Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles in ancient theology, represents an aspect of the divine feminine. She modeled for us how to love through extravagant faith, and with that love, how to ascend above the things of this world and forge our path without judgment or condemnation of others. Her eye’s were constantly focused inward on the divine love, the Christ within her.
Seeing with the heart is becoming spiritually aligned with your true self, your truest divine feminine self, as you represent the image of God and illuminate his love for humanity.
According to Near East wisdom traditions, Cynthia Bourgeault states that the heart is an organ of spiritual perception. The heart is an instrument of sight, or insight, allowing us to stay in alignment with our true nature.
Mary Magdalene’s way of life was the way of the heart. Seeing with the “Nous”, the Greek word for ‘mind’. A more accurate translation means seeing with the eye of the heart. Her teachings reflect how she could remain firm in her earthly body and grounded in a personal and direct experience with the sacred. It’s experiencing the divine from within ourselves.
If we can learn to see with spiritual insight, and the eye of the heart, we will begin to understand what’s accurate, true, and valuable about who we are. Mary Magdalene’s gospel doesn’t want us to become someone we are not but instead, begin to see who we have been all along. It’s about seeing the difference between what our ego wants us to believe versus what God wants us to see. It’s about loving God and ourselves enough to never allow anyone to have power over us.
True power comes from within. It comes from learning how to empower others by first learning to love and empower our true selves.
The good news is that we already contain true treasure, the ability to see with the eye of the heart. The “nous”, or eye of the heart, is the highest aspect of the soul. We can encounter the soul by dying to the ego to truly see with the eye of the heart, which is pure love and vision.
When we can see people and circumstances with the “nous”, we become a bridge between heaven and earth. We have to believe we can be powerful and sacred and contain our divine love within ourselves so that there can be an outflow of that love toward others.
Seeing with the heart is just another level of the soul’s ascent. It can be a guide for following your spiritual path that leads from fear and instability of the heart to experiencing extravagant faith, freedom, and peace.
What area of your life do you need to experience extravagant faith?
If you could focus on just one thing this year that would give you faith, freedom, and peace without judging yourself, what would that be?