There is nothing that excites a woman more than a wedding!
Once the moment of the engagement is passed, there is a flurry to find The Dress. This is dress is so important because it is The Dress in which the first kiss will be experienced. The next important business to attend to is the venue and the decor. How can you experience the most important moment of one’s life in drab surroundings? Then it is important to incorporate those people who have meaning in our lives and will wish us well in the future. And so goes the frenzy of the wedding preparations.
What makes a wedding such an important event? Why all the festivities? Why all the pageantry? Why do little girls dream of their wedding day from a very young age? This is not a new phenomenon. Even in antiquity, a wedding was a huge event that could last up to a week. The whole point of the wedding is The Kiss.
The Wedding that is culminated by The Kiss
is a mystical event
that occurs along the spiritual journey
of inner transformation.
The Wedding was used by the female ancient Greek and Roman mystery cults as the initial entry ceremony. The adherent, dressed in white, played the part of the goddess or bride and was “married” to the male godhead. The ceremony was complete when the new initiate received The Kiss of God.
Michelangelo also incorporated the idea that the woman’s journey involved marriage to God when he painted the Sistine chapel. While Adam’s journey requires that he must reach up to God, Eve is placed on God’s left side. This placement illustrates that the woman was the wife of the man in question, in this case God the Father.
There is an energetic explanation for the long-lived tradition of the wedding ceremony. The most common way to traverse the chakras is for the Divine Power of Passion or Kundalini to rise up from the base to the crown. This path, as symbolized by the reaching Adam, is known by many names such as: The Way of Passion; The Warrior’s Path; or The Hero’s Journey. Those who need to eliminate ego and incorporate compassion follow this path.
The Way of Grace or Virgin’s Path, as symbolized by the wifely placement of Eve on God’s left, traverses the chakras from the crown to the base using the Divine Power of Grace or Light. The Wedding is a ceremony that opens the crown chakra so that the Divine Power of Grace can begin to cleanse the inner sanctum. When the Divine Power of Grace reaches the throat chakra, there is the real physical sensation around the area of the mouth.
It feels like you are actually being kissed!
Maybe the fairytales have a little more substance than was previously thought. Both, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were (spiritually) awakened by a kiss. Those who have experienced this mystical event are changed forever in ways that can only be explained in the context of mystical metaphor.
The Wedding followed by The Kiss is an awakening and the first step along the spiritual journey referred to as: The Way of Grace; The Virgin’s Path; The Grail Path. The Way of Grace is a spiritual journey that brings wholeness or Holiness to those who possess an emotional or creative personality.
The Grail is a metaphorical or mystical symbol. It is a construct of the mind that can be viewed in dreams or while in a meditative state.
The Grail is NOT a physical object. A quest for The Holy Grail is a spiritual quest of inner work and meditation.
The Divine Masculine Energy of Grace creates The Grail. The Divine Energy of Grace has many names or symbols. The most common are:
Semen of God
This energy is universally known as white or iridescent and spins to the left.
Prior to the fourth century and the council of Nicea, the Power of Grace was universally considered masculine because it emanated from God the Father or Father Sky.
It is the spiritual Power of Grace that brings understanding and balances the emotional nature of the creative personality. Traditionally, only a maiden or Virgin can carry or touch this spiritual article because this energy is in harmony and harmonizes with her emotional personality type.
As Grace fills the Inner Sanctum, it creates what looks like a cup or bowl.
To see the complete progression of The Way of Grace, you are welcome to visit my website:
“I know that some people do not think so, but I think Jesus was a feminist.”
In this case, we need to understand the definition of feminist. In my opinion a feminist is one who thinks girls should be allowed to play on the boys football team. My thought is that a feminist is one who thinks that a woman should not only be allowed to compete with men, but should also want to. The belief that women should wage a social war on men in order to break the glass ceiling is abhorrent to me. As a child and young woman, I must admit that I participated in many a camp song that was basically male bashing. Thankfully, these types of songs have been retired in the camps I frequent.
