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Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 7: The Divine Feminine

“If you don’t know what to do, maybe you shouldn’t do anything and just wait for clarity; wait for the impulse to act.”  — Charles Eisenstein, Time of the Sixth Sun Movie

FIERCE LOVE is one of the chief gifts of the Divine Feminine working through the hearts of both men and women.  Other gifts are resilience and an empathic capacity to embrace pain and bring healing to old wounds in the heart.  From my own experience, some of her greatest needs are honesty, affection, unconditional love, finding her voice and being heard. 

A prophetic promise from the Book of Genesis is unfolding as the head of the serpent of the human intellect is being stepped on and “bruised” by the “heel” of the Feminine.  The masculine destroyer of Mother Nature’s creations for monetary gain is being told by the Great Mother through her rising spirit in womankind: “THAT’S ENOUGH! STOP! THUS FAR AND NO FURTHER!  The news media are not bringing it to us, but it’s happening everywhere the world over.  

Take time to view this brief movie trailer of Time of the Sixth Sun.  It’s happening.  We are moving into the Golden Age of a quantum new world where things are happening as fast as thought, and love and joy are bursting out all over.  The speakers all speak from out of a balanced field of Masculine and Feminine energy.  This is a turning point in the evolution of the human race and of the Earth.  As one speaker summed it up,

“During this time of change we don’t have to do anything to protect ourselves. Going to a secret place somewhere, or hiding food in the ground or guns and stuff, and trying to protect ourselves, it’s not going to work. It’s simply about being in your heart, being connected to the Mother Earth and Father Sky, being directly connected to the Great Spirit.  This is simple. Anybody can do it.”  (Drunvalo Melchizadek)

Excerpt from SACRED ANATOMY:

The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine is the negatively charged body of response of Mother God to the positively charged radiance of Father God. This is not a passive receptivity but a very actively charged energy that rushes to meet the positive radiation of love through the Divine Masculine, not to serve him, nor to be at his beck and call, but to empower and dance with him. For the dance to be enjoyable and creative, the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine must both be present on the dance floor of life and engaged with one another.  The commonly known animalistic male-female relationship is not sufficient, and dissolves with the revelation of Divine Man and Divine Woman on earth.

The Feminine Principle produces the alchemy that unites us with God and then draws to us the circumstances in which we find ourselves throughout our lives in and through which we may fulfill our mission and purpose for incarnating, which is to bring the things of God, the gifts of spirit, into the world.  In the Biblical story of the wedding feast at Cana, for example, which is believed to be a celebration of the sacred marriage of Jesus and Mary of Bethany, it is Mary of Bethany who arranges for the vessels of water to be brought to Jesus to be made into wine, bringing to him as well their life’s shared mission and destiny—echoing and rectifying that event in the Genesis story of the Fall wherein reportedly Eve brought Adam the “forbidden fruit,” and with it their life’s work of creating a world on Earth without their Creator but only with their own judgements of what feels good and what is deemed evil.  By turning the water into wine Jesus made the Truth of Life once more available to Man.  

In the story of the Grail Quest, the Feminine Principle, which operates through the heart realm, can be seen as being represented by the Grail itself—the chalice out of which Jesus drank at the Last Supper.  She is the chalice, the cup, for the life blood—the substance of one’s living symbolized by the wine—from which the Lord of the Sacred Dance partakes of life with us. The cup can thus be seen as the cupped hand of Divine Providence that brings to us each moment’s task, be it large or small.

Jesus is recorded to have asked his Father from the deep passion of his heart to take the “cup” of his betrayal and ignominious execution from him.  Sometimes the Feminine brings great challenges to us that will, if accepted courageously and met with a victorious spirit, bring us closer to our core quest in life, that of union with Source. “Thy will be done” was the attitude of the Master in this seemingly impossible situation that ultimately led to his resurrection from the tomb and ascension into the arms of his heavenly Father from whence he came—from whence we all came.

Containment being her very nature, the substance of the feminine energy provides a container filled with the water of truth that turns into the wine of life when she is allowed to embrace—spiritually as well as physically—the hot and fully erected vertical shaft of radiant masculine light. She is as the water surrounding the rod of plutonium in an atomic reactor that allows it to yield its power without burning a hole in the earth, to use a modern-day energy metaphor. If he will let her, she will ground him but not smother his fire nor use it all up loving her.   They both must come clean of their shadow side for this dance to be fun and generative of the essential substance of pneumaplasm that connects them both with the Divine and with each other.  At this level of intimacy, where there is accord between a man and a woman, is found the secrets to the creation of abundance.  In The Gospel of Thomas, Jesus is recorded as saying: “If two can make peace between themselves in a single house, they can say to a mountain, ‘Move!’ and it will move.”

