Spiritual Midwife

Soon after I moved to this community I met “Sophia” and we stood chatting around the coffee urn in the church hall. She responded to everything I told her about myself with “Wonderful!” Then she said, “We need you in this community.” Who doesn’t want to be told she is “wonderful” and “valuable”? Sophia became a close friend, a spiritual mother with whom I met regularly.  About my daughter she would say, “good for her! What a great life experience!” About my spouse and my son, she would say, “He’s a good man”. She helped me to see goodness in my life and in the lives of those around me. 

This is what it means to give birth to God – to recognize and bring to life within our lives the unique seeds of Divinity with which we were born. The seeds will reflect the nature of God: loving, kind, forgiving, imagining, creating, joyful, grieving. Sophia was giving birth to God in her life and she was acting as a midwife to the Divine within me. 

In this time of Advent, I, and many others are preparing to celebrate Christmas, the birth of God-incarnate in Jesus. It’s easier for Christians to worship the man-God Jesus than to recognize and live the awe-some implications of God dwelling in every aspect of God’s creation, including me and you. Imagine a world in which we recognized and honoured God in ourselves and in one another, as did my friend Sophia!


There seems to me to be a global, intuitive knowledge that the Divine lives in every person and all of creation. For example, “Namaste” is a Hindu greeting that means, “the divine spirit in me greets the divine spirit in you”.  

Meister Eckhart, who is quoted above, was a 13th century German, philosopher and Catholic theologian. The world has finally caught up with Eckhart’s thinking; his theology about the Divine presence in all of creation is reclaiming the Christian understanding of incarnation revealed in Jesus of Nazareth. Eckhart is one among several whose teaching begins to align Christian understanding of creation with other traditional faith traditions such as Indigenous and Hindu.

A brilliant man, Eckhart taught in the University in Paris and wrote Latin treatises and German sermons. His teachings were not well understood during his lifetime and he was investigated in “The Inquisition” for heresy. The investigation cast a shadow over his person and his life that was only lifted in the 20th century when the Roman Catholic Church declared neither the man nor his teachings were unorthodox, although his didactic style of teaching could mislead people who read things literally.

Today Eckhart’s teachings continue to touch people who may be shocked, (Is this new age?), confused (this is all so new and strange), and inspired (finally something that is personal and real!); In Ekhart’s teaching we are invited to know God who is within themselves.