The Holy Bride in Exile course has come about in both a logical and an illogical way. The logical includes almost thirty years of intensive study of the Magdalene, my own education and experience in scripture study, theology, religious history, human development, psychology, Christian and Jewish mysticism, etc. etc. etc. Also logical are all the courses I’ve developed and facilitated including the Magdalene Priesthood training, the Order of Melchizedek Alchemist training, and my most recent courses on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Mary Magdalene and the Path of the Holy Bride. All of this work, and my own integration of these studies provided the framework out of which exploration of the Bride in Exile became possible.
The illogical is the lightening bolt that pierced through me while reading Raphael Patai’s The Hebrew Goddess. When I came upon Patai’s words, “The Holy Bride in Exile,” the whole world turned on its axis, everything stopped, and the downloads began. It literally felt as if the top of my head had been opened up and someone/something was pouring awareness and knowledge into me. If this wasn’t exciting (terrifying) enough, what was being shown to me validated and affirmed a calling that has likely been present within me my whole life, but now had become increasingly urgent:
The call to a more interior way of sacred living.
It is because I know I am not alone in this calling that I share this course with you. This, I believe, is so much more than a course, it is:
Permission and Support
for a way of living that has been lost in our society – one that was once valued (more on that later), but with the advent of the patriarchy, and more recently of capitalism, interior living has been cast aside as ridiculous, or at the very least, counter-cultural.
“Only crazy or morbidly depressed people would want to spend most of their time in solitary contemplation and study, moving slowly and gently upon this earth.”
The Holy Bride in Exile says otherwise. Not only is the Holy Bride in Exile an ancient archetype, it is, I believe, a critical stage in the Soul development of those who are either called to exile as a way of living, or who find themselves in temporary states of exile as part of their Soul’s journey of unfolding. Society needs its hermits for reasons that we will uncover in this course.
My greatest heart desire in sharing this journey with you is that you feel validated and affirmed in your own unique calling and that you discover the empowerment that is inherent in our times of exile. Additionally, I hope that through this support you can harness the courage and strength to boldly live your interior life knowing that by doing so you are offering a powerful gift not only to yourself, but also to the world.
The poem above by Rupi Kaur arrived at the exact perfect moment. For the past 6 weeks I have been struggling with increasingly crippling pain from the middle of my back to the top of my head. I understood the potential physical triggers, but more importantly I was aware of the emotional triggers that started it. What was troubling, however, was the magnitude of the pain as it seemed disproportionate to the triggers. The triggers were familiar and of no surprise, but for whatever reason they hit me more deeply than usual. I applied my normal reflection and healing practices to resolve the pain, but nothing seemed to be working. I was beginning to wonder if (once again) my personal triggers, because of their universal theme, had catapulted me into something I was being called (once again) to process and transmute on behalf of the world. #shadowwork
I had an acupuncture treatment on Wednesday that helped to loosen the pain. Then on Thursday morning while doing some deep meditation and process work, Rupi Kaur’s poem showed up in my Instagram feed. I took in her words and BOOM! OMG! That’s it! The pain is mine, but it is more than mine, because it is about the deep-seated demon of misogyny and all the ways it has crippled women and men alike – a demon that we must exorcise if we ever hope to have peace and harmony in the human experience.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines misogyny as: dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. Merriam-Webster expands that meaning to include: something (such as speech or behavior) that reflects and fosters misogyny. As I have been recently reminded, misogyny is not limited to the actions of men, as some women are equally guilty of beliefs and behaviors related to misogyny (the denigration of other women and sometimes men). Misogyny is sometimes obvious, often subtle and always insidious. Misogyny is at the heart of what is wrong with our world and while it is often described as a weapon that men use against women, both women and men suffer because of the sins of misogyny and women are just as often the perpetrators of misogyny. Here are a few of the subtle and not so subtle examples of misogyny as we might be experiencing them today:
• The way in which boys are socialized not to like or want to date smart girls.
• The ways in which some girls act dumb to get boys to like them.
• How some parents are disappointed when their first born isn’t a boy.
• The ways in which boys are socialized to abhor strong, courageous, independent and successful women.
• When men are intimidated by or recoil from a woman who knows herself and what she wants.
• Women who choose not to know themselves or what they want so they can fit better into the category of “male likability.”