In no way do I imply here that she is nice and sweet and agreeable at all times.  She can be that, but she can also be fierce and tenacious when it comes to exposing and putting down the lie, which she does with equal passion as she pushes forward to uncover and lift up the truth in any given situation in life.  There is nothing quite as exhilarating in the life of a relationship than to dance in the fierce fire of the passionate woman who sees you in the places you would rather not be seen. In the Arthurian legend she is represented by the “Hag.”  Diana Durham portrays the “Hag” as:

An old woman who visits Perceval at Arthur’s court during a banquet in his honor; she lists all his faults, chief among them his failure to ask the question [Whom does the Grail serve?] when in the Grail Castle and thus relieve the king and land from suffering. She is the truth-telling aspect of the deep feminine, and can also be said to represent here withered Mother Earth herself. (Return of King Arthur, page 13)

There is interesting and controversial history associated with this principle of the Feminine aspect of Man, actually spanning all the way back to Adam and Eve in the drama of Eden at the very beginnings of human existence on earth. It is significant that the Feminine is described as a “Principle,”which literally means “beginning.” She was present with God in the Beginning.  In the Latin Mass, the opening words of St. John’s Gospel are: “In principio [my emphasis] erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deus, et Verbum erat Deus.”  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word is the Feminine Principle out of which all of Creation springs forth.  She was called “Eve…mother of all the living…” and She is found not only to be with God in the beginning but is God.  She, the Divine Feminine, is God creating the flesh of all living things.

This ancient story, re-written by the great patriarch Moses, may well be fraught with bias.  It is said that the serpent beguiled the woman and that the woman led the man down the garden path which took them both out of Eden.  Who knows what really constituted the so-called “Fall of man?”  This we do know, women have been blamed for the Fall all down through the ages, a stigma that has caused them unwarranted deprivation and persecution. Women have been greatly feared and therefore suppressed by men in a male-dominated world.  Not understood by men, especially when their emotions take over their expression and their wrath becomes a force with which to be reckoned, women have been kept subdued by men and have been forced to withdraw into a state of obedience and subjection to them and to adopt what is considered to be “appropriate behavior” in order to keep emotions under raps.

On her darker side, woman has been a manipulator and a seducer as well, perhaps in an attempt to reclaim some of her power and control over her life. Historically, she was burned at the stake for her sorcery during the “witch-hunts” in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, when forty to sixty thousand people were executed and as many more tortured and imprisoned. This violence against the feminine has left a scar in the collective heart of womankind which overshadows and impacts male-female relationships even to this day.  Deep healing is needed in the heart of Mother God.

The world has not always been dominated by the male of the human species. There were periods of history when the feminine dominated life on this planet, when the Goddess was worshiped as Creator and revered as the Supreme Giver of life.  As I said earlier, in the ancient East, Elat, the feminine gender of the word Allah, was the name used to call upon deity.  In more recent history, however, since the male has dominated the scene, the importance of the role of the feminine in life has gone from one extreme to the other in some religious cultures.

There has been a masculine bias throughout the early history of Christianity, with the feminine principle all but eliminated entirely from the face of the Earth. For example, in the fourth century the early Church Fathers declared women to be “not worthy of life”—certainly not fit to serve as priestesses and bishops as they had been accustomed—and degraded the sexual act from the “ultimate sacrament” to a necessary function to propagate the human race. Before that, sex was a sacred ritual in which the alchemy of the Feminine Principle was engaged as a means of ecstatic union with the Divine.   The secrets of this ritualistic ceremony were held in safekeeping by many groups and organizations—such as the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, the Cathars, the Priory of Sion, the Essenes and the Egyptian cult of Isis and Osiris—until just recently.

Several books have been written and continue to emerge exploring these secrets.  Research-authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince have collaborated together in a most provocative book, The Templar Revelation. According to their exhaustive research, it was by way of this sacred sex ritual of “undefiled intercourse” that kings, emperors and pharaohs, as well as messiahs and saviors of mankind, fused with the Divine and became gods themselves, earning the title of Christ, or the Anointed One.

Jesus himself is reported to have become one with the Father within through the anointing by Mary of Bethany, his cosmic mate and partner in this sacred rite of passage, first from humanity to divinity and then back to humanity as God in the flesh.  This anointing was apparently not limited to pouring precious oils (spikenard) over the feet and into the hair, but included sacred sex wherein the two penetrated the veil between heaven and earth to fuse with the Divine.  Sex was called the “ultimate sacrament” because it was through this sacred ritual that sovereign rulers could come to know union with God and release the creative power that would bless and preserve their kingdom—the land and all their subjects—making them fertile and productive.

