In Genesis we learn that out of the womb of darkness and chaos God birthed Creation. Out of the womb of the ark, new life began after the flood. Out of the womb of the great fish Jonah was given a new opportunity for life.
So out of our inner spiritual womb God wants to bring a unique Creation that only we can experience–His own holiness, placed within us before our birth.
In one sense Mary represents a part of each of us–the Virgin Womb–our Spiritual Womb–unused, undisturbed, unfulfilled–awaiting the planting of the spiritual seed–the seed of conscious insemination–our conscious desire for something new to be born in us.
God was preparing Mary’s heart long before the angel came to ask permission to plant the seed within her. God has been doing the same with us. And the message is the same! ‘Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ Each of us is God’s favored one, his special, precious Child, to whom and in whom he wants to communicate great joy.
The physical is always a symbol for the spiritual. What we need is a spiritual frame of mind to perceive it. The physical rite of passage from virgin to initiated participant in sexual enjoyment–the fullest possible expression of human physical joy–gives us a clue to the kind of spiritual ecstasy God wants us to experience on a spiritual level.
This spiritual pregnancy is a different kind of pregnancy. Many biological children are conceived accidentally. Not so in our spiritual virgin womb. This conception can only occur intentionally–where our conscious gives permission to have the seed of new life planted. Our conscious will not only must want new life but must give permission for the incubation period to be as long or as short as needed, and for the birth to take place wherever it chooses.
This is not a nine-month pregnancy. The gestation period varies with each individual. And birth does not take place in a hospital labor room. It may take place in your own home, on a trip, or in a distant place. Your spiritual birthplace can be anywhere. Your womb will know the time and the place. You may be, in fact, already on the road to Bethlehem. I hope so.