• Men demeaning, sexualizing, controlling, and manipulating women.
• Women sexualizing or diminishing themselves to get male attention.
• Privileging male sports over female sports.
• Funding sports while defunding the arts.
• The way in which boys have been labeled as “gay” for wanting to explore theatre, choir, (and god forbid!) dance.
• Expecting women to remain in subservient roles or in jobs that have been traditionally feminine (teaching, nursing, secretary, etc.).
• The silent demeaning of men who choose careers in traditionally feminine fields (teaching, nursing, stay at home parent, etc.)
• Charging more for women’s professional attire than for a similar item in the men’s department.
• Every way in which women are silenced, ignored or mocked, when they try to share their knowledge, experience, expertise, concerns, ideas, etc.
• Every way women are condemned for “rocking the boat.” (you know, like when we try to speak our truth.)
• When women are talked over, ignored, dismissed, interrupted.
• The silent rules of complicit women.
• Women rely on manipulative (often sexual) behaviors to get a man’s attention.
• Women who sell their souls for the perceived security of status quo.
• Body shaming!
• Banishing, ostracizing, abandoning, shunning – those who refuse to hold the “party line.”
• The assumption of authority and bullying those who question or challenge that authority. (in my world, authority is not assumed, it must be earned!)
• Elevating competition over collaboration.
• Creating “winners” and “losers.”
• Making money a measure of success.
• Making God into a man. (thank you for this one Lyna Jones!)
This list is by no means complete, but I think you get the picture, and likely have a few of your own to add. Before pressing on, I want to acknowledge the dear men that I know in whom misogyny has not been ingrained, or who have purposefully chosen to root this out in themselves. They are examples of how men are meant to be in their attitudes toward and behaviors with women. They elevate, celebrate and collaborate with the women around them and to them I want to say thank you. I also want to celebrate the amazing women I know who have stepped out of the misogynistic trap and who celebrate, elevate, and uplift their sisters and who are sources of support for each other, rather than competition in the endless race to “get a man.” Thank you dear sisters, I honor you.
At the same time, it is important that WE ALL acknowledge the subtle, and not so subtle ways in which we have been conditioned and even trained by the “rules” of misogyny. We must acknowledge the ways in which we have either ignored or taken misogyny for granted – accepting it as something that “just is” and having no other choice but to deal with it. As for “dealing with it,” I call BULLSHIT! It is not ok to put up with being ignored, silenced, censored, talked over, demeaned, criticized, condemned, even punished because we do not agree to the rules laid out by misogyny. It is not acceptable that any of us should have to change our behavior, withhold the sharing of our gifts, deny ourselves our passion because some man a long time ago decided what is expected of and acceptable from women and then applied similar rules to men whose Souls do not fit within the toxic masculine paradigm. It is not ok that for centuries we have had to put up with “the rules,” often under the threat of our own lives. (Women and men have been killed for speaking and living their truth).
For 56 years I have suffered under the rules of misogyny, and I know I’m not the only one! We need to end the reign of misogyny and it starts by identifying its role in our own lives, the ways we have suffered or been complicit in its ministrations and choose another path. We start by healing ourselves of the effects of misogyny and then saying NO to its actions when it attempts to insert itself into our lives.
How have you experienced misogyny in your life and how have your worked to root it out?
Today’s post comes from one of the amazing women who are currently participating in my Live/online course, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. The following came forth through a meditation activity I invited the participants to enter into with a scripture reading from the prophet Micah. I share Louisa’s beautiful (passionate) response to Micah’s question followed by the scripture itself. Thank you Louisa for this passionate and truthful response! A note to the reader: Read this sharing in the voice of a passionate and perhaps a bit angry and frustrated woman! (You know, we’ve all been there!) Selah!
In Response to Micah:
“Is there no King in you?”
There is a visceral reaction to these words. Words that value my courage, my tenacity, my worth, based on the internalized masculine.
There is no King in me.
He would only get in my way and obstruct me with his ridiculous rules, his lust for power, his striving in ignorance to feed his insatiable ego.
There is no King in me.
He would slow me down with his mansplaining and denial of the emotions that are woven through me and make me juicy and complex.
If there were a King here,
My labor would stall. I would be expected to birth in silence, suppressing my creative needs, and bringing forth only that which he deemed worthy.