My next post will once again feature my favorite Arthurian legend author, Diana Durham, in her masterful consideration and interpretation of the legendary Holy Grail.  Until then, I bid you good day and pray health and happiness for you.          -Anthony (tpal70@gmail.com)

 

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, page 3: Reshaping Hallowed Space

“Sacred tones our voices sound, reshaping hallowed space.  Let Love command.  Let wonders form.  Let heaven’s beauty shine.  Let every living breath sing praise for light divine.” ¹

In this series I have been sharing excerpts from the section of my book SACRED ANATOMY focusing on the endocrine Gonad glands and the vibrational essence of the Spirit of the New Earth.  The larger context for this post is available in a previous post, which I recommend reading first, if you haven’t already done so.  In this post I share my meditation on the musical aspect of this sacred seal . . . along with some thoughts on current issues. 

This is an area in which, as a musician, I have a passionate interest; one that led me to explore in depth the spiritual or vibrational essences that create the body temple.  My exploration led me to write and publish my research and experimentation in a second book, ATTUNEMENT WITH SACRED SOUND, wherein I offer energy healers a methodology for the use of sacred sound as a carrier wave for Spirit and intention.

THE CREATING POWER OF WORDS

Before I proceed, I will say a few words about the hymn I excerpted a few lines from above.  It was written by a friend and colleague as a worshipful tribute to the Word that articulates the “Whole Holy World,” as Uranda described Creation.  The term word signifies sound, a vocal utterance, as it has done from the Beginning:  “And darkness was upon the face of the deep . . . and God said: Let there be light.”
St. John resounds these words from Genesis in his Gospel:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (John: 1-3)

I would like to give some thought to the creating power of words. The Word, spelled with a capital W, signifies the Divine utterance of the Tone that creates and shapes the visible world.  The “Word made flesh” refers to the incarnation of the Lord of Love in the man Jesus. By the same principle, our words, imbued with spirit and emotion, are also made flesh in that they manifest form and shape our worlds. 

Words are born of intention.  It is the intention encoded in the words we speak that shapes our experiences in life and our worlds.  In the larger context of the collective body of humanity, our shared world is shaped and conditioned by what’s issuing forth from out of our collective heart, mind and consciousness—our music, for instance. 

Concerts put forth an abundance of emotion-driven words and thoughts that speak for the masses of young people who field and applaud them.  What issues forth from the mouths of bands and rock and rap artists, conveyed on the carrier waves of sound, has its influence on the consciousness of those attending and participating, who then return to their worlds and lives and shape both out of their consciousness.   

In this day, that issuance via various media is largely one of fear, anger, futility, longing, hoping and praying, leading to deep depression and desperation in many to the point of suicide . . . notably among an increasing number of youths and even children, where “virtual reality” and “social media” simply do not substitute for actual reality and social activities with friends and piers at school.  

Through the eyes of such conditioning, we view a world falling apart when in reality it is our species that is threatened by extinction in a collapsing ecology and economy, under siege by a virus from out of the natural world.  Chaos is global, erupting this week in Myanmar.   It is we who are coming apart as a gregarious species sentenced to isolation from one another for too long. 

Profiteering in high places is rampant in this pandemic. No one needs to be profiting from this catastrophe that has produced so much irreparable damage and brought so much pressure on everyone, especially on our youth.  The pressure will only increase as we move toward the end of this pandemic and into the next phase of our collective transformation.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 

UNDER PRESSURE

My son John in Ashland, Oregon posted this on Facebook a few days ago that depicts the climate in the world presently, as well as his beautiful attitude of compassion:

Feeling this song pretty hard tonight. The pressure just keeps increasing and increasing, and I see it affecting everyone around me. Some take it better than others. I mean, are we diamonds yet? We’re just… Trying to be good people. Trying to save the planet. Trying to love each other. Trying to keep a house. Trying to make enough money. Trying to feed the poor. Trying to be good parents. Trying to be good partners. Trying to be good friends. Trying harder and harder and harder. And it’s never “enough.” There’s a reason for that.  Having A LOT of compassion for all those getting squeezed by life right now. You’re not alone. Together we walk. It is We, not just you and I.

“Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure”

(Video: Queen & David Bowie  UNDER PRESSURE )  To read Lyrics click here

It’s the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watching some good friends screaming let me out
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets

[The phenomenal crowds that flocked to Queen concerts back in the 1980’s speaks to the revolutionary awakening of that era sparked and shaped by the words and sounds of Queen and similar concerts . . . and still doing so.  Just this one particular video was viewed by 272,254,215 people in March of 2013, a quarter of a century after the song had been performed at every Queen concert between 1981 and ’86.] 

