December 22 Blog – “The Big Mama: Mary, a Deep Breath, and Space for the Unknown” by Patricia Lynn Reilly

The Big Mama: Mary, a Deep Breath, and Space for the Unknown

In honor of Mary and all the Mamas, past, present, and future, who thrust us forth into life, we reach back to the very beginning and remember the Big Mama!

Long ago the Big Mama gave birth to ALL THAT IS. It took her seven days of hard work and seven nights of deep rest. Here’s how it happened—

On the first day, she gave birth to light and darkness. They danced together.

On the second day, she gave birth to land and water. They touched.

On the third day, she gave birth to green growing things. They rooted and took a deep breath.

On the fourth day, she gave birth to land, sea, and air creatures. They walked and flew and swam.

On the fifth day, her creation learned balance and cooperation. She thanked her partner for coaching her labor.

On the sixth day, she celebrated the creativity of all living things.

On the seventh day, she left space for the unknown.

On the seventh and final day the Big Mama left a great big empty space in the universe…for YOU to fill with your ideas and words, poems and stories, businesses and organizations, sounds and songs, daughters and sons, colors and paintings, careers and retirements, movements and dances.

With a deep breath, celebrating the creativity of all living things, imagine 2011 as the space left for you to fill by the Big Mama. Imagine this space as an expansive field. During this holiday season, allow yourself to play in this field of infinite possibility.


Patricia Lynn Reilly is the founder of Imagine a Woman International and BAB Coaching and Publication Services. “The Big Mama” was originally published in her first book, A God Who Looks Like Me: Discovering a Woman-Affirming Spirituality (Ballantine Books, 1995) and will be published as a children’s book in 2011. Visit to learn more about Patricia’s inspirational books. If you’re inspired to take the next step with your own book project, visit


  1. kristin Hanke says:

    Very cool perspective! Thank you for sharing. yesterday’s Solstice was my first celebration of such an understanding and I loved it. !

    blessings to you!

  2. I loved this! Thank you!

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