Without my inner King,
I am fierce. I bring forth life. I connect the fertile Earth beneath me with the Celestial Majesty above.
I don’t live on the Earth, squeezing every resource I can from her for my own self- aggrandizement. I live of the Earth, in the Earth, from the Earth, and by the Earth.
No, there is no King in me.
I don’t have that kind of time to waste.
So, tell me instead,
“Is there no Queen in you?”
Micah 4: 8-13
And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of daughter Zion,
to you it shall come,
the former dominion shall come,
the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.
Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor?
Writhe and groan,O daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor;
for now you shall go forth from the city
and camp in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued,
there the Lord will redeem you
from the hands of your enemies.
Now many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be profaned,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
But they do not know
the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
Arise and thresh,
O daughter Zion,
for I will make your horn iron
and your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples,
and shalldevote their gain to the Lord,
their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.
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Join us in this reflection on the journey of motherhood as witnessed through the eyes of Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Divine Mother of the Christian tradition. There is probably no other character in scripture who so perfectly represents the ecstasies and agonies of motherhood – from her unplanned pregnancy to the untimely execution and death of her son. In having had the fullness of the human experience of motherhood, Mary has become an “everywoman” – helping us to know we are not alone in the struggles of motherhood and that we have someone with whom we can also share our joys.
In eight interactive lessons, you will have an opportunity to reflect on the many stages of motherhood including:
Dreaming our Child’s Future
Setting Healthy Boundaries
Empowering our Children in their Greatness
Lessons will include scripture that tells Mary’s story, reflections, meditation activities and opportunities for sharing.
It is my hope that through Mary’s story, you are able to find inspiration and support for whatever stage of motherhood you are experiencing, and that like other men and women before you, you find in Mary a source of Divine support and someone you can turn to in meditation and prayer when you are in need of additional guidance, comfort and support.
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS is an author, teacher, priestess, healer and prophet. She is the author of the highly-anticipated, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary MagdaleneandAuthentic Freedom, both of which reveal the hidden teachings of Jesus as revealed through his most devoted student, co-equal minister and beloved partner, Mary Magdalene. For over twenty years, Lauri has researched, studied and put into practice these hidden teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition and discovered within them rich and effective tools for facilitating self-awareness and self-actualization. These teachings and practices prove that beyond the doctrine resides the truth that unites all people – the truth of Oneness in Love. As a priestess of the Magdalene/Christ, Lauri shares these teachings through her on-line and local courses, one-on-one mentoring, writing and publishing.
Lauri is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and founder of the Order of the Magdalene. She lives in Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Lauri, her writings, programs and services at www.authenticfreedom.love
We are all familiar with the story of Adam and Eve and the “fall of humanity.” Beginning with the writings of Paul of Tarsus (or maybe before even this), Eve has been cast in the role of temptress and the cause and origin of “original sin.” It was through Eve and her act of disobedience that evil entered our world. Since then, Eve, and all of humanity, especially women, have been condemned, forever seeking after the redemption from humanity’s “fall.”
What if humanity never fell and the “disobedience” of Eve was not disobedience at all? What if Eve’s actions were all for the purpose of awakening humanity out of our unconscious state to one in which we know the difference between good and evil and through which we are able to discern our own path in our journey home to our true nature? What if Eve was meant to eat of the fruit so that humanity could become “like gods,” conscious of our own separation and the spark within which beckons us home? What if Eve was not the source of original sin, but was instead, the cause of our awakening and by that awakening, the Mother of all the Living?
In this mini-course, you will have an opportunity to explore the story of Adam and Eve, its true origins, and the deeper message beyond the patriarchal overlay. Freed from the lens of fear, power and control, Eve is no longer “sinner” or “temptress” but is the Awakener of Humanity and the Mother of all the Loving. Here, Eve is the model of the empowered feminine – awakening to our true nature as fully Human and fully Divine.
Across lifetimes we have journeyed.
Between dimensions we have travelled.
Together building universes
Until Fear tore us apart.
For eons we’ve sought our reunion…
And for a brief moment we met.
For that brief moment I had hope.
I opened the door to loving you –
Not the man cloaked in glamour,
But the man behind the mask.
Naked, vulnerable and made impotent by a competitive and hostile world.
In that brief moment I saw you –
But just as quickly you were gone.