PRESSURE ESSENTIAL TO CHANGE

Without pressure, change cannot occur. There is no greater potential for shaping the hallowed space of darkness upon the deep of our yet uncreated worlds than from the sacred ground of our sexuality.  Here at the first level in the planes of being are all the essences from the levels above that go to create and empower the world in which we live and have our being.  So there’s much pressure coming to bear at this lower level with at least six levels stacked up on top of it. What we do here in this place of holy communion, and why we do it, sets into motion the energetic and vibrational factors that will most assuredly shape our world and our experience of life. 

If we approach this potent area of sexual intimacy for the purpose of relieving the pressures of life, or simply pleasuring ourselves — or, worse yet, profiting financially from human and sex trafficking —  then we compromise whatever creative processes are unfolding.  We also enforce our intention to seek pleasure and profits from the world that we create, and the world given to us by our Creator.  

This is not in keeping with the intention of our divine Self, the angels we are, who have incarnated to co-create a heaven on earth with other angels who have incarnated with the same intention.  We are wise, then, to be fully conscious as we approach this potent creative activity.  And I know I’m preaching to the choir here as those in “gross darkness” cannot begin to comprehend the light.  Nevertheless, I send my words into the mass consciousness through you, my precious and cherished reader, along with deep appreciation.  

That said, I will now proceed to share this excerpt from my book. 

Musical Shaping of Sacred Space 

   THIS FIRST-LEVEL CENTER for the differentiation of the awesome power of Love emits a vibration that corresponds with the longest of the seven dominant wavelengths in the light spectrum, Red, correlating with the musical pitch of A 220,  the lower octave of A 440 , which re-sounds the vibratory pitch of invisible ultra-violet light at the top of the spectrum. This lower vibration moves down to a G Natural red at the root Chakra, which represents the grounding our bodies provide between the current of the Creative Process and the natural world of the Good Earth, which is a further extension of the continuum spectrum of energy as it manifests in shades of red and brown earth tones, and which provides the materials for the construction of the body temple.

   The invisible, inaudible Music of the Spheres begins to be made visible in singing flesh.  Perhaps there is a significant correlation, as we considered earlier, with the intonation of the pitch A 440 by the Concert Master in tuning the orchestra just before the conductor enters to start the music.  The symphony of each life expression begins with the pitch of A 440.  Everything we see external to ourselves is but a reflection and echo of the designs found throughout the anatomy and physiology of the body temple.  

    For example, one can “hear” with one’s inner ear a pre-sounding of the vibratory pitches in the various parts of the anatomy.  I feel it in the area around my heart as well while sharing attunement with someone.  This is how I know what pitch to tone when I wish to work with sound as a carrier wave during a healing session.   It is really quite simple and very accurate, as I have discovered, offering a profound influence of sound vibration to facilitate the healing process. 

The audible music that we compose and play or sing is but a reflection of the inaudible “music” that is always sounding and resounding in sacred tones throughout our bodies.  It is what we are. We are music and light flowing like water through cool air and congealing like gelatin in an icy mold.  It is all one continuous river of sacred energy vibrating at different levels of frequency making itself visible here and there as it flows through the lattice work of force fields shaping sacred space along lines of force as functional design is given to living flesh.

   While focusing the attunement current in the region of the Gonads, I invariably have a deep sense of the sacred nature of this seal.   Here is the very seat of holiness in our sacred anatomy, an altar of worship upon which is sacrificed and sanctified the very finest molecules from the atomic world so that they might make their ascent into the temple of light. One may be compelled, as I am, to sound a sacred “OM” with deep, resonant tones.  Tender essences surely rise from these holy vessels as incense before the throne of God in our living temples. 

To close I simply say and sing “Let Love command.  Let wonders form.  Let heaven’s beauty shine.” I welcome your thoughts. Until my next post, blessings of light and love upon your path.  — Anthony  

CREDITS:  1. George C. Hanson, Let Love Command.  Hymn from Songs of Praise And Thanksgiving, hymnal of the Emissaries of Divine Light (©1986).

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” (Jesus)

In celebration of the world of creation, where angels incarnate to co-create heaven on the material plane of the earth, and where all the levels of being in this seven-dimensional world congeal into an experiential spectrum of creativity, where seeds are planted, germinate and sprout, and where trees grow and flowers blossom; where creatures great and small inhabit the earth, and where birds fly in the air and fishes of the sea plunge the deep, I turn to the beautiful and exquisite human body to meditate upon our awesome experience of the miracle of life.  The physical, material world is, after all, where all the levels of being can be enjoyed to the fullest.  It is the ultimate experience of life, of gods being human on planet Earth.

A scene from the movie MICHAEL, when John Travolta’s angelic character has to return to the realms of Light, touched my heart and jogged my memory. Looking at the trees blowing in the wind, Michael exclaimed “I’ll miss this world.” I was reminded that I too will one day have to leave this world and I will surely miss it.

