As the shimmering Sea
The more it is exposed
To the sun’s glorious rays
Is our consciousness
When we direct it
Towards the LIGHT!
© 2017 Bridget Cameron
As the shimmering Sea
The more it is exposed
To the sun’s glorious rays
Is our consciousness
When we direct it
Towards the LIGHT!
© 2017 Bridget Cameron
Relax and be mesmerized by sirens song and ocean waves lapping gently upon the shore, and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful bay…:)
Please watch my video, and enjoy some relaxation at the beach as the sun goes down and children play :).
“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 psyches, or ‘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. Yet, even so, women have always been protectors, especially of home and their children! 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 sex chromosomes, each containing anywhere between 3000-5000 genes, thus she contains 6000-10000 ( some of these are de-activated especially at the ends of the chromosome) sex genes; and a man has an X ( 3000-5000 genes) inherited from his mother and a Y (200 genes) inherited from his father, thus he has approximately 3200-5200 sex genes, and his Y chromosome is about 5% the size of the X, and basically contains testicles which produce testosterone and sperm.
In utero, we all start off with a clitoris, outer lips and a prostate gland (the X chromosome inherited from our Mother), and at 6 weeks gestation if we inherit another X from our Father, then we also grow inner lips, a vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries and become a girl. If we inherit a Y chromosome from our Father, then the testes attached to the vas deferens start to grow, the lips become scrotums, and the clitoris grows into a penis (with exactly the same amount of nerves as the clitoris) in response to the extra testosterone from the growing testicles, and we become a boy. Every man of European or Asian descent( which includes the first peoples of the Americas) has exactly, the same Y chromosome, and have exactly the same male ancestor who lived in Uzbekistan 40,000 years ago! That is because, it takes 40,000 years for the Y chromosome to change ( it makes exact cloned copies of itself ) though a mutation, and these are deduced through what geneticists call, ‘markers’. And, men from more recent African, Melanesian, or Aboriginal descendancy have basically the same Y as other men!
The Y is relatively new to evolution, having being created only 400 million years ago. Prior to that, everything was created through mitosis, in which a mother cell, divided and created daughter cells. As the Y chromosome ( which divides through mitosis) takes 40,000 years to change, it is slow to evolve, and much of the Y chromosome is made of the repetition of the same genes, akin to a ‘hall of mirrors’! And, according to many geneticists the debate continues as to whether or not is is on the way out, as its size continues to diminish! Is the Y chromosome disappearing? Both sides of the argument: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10577-011-9252-1 The X chromosome however, changes each generation, taking genes from both maternal and paternal mothers, and passing them on. Thus, evolution all began with the X, the feminine, and the X is the dominant sex chromosome in both sexes!
However, saying all that, psychologically we have attributes that are both masculine and feminine. In alchemy, sulphur is the masculine principle, whilst mercury the female. Sulphur and Mercury are also equivalent to Sol and Luna – sulphur, being fiery and active, represents the sun, while mercury, being liquid and passive is the moon. These differences are often reversed in non- European mythologies. Carl Jung, the 20th century psychologist, who coined the terms archetypes and collective unconscious, said that, the psyche is such that it contains and embraces both the feminine and masculine. And, that it is inherently an androgynous entity regardless of what the gender of the physical person is. Both sexes consequently, are both masculine(animus) and feminine( anima)m primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind. To say it simply, the “anima/animus” is the mirror image of our biological sex, that is, the unconscious feminine side in males and the masculine tendencies in women. The psyche of a woman contains masculine aspects (the animus archetype), and the psyche of a man contains feminine aspects (the anima archetype). Jung said, that we need to integrate both our ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ aspects, in order to be ‘whole’ person, not fragmented, thus we need to love both our feminine and our masculine natures.
During the last 5000 years however, the world has been predominantly patriarchal, and has suppressed ‘femininity’ and this has been primarily because of monotheism and a ‘male Godhead’ which can be ascribed historically to Saul, the first king of Israel, and came to full fruition with Moses and/or AkhnatenAmenhotep IV (who may have been the same person according to Ahmen Osman in his book, Moses and Akhenaten:The Secret History of Egypt at the time of the Exodus).