And my heart was once again torn in two.
I have really been struggling as to how to respond the recent wave of violence being done to women as it relates to our reproductive rights. The U.S. Constitution is clear, and yet individual states (and insurance companies) have been slowly picking away at our access to choice. Abortion has become the scapegoat in a centuries-long quest to deprive women of our natural born sovereignty over our own power.
The truth of the matter is that abortion is not the issue. The issue is a system of fear, power and control made to support the wealth of those in power while imprisoning the rest of humanity. The abortion fight is merely a smoke screen for something far-more insidious and evil about which we should all be concerned. But as long as we are having the abortion argument, we are distracted from the real matter at hand – the freedom and liberty of all human beings that are slowly being stripped away from us by the powerful few.
But let’s talk about abortion for a minute. Having been raised Catholic; I once proudly waved the pro-life banner. That was until I realized that “pro-life” only meant anti-abortion as I watched so-called pro-lifers favor the death penalty and political positions that ignored the needs of the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the otherwise powerless. I have seen those same persons who vote for the pro-life candidate, vote against access to health care and empowerment programs for women, children and those suffering poverty. These same pro-life voters continue to support the death of innocents both in our country and abroad by supporting war, ignoring the needs of the mentally ill and by refusing to step forward in rational conversations about reasonable gun policies. They want to support the rights of the unborn child while ignoring the needs of that child after it is born. This is not pro-life!
This is where I became pro-choice. How can we support the unborn child without caring about how it will survive after it has come to term? How can we favor the unborn child over the millions of people in our world who are starving, homeless, and without access to adequate medical care? And why is the unborn child of greater value than the mother who is asked to birth….and then provide for it? I’m not saying abortion is the ideal choice, I’m not sure I could make that choice if faced with an unplanned pregnancy. For some, however, it may be the only choice when faced with a world that is adamant about bringing life to birth but completely unconcerned about the care of that life thereafter.
Abortion is not the issue. Abortion is a symptom of a system that has gone terribly awry.
Abortion would become rare and mostly unnecessary if we lived in a system that:
Provided quality sex education and access to affordable birth control so that unplanned pregnancies would become rare.
Guaranteed access to quality pre-natal, maternity and post-natal care.
Guaranteed access to affordable, quality healthcare.
Provided paid maternity and paternity leave in support of the mental, emotional and physical health of the family.
Ensured that the basic needs of the family were being met – food, clothing, safe housing, access to medical care, etc.
If the mother is unmarried or not in partnership with the father of the child:
Enforced paternal financial support of the unborn child and if the child is given over to the father for support, that he receive adequate financial support.
Access to education, gainful employment and quality childcare so the mother (or father) can work (if they have to…..and mostly likely they will).
But sadly, none of this is being done and the supports that have been there are quietly (sometimes not so quietly) being stripped away.
Women rarely choose abortion because they want to; they are forced into this choice by a system that does not support them or the child they are increasingly being forced to bear. Putting laws in place to prohibit abortion will not stop abortion. It will only make it more dangerous. If we truly want to stop abortion, we need to work toward reforming the systems that put women (and men) in the position of having to make this choice in the first place.
(If you haven’t figured it out yet, there is an even more insidious reason for those in power wanting to prohibit abortion. It is not “to save a life.” It is to keep more women and children poor and therefore dependent on the system that put them there in the first place. Grrrr)
This one is for my sister-witches (and brothers – for what I will say of my sister witches, is also true for my brother witches). When I use the term “witch” I’m referring to all the powerful women I know who have harnessed the infinite power within themselves and who are using this power to support their own life mission of being in service to the betterment of our world. These are women who are strong, independent, confident (albeit sometimes insecure – only because they have rarely been supported or affirmed in their gifts), intuitive, empathic, teachers, healers, leaders and behind the scene witches. These are the women who have been with us throughout eternity and who have been ridiculed, condemned, even killed for their magical gifts. Fortunately we are no longer in the “burning times” but that doesn’t mean that today’s witches are free from danger. In fact, the dangers we face today are even more subtle and insidious than the dangers we faced during the witch trials and the inquisition. Today I wish to speak of one specific danger that faces all women of power today – and that is of what I like to call the “Witch Collectors.”
