Cost: $1.15 used on amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson marched out of her church at age ten. With little-girl clarity, she knew something tremendously crucial was missing…the voices of women. Watterson became a theologian and a pilgrim to the divine feminine to find the missing stories and images of women’s spiritual voices. She knew women’s voices had never been silenced, just buried. But what she truly sought was her own spiritual voice inside her—the one veiled beneath years of self-doubt. At a sacred site of the Black Madonna in Europe, Watterson had a revelation that changed her. Rather than transcending the body, denying or ignoring it, being spiritual for her meant accepting her body as sacred. Only then, Watterson realized could she hear the voice of unfaltering love inside her- the voice of her soul. With passion, humor, and brutal honesty, Watterson draws on ancient stories and lesser-known texts of the divine feminine, like The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, making them modern and accessible to reveal the spiritual process she went through. She suggests that being spiritual is simply about stripping down to the truth of who we really are. Through her extensive work with women, Watterson found that she was not alone. There are countless women who long for a spirituality that encourages embodiment rather than denies it, that inspires them to abandon their fears but never themselves, and to be led by the audacious and fiercely loving voice of truth inside them. No matter where you rest on the spectrum of spirituality; religious or secular, devout believer or chronic doubter, freelance mystic or borderline agnostic, this story is about the desire in all of us to want to shed everything that holds us back. Reveal provides what religions have left out—the spiritual voice of a woman who has claimed her body as sacred—a woman who has found the divine insider her. In essence, this is a manual for revealing your soul. “I have spent the majority of my life gathering stories of the divine feminine. Each time before getting my masters degrees in theology and divinity, I went on a pilgrimage to sacred sites of the divine feminine throughout Europe. The first one was with a group and the second was on my own…
The stories of the divine feminine, of Christianity’s Mary Magdalene, Catholicism’s Black Madonna, Hinduism’s Kali ma, and Buddhism’s Green Tara for example, allowed me to begin to see that I wasn’t as much of a spiritual misfit as I had thought. There was a red thread that became visible to me that ran through so many of the world religions, especially through their mystics, relating that the way to find the divine is to go within. And, that our potential to be transformed by going inward is exactly the same whether we are a man or a woman. The real barometer of our spiritual potential is not our sex, but the commitment of our desire to want to encounter the divine.” Excerpt from Reveal
Response: This book took me some time to read because as I was reading it, I felt like I was on a spiritual adventure myself.
I recently graduated from University and have been struggling to find my place in the world and this book really helped me be okay with taking time to find whats best for me.
Watterson describes her many pilgrimages while trying to come in contact with her true spiritual identity. This book is stepping stone in the right direction of a lost soul. I loved the detail, the personality and the depth that this journey had.
It was just so spiritually heavy that I felt like I wanted to read it as slowly as possible so I could soak up every moment of it. I wanted to experience such closeness with other lost souls. I wanted to take every moment of Wattersons journey and experience it myself to the fullest extent. I wished to be seeing the Black Madonna by her side.
Anyone who is on a spiritual journey should take a look at Watterson’s adventures.
This book connected me to other women and lead me to more books that I want to experience. For more on Watterson, check out this article about Getting Spiritually Naked.