my background in the divine

Goddess Babe. Yep, that’s me!

I’ve been a goddess babe since the mid 1970s when I took the name Phebe. It’s a name for the moon and means ‘Shining One.’ Little did I know how powerful this affirmation would be.

In the 70s & 80s, I practiced in circles of women (still do). We brought Z Budapest and Kay Gardner to Cincinnati in the early 80s for the Wise Wimmin Surviving Conference.

I took a Buddhist turn in the 90s. Zen meditation served as a wonderful source of discipline for me. I thank Zen Master Dae Gak and Furnace Mountain for starting me on my way. But when I accompanied a friend to Siddha Yoga and saw the arati tray being waved to the gurus, I found in Hinduism the bhakti bliss that had been missing for me.

On my altar I have my mother (left her body March 2007), Anandamayi Ma, and Kwan Yin. Kali rules the fireplace in my living room.

Spring 2014 finds me taking an online course on female mystics with Mirabai Starr.

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4 responses to “my background in the divine

  1. Phebe, this statement: “But when I accompanied a friend to Siddha Yoga and saw the arati tray being waved to the gurus, I found the bhakti bliss that had been missing for me.”

    How uncanny! That was exactly what changed me, except it was in the Kali temple in Laguna Beach, CA. Arati changed my life.

    In the Kali temple in CA, they sing this during arati:

    eJai Ma Jai Ma Jai Ma Jai Ma
    Jai Ma Jai Ma Jai Ma Jai

    Jai Ma Jai Ma Jai Ma Jai Ma
    Jai Ma Jai Mai Jai Ma Jai

    Jaia Maaaaa, Jaia Maaaaa
    Jaia Maaaaa, Jaia Maaaaa
    Jaia Maaaaa, Jaia Maaaaa
    Jaia Maaaaa, Jaia Maaaaa

    (repeat ad infinitum)

    It makes me so happy. Thought you would like it too.

    Crazy to see how similar our paths are, and yet how different! May Mother bless the Midwest!

    At Her feet,
    Kristin

  2. Rashma N. Kalsie

    It is indeed a blessing to meet a ‘realized’ writer. I would like to learn from you, though I am nowhere on path of Self.

  3. Brenda Ghantous

    Its your sponsor, Phebe I just moved with my sweetheart to Nyack New York. I am happy you are still loving Siddha Yoga xoxoxo,brenda

    • Brenda, So great to hear from you! Happy Guru Purnima no matter which guru-teachers we are learning from. I had no idea you had moved. I certainly wish you happiness. Yes, I think of you as my ‘sponsor.’ For this, I am grateful. Take care (& now you know where to find me). love, Phebe

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