While I would never want to deny any woman her dream, I also know that the average woman is both physically and psychologically different than the average man. This is something that cannot be ignored. This fact is honored by the Olympic tradition. Women compete in categories for women and men compete in categories for men. Why would anyone want to compete on an unfair playing field? I think it would make one quite frustrated and angry.
By the above definition of a feminist, I do not believe that Jesus can be categorized as a feminist. Jesus was not a male basher. The proof is in the 12 male disciples.
So, what is the point that Susan Haskins is trying to make? It is never smart to take anything out of context. Let’s go back to the complete quote.
“I know that some people do not think so, but I think Jesus was a feminist. Early Christianity is a very different thing from the Christianity that we know of. Jesus cured ill women. He allowed them to become people who related His truths, like Martha of Bethany, and He forgave a repentant prostitute and told her to go away and sin no more, whereas the Pharisees were very negative about the prostitute, and rejected her, and implied that Jesus should not know her, that He should not allow her to touch Him because she was polluted. Yet He allowed her to touch Him, He forgave her.”
I’m thinking that the better word choice would have been that Jesus was a man who empowered women.
Nowhere in the Bible or any of the found ancient documents is Jesus portrayed as walking a picket line protesting for woman’s rights. Did Jesus help women and the oppressed? Yep! Did Jesus associate with women and sinners? Most certainly! Did he have and teach women disciples? The previously held traditions, which were taken from records that were expunged by the male dominated society of the time, are now being reexamined and reevaluated with the discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other archeological finds. We are finding that YES women did receive spiritual teachings and they were fully ordained to do baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
It is the Power of Grace that is the secret to Jesus’ success with women. Hailed as the Prince of Peace (Peace is one of the many Aspects of Grace) at His birth. This means that Jesus followed the spiritual path normally traveled by women. This spiritual path is known by many names: The Grail Path, Buddha’s Flower Teaching, The Way of Grace, The Path of Light, and The Secret of the Golden Flower. He was able to heal women because He was fully aware that women are powered or empowered by Grace and He was fully able to transmit the Power of Grace as well.
I do not believe that the Susan Haskins’ definition of a feminist would be, “One who battles for equality.” When you take into account the whole quote, it becomes clear that Susan’s definition of a feminist is, “One who heals and empowers women.”
This I can whole-heartedly agree with.
In the television program Myths of Mankind – The Gnostic Origins of Christianity (Timestamp 43:12-43:54), Elaine Pagels PhD of Princeton University is quoted as saying,
“Every great world religious tradition whether its Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism has both the teaching for everyone, exoteric teaching, which every adherent of that faith is supposed to follow and esoteric or mystical teaching. The only one that lacks that is western Christianity. I think it is unfortunate that that which many people find necessary for their own integrity and development has been regarded as either heretical or a path leading nowhere.”
When I posed the idea that Christianity does not have an esoteric teaching to several of my spiritual friends, they did not agree with Dr. Pagels’ conclusions.
In my opinion, Christianity is the only tradition that openly celebrates both spiritual paths. I can agree that there is no secret teaching, because both spiritual paths are out in the open for everyone to see. However, by definition, the esoteric teaching is the second leg of the spiritual journey. The esoteric teaching does not have to be “secret” in order to maintain its mystery. The mystery of the esoteric path can only be revealed when the exoteric path or first leg of the spiritual journey is fully completed.
Christmas celebrates the enlightenment of the feminine or creative personality. The Divine Power of Grace comes down from the heavens into the consciousness as an experience of birth of the Divine Masculine, which includes the qualities of peace, organization, and logical/linear thought.
Easter celebrates the expansion of the masculine or intellectual personality. The Divine Power of Passion/Kundalini rises up to facilitate the shedding of ego and the emergence of the Divine Feminine, which includes the qualities of creativity, the interconnectedness of life, and the grand design of the cosmos.