I think monotheism and a ‘male godhead’ was the beginning of the downfall of our psyche, causing a schism that split our internal world from our external world, between men and women, nature and man, causing much rift and conflict, as the facts in history show us.
History reveals the burning of the library of Alexandria ( thousands of years of history lost) by Christians, the forced abdication of the Goddess with the Council of Constantinople 360 A.D. and the Council of Nicea 325AD, the destruction of the Second Temple( Jewish) in Jerusalem by the Romans, who later made it into a Christian temple, which later became a Muslim Mosque, the forced conversions to Christianity and Islam, the ongoing crusades between Christians and Muslims, the 30 Years’ War between Protestants and Catholics, the further division of Christianity into Pentecostal, Latter Day Saints, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses etc and the battles that still persist today between monotheistic faiths.
During the failing Roman Empire, Constantine 1, In 325 AD, called for a meeting of the early Catholic Church bishops to be held in Nicea to resolve some escalating controversies among the church leadership. Thus, at the Council of Nicea( based upon the teachings of Judaism), the early Catholic church bishops and Constantine 1 made Jesus, Christ. The word Chrestos existed ages before Christianity was heard of. It is found used, from the fifth century B.C., by Herodotus, by Aeschylus and other classical Greek writers, the meaning of it being applied to both things and persons. Chrestes is one who expounds or explains oracles, “a prophet, a soothsayer;” and chresterios is one who belongs to, or is in the service of, an oracle, a god, or a “Master” . The Greeks used both the word Messias (a transliteration) and Christos (a translation) for the Hebrew Mashiach (Anointed). The word Christos was far more acceptable to some Pagans who worship Chreston and Chrestos.
The story of the ‘Christos’ was also taken from ancient Egypt, and Persia. Ancient Christian texts, referenced the Egyptian god, Osiris, as Chrestos in the Vatican. His son, Horus was created by the virgin birth of his wife, Isis. The Greek god Dionysus, was a descendant of Zeus and a mortal woman Semele, a stark similarity of Jesus, who was a descendant of God and the mortal Mary. The Greek god Dionysus, was considered the God of the wine and could turn water into wine. Also, the god Mithra, who was worshiped in ancient Persia and even by ancient Romans hundreds of centuries before Christ, was also allegedly born on December 25, and once again to a virgin birth. Gerald Berry wrote in Religions of the World: “Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as ‘the Way,’ ‘the Truth,’ ‘the Light,’ ‘the Life,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘the Son of God,’ ‘the Good Shepherd.’ The significance of December 25 in religion is that it is the day when days finally begin to get longer in the northern hemisphere and stems from the days when people used to worship the sun as a God, relating to the Winter Solstice.
Later, the early Christian bishops, introduced Jesus’s resurrection and thus his “immortality’, even though there is no mention of this previously in any texts, and historically, the ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature from Homer to the first century AD describe an arsenal of suspension punishments but none mention “crosses” or “crucifixion.” The first images of Christ and his supposed crucifixion is around 410 AD, with his arms outstretched, and not on a cross. Osirus…Mithras…Chrestos…Christ! They are all linked by the universal ☧ chi-rho and the snake entwined staff of Mercury & Aesculapius, one of the early progenitors of the Christian Cross. The Chi ro [☧] became an important Christian symbol when adopted by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 300’s AD. Also, the crux ansata, was the Egyptian cross, which generally associated with Venus, the Roman the god of love, and life. E. A. Wallis Budge (1904) postulated that the symbol originated as the belt buckle of the mother goddess Isis. . Thus, the pagan emblems were merely replaced by Christian symbols, and the new testament stories of Jesus dying on a cross were added later. Many scholars say that there is no truly compelling evidence to prove the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection. Yet, by doing so, it gave power to the Church leaders to control the flock and to bring in ever increasing numbers – and by executing people if they didn’t convert- thereby intensifying their feelings of guilt and shame associated with being human, unlike their prophet, who was now immortal.
Also, at the Council of Nicea 325 , the early Catholic Bishops 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 and Jewish, as they were/are all based on the same texts), as people were wanting a mortal prophet, which led to further fragmentation of monotheistic faiths and the further subjugation of the feminine, the dark ages, and the raping of the planet.
