The Great Goddess of Willendorf, Austria, is among the oldest artwork we have from the Paleolithic Period dating sometime between 28,000 and 25,000 BCE. Author Hallie Iglehart Austen in her book, The Heart Of The Goddess, describes this figure as the all-encompassing Great Goddess. The author writes this statue is a woman’s faceless, egoless primal Self, peaceful in her body and her miraculous power as Woman and as Earth – to create (MOTHER OF US ALL). Over 90 present of human statues found from 30,000 to 5,000 BCE were females much like The Great Goddess of Willendorf shown above.
The following is a condensed version of author, Hallie Iglehart Austen’s, suggested practices and meditation on becoming familiar with the Goddess:
1. Set up a sacred place for Goddess Meditation. Visualize actually being in the presence of this Great Goddess.
2. If you don’t have a small Goddess figurine, imagine the small round shape fitting easily into the palm of your hand. It is a reminder of our source of the Sacred Feminine.
3. Visualize being in the presence of this Great Goddess. She is Earth. Her body reflects mountains, valleys, fields and rivers. She reflects you as a woman, your body. She is you. Your are her. Interact with her through words and/or actions by repeating the following:
4. O Great Mother, mother of us all, oldest of the old, come to me through the labyrinth of time to help me remember the wisdom of my forebears, the eternal life-giving power of a woman.
5. It is important to remember mothering is a powerful image for all acts of creativity and nurturing. The Great Goddess is available to us, she is one with us. We just need to believe.
6. To continue this meditation exercise you might want to create your own Great Goddess. Have fun!