Witch Collectors can come in any gender, but I have most often encountered them in men. These are men (or women) who appear powerful, confident, strong, self-assured; perhaps even a bit arrogant. They are often physically attractive and lure people in with their charm. At first they seem sincere, trustworthy and of integrity, but it is all a ruse. What they show to the world is an illusion for what hides behind the mask is a succubus – one who is not strong at all, but terribly insecure and lacking in inner power.
Motivated by a deep sense of emptiness and vacancy, Witch Collectors are compelled to seek out and then draw in those of power (especially witches) so they can suck them dry. In the world of psychology, these people are often called narcissists, but in my experience, their “condition” moves far beyond that of a borderline personality disorder. Unlike narcissists, Witch Collectors desire more than power and control. Witch Collectors literally feed on the life-force energy of the powerful woman (or man) they have drawn into their clutches, thereby draining them of their power, falsely believing that as they drain the witch of her power, his own power is increasing. The problem with this “relationship” is that the Witch Collector is never satisfied – can never be satisfied – as there is no amount of “witch power” that can fill a vacant hole. They may feel temporary satisfaction from the energy they have drained, but the emptiness within a Witch Collector is like a black hole – infinitely empty and impossible to fill. As long as the relationship continues between witch collector and witch, the witch collector will feed and the witch will feel drained –unable to harness the fullness of her power and to use that power for good.
Identifying a witch collector is tricky business, especially if you are a woman who is still nursing the wounds of the unholy masculine. In a culture which has been ruled for the past 5000 years by the unholy masculine (fear, power and control), most of us harbor this wound. As a result, we long to be seen, heard, acknowledged and supported in the use of our gifts. When we find the rare (in this case) man who celebrates our gifts – who speaks our language – we are thrilled. Titillated actually! In our excitement, we are tempted to set aside our shield of caution and discernment gets tossed to the wind. We enthusiastically enter into the web, blind to the true motivation of their seduction. This is how seduction works, speaking to our insecurities, fears and unhealed wounds, which then causes us to put down our guard. Then the “witch hunter” moves in for the “kill.” Or rather – the slow kill…..as that is how Witch Collectors work – slowly and subtly draining us of our life force energy – often the point where we find ourselves clinically depressed and unable to function.
But there is hope dear sisters for today I am calling them out! I am calling out all witch collectors and in doing so, giving you permission to recognize the witch collectors who have crossed your path or who may, in fact, still be part of your life. See them for who and what they are – parasites intent on draining you of your magical powers. The great news is that once you are able to identify the “demon” it no longer has power over you! Say NO to their seductions and their ministrations. STOP being the host for their insatiable desire for power. Remember that in truth, they HAVE NO POWER. You are the one with the power and it is your power they seek to possess. See them. Say no to them. Cut them off from their food-source. And then watch them slink away. This is what I have found in my own experience with witch collectors – once they know they are being seen for who they truly are, once we refuse to let them take our power, once we say NO to their seductions, they simply slink away and go off in search of their next victim. Buh Bye….and good riddance!
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This week, we’ve been unraveling and debunking the patriarchal degradation of symbols of feminine power. We started the week with Eve and continued with the serpent. Today, we tackle the dragon.
In biblical lore, the dragon is cast in the role of demon – devil, Lucifer, Satan, the Leviathan, the dragon who carries the Whore of Babylon and the one that threatens the woman standing “with the moon at her feet” and her newborn child. To the patriarchy, the dragon represents evil, temptation, sin, and the threat of eternal damnation. But why? Why is the dragon cast in this role of death and destruction?
My sense is that this association between the dragon and temptation has more to do with the patriarchy’s fear of feminine power (their own feminine power) than it does with a literal demon seducing us into sin. When we look at the ancient cultures that preceded the warring patriarchal hoards, we see nothing but a benevolent relationship between dragon and human beings. In Chinese culture, for example, the dragon represents abundance, wealth, and good fortune; and with its Yin counterpart, the phoenix, portrays the perfect harmony intended between male and female in intimate partnership – each supporting and elevating each other in their unique giftedness. Even in Chassidic Hebrew beliefs, especially in the mysticism of the Kabbalah, the dragon (as a serpent) is welcome as the inner force that awakens us, that carries our true power and which leads us toward embracing and harnessing that power so that we might fulfill our Soul’s mission.