Things must not be reduced to a single, isolated principle, be it ever so noble or elevated. For always above and all, the whole is at stake. Fundamentalism in whatever form, solves no problems but only suppresses them. The world is dying, keynesian economics don’t work, and war only begets more war! Yes, the deep feminine needs to rise! Men have had 5000 years of leadership and it is now for change!
How can we do this? We can cooperate with each other! At a political, legal and economic level we can make most laws non-gender specific, in which both men and women are treated equal by the law, irregardless of their sex. Laws which protect women from men’s abuse however, should be strengthened, as well as laws which protect the environment. 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!
Just as we all have a Father and a Mother, it makes sense to love all men, women, boys and girls, and the feminine and masculine within ourselves and within others. Just as there is the sun, the moon, and the stars, and nature’s unfolding dance, it makes sense to love all of creation.
However, in order for the phoenix to rise from its ashes it is vital that the deep feminine, that has been suppressed for so long rise! WE must all embrace the non-judging, caring, intuitive, emotional, creative, unconditional loving part of ourselves and others. It is women and children who are leading the way! Love is the key! Peace and blessings, Bridget Cameron <3…
“All the queens will gather round
Spreading love and unity so it can be found…” Seal
A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/308135/
Relax and enjoy some solitude with my new beach music and video :).
“The sparkling waters of a summer tide
The song of the breeze as it slips and slides
The beating of wings beneath fluffy skies
When you sit still and listen the music flies” Kara-Mia Muso
This is an old poem that I want to share with you! It is the experience I had just after exchanging vows with my beloved. All of nature joined in to share our joy, and for one hour or so, I swam with the dolphins and heard the most beautiful music.
Looking out towards the ocean from the crest in the dune where I stand, I see an expanse of water that continues as far as the horizon. Where the water meets the sand, waves break, producing foaming froth, as the sea sparkles her brilliance at me. From the froth I visualise Botticelli’s, Birth of Venus as she rides on her shell towards me.
I walk a little further until I reach the beach and sit in quiet contemplation, marvelling many of nature’s secrets, until an urge draws me into the whispering sea…
I splash, I bathe, I run, I skip, I swirl, I swim, I am embraced. I feel like a child wrapped in the arm s of a loving Mother, nurtured and loved we unite as one. She sings to me, she clothes me, I am the seed within her liquid womb.
Small colourful fish swim with me, kissing my body ever so gently, and lead me to an oasis of dolphins dreaming. Two streams of dolphins unite to create future magic. I become part of their dreaming and recall the unfolding of nature’s celestial tunes within the cathedral of my heart. Such ecstasy and beauty fill me, as I ride the rippling diamond sea upon the dolphins’ breath.
The heavens open sprinkling the earth as waves caress my body and land me upon the shore. Standing upright a rainbow bridge joins a golden setting sun and a rising silvery moon.
© 1995 Bridget Cameron
“A mind that is calm, without hesitation and anticipation is meditation. Sri Sri
Much life exists on our planet because of the sun. Worshipping the sun has been a daily practice in many cultures, for thousands of years. Sun salutations is very auspicious and good for the body and the mind. The sages and preceptors have advised us to meditate during the morning and evening.
Be still and communicate with soul.
For, this is how we are made whole.
© 2010 Bridget Cameron
Here’s a relaxing video and music I created, called NEW DAWN, and my poem GRACE. Just sit back and relax and let the waves soothe you. 🙂
Taste the sweet nectar of life,
allow it to fill you to the brim.
And, let the joy in your heart,
walk the landscape of your soul,
in the light of wonder,
with grace to guide your way…
© 2016 Bridget Cameron
My latest design, that was inspired whilst watching aquamarine spangled waves 🙂
Come on down, to the garden,
the garden of the sea.
Where coral life breathes,
just like leaves.
With colours of abundance,
that we should not make redundant.
Rich purples, pinks, yellows,oranges and lime,
let’s not let it turn to slime.
Where angel fish, lion fish, damsel fish do,
shark, cetacean,shell and worm make a home,too.
Where crystal clear reflections, refract in rainbow hues,
let’s do our part to keep it clean, now let’s take our cue.
© 2013 Bridget Cameron