This painting suggests that a new archetypal image of the numinous was emerging from the collective unconscious, waiting to be unveiled, waiting to be recognised and received by humanity. Henry Moore's greatest sculptures have the same feminine impress.
His shelter drawings take us back to the maternal womb hidden beneath the earth — the cave in which we sought shelter as bombs rained death upon our cities. Both sculptures and drawings point to the awakening of the feminine archetype in the human soul. Life wants to create new forms, and therefore, when a dogma loses its vitality, it must perforce activate the archetype that has always helped man to express the mystery of the soul.
The last fifty years of the twentieth century have witnessed the activation of the feminine archetype. A quest has been undertaken by hundreds of mainly women seeking to discover what has been lost, neglected or excluded from our cultural tradition. Their efforts have recovered for us the mystical and shamanic traditions that had to go underground during the long centuries of persecution as well as the mythology and imagery of the goddess.
Like the magma of the earth's molten core, the feminine principle has been pushing up from below the level of our conscious lives until at last it is emerging into our awareness, manifesting itself as a call for radical change in our values and our beliefs by inviting us to reconnect with nature, soul and cosmos. As a result, our values and our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with the planet and the cosmos are changing.
We are beginning to recover the lost sense of participation in a sacred universe. This new phase in the evolution of consciousness heralds what Owen Barfield aptly called "Final Participation" 1 when humanity enters into a conscious relationship and partnership with life, seeking not to control and dominate it but to relate to, serve and protect it with insight, compassion and wisdom.
The flood of books now being written by men and women responding to the prompting of their intuition and their feelings would have been inconceivable fifty years ago. To him it signified the reunion of spirit and nature, mind and soul, thinking and feeling. Familiar with the long mythological history which had led to this moment, he saw this archetypal reunion as a new image of the sacred marriage — that ancient ritual which once celebrated the union of heaven and earth.
He also saw it as the herald of the great event awaited in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah — the wedding of the two indissoluble but long separated aspects of the god-head: the Holy One and his Shekinah. There have been many books written by women which reflect the awakening of the feminine principle but there is one book in particular called The Fabric of the Future published in which struck me as a splendid statement of the deepest realities that Robert Briffault was referring to in the quotation above.
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I have been moved and encouraged by this book which is a symposium of short essays written by American women about how they see the future and their role in it. Their insights offer a template to women all over the world, throwing into high relief what is essential if we are to act as custodians of the planet in the age to come. These women of vision speak of our being in the midst of a "vast transformation," an "evolutionary awakening of global proportions," of a "deep and holy hunger" and a "revelatory experience", which they see as "the great turning" and "the rising of the soul of the world": the activation of the feminine principle expressed as the law of relationship and love.
They express the dawning realisation that spirit is not something separate and distant from ourselves but simply all that is and all that we are. What a revolution in our values this realisation invites. Joan Borysenko writes that from the 's onwards the green shoots of regeneration began to become visible in the response to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring , the opposition to the Vietnam War, the awakening of women in the feminist movement, the growing interest in spirituality, meditation and healing and the "breaching of the doors of perception" through the writings of Aldous Huxley and others.
Borysenko says that, born in , she now finds herself surrounded by "a huge groundswell of women and men whose values were forged in the 's. Jean Shinoda Bolen confirms this with her own observation that at the millennium, a critical mass of women reaching 50, women of wisdom, authority and action, may determine the direction that humanity will take.
They are learning and growing through shared experience, each contributing to the growth and well-being of all. The co-creative woman is a synthesis of all of this and something more, something new, because the world condition in which we are emerging is new. Something that has been forgotten by our entire civilisation — the need, as T. Eliot put it, to "redeem the unread vision in the higher dream.
The stories they tell have one clear message: their longing and their achievement is to cherish every kind of relationship — with their families, with their small local groups, with their environment, with the planet — in order to bring the emergent values into clearer focus, in order to give expression to them in their personal lives and a wider community. This feminine ethos which has as its focus the need to cherish, to serve, to nurture life, is simply and eloquently expressed without any attempt to impose an ideology or a creed.
They have grown sufficiently in depth and understanding to become aware of a spiritual direction in their lives and, like master-mariners, to hold to that course. They have made the commitment to deeper values and a process of self-transformation. Over some thirty years they have become well educated, well organised, articulate, experienced in the world and confident.
