Women’s History month is nearly over. The media has been doing stories on many accomplished women in a variety of fields but religion and spirituality is not including. In an effort to rectify that, I am going to mention a few women who have done much, directly or indirectly, to aid in spiritual development over the last few decades. Forgive me if I leave out one of your favorites, but I am just including some I can think of off the top of my head, I’m sure there are many others.
An obvious choice, Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun, is well known all over the world for her tireless efforts to help the people of the world, especially the poor and downtrodden. While it can be argued that it was mostly social aid such as providing food and medicine, there was also spiritual aid included. If for nothing else, we should remember that Mother Teresa helped all who needed help regardless of their religion, nationality or sexual orientation and that is a lesson for us all. In her own words:
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
I doubt that professor Pagels would consider herself a spiritual teacher but her books on Gnostic scripture and early Christianity are probably the most reliable and influential in the field.
psychic medium and author, her books introduced many thousands to Arthur Ford and Jeane Dixon. She founded the Association for Past Life Research and Therapy. Her books and newspaper articles were so influential in the 1970’s that she has been referred to as the Herald of the New Age.
Probably the most famous psychic of the seventies, she was consulted by congressmen, presidents, and corporate leaders. She is probably best known for warning JFK to cancel his trip to Dallas, which he didn’t do and was assassinated.