“If there is to be a future, it will wear a crown of feminine design.” Sri Aurobindo
What did Sri Aurobindo mean by feminine? He meant women and the deep feminine within us all, that is our ‘souls’. It is vital that the feminine ‘rise’ as the masculine has been dominant for too long and this way of thinking and acting is destroying this planet!
I take this moment to reflect upon the world as it stands on the precipice of an uncertain future, which could mean the end of life on this planet! With rising political tensions, environmental degradation and destruction, a lack of fresh water for half of the population, and the threat of nuclear war on our doorstep, this is not a time to be nonchalant nor complacent. It is up to each and everyone of us to put aside our self-serving tendencies and differences, and to find common ground in which we all share. The Earth is one Earth, with finite resources, and if we destroy it, we destroy ourselves.
Divide and conquer, winner -loser mentality and actions are not the answer, as these strategies are steeped in domination, insecurity and selfishness. What the world needs is sharing and caring and this can only come about by the rise of the deep sacred feminine within us all, and the respect of the Earth which is our home!
The deep sacred feminine does not war, as it sees itself in each and everyone, yet this has to be integrated deep within the psyche of all people.The deep feminine respects nature and knows that it is a cosmic being. Recent women leaders like Margaret Thacher, were not leading from the feminine, she was leading from her masculine (animus) and in fact had to subjugate her feminine(anima) in order to play politics in a ‘man’s world!’ The true deep feminine accepts difference, embraces relationship and connection, and sees the pattern that connects everything with each other, part of the whole.
In a time before written records, society was centered around women. Women were revered for their mysterious life-giving powers, honored as incarnations and priestesses of the great goddess. They reared their children to carry on their line, created both art and technology, and made important decisions for their communities. This was from the Paleolithic era, 1.5 to 2 million years ago, until sometime around 3000 BCE.
This can be seen in the many hand paintings and frescoes in caves, which were done by paleolithic women, and all of the artifacts of statues found of this time which show the great nurturing and procreative mother! Other civilizations like the Minoans that were relatively peaceful, were also very feminine, as can be seen by artifacts of full breasted women and on frescoes, and limited fortifications!
I don’t think this ancient era of the ‘feminine’ was one in which women dominated or ruled, as men do today. I think it was a shared experience in which the feminine was highly revered for her wisdom and guidance, her knowledge of the earth, and her creative powers, and men were respected for their role as hunters, tool makers and protectors. If we compare this to contemporary ancient traditional cultures like the aboriginal people of Australia; we come to realize that there is women’s business and men’s business, and each sex respects each others’ part and expression in the shared whole of the community.
Genetically speaking, women have two X chromosomes as their 23rd pair of chromosomes, each containing 2000 genes, and a man has an X (2000 genes) and a Y (90 genes). The Y is relatively new to evolution, having being created only 400 million years ago! Carl Jung, the 20th century psychologist, who coined the terms archetypes and collective unconscious, said, that we are both masculine and feminine, coming both from our mother and our father, and that both sexes have both masculine(animus) and feminine( anima) psyches- primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind-that need integration in order for a person to be ‘whole’ and not fragmented.
During the last 3000 years, the world has been predominantly patriarchal, because of monotheism and a male Godhead, and much is the result of early Roman Catholicism(Christiandom). In 325 AD, at the Council of Nicea( based upon the teachings of Judaism), the early church bishops made Christ(the story of the ‘Christos’ was taken from ancient Egypt) immortal through his resurrection- even though there is no mention of this previously-debunked the goddess, got rid of the lunar virgin, mother and crone and replaced it with the father, son and holy spirit. This led further to the removal of laws and property to women, the introduction of payment to sacred prostitutes- making them slaves to men’s lust and the demeaning of the sacredness of sex- and introduced that men were the caretakers of the Earth, in which women were previously. This, within a couple of hundred years, led to Islam( which was essentially Christian), as people were wanting a mortal prophet, which led to further fragmentation of monotheistic faiths and the subjugation of the feminine, the dark ages, and the raping of the planet. The world is dying, keynesian economics don’t work, and war only begets more war! Yes, the deep feminine needs to rise!
How can we do this? We can cooperate with each other! At a political, legal and economic level we can make all laws non-gender specific, in which both men and women are treated equal by the law, irregardless of their sex. We can make women’s wages equal to men’s wages, and legislate against the continually rising of corporate CEO’s wages- ‘lions share’ mentality which is making the majority more poorer-and remove loopholes which allow the ‘super rich’ to avoid paying taxes! We can have an equal representation of women in politics! Yet, most importantly, we need to put the environment first in politics, and not vote for any political party that denies climate change!
At a personal level, we can start by really ‘feeling’ things, reaching deep into our feelings, as this connects us to ‘love’ and our ‘spiritual body’, and helps us to know things. We can release ourselves from our fears and doubts(and this includes personal as well as collective), and know that knowledge is the antidote to ignorance. The truth is ‘out there’ and ‘within us’, and we need to learn discernment, not just feed into collective ‘beliefs’! We can experience ‘beingness’ more, by letting go of our need to continually ‘do’ and be ‘active’, as we can only hear ‘soul’, when we are still and quiet, and this is what gives us ‘inner peace’ and the clues to our purpose in life! We can spend more time in nature, doing our bit to keep it clean and to nurture it in our own small way. We can contemplate nature’s cycles and the beauty and gifts that are given to us freely. We can become more caring and giving. We can practice more gratefulness.
Let’s take this moment to give reverence to the Earth that has given us life, that nurtures us and gives us a home; and let us give reverence to Source, which gave us our essence, the spirit that connects us all. Let’s remember to put the Earth first, directed by our soul and spirit, for if we do not, then there will be no future for this planet!