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They express themselves with fluency and grace. They are a role model and an inspiration to women everywhere. There are also women who are deeply unconscious of any moral responsibility towards life and other human beings who blindly follow political or religious leaders responsible for the most bestial acts of cruelty towards other human beings, women who turn a blind eye to the torture, murder and suffering of others or who have silently to witness this barbarism because they have no possibility of protest or intervention.
There are women who, because of tribal custom, their own beliefs or an imposed religious code, are driven to bear children far beyond their physical strength or their capacity to love and care for them. Most are bound by the circumstances of their fate, by the ethos and beliefs of their culture and by unconscious complexes. What these essays show is the deep turning of the culture that can be accomplished by those few women who have choice, who choose to speak and act on behalf of life, not out of a sense of duty but out of the compassionate response of the heart.
They are not interested in power for its own sake but in exercising what power they have on behalf of life, on behalf of others. So what is the present focus of the feminine principle? I believe it is to put us in touch with what has been lost to consciousness, to relate us to the deep sources of our psychic life and draw up from these depths the living waters which nourish and sustain the soul. The recovery of the feminine principle is the key to the transformation of our world culture from decay and disintegration and progressive regression into uniformity, banality and brutality, into something longed for and extraordinary.
It is as if a momentous birth is taking place in the collective psyche of woman. This birth may be experienced as something that is deeply perplexing and difficult as well as something exciting and challenging. As woman gives birth to herself, to her unique individuality, to the emerging awareness of her value as woman not an imitation of man , the feminine principle will also emerge in the consciousness of humanity which for so long has suffered from its repression and rejection.
Woman, whose essential nature is to respond to suffering and need, is now responding to life's own need and is experiencing herself as the vessel of transformation in which a new consciousness is being born. If anyone personified and lived this process of birth and awakening for the whole world to see, it was the late Princess Diana.
Tragically, she did not live to realise how significant and important her contribution was. In accepting her depression, her suffering, her loneliness, her longing to outgrow the inarticulateness and powerlessness of her past existence, she may accomplish something truly heroic and extraordinary for life, something which humanity in centuries to come will recognise and cherish.
Each woman who gives birth to herself and responds to what life is asking her to accomplish, contributes to the survival of our species and the diminishment of human suffering. This is something very difficult for woman to accept because in the past the whole impulsion of her nature has been to respond to the needs of others. The fact that she herself is in greatest need of her own help, support and understanding is the very first step in the direction of polishing the moon. It will only shine as bright as the sun when woman has become Orpheus to her own Eurydice and has rescued herself from "the powers of the underworld" which symbolise her unconsciousness of her value and her bondage to the subservient pattern of the past.
Maybe people who dont believe that animals should be held in captivity have the right to sneak into zoos and free the animals. It seems like a very self righteous and poorly reasoned act by Kennedy and Kruk. From listening to Kennedy he seems like a thoughtful guy who just made a bad decision. He was only about 22 when he did it so slack is granted. This is the type of media that is often lacking in the climbing world. I have been spreading the good word for you.
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I believe the police confiscated them, as HK mentions in the podcast. Clay, Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Pingback: Juxtaposition Montana Splitski. Nevertheless, there is some surprising anthropological evidence to support the Sumerian version of prehistory. According to modern-day analyses of the fossil record, Homo sapiens emerged as a distinct animal species somewhere between , B. As time progressed, a number of subspecies of Homo sapiens emerged, including that subspecies to which all human beings belong today: Homo sapiens sapiens.
Homo sapiens sapiens appeared a mere 30, years ago —some say only10, to 20, years ago. This raises an important question: were the Sumerians referring to Homo sapiens or Homo sapiens sapiens in their creation stories?
There seems to be no firm answer. Excellent arguments have been made that they were referring to original Homo sapiens. I tend to favor the argument that they were probably referring to modern Homo sapiens sapiens, for the following reasons:. They were primarily concerned with how they themselves had come into existence.
In their various works, ancient Sumerians depicted hairy animal-like men who appear to be a more primitive subspecies of Homo sapiens. The Sumerians clearly viewed those primitive men as an entirely different race of creature. If the Mesopotamian creation stories are based upon actual events, and if those stories refer to the creation of Homo sapiens sapiens, we would expect Homo sapiens sapiens to appear very suddenly in history. Remarkably, that is precisely what happened.
