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did Jesus Say ?
all the passion surrounding Jesus's teachings and their impact
on our views of the Middle East - perhaps its time to
explore the "real"
meaning behind Jesus's words.
Creatives - Living Between Stories
more about this growing
you noticed? Mary's back - and everyone seems
to be talking about her.
popularity speaks to a stirring deep within our
collective unconscious. The soul of our culture
is calling for us to rediscover her image and symbology.
represents kindness, loving compassion, and femininity.
She's back to free the feminine aspect within us
all - men and women alike.
which Mary are we talking about? And, does
it really matter?
to Stephan Hoeller, there seems to be a "muddle of
Marys" in the New Testament. There's Jesus'
mother Mary, Mary of Magdala (aka Mary Magdalene), Mary
of Bethany (Lazarus' sister), and even a Mary called "the
legends have Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, and a black
(Nubian) Egyptian Mary traveling to the south of France
- spreading the teachings of Jesus. Mary appears
to have been a very popular name back in those times.
do know that from about the 4th Century A.D. onward, all
of the earlier representations of the divine feminine
in the West became eclipsed by the veneration of the Virgin
Mary. And, by the Middle Ages, a large "cult
of Mary" had spread throughout Europe.
According to Henry Adams, nearly every great church built
during the 12th and 13th Centuries -at Paris, Rheims,
Amiens, Chartres, etc. - belonged to Mary (Virgin Mary/Mother
of God/Queen of Heaven). She was revered for her
mercy and forgiveness - as opposed to judgment and retribution.
forward to the current (and recent) best-selling fictional
accounts of Mary Magdalene. Although they may be
a great read - there seems to be little
historical basis for these new revelations about this
upside to this popularity of Mary mythology is that it
will ultimately lead people to explore the evidence that
does exist - especially with regard to Mary Magdalene.
She's often been associated with the "repentant prostitute"
image or archetype - however, this couldn't be farther
from the truth.
recently published (1955) Coptic editions of important
Gnostic texts - which include The
Gospel of Mary - one discovers that Mary Magdalene
was actually a carrier of the great mystical Gnosis tradition
- and a close disciple of Jesus.
appears that this association ultimately led to her (and
these texts) becoming an object of denigration by the
orthodox forces in the early Christian church - starting
in the 1st Century A.D.
took about three centuries for the Old Testament/superiority
of men over women/faith-based salvation and redemption
perspective to gain the upper hand. And, look
where its gotten us.
time to look at Mary with new eyes and resurrect her true
symbology - kindness, compassion, and femininity.
more than ever.
come a long way, baby.
by the Rev.
Rosalyn Bruyere and Stephan
Saint Michel and Chartres" by Henry Adams.
Project Gutenberg offers a free
e-book (2003) download.
check out the recently published "The
Gnostic Bible." (2003)
A symbolic gesture preserved for posterity?
traveling through Italy in the 70's, I visited Firenze's
Institute and Museum of the History of Science.
In the exhibit honoring Galileo, I noticed this artifact.
(Yes, its his middle finger.)
had to laugh. Was this a message from beyond
the grave? To those who once condemned him?
was part of the Scientific Renaissance. A time
when a great infusion of creative energy was being
channeled into scientific breakthroughs.
scientific contributions changed our view of the world.
His explorations lead to many discoveries - including the
invention of the microscope, the improvement of the telescope,
and the discovery of the moons of Jupiter.
in spite of his success - he was ultimately tried for heresy,
condemned, and sent into exile. As a defender of Copernican
Astronomy (which states that the sun, and not the earth,
is the center of our solar system) - Galileo came up against
the doctrine of the Church. He spent the last years
of his life blind and in declining health. His middle
finger was ultimately wrested from his body as his remains
were being moved to their present location.
forward to the present. We find ourselves living in
an age when the creative sparks are again igniting all manner
of scientific discovery. And as before, we find ourselves
coming up against the dictates of the church. Whether
its in stem cell research or birth control - we're again
faced with the prospect of being held hostage by narrow
keep the faith. Amazing insights are continuing to
expand our understanding of our quantum universe.
We're moving toward the discovery of a revolutionary framework
that will unify our scientific and mystical realities.
Let's keep our eyes on the horizon. A new day is dawning.
more info. on Galileo and the Institute
Museum of the History of Science, click on their logo
John Paul II Pardons Galileo.