That said, it is with much thought and hesitation that I proceed in sharing the following consideration from my book SACRED ANATOMY in a public forum such as this, as it is highly esoteric and sacred, intended for the initiated in the school of the Sacred Art of Living.  While pondering what my next blog series might be, and considering the theme of recent posts centered around the emergence of the New Earth out of the New Heaven, the chapter in my book featuring the Spirit of the New Earth and the endocrine Gonads presented itself as timely.  

Just as a preface to this series, the consideration of our sacred anatomy, presented here in the form of a meditation on transcendent essences, is not a scholarly study of human anatomy and physiology—although those aspects are given due consideration for accuracy. It is rather a presentation of firsthand esoteric knowledge, as previously noted, and inspired visionary insight and revelation. 

The book itself came to me to be written and published, a creative process that spanned a period of nine years.  The point of view of this sacred terrain, then, is that of the angel incarnate whose temple this body is, a temple for the presence and worship of the Living God on the physical plane of Being.  I ask you to read these words and meditations with your heart more than with your mind, with spiritual intelligence rather than scrutinizing human intellect. Spiritual essences are spiritually discerned and understood in the heart.

The larger context of this chapter is a section of the book dedicated to the consideration of the seven endocrine glands and their spiritual significance and functions as centers for the Seven Spirits before the throne of God—as described by St. John in his Book of Revelation—to enter the body temple and administer its creative processes.

These “Seven Spirits” were given names and characteristics by spiritual teacher and energy healing pioneer Lloyd Arthur Meeker (Uranda, 1907-1954)—such as the Spirit of Love for the Pineal gland, the Spirit of the Womb or Truth for the Pituitary gland, the Spirit of Life for the Thyroid gland, the Spirit of Purification for the Thymus gland, the Spirit of Blessing for the Islet of Langerhans in the Pancreas, the Spirit of the Single Eye for the Adrenal glands, and the Spirit of the New Earth for the Gonads.

While I fully embrace Uranda’s terminology and spiritual teachings and use them in this writing, from a vibrational standpoint these “Spirits” can be understood as the differentiations of the One Holy vibrational frequency of the Light of Love, just as rain drops differentiate the sun’s white light into the spectrum of the rainbow’s seven colors.  As we shall see, the color frequency of the Spirit of the New Earth is red, an earth tone.  Red is the longest frequency wave in the rainbow spectrum.  The quality of this first vibrational level is that of patience with the evolving cycles of creation and right expectance with regard to outcome.   

We’re speaking here of energy and various densities and textures of spiritual or vibrational substance, each focused energetic vortex playing a specific role in the body appropriate to its frequency.  It is with this in mind that I set forth twenty-five years ago to write SACRED ANATOMY.

These spirits, then, are focused sacred energic vibrations that are perceptible and known at a physical level in our human capacities, what are sometimes described as “body-mind-spirit continuums.” I envision a musical instrument with strings, perhaps a harp, for us angels to play heavenly music during our earthly sojourn. Each string or combination of strings could represent an organ or gland in the body, and seven of these strings could represent the seven endocrine glands and their corresponding “Spirits.” 

The point I wish to make here is though we speak and write using finite words to describe infinite realities and essences, the Spirit of God is practical and manifest forms by means of a spiritual or vibrational medium. Uranda called this medium “pneumaplasm” (spirit substance).  Think in terms of frequency and the differentiation of the Tone that first gives rise to a “mist” in the Garden of Consciousness wherein the seeds of creation are sown conveying the design and control factors of living forms into the vast field of undifferentiated cosmic dust and sets in motion the entire Universe.  This same Tone plays the “Music of the Spheres” through our Body Temples, and beyond them in the Cathedral of the Natural World—the “Whole Holy World,” as Uranda honored it.  These energy centers are also described as “seals” in their function as hormonal glands that release potent chemistry upon demand, opened by spiritual, or vibrational, signals of both creative and destructive qualities.  So, with all these things in mind, I present . . .

THE GONADS
Spirit of the New Earth

     OUR EXPLORATIONAL MEDITATION brings us now to a consideration of the first vibratory seal in this sacred temple, the Gonads (from the Greek gone, meaning seed).  These delicate yet powerful pairs of glands are located in the pelvic region of the human anatomy. The female aspects, the ovaries, are within the pelvic girdle in front of the sacrum, the triangular bone connecting the two pelvis blades and forming the dorsal portion of the pelvis.  The male aspects, the testes, are suspended outside the pelvic region and contained in the sac of the scrotum.  As their name implies, these glands produce the “seeds” that spawn human life.  The ancients believed that life originated from this region of the physical anatomy, thus the origin of the word sacrum, which means sacred bone.  They were not too far off the mark, as we shall see, for what does originate here in this region of our anatomy is truly of a sacred nature.  But first let us look at the hormonal chemistry and physiology of these pro-generative glands.