It is in Christianity where we see the most damning portrayals of the dragon – most notably the dragon that wishes to devour the holy child, thereby thwarting the Divine purpose of liberation. But here is something interesting, in Christian iconography, we see contrasting images of the dragon and its role in the human journey of transformation. St. Michael the Archangel holds his sword aloft poised at the ready to pierce the dragon’s heart, thereby destroying the source of temptation. St. Margaret, on the other hand, does not fear or resist the dragon when it swallows her, instead, she walks steadily through the perceived darkness, finding her way to the light and in doing so, discovering the untapped power within her to move through her fears so she could discover and live her truth.
There is a profound lesson in the story of St. Margaret for all of us – that which we perceive to be our demon, our dragon, our “darkness” is not there to destroy us, neither is it meant to be destroyed. Instead, the dragons in our lives are meant to be welcomed for it is in and through our challenges that we find our strength.
This is the secret power of the Divine feminine and that which the patriarchy has attempted to destroy – the power to stand in the darkness and through the darkness finding our way to the light – even if that means (most especially when it means) staring death itself in the face. As every true queen knows, the dragon is not to be destroyed. Instead, we are invited to meet it face to face, harness its power and let it carry us.
As I was awakening this morning, Eve came to me. She revealed herself to me as a black woman with a magnificent afro and with eyes which gleamed with a brilliant blue light. She was accompanied by the tools of her trade – specifically the light of the Soul which awakens each of us to our true nature and which compels us on the search and fulfillment of our life mission and purpose. This light of the Soul has been depicted by the ancients in the form of a serpent of fire (more on that later). Eve came to remind me of her purpose so that I could remind humanity. Eve was not the temptress; neither was she the source of original sin! Eve was the awakener – awakening humanity out of its fearful nature into the truth of love. But don’t take my word for it. Below are Eve’s words meant to speak directly to your Soul:
Eve Speaks Part 1
First of all….you know I’m a myth, right!? I am a myth. There was no literal Adam and Eve. And….we are all Adam and Eve. This is the mystery of myth. My story…our story…is the human story and it might interest some of you to know that the version of our story that you find in the book of Genesis isn’t even original. Instead, your Jewish ancestors borrowed this story from their captors in Babylon because it helped them make sense of their own situation – plucked out of the home they had come to love and away from the god they had come to know in the temple into virtual slavery and having to find a new god and a new way of relating to their god while exiled in the land of Persia under the rule of the Chaldean king, Nebuchadnezzar II. (Google it if you don’t believe me!)
But just because my story didn’t actually happen, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. In fact, as is the case of all myth, my story communicates deep and profound truths – truths that are found in layers depending on the reader’s current state in life and their own unique perspective on life, love and God. To some, my story represents disobedience and punishment. To others, the subjugation of the Divine Feminine by warring hoards of patriarchal men. To others I represent the dawn of creation. And to others I represent the source of original sin and the danger of feminine wiles. None of these interpretations are wrong, but none are complete or absolute truth either.
All that being said, today I want to share with you my favorite version of my (our) story. It goes like this…..
Once upon a time, we knew nothing but God. We knew nothing but the infinite, all-encompassing, overwhelming, unconditional love of God. In this state of knowing, we also knew ourselves to be this love for in this knowing we were one with God and knew nothing other than this oneness. Then one day, God wanted us to understand ourselves as seemingly separate from God – still overwhelmingly encompassed in God’s love, but separate. In this separateness, God created infinite expressions of God’s self. Together, we represented the prototypes of what human beings would one day become. In this state, we lived in complete harmony and peace – knowing ourselves as nothing but love and in this love, still intimately connected with God. This was paradise – what the scripture writers have called “Eden.” For an eternity we basked in this state of Divine Love – seemingly separate in this love but intimately connected with the fullest expression of this Love which is God.