Warrior Priestess is an archetype - one of many goddess archetypes.
Archetypes exist (whether acknowledged or suppressed)
in all of us - men and women alike. They're the foundation
for all our thinking, feelings, and behavior patterns.
to Jungian psychology, an archetype is an inherited pattern
of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective
experience and present in the individual unconscious.
what of our past collective experience? What did it contain?
What's reflected out there - and what's being held in the
lived too long out-of-balance. The creation of a new
global consciousness requires that our feminine archetypes
are awakened (in us all) - and restored to full consciousness.
for definition: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the
English Language, Fourth Edition, Published by
Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
I hear references made to Greece being the cradle of our civilization
- or when someone mentions the European Renaissance ushering
in our modern era - I'm reminded of another part of our history.
A part that's almost never mentioned.
our current trajectory - toward a possible global meltdown
- we may want to consider what we've kept hidden in our collective
was a time long ago when feminine wisdom was supported - the
Goddess was revered. Her wisdom was taught to men and
women in the mystery school traditions throughout the ancient
world. And these matriarchal cultures flourished for
countless millennia. (Matriarchally-based cultures worshipped
the Mother Goddess as the supreme deity. Women weren't
always the rulers.)
around 1200 B.C. (and continuing to about 800 B.C.) Greece
was overrun by barbarian warriors who brought with them their
new patriarchal vision. And so began the suppression
and co-optation of the goddess religions in Greece.
assault on the feminine continued through Roman times and
during the early Christian era. And, then we had 500+
years of gynocide during the Inquisition (beginning in the
12th Century) and the witchcraft persecutions. Millions
of women were put to death - and it was sanctioned by the
is the backdrop to our march toward civilization. Many
were left behind. Its part of our collective past experience
- and yes, its mostly held in our shadows. No wonder
women and men are so reticent about re-discovering the feminine.
Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power," Barbara
Walker, HarperSanFrancisco, 1985.
her book, "Warrior Women," Jeannine
Davis-Kimball, Ph.D. outlines the archeological evidence of
a vast cross-cultural exchange that stretched from Central
Asia to Ireland (from around 6000 B.C. to the early centuries
discovered that there were powerful woman warriors and warrior
priestesses throughout these cultures. They were the
keepers of the wisdom associated with the Mother Goddess.
one site she describes how
swords and daggers were magnificently emblazoned with a
gold profusion of parading winged horses and snow leopards,
Trees of Life. . .
their incredible wealth of gold and icons emblazoned with
supernatural power, it takes little imagination to realize
that these warrior priestesses had attained authority.
Davis-Kimball also provides evidence that underscores the
great shift that occurred with the rise of patriarchal influence.
She found indications of women being purged from positions
of power and influence. Anything to do with the Great Goddess
was subsumed by the new patriarchal reality.
pg. 237, "Warrior
Women," Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Ph.D., Warner Books,
Inc., NY, NY, 2002.
Noble Protector of Beings
compassion - contemplating the benefit of beings.
more about the Tibetan Bön culture and teachings at
The Ligmincha Institute.
Carry the Bridge to the Future
hold the vision of our collective future. But, before
we can make that vision real, we each need to begin
taking steps to clean up our act.
We All Just Get Along ?
thoughts on women's inhumanity to other women. How
is your relationship with your negative Mother?
The Real Glass Ceiling
the barriers to a woman's direct connection with spirit
Problem Is It Anyway ?
learning a great "self secret" about the nature
of my mind and my problems.
of us spend our entire lives thinking about how to solve our
problems. We waste countless hours actively engaged
in conversations about our problems with ourselves, our friends,
our therapists, or just about anyone who will listen.
But, we still have problems. We're all still suffering.
suffering is useful in that it shakes us up and makes us question
our reality - there is a path to freedom. Consider this
insight offered by Tenzin
Wangyal Rinpoche at a recent retreat.
problems should be like shooting stars moving across the
sky - there for a moment and gone the next. We, on
the other hand, experience wisdom like a shooting star -
with our problems coming on steadily.
to the Bön
Dzogchen meditative tradition of Tibet, our thoughts arise
from a clear empty space within us - and then vanish back
into that emptiness. Our essence is primordially pure
and clear, like a crystal. This is the true nature of
our mind. And, the wisest part of us knows this.
confronted with a problem, try asking who is the one doing
the looking? Who is the one that's seeing the problem?