   The hormones produced by the Gonads play pivotal roles throughout the body temple.  Right at the start, their secretions determine the sexual characteristics of the embryo and then continue to influence the growth, maturation and development of the male and female forms. 

For example, the first role testosterone plays, as mentioned earlier in our consideration of hormones as “crystal messengers of light,” is to split the brain into two lobes in both the female and the male embryo.  The quantity of testosterone produced in the developing fetus will determine how much brain tissue remains connected between the two hemispheres. The female brain has more corpus callosum tissue connecting the two hemispheres than the male brain has, giving women greater integration between right brain and left brain in their thinking processes.  It is thought that this greater complexity tends to bring in more of the artistic and aesthetic “feelings” surrounding issues being considered, as compared to the male thinking processes which tend to be more logical, cold and calculating.

As we considered earlier also, estrogen and progesterone, the two primary ovarian hormones, give the female form its graceful curves and softness, as well as its emotional climate and the expression of feminine nurturing energies.  These two hormones work synergistically to provide for a controlled growth of new tissue wherever it is needed, as in the development of the endometrial lining of the uterus in preparation for the fertilized ovum, and in the process of bone replacement where both play an essential role together in breaking out old, brittle bone (progesterone’s role) and replacing it with new bone tissue (estrogen’s role).  The dominant presence of estrogen without the controlling factors progesterone offers into the process of new growth will result in an unbridled proliferation of neoplasm in the developing fetus, as well as elsewhere in the body temple where such proliferation may develop into cancerous tumors.

   When the young adolescent reaches puberty, the hypothalamus initiates hormonal changes in both the female and the male by secreting a chemical called gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH. Elevations in GnRh sends a signal to the pituitary gland of the young girl to release two hormones called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which initiates adult ovarian function. The girl becomes a childbearing woman.

     Testosterone, the male partner to estrogen, gives the male form its strong, muscular characteristics and provides for the expression of the masculine achieving energy.  These hormones are produced in the body under the initiative and direction of the Pituitary Gland, where, as we have seen, the Spirit of the Womb abides and oversees the Creative Process.  Both male and female hormones are to be found in men and women alike, with one more dominant than the other in each sex respectively, providing for the expression of the masculine and the feminine currents of energy through Man.  These highly charged energies work together as partners in co-creation with the Spirit of the New Earth.

Sacred Vessels   

Closely associated with the Gonads are the organs of reproduction themselves: the uterus which provides a womb for the conception, gestation and development of the human embryo; the fallopian tubes that convey an ovum into the uterus each and every month; and the erectile structure of the glans clitoridis (clitoris) which activates the contractions during sexual orgasm, as well as the ascension of the “kundalini,” the yogi life force that lies coiled at the base of the sacrum and rises up to the pineal gland atop the spinal cord at the base of the brain and opens this sacred seal to enlightenment. 

In the male the glans penis (penis), situated below and around the rim or head of the penis, serves this same dual purpose, triggering climatic waves that convey sperm from the testicles through the seminal vesicle—a highly convoluted duct called the “vas deferens”—and into the ejaculatory duct of the penis, passing through the prostate gland which secretes, as well as propels, an alkaline fluid containing the sperm through the penis and into the vagina during intercourse, where some of the sperm find their way through the cervix, the birthing portal of the womb, and into the uterus with intent to fertilize the ovum.   These organ/glands define at the physical level of procreation the giving and receiving aspects of the masculine and the feminine energies.

   The vessels of our sexual organs are especially sacred in that they connect the seven endocrine glands of the female temple with those of the male during sexual intercourse.  They may be seen, perhaps, as the right and left hand of the Creator, joined together in holy union—the positively-charged masculine with the negatively-charged feminine energies—for the purpose of releasing a unified current of love into the world.  Ultimately, as we shall explore, they are instrumental in generating the alchemy by which physical flesh is transmuted into the spiritualized substance of pneumaplasm, the silvery medium by which ecstatic union with the Divine is known in the ultimate sacramental ritual of sacred sex.   All of these glands and organs are the domain of the Spirit of the New Earth.

In my next post, I will continue to share excepts from this chapter on the Gonads and the Spirit of the New Earth. The topic will be the musical shaping of sacred space, the Kundalini fire of transmutation, and the ascension of the atomic molecules that give form to angels.  Until then,

Be love.  Be loved.
Anthony

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On Human Relations, . . . . . part 6: The Path of Romantic Love

My Chorale PicAn intimate, romantic, and sexual relationship with another human being, far from distracting one from spiritual attainment, can open a fast-track path to spiritual transformation: the path of romantic love.

This path is cluttered with signposts bearing moral Christian doctrines that warn of a sinful destination for those who seek erotic pleasure in natural sex drives that were designed to bring couples into a state of ecstatic union, along with the function of propagating the human species — sex solely for gratification not withstanding. The church is solely responsible for the degradation of sex from sacrament to sin in human relations, using Jesus, the celibate divine redeemer, and Mary Magdalene, the human “sinful prostitute,” as models upon which to base its thwarted and therefore false premise.

I’m in my second reading of Cynthia Bourgeault’s profoundly insightful and thought-provoking, if not controversial, rendering of  “The Meaning of MARY MAGDALENE – DISCOVERING THE WOMAN AT THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY.”

This is unequivocally the most powerful book I have yet read on the story of Mary Magdalene and her role in the life and ministry of Jesus. The author, an Episcopal priest, literally plumbs the depth of my soul and awakens dreams of a “perfect world,” almost to the point of disturbing my default inner peace by arousing once again that painfully familiar longing for a seemingly unattainable state of “singleness” as a whole human being — ironically, a singleness that can only be obtained, according to her insight and perspective, in the state of holy matrimony. Cynthia’s Jesus came to “reclaim the path of romantic love” and to uplift marriage between a man and a woman to its original state of “one flesh” that no man can “put asunder”– and he walked his talk. He was not celibate by any connotation of that word. Nor did he recommend celibacy as the higher path to spiritual transformation. His was a life fully “enfleshed” as a whole human being, and that’s what made him such a powerful magnet and lightning rod. The people loved him for his authenticity. The governing religious leaders of that time hated him for the same reason.  Actually, in their gross darkness, they simply did not comprehend his light, and it frightened them and threatened their self-serving authority.

This book has a Voice. One that speaks from out of the ancient past, spanning time from the “beginning”– the Edenic origins of Man and Woman — up to and including the life, public ministry and death of Jesus the Nazarene, only not the Jesus introduced to us when we were children and foisted upon the Christian world since the fourth century Council of Nicea.  Cynthia’s Jesus is a whole human being who “emptied” himself fully of both his humanity and his divinity, leaving no part of his soul and body unused in service to his heavenly Father and to Humankind. And it was his intimate relationship with Mary Magdalene to which Cynthia attributes the fulfillment of his mission and purpose for incarnating on the planet when he did. I should say the fulfillment of their shared mission and purpose.

That said, I don’t think that I can do Cynthia’s book justice in a blog-long book review. So, with the thought in mind that my readers may be inspired to read Cynthia’s book to fully enjoy her viewpoint on these timely issues, I will simply share a few passages from her book that moved my soul to the point of shouting “YES! That rings so true!” I will share and comment on them as they come up in my second reading. Enjoy and be blessed.

I will start at the beginning of Chapter 7, “RECLAIMING THE PATH OF ROMANTIC LOVE,” just to give you a sense of the tone of Cynthia’s voice, along with the context in which she writes. Here she speaks to the issue of celibacy in a priesthood supposedly modeled after Jesus and his celibate apostles — or were they?

NEARLY TWENTY YEARS ago, long before The Da Vinci Code uproar broke, I was serving as parish priest in a small Episcopal congregation in Colorado. When the gospel appointed for one particular Sunday in August was Luke’s account of that anonymous “sinful” woman with her alabaster jar, I decided to take the risk of breaking open some of the insights that even back then were beginning to emerge from a growing spate of Mary Magdalene studies. My parishioners were a bright and intellectually curious bunch, so why not? During my sermon, I gently presented Margaret Starbird’s assertion (in her book The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, named after this very gospel passage) that the anointing of Jesus’s hands and feet described in the text was not simply a random act by a penitent woman, but an exquisitely symbolic ritual enacted between two lovers about to be separated.

The fire storm was predictable.

I had tried to pave the way as carefully as I could. My point in raising those issues, as I made clear both in the sermon itself and in the discussion that boiled over afterward, was not to argue the case one way or another, but rather to get at some of the attitudes underlying the way we Christians do theology — and more important the way we do love. “How do you feel about the possibility that Jesus had a human beloved?” I asked these parishioners. “Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Why?”

The responses were pretty much what I expected: “But if Jesus had sexual relations with a woman, he couldn’t be sinless.” “If he loved one in particular, he couldn’t love us all impartially.” “How could he be the son of God unless he gave himself completely to God?” The overwhelming consensus was that if Jesus had known erotic love, he could not possibly have also been the full embodiment of divine love. It would somehow disqualify him as the divine redeemer.

I could hardly blame the congregation for feeling that way.

After nearly two millennia of reinforcement, these assumptions have become so much of the landscape of Christianity that they appear to be part of the seamless structure of revealed truth. But in fact, assumptions are what they really are — not core tenets of the faith, not anything that Jesus himself taught, but superimpositions of a male, celibate, priestly theology which for nearly two thousand years has been the only game in town.

The complicated history of how this situation came to be could fill a book in itself (and in fact has several times over). The short version is basically this: during those first four centuries of Christian life, as leadership moved from a charismatic eldership model to the threefold sacramental ministry we know today (bishops, priests, and deacons), part and parcel of this evolution was an increasing tendency to view both Christ and his apostles through the prototype of celibate priesthood. This is of course a flagrant anachronism in light of the unambiguous scriptural references to Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14) and the only slightly more ambiguous allusions in Luke to the other disciples’ “companions.?”

But counterbalancing the testimony of the gospels themselves was a growing discomfort with conjugal intimacy, a discomfort whose roots probably lie in the extreme Essene asceticism out of which Jesus himself most likely emerged (we will be exploring this topic in greater detail in the following chapter). Beginning as early as Paul, this unease was magnified in each succeeding generation by a chorus of Christianity’s most influential thinkers including Marcion, Tatian, Jerome, and Augustine. The consensus grew stronger and stronger that sex and the sacraments simply didn’t mix. By the fourth century edicts were in place forbidding married priests to have conjugal relations with their wives. Not long thereafter married priesthood itself dropped astern in Western Christendom, and celibacy became the entrance requirement for admission to the power structure of the church.

It gives one a bit of a start to realize that for the better part of two millennia, Christian theology has been written, shaped, formulated, and handed down almost exclusively by celibates talking to other celibates. In that respect, it is extraordinarily monolithic. And from this exclusively celibate template emerges the only image of Christ our tradition has allowed us to entertain: of a celibate renunciate whose “sinless” purity would necessarily entail sexual abstinence.

At the age of twenty-one, this very requirement barred my own entrance into the Roman Catholic priesthood after seven years of seminary life, during which I tried in vain to suppress my body’s natural erotic urges and my soul’s longing for a feminine soul mate.  Cynthia goes right to the heart of the highly emotionally charged premise that in addition to all the roles attributed to Mary Magdalene — apostle, visionary, healer — “there is still one remaining to her, which may just be the most important of them all: soul mate.”

Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene lovers? Were they secretly married? That, of course, is the claim laid out in  The Da Vinci Code and a number of other books and documentaries and which the church angrily refutes.

The question would never have a fair hearing in Christian circles, she goes on to say, where the “mote” has not yet been cast out of our own eyes while we dare to pass judgement on those who entertain a different view from our own.

It is one thing to argue the case for reclaiming Mary Magdalene as apostle and wisdom-bearer, purveyor of a sorely needed feminine presence in the church; it is quite another to tie this claim to the theologically taboo subject of a romantic involvement with Jesus. Two-thousand years of dogma and tradition have left the field so thoroughly land-mined with negative assumptions and stereotypes that it is virtually impossible to see anything other than red, like my congregation that morning. The question will inevitably be heard as an attack on Jesus and as an act of sabotage upon the Christian faith itself.

After two-thousand years of programming that celibacy is the highest Christian way when compared to the second-rate path of committed spousal love, “it is hardly surprising that our Western anthropology of human sexuality is abysmal.”

In the secular version relentlessly foisted upon us by contemporary culture, it’s all about pleasure, performance, gratification. In the bedroom of the faithful, it’s still all too often about duty and shame: a begrudging debt to future generations which, even when carefully managed, is still tainted with carnal sin. Mention “erotic love” and people will immediately hear “sex,” then immediately thereafter, “dirty.” The idea that there could be anything holy about this kind of love is too alien to even consider. That’s simply the way our ears have been trained to hear it; we are all children of a cultural stream whose vision of human love  has been shaped by the shadow side of celibate spirituality.

From the gutter, the view of the gossip and speculation around Mary Magdalene and Jesus in various studies is less than holy and rather “scandalmongering,” Cynthia writes.

We are really presented with only four options:

1. That Mary Magdalene was Jesus’s mistress;

2. That theirs was a politically arranged marriage, strictly for dynastic purposes;

3. That they were sexual consorts in some Gnostic Mystery religion, ritually reenacting the sacred hieros gamos, or union of the opposites;

4. That the whole story is purely archetypal, a great Sophianic myth depicting the integration of the masculine and feminine within the human soul.”

With that, I will leave you to ponder these options for yourself and return in two weeks to compare your choice of options to Cynthia’s in my next post as we continue to explore romantic human love as a path to spiritual transformation. I will present four “propositions” or “myths”– all “rooted in the soil of celibate spirituality — that together have subtly sabotaged our ability to see romantic love as an authentic path of spiritual transformation.” Until my next post, then . . .

be love ~ be loved.

Anthony

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