The anthropological record reveals that Homo sapiens sapiens appeared on Earth abruptly, not gradually.
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Clark Howell and T. White of the University of California at Berkeley had this to say:. These people [Homo sapiens sapiens] and their initial material culture appear with seeming suddenness just over 30, years ago, probably earlier in eastern than in western Europe. The mystery of this abrupt appearance is deepened by another puzzle: why did the more primitive Neanderthal man Homo sapiens neanderthalensis suddenly vanish at the same time that modern Homo sapiens sapiens appeared? Evolution is not that fast.
Howell and White pondered this question and concluded:. The Encyclopedia Britannica concurs:. The factors responsible for the disappearance of the Neanderthal peoples are an important problem to which there is unfortunately still no clear solution. The Sumerian creation stories do offer a clear solution to the riddle, but it is one that many people would have a difficult time accepting: the sudden appearance of Homo sapiens sapiens, accompanied by the abrupt disappearance of Neanderthal man, was caused by intelligent intervention. It might be conjectured that Neanderthal man was either exterminated or hauled off the Earth to make room for the new slave race, and perhaps to prevent breeding between the two subspecies.
Whatever the precise truth of this might be, we do know two facts with certainty: modern anthropology has discovered a sudden replacement of Neanderthal man with modern man, and Mesopotamian records state that intelligent planning by an extraterrestrial race lay somewhere behind that dramatic event. In Chapter 2 , we discussed the fact that humans appear to be spiritual beings animating physical bodies. The spirit seems to be the true source of awareness, personality, and intelligence.
Without a spiritual entity to animate it, a human body would be little more than a reactive animal, or dead. The people of ancient Mesopotamia thoroughly understood this critical fact when they mentioned a spiritual being in connection with the creation of Homo sapiens:. You have slaughtered a God together with his personality [spiritual being] I have removed your heavy work, I have imposed your toil on man.
Custodial rulers knew that they needed to keep spiritual beings permanently attached to human bodies in order to animate those bodies and make them intelligent enough to perform their labors:. In the clay God [a spiritual entity] and Man [physical body of Homo sapiens] shall be bound, to a unity brought together; So that to the end of days the Flesh and the Soul which in a God have ripened— that Soul in a blood-kinship be bound.
Based upon how things are done in human society, we might guess that the Custodial society used criminals, deviates, prisoners of war, detested social and racial groups, nonconformists, and other undesirables to obtain the spiritual beings it needed to animate the new slave race of Earth. Humans were certainly treated like convicts sentenced to hard labor:. With picks and spades they [human beings] built the shrines,. They built the big canal banks.
For food for the peoples, for the sustenance of [the God s]. As beasts of burden, humans were brutally treated by their extraterrestrial masters. The clay tablets tell of vast and catastrophic cruelty perpetrated by the Custodians against their human servants. Cold-blooded population control measures were carried out frequently:. Twelve hundred years had not yet passed When the land extended and the peoples multiplied. The land was bellowing like a bull,. The God got disturbed with their uproar. With their uproar I am deprived of sleep.
Cut off supplies for the peoples, Let there be a scarcity of plant-life to satisfy their hunger. Adad [another Custodian] should withhold his rain, And below, the flood [the regular flooding of the land which made it fertile] should not come up from the abyss. Let the wind blow and parch the ground, Let the clouds thicken but not release a downpour, Let the fields diminish their yields,. There must be no rejoicing among them. A similar longevity is attributed to Ea and other Custodial rulers. Many people find it difficult to believe that any creature, including an extraterrestrial, could live that long.
The surprising longevity attributed to Custodial rulers may perhaps be explained by Sumerian spiritual beliefs. An Assyrian tablet adds:. Let disease, sickness, plague and pestilence Blow upon them like a tornado. Disease, sickness, plague and pestilence Blew upon them like a tornado. The tablets describe ghastly conditions in which food supplies were cut off, in which diseases were laid upon the people that constricted wombs and prevented childbirth, and in which starvation became so rampant that human beings were forced to resort to cannibalism.
When this genocide did not produce a sufficient drop in the human population, the Custodians resumed it. Eventually, a decision was made to destroy the human race entirely with a great flood.