These two paths, the Birth of the Divine within the soul and the Death of the Ego, are the two paths that make up the complete spiritual journey in every sacred tradition throughout time. These paths must be traveled to their completion one after another. Every master of the sacred arts, from every tradition that I have ever read, has insisted that an adherent must choose one path and follow it to its completion, then follow the second path. Only those who complete of both paths gain full conscious awareness. Since the Divine Energies annihilate each other, jumping back and forth between the paths leads only to suffering and disillusion.
Either path can be considered exoteric or esoteric. The designation of “exoteric” and “esoteric” is determined by which path is completed first and which is pursued second.
It is very common for those who look back into the ancient record to correlate the virgin birth of Horus by the Egyptian Goddess Isis with the virgin birth of Jesus by the Virgin Mary. I have to admit that the depictions of these two women with a male babe suckling at the breast is quite convincing. However, we must understand that the stories told of these two women are myths.
A myth is a metaphorical description of the spiritual journey, a holy archetype, or a spiritual principle.
As you will see, the archetype of the Virgin Mary is very different from the archetype of Isis. The only similarity between these two myths is the virgin birth of a male child. There are big differences in what that male child grows up to become.
We cannot fixate on just one part of any myth. We must look at the whole story to get the proper meaning that was set down by the creator of the story.
When we look at the earlier tale of Isis, we see a goddess who is one of four siblings and is married her brother Osiris. In myth, the king and queen are symbolic of the masculine and feminine principles in the psyche. Osiris was a good king. He brought order, understanding, and prosperity to his people. Osiris brought organization and learning through the structures of education and agriculture.
Set, the other brother, was jealous of Osiris so on multiple occasions carried out plots to kill his brother Osiris. On one occasion, Set tricked Osiris into getting into a coffin. Once Osiris was in the box with the lid closed, Set locked the box and threw it into the river Nile. Isis had to look throughout the kingdom and eventually found Osiris and rescued him. Set then again tried to kill his brother by cutting Osiris into many pieces. Again Isis had to journey around the kingdom, this time collecting all the dismembered parts.
What is this part of Isis’ story telling us?
It is telling us that Set, who is the god of violence, chaos, and the red desert, has kidnapped or dismembered the beneficial structures in the psyche. Isis the creative aspect of the psyche becomes powerless without structure. In desperation, she must collect the pieces of her consort so that the order of the cosmos can be restored. We see this in our lives when a disaster strikes.
The destruction of ALL inner structures takes place when The Passion, aka: The Kundalini, is activated.
When The Passion surges upward, all the order we relied upon or had created disappears. Like a raging forest fire, The Passion does not burn just the diseased or broken trees. It burns everything. The unnecessary, the harmful, and the beneficial are all destroyed. A creative personality considers this to be a disastrous event, because all the structures within a creative’s psyche are self-created to bring grounding, organization, time management, and logic into their world.
In the aftermath we can wallow in the misery of, “Why me?” or we can piece our life back together. As we piece things back together, order is slowly restored. The masculine principle of organization and order is magically born anew within the psyche. We have to remember that Isis does not find the phallus in her search for Osiris’ dismembered pieces. So, the conception of the new masculine principle does not come from any type of physical intercourse. The story tells us that the male child born to Isis becomes a king or Pharaoh of Egypt who when grown, smites the evil Set. This is the birth of the God Given Mission. Many organizations have been founded to help others who experienced a trauma and to prevent such incidents from happening again. MADD and the Pink Ribbon campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness are just a couple of examples. Many organizations and trust funds have been founded due to one person’s tragedy.
Who was the cracked up female archetype that is associated with Jesus? I can give you a hint. It wasn’t the Virgin Mary.
The Virgin Mary has a completely different experience. She is an unmarried maiden who out of the blue is told that she will bear a son. There was no preparation. There was no violence. There was no sin. We see that the birth of the male principle into consciousness is a natural part of spiritual journey for creative personalities. When the birth of organization takes place, a peace flows throughout the soul and it is possible to see the joy of all things in the world. The male child (I like to call this the Animus, but my psychologist friends do not consider this to be a correct definition of this Jungian term.) born to the Virgin Mary is the Prince of Peace, a spiritual master, or messiah.