Then one day, God, (who is really just a child at play), decided to try something new. God said, “I have this idea of a human being – a creature that would be made in our image, but will be in physical form.” As expressions of the Divine, we jumped at the chance to participate in God’s creation, so we volunteered, “Let us be this new creation – let us become human beings.” But then God dropped the bomb – “Thank you for wanting to participate in my play. But I must warn you, if you should accept this task, if you should become human, you will forget. You will forget the love that you now know yourselves to be. More importantly, you will forget me. You will forget your origin as One with me and the peace and harmony that comes with that knowing.” We had to think about this for awhile. What would it be like to forget love? What would it be like to forget God? What would it be like to forget who we really are? As we pondered this opportunity, God remembered, “You know, you won’t really forget all of it. In fact, we can never truly forget our original nature. We can never truly forget love. Because as part of me, we are never really separate, it will just seem that way. And what if I help you out a bit by planting a seed within your human heart of remembrance – something that will help you to remember and guide your way back to me? Would that help?” We thought about it some more and then we agreed, “Yes, we would participate in God’s play and try out this thing of being human.” And so we did. We agreed to become human and came down into the world as human beings – seemingly separate from God, but always one just the same. This is how it began.
Hello my dear children, I have spoken to you once before about my (our) Divine origins and how I (we) were created in the image and likeness of Divine Love and freely chose to engage in God’s play at being human, how we chose the perceived separation from our Divine Source in Love and Oneness so that we could experience ourselves as individual and unique so that God could experience Godself in all if Her infinite number of expressions. Now you all know the story that has been told of this separation, how the human experience in all its pain and suffering is actually punishment for disobeying God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. While some may find comfort in this interpretation of the ancient tale, there is another perspective and an even deeper truth that lies hidden within this story for those who have eyes to see.
As I mentioned in the first telling, the story of “the fall of man” is not even original to the Hebrew people who in the latter days approaching the Common Era, placed this story in their scriptures. Instead, this is a Babylonian story borrowed by the Hebrews from the popular Gilgamesh Epic as it helped to explain their plight as conquered and indentured slaves of the Babylonians. Once a thriving and powerful nation, Israel had been conquered, their temple destroyed, and all people of value deported to Babylon to live as slaves to their conquerors. They had lost their home. They had lost their God. Believing in a punitive and jealous god, it made sense to them that they were being punished for something terrible they had done. They then chose women, and all that had been associated with feminine power – the serpent, the fruit, knowledge and wisdom – as scapegoats for their suffering and pain. This battle between the warring patriarchal god and the peace of the divine feminine had been going on for ages, but the Babylonian captivity cemented this divide.
This is the historical perspective on my tale. But, for those who have eyes to see, there is an even deeper truth – one that resonates beyond history and speaks to the Soul of the human race – a people that long to be freed from the pain and suffering of the human condition and returned to their original state in Oneness with LOVE in God. This is the story of EVE as awakener. But even more than this, this is the story of WOMEN (or the Divine Feminine within us) as the Awakeners – those sent to become awakened themselves and then through their own awakening, to become awakeners for others – most especially the men (the Divine Masculine within each of us). Here is how it goes in the book of Genesis:
Now the snake was the most wise (usually translated “cunning”) of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?” The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.’” But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened… The man gave his wife the name “Eve,” because she was the mother of all the living.
Genesis 3: 1-7, 20
This is the largest, widest, deepest truth of the Genesis tale – WOMEN are the AWAKENERS of the human experience. To state this in more universal terms, apart from the human temptation to divide by gender, the DIVINE FEMININE is the awakener of the human condition as it is embodied in people of all genders. THIS is the task of the Divine Feminine as it is embodied in human form – to WAKE US UP. Specifically, to wake us up out of the illusion of separation – the illusion that is the cause of our fear, the cause of our “sin” and the cause of the suffering and pain in the human experience. The Divine Feminine within us is that which REMEMBERS our ONENESS with Love, with God and with all of Creation. The Divine Feminine within us is that which awakens us to this remembrance and then calls us to return to our origin in Unity and Wholeness. As it plays out in our masculine/feminine roles, (I use these terms as they relate to energy, not gender. Masculine being the active, protective, provider energy and Feminine being the energy of receptivity, allowing, and receiving) it is the feminine which is called to awaken and in its awakening, to guide and support the awakening of the masculine.
EVE was not a disobedient sinner who through her “sin” brought punishment to the whole human race. EVE is the AWAKENER who calls us all to awaken out of the sleep of ignorance into the knowledge of THE TRUTH – that LOVE is our original nature. She then shows us how to return to that LOVE – right here in the human experience, thus returning us all to the Garden where we will experience heaven on earth.
How have you experienced the presence and energy of the awakener within you? How has she led your to the truth of your Soul?
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