Obviously not the wisest part of us. The "wrong"
person is actually doing the looking - and we're very attached
to that person. In fact, we're empowering that
person - and as a result, we empower our problems - instead
of letting them vanish quickly back into the emptiness.
also suggested that we question the popular practice of analyzing
our inner child. In the end, all we've managed to do
is change our crying inner child into a smiling one.
But, there's still an inner child who's doing the looking.
Why not have our inner wise person do the looking?
is but an introduction to a simple and yet profound way of
shifting our perception of reality. Try it out when
you're faced with a problem. Ask yourself who's seeing
this as a problem? Who's holding onto this problem?
now asking myself who is saying that this is easier said than
done? Who is looking at this way of questioning as
yet another problem?
can learn more about the Tibetan Bön teachings at The
the Protection of
the Falcon God
Temple at Edfu, Egypt
find a better word. . .for who we are becoming.
the word “crone” is used to describe an elder
woman, I get an uneasy feeling. No matter how many well-meaning
writers have attempted to weave a more positive connotation
- my gut still protests.
The word “crone” comes to us from the Middle Ages -
from the Old North French word “carogne” that
was used between 900 and 1400 AD. It was a term of abuse
for a cantankerous or withered woman. And, for many
of us, it still carries that vibration.
language reflects our perceptions. The word “crone”
is archetypal (its energy pattern is derived from our past
collective experience and it's present in our individual unconscious).
Even though we attempt to give it a modern day spin, we may
still be under its spell. I can almost hear it whispering
that a woman with power is something to be feared and marginalized.
At first, I thought "wise woman" might be an acceptable
alternative. But, even that doesn't convey the potency
of who I am becoming.
keep searching with an open mind.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language,
Fourth Edition Copyright© 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Age of Transition
is speeding up. Are you feeling overwhelmed?
like trying to swim ahead of a great wave that's about to
break over you.
wisdom tells us that we're experiencing a shift in the zodiacal
rhythm. We're caught up in the great confusion that occurs
when one astrological age is coming to an end - and another
begins. We're moving through the end of the Piscean
Age and into the Age of Aquarius.
is a difference in rhythm. Time is accelerating.
Our bodies can feel the shift - but, our minds lack the necessary
data to guide the way. This lack of information and
our reliance on our minds for solutions is the cause of much
of our suffering.
being called to adapt. To ride this wave of change.
anecdote: Move beyond the cerebral. Look within yourself.
Awaken your higher consciousness. Find your inner truth.
"Journey Into the Light," Isha Schwaller de Lubicz,
Inner Traditions International, Rochester, VT, 1960.
Kiosk of Trajan
of Philae, Upper Egypt
waiting for the Age of Aquarius?
it dawn in the Sixties? Bringing with it a world of
peace and understanding? Instead we seem to be mired
in everything we were trying to escape.
losing hope, let's consult our great cosmic clock. It
takes approximately 26,000 years for the vernal equinox to
move through all 12 constellations. By dividing 26,000
years by the number of constellations (12) - we can conclude
that it takes 2,160 years to traverse one sign of the zodiac.
Add to this the fact that constellations lack clear boundaries
- and we're left with a bit of ambiguity.
astrologers are therefore using 2100-2150 A.D. as the timeframe
for our move into the Age of Aquarius. So, we've got
a little time for some conscious evolution. If we're
up to it.
Piscean Age, with its symbol of twin fish swimming in opposite
directions, represents our dualistic approach to reality.
We've been learning a lot about the polarities of good/evil,
right/wrong, god/human, male/female, science/religion, etc.
many of our mystical traditions have long understood that
this notion of duality is a construct of the mind - and not
the true nature of reality. It fosters a shepard and
his flock mentality (which is actually a holdover from the
Age of Aries) - reinforcing a blind, unquestioning faith -
and a dependence on spiritual and political leaders.
symbol for Aquarius is the Water bearer - pouring water (divine
wisdom) down to the masses. It includes an understanding
that each end of the polarity (good/evil, etc.) is actually
a complementary pole on a larger continuum.
pole cannot be denied at the expense of the other. The
human and divine polarities are within us all. God is
part of us. Therefore, we can no longer look to our
religious leaders, politicians, or even our physicians for
our truth - we must look within.
we ready for that responsibility?
"Precession and the Zodiac," article available on
Notions on dual nature of mind taken from teachings
of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Ligmincha.org.