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From Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr “A more feminine flavor of leadership is not something that only women crave. It is nourishment for men as well. Feminine wisdom feeds the human spirit. Mary Magdalene, in her passionate spontaneity, defiance of established plot lines, and the tenderness of her devotion, is an ever-living source of this soul food. Let her nourish you as you step up now. You may look to “the Magdalene” as a role model or an empowered mystic or call upon her as a metaphysical being available as a spirit guide. Either way, she can be an ally in our reclamation of feminine wisdom and power.
In the Dark Night of the Soul, John of the Cross described Mary Magdalene’s passion for Jesus as symbolic of the birthright of the human soul so on fire for God that she will do whatever is necessary to get to her Beloved.
Why did the Christian community fail to acknowledge Mary Magdalene as the intimate spiritual companion – probably closest disciple, maybe even spiritual equal – to Rabbi Jesus? And how has the mischaracterization of Mary Magdalene excluded women from full participation in Christ’s lineage? Mary’s way was the way of the heart. She exemplified devotion. The institutionalized church is the way of the analytical mind. Mary’s teachings are rooted in the body and grounded in direct experience with the sacred. The dogma of the church demanded unquestioned adherence to established doctrines and prescribed rituals. Given her personal relationship with Christ – a connection that did not require the intercession of a male authority figure – It isn’t difficult to see why Mary Magdalene would be perceived as a threat.”