying to be spiritual.  We are spiritual beings trying to be human. ~ Jacquelyn Small

Whether women were human fascinated the English writer D. H. Lawrence, who often explored this conundrum in his work.  “Man is willing to accept women as an equal, as a man in skirts, as an angel, a devil, a baby face, a machine, an instrument, a bosom, a womb, a pair of legs, a servant, and encyclopedia, and ideal or an obscenity; the one thing he won’t accept her as is a human being, a real human being of the feminine sex.”

Perhaps the reason men find it so difficult to accept women as human beings is because we’re not, and deep down everyone knows it.  But often women forget their Divinity as they go about their daily round.  How often do we excuse ourselves with the expression, “well, I’m only human.”

No, you’re not, and neither am I.  We forget we’re spiritual beings appearing for a brief span on this planet as humans.  I certainly forgot that this morning when my daughter stayed home from school because she’s sick.  Again.  In a little while, I’ll have to take her to the doctor for a strep test and my entire work day will have been disrupted.  I’m frustrated and angry; not at Katie—at real life, at deadlines.  But did she realize that, when I rolled my eyes at the thought of another day gone awry?  I don’t think so.

Spiritual beings do not sweat real life’s small stuff.  They also know that most of what drives us crazy in real life is small stuff.  The only thing that isn’t small stuff is the reason you’re on earth in the first place:  to find that portion of the world’s lost heart that only you can ransom with your love and authentic gifts and then return it, so that all of us can experience Wholeness.

A spiritual being knows that the work will be waiting for her when she gets back from the doctor’s office.  A spiritual being knows that there is no such thing as a deadline.  Deadlines are chronos, the world’s time; Divinity knows only kairos, Eternity.  The being knows that the only thing that’s not small stuff today is caring fro and comforting a sick child.

This spiritual being might have also known that this morning if she’d taken five minutes to center herself.

Scripture tells us that men were created a little above the angels.  But don’t ever forget that women were the climax of the Spirit’s creativity cycle.  After woman was created, Wisdom realized there was no need to proceed further:  this superior being would save the world.

Big things are expected of us.

As for me, there’s a lost heart that needs to be ransomed by a spiritual being trying to be human.

 

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One thought on “Are Women Human? by Sarah Ban Breathnach

  1. Beautiful, and oh so true! Finding the balance between our real spiritual selves and our Earth bound selves is a journey in and of itself. I have become a much calmer person and parent as I have learned to center myself in spirit instead of the human realm.

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