In her YouTube interview with Deepak Chopra Jean Houston describes beautifully the phenomena we are witnessing on the planet today known as the “Rise of the Divine Feminine”. This rise is bringing the world together to create a process that ensures inclusivity of all living beings. The process is rooted in ecology recognizing Gaia or Mother Earth as the sacred giver of all life. Jean has witnessed even women of the Middle East coming to their conferences who are not at all like the Muslim women we imagine and they are surprisingly engaged. Gaia is the overriding emerging archetype of the movement, creating a world view based in ecology, deep justice for all and an expanded global identity beyond national boundaries. One of the movement’s mantras is: We are a world people or as I like to say: We are ALL in this together.
Are We Balanced?
Are we out of balance and why is the Divine Feminine on the rise? There are currently some interesting parallels happening on our planet that can illuminate these questions. Technology is expanding at an exponential rate (see Moore’s Law) creating both the freedom and ability to solve previously unsolvable global challenges or the ability to bring killing, war and destruction on a global scale with one effortless push of a button. We sit at a Tipping Point in which our cleverness has brought us smack gob against the choices of life or death on a global scale: Conquer or Collaborate? Which path leads to a happy ending for planet earth? Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth makes some historical points that I find interesting as I’ve often wondered where in human history did the masculine and feminine scales of balance get bumped. I suspect that there were several forces at play but Eckhart makes these points.
“Nobody knows the exact figure because records were not kept, but it seems certain that during a three-hundred-year period between three and five million women were tortured and killed by the “Holy Inquisition,” an institution founded by the Roman Catholic Church to suppress heresy. This surely ranks together with the Holocaust as one of the darkest chapters in human history. It was enough for a woman to show love for animals, walk alone in the fields or woods, or gather medicinal plants to be branded a witch then tortured and burned at the stake. The sacred feminine was declared demonic, and an entire dimension largely disappeared from human experience. Other cultures and religions, such as Judaism, Islam, and even Buddhism, suppressed the female dimension, although in a less violent way. Women’s status was reduced to being child bearers and men’s property. Males who denied the feminine even within themselves were now running the world, a world that is totally out of balance. The rest is history or rather a case history of insanity.
The Divine Feminine perspective sees womanhood as sacred, life-sustaining and at the core of our collective human beingness. It is who we are. It’s also about embracing higher powers as equally male and female, both equally sacred. As a child my religious and cultural experience taught me that god was male and women were cursed with an innate badness (fallen) which explained why we were less than men necessitating their control of us and being doomed to suffer physically and socially. As an adult woman, thanks to deep personal exploration of my own, I now know this to be untrue. Embracing the “Feminine Truth” is to see our collective femininity as a gift filled with clear wisdom essential for our survival. As the world’s masculine and feminine energies come to balance we all win because “our” collective suffering is not just isolated to women. Men in fact are suffering from the collective insanity that afflicts humanity also. To see any one individual or group as less valued or as an object of self gratification or subjugation, simply blocks the realization of the others beauty and the gifts they have to offer. The times are asking, even demanding us to wise up.
With this wisdom, we at Purse for the People strive to embrace principles and practices of the Divine Feminine. We want everyone to recognize women for their gifts and respect them as equally valued. We believe we really are ALL in this together.