I wonder why it is assumed that the religions of Abraham are considered male dominated religions. Women claim that the worship and structure within these religions are derogatory and psychologically harmful. The only substantiation for this claim is based on the fact that the supreme deity is male.
We must look to the universal spiritual model to see the whole truth.
In ancient times, people worshipped the divine as a duality. The masculine godhead or Divine Masculine was the metaphorical symbol for the Power of Grace, Light, Reiki, or Intellect, which was the blessing or curse of Father Sky. The feminine godhead or Divine Feminine was the metaphorical symbol for the Power of Passion, Kundalini, or Fire, which was the blessing or curse of Mother Earth.
It was further believed that men were naturally imbued with the masculine qualities of intellect at birth, while women were naturally imbued with the feminine qualities of passion or emotion.
Here is the main tenant of the dual religions:
In order for spiritual wholeness or enlightenment to occur, the adherent must cleanse the inner spiritual system with the Divine Energy that is opposite to the innate energy. This brings balance to the spiritual energies.
So a man, who was considered filled with Grace from birth, must initiate the rise of the Divine Feminine or Kundalini in order to bring oneself to wholeness or holiness.
However, a woman who was considered filled with Passion/Kundalini from birth, must empower the fall of the Divine Masculine or Grace in order to bring oneself to enlightenment.
So when we look at the complete picture, it reveals that spiritual systems that designate the divine to be masculine are systems that give the greatest spiritual benefit to those who have an abundance of Passion, Kundalini, or Fire. In ancient times these practices were reserved for women, especially those who were virgin priestesses.
However, psychology has gotten much more sophisticated in recent times with the advent of Myers-Briggs and other personality typing formulas. We no longer categorized personality types by body style. We have learned that the mind designates the style of practice that best fits an adherent. 2/3 of women and 1/3 of men fall into the category of feminine, creative, right-brained, or anima-based personality.
So, does a “male dominated religion” really run against the grain of most women?
The answer is: no.
In actuality, it is the masculine or animus-based personalities who should rebel against this spiritual system.
We find that Grace-based religion emasculates or enslaves those who have an abundance of Grace, Light, Reiki, or Intellect. These are the masculine, intellectual, left-brained, animus-based personalities. 2/3 of men and 1/3 of women fall into this category.
In ancient Rome, the keepers of the city’s flame were 6 women, known as the Vestal Virgins. They were of various ages, but every one of them was required to remain a virgin for the entire length of their 30-year service.
Why would a warrior society leave the highest spiritual duties and lavish high status upon a small group of women, when this society considered the status of womankind to be barely above that of a slave?
Vestal Virgins were selected between the ages of 6 and 10. Upon entering the cult, they were required to agree to always remain a virgin for the duration of their service. From the day of their installation, the Vestals wore a wedding dress and an elaborate 7-braid hairstyle to symbolize their marriage to the sacred duty of keeping the flame of Vesta/Hestia, the goddess of the hearth, alive.
The duties were divided into 10-year sections. The first 10 years was spent learning the prayers and practices of the cult. The next 10 years was spent being responsible for the flame and the duties of the sanctuary. The last 10 years was spent teaching the new girls, leading public prayers, and giving advise to those who requested it.
It was believed that to harm a Vestal would jeopardize the wellbeing of the state. Which is why the Romans did not physically harm a Vestal even when she lost her virginity. They buried her alive and unharmed. In this way, they could convince themselves that they did not have the blood of a Vestal Virgin on their conscience. Vestals were also allowed to speak in the Senate and they were given the best seats at all state games and sacrifices.
