Here in America, back in the 1950’s many of us watched a tv series called Father Knows Best. It was about a ‘wholesome’ white middle class family. And it kept true to its title. The dad was portrayed as a kind, compassionate man to everyone, but everyone kept pretty much within their gender roles. But most of us, over time began to notice that father doesn’t know best.
Many of us were exposed to organized religion in one form or another, and we heard the phrase the lord thousands of times, along with our father in heaven. We never questioned that god was a male presence. In the mainstream organized religions, this hasn’t changed much.
There are some exceptions, as with Hinduism, in which god can be both male and female, and also androgynous. But in most mainstream religions, god is a strong, patriarchal figure.
So is it any surprise that god would be in many cases, wrathful, vengeful, misogynistic and homophobic?
If we attended church, we were taught to be god-fearing. I don’t think it occurred to any of us that we were supposed to fear or obey a feminine entity up there in ‘heaven.’ If any one of us suggested that god could be a feminine presence we would have been laughed out of the church, the synagogue, the temple, the mosque, or wherever people gathered to worship.
Even though women have made strides in becoming more a part of the church as far as leadership roles, they still refer to god as a he. To suggest that spirit is predominantly a feminine presence would be considered sacrilegious.
And yet, the soul, or spirit, is predominantly a feminine presence. She is The Mother of all Creation. We even refer to this globe we live upon as Mother Earth.
Of course spirit, source, all-that-is……has no gender. But it is interesting that the actual qualities of source, of spirit, of the soul…..are predominantly feminine. When you feel into spirit from a place of love, it feels peaceful. It feels sensual. It feels expansive, not laser-focused or mental.
It’s not logical, or intellectual or analytical. It’s certainly not forceful. It’s definitely not paternal. It doesn’t expect absolute devotion, or else! It’s not defensive, or on a power trip.
Spirit is not selective in who gets to be ‘saved.’ Spirit is not xenophobic.
The god that most organized religions portray is narcissistic replete with a fragile male ego. He wants complete loyalty, for you to follow a bunch of arbitrary and contradictory rules and disciplines, to report to him regularly to confess your ‘sins’ meaning you are impure (that’s the judgement part) and he claims to be following you around everywhere you go.
Sounds like an entitled, controlling, abusive partner, and a stalker.
Of course it’s no surprise that in a mind-oriented, chauvinistic system here on Earth that the mainstream religions would make god in his own image, and essentially take all the fun out of life with their fundaMENTAL approach.
Both men and women, in fact all genders are caught up in the rhetoric. At least those who subscribe to such a male-oriented philosophy of life.
BACK TO US
Many of us didn’t reincarnate this lifetime to just regurgitate the old tired teachings that places a god manufactured by a male mind in the front of our life. In fact most of us on the forefront of the ascension have left all of the religious teachings behind, while some have never even embraced them in the first place.
Make no mistake, those of us here at the cutting edge of the new consciousness have lived other lives in monasteries and convents, And many have been priests in past lives. Many of us helped to create the early churches.
I’m not condemning any of those experiences, for they were invaluable. We learned about ourselves. We learned that the way to god is not through suffering or through denying our humanness, or our sensual nature.
We have discovered that the way to our own awakening is through self-acceptance, accepting every aspect of ourself, and through claiming our own god within. Many of us are surprised that the god within is not a male presence at all. She is actually quite feminine in nature. And we are discovering that the male presence in us is no longer here to control our life, but to serve and support us and our soul.
It feels a little uncomfortable to us, at least initially, because the mind, which is predominantly a male energy, is still resistant to the idea that there is a female in charge.
Even those of us of the female gender who are on the forefront of this transformation….who have let go of controlling fathers, husbands, boyfriends, who have been through some hellacious experiences where we were violated in some way by the male gender….and have also let go of those stories, seeing them as just experiences….we still find ourselves dealing with a controlling and sometimes abusive mind.
A mind that does not allow the feminine in us to speak, who still does not trust that feminine. A mind that tries to lure us into letting it continue to control our life. A mind that insists that empirical, physical evidence is the only reality that exists. That doesn’t trust intuition, or the esoteric.
A mind that doesn’t believe in magic, or in miracles, which are actually not magic or miracles at all, but are just energies lining up to serve us.
In truth, the mind feels abandoned by the soul, and consequently does not trust her to take the lead. He is afraid to allow her to be the head of the household. And, even worse, what if she actually can be trusted? Does that mean the mind will become relegated to the basement? He doesn’t want to become irrelevant, or to be extinguished altogether.
A COMFORT ZONE
In spite of all our inner work, the mind is an old comfort zone. It is a database of patterns. Patterns of fears, disease, aging. Patterns that limit our lives. Over time, those patterns feel comfortable, and safe, even if they no longer serve us.
Safety. It’s a big issue for our human persona. How many of us found ourselves in abusive or controlling relationships that claimed they were protecting us? Keeping us safe?
We left those relationships a long time ago. We vowed we would never again allow anyone to take from us in that way.
So now we are faced with a mind…..not the devil, not something we should fear, but that male part of us that, underneath all of the distrust, and the fear, and the control issues, there is a profound sense of unworthiness.
Why would god be seen so often as judgmental if the humans who created him did not feel so unworthy?
But we are not here to blame the mind for anything. Nor to judge it or to reject it. Not at all.
We are beginning to recognize the mind for what it is. The part of us that was originally designed to support, not control, our heart and our soul. We are not asking it to worship the soul. And our soul is not judging our mind as bad or wrong. We thank the mind, the human persona, for all it has done for us.
But if we don’t see it as our support, not our lord, it will continue to interfere with our joy and our freedom.
And, ultimately the mind begins to feel the benefit of being given its retirement package. It begins to relax. Now its only job is to help the soul, the part of us that is actually real, to navigate this reality. To help with the practical things, the technical things.
The things that require a focus.
The mind will appreciate that it no longer needs to be responsible for the larger rhythms of our life that require a broader perspective. For things like our overall health and well-being. For our abundance. Or for our joy.
For that job we have the mother of all creation.
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