Every soul is potentially divine.
Agreed. But there is a difference between potentiality and actualization of the potential.
So yes, every woman is potentially Durga, Kali, Laxmi, Parvati, Saraswati and all the female aspects of the divine.
Just as every man is potentially Ram, Krishna, Shiva and all the male aspects of the divine.
In the ultimate analysis, one perhaps rises above and encompasses both the male and female aspects.
But this actualization of the potential requires an effort. One has to work at it. No point just assuming oneself to be a divine manifestation when it is but obvious that one us simply fluttering like a leaf in the winds of worldliness with little to no control over one's own mind and a far from ideal expression of divine qualities (human values).
We need to ask ourselves: where in the journey are we specifically?
I suggest an honest answering of the following questions:
1. How much love do we carry within us? And how much of it are we able to express in action? Service is love in action. Do we serve selflessly? How compassionate are we? Are we dedicated to uplifting the suffering and needy even at our own personal cost?
2. How clear is our discrimination between right and wrong, between what is of lasting value and goodness and what brings temporary short term pleasure but is not good in the long run? And how firm is our commitment to do the right thing each step of the way?
3. How deep and clear is our knowledge of ourselves and the creation? Do we know ourselves? How our mind works? Where our thoughts and emotions arise from? Are we enlightened?
4. Are we content? Are we happy and blissful by our own nature or does our happiness keep depending on this and that and we chase desires one after the other?
We need to ask ourselves these questions honestly and be clear about where we are in our journey. And then move towards the goal steadfastly.
Of course we are the divine. I don't doubt it for a moment. Let's actualize your potential. Blossom !
"Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached." --Katha Upanishad
I think a lot of people hesitate to accept that they are essentially divine in nature because they have made mistakes.
This is such a misunderstanding!
Look here, whatever we have or have not done: it's over. The fact that we realize that we've made a mistake itself shows that we are emerging out of the mistake. We need to just accept our mistakes and seek forgiveness. If we receive it, good: we be grateful for it and move forward. If not, then fine, we bear the consequences of our actions and move forward.
Either way, we move forward with a wiser head and a clearer conscience.
Starting this moment, let's resolve to not repeat our mistakes and continuously improve ourselves.
I think that's all there is to it. Period.
As I said above: I don't doubt our divinity for a moment. Let's put in the effort to actualize our potential. Blossom :)!