When we review the Way of Grace or the Path of the Virgin, we see that the flame of Passion is ignited only after the spiritual system or inner sanctum is completely cleansed by the Grace of God. This flame, once kindled, is pure and devoid of ego or desire. It was believed that only a woman was capable of traveling the Way of Grace. So, only a woman could kindle and tend a pure fire that symbolized the Power and Passion of Rome. These women tended the flame of Rome for over 1000 years until the 4th century AD when pagan worship was outlawed and all pagan temples were closed.
In the book The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, H. L. Menchen does a complete synopsis of Nietzsche’s philosophy and lifetime of work. It seems that Nietzsche worked through the paradox of the Greek civilization and their creation of and their fascination with the dramatic tragedy in his book titled, Dionysus versus Apollo.
Apollo was the god of all art that was essentially contemplative and subjective, which is a correct representation of the Divine Energy of Grace. Bacchus Dionysus was the god of ecstasy and frenzy, which is a correct representation of the Divine Energy of Passion/Kundalini. Nietzsche claims that the Greeks swung from one side to the other throughout their history. I am not sure that this is true.
The Greek Tragedy is a story of purpose, destiny, or predestination. The hero of the story realizes his Divine Purpose and then risks all to complete that task. In the ancient Greek culture, art, music, literature and later theater were considered the highest forms of sophistication and knowledge. These are the typical ideals of a Grace-based society.
All Art = Channeled Emotion
Art is all about feeling
The whole idea of art is to invoke a particular emotion using the parameters of a single art form. Sculpture cannot move, but the greatest art implies movement. Painting is done on a two dimensional medium, but the greatest art gives the illusion of three dimensions. Music must use voice or instruments. Dance is as much athletic as it is beautiful. Dramatic speaking was a required art form taught to all male aristocrats. The list goes on and on. All these elements are combined in theater where backdrops are painted, dancing and musical accompaniment is used to dramatize moments, and actors make dramatic speeches to demonstrate a story. At the time of Socrates, Nietzsche claims the Greek culture was in one of these Apollo, artistic, or Grace-based periods in history.
Socrates was a classic Passion-based philosopher, which basically meant he was a bull in a china shop.
All Philosophy = Channeled Intellect
Philosophy is all about thinking.
The whole idea of philosophy is to invoke thinking. Deep questioning of why you do and believe such things? All thoughts must follow a linear pattern and come to a conclusion. Paradox or circular thinking is not allowed. Socrates not only questioned every fiber of the human existence, but verbally attacked everyone, including the high-powered elite, with questions concerning personal and social values and perceptions. Socrates’ whole premise was to emotionally unbalance all those who crossed his path.
He was a filthy man and shunned all the trappings of art, culture, and literature at a time when society idealized such things. He preached simplicity and the renunciation of all things, because the world was bad. Socrates considered this life a curse, while the Greek society worshipped life complete with all its trials.
Here is where the philosophy of the society clashes with the philosophy of the philosopher. These two basic philosophical styles cannot coexist without divine understanding by all parties. Due to the opposing and annihilating nature of the Divine Energies, issues and negative perceptions run rampant when societies and individuals of the different philosophical styles interact without the understanding of the universal dualistic spiritual nature of man.
Grace-based philosophers and their philosophies threaten Passion-based societies and personalities, because the pre-mature influx of Grace washes away all the hard earned Divine Energy of Passion from the spiritual system. This fundamental truth is fully demonstrated in Plato’s story of Atlantis.
Passion-based philosophers and their philosophies threaten Grace-based societies and personalities because the pre-mature influx of Passion kills the spiritual “fetus” that is growing within the soul. The loss of the previously accumulated Divine Energy of Grace, creates a hate-filled demonic being that is bent on death and destruction. This fundamental truth is fully demonstrated in the myths of Medusa, Kali, Pele, and Sekhmet.
Just as the Pharisees, a Passion-based society, condemned Jesus, a Grace-based philosopher to death and turned him over to the state to be crucified, so too did the Greeks, a Grace-based society, condemn and kill Socrates, a Passion-based philosopher.