Thursday, July 25, 2013
Go Back to the very Beginning
“…we must change the medium, if we wish to change the message.
And thus, the IMAGE of the Great Goddess must come back to the forefront if we are to reform our social, civic and educational institutions in meaningful and productive ways.
"Woman, in the picture language of mythology, represents the totality of what can be known," claims Joseph Campbell. "She lures, she guides, she bids us burst our fetters. By deficient eyes she is reduced to inferior states; by the evil eye of ignorance she is spellbound to banality and ugliness. But she is redeemed by the eyes of understanding."
As the image of infinite potential, She is the ‘gatekeeper," the One who keeps man's drive for power in check.
Our culture has become unhinged, hopelessly separated from the ability to self-reflect and heal itself. But as the losers of the "Me" generations begin to pick themselves up and dust off the centuries of corrosive ideological abuse, they are realizing that they are legion. The scales are beginning to fall from their eyes. Suddenly, the Emperor is seen to be wearing no clothes. And let us just say the reports of his potency have been greatly exaggerated.
One by one, the traditional symbols of masculine power are being exposed for the corrupt, lifeless and abusive institutions they really are.
No matter how many times we pass "official mottos" saying otherwise, the image of the divine, primal Mother is calling, in silent anger, from the deep recesses of our collective cultural mind.
America must reinvent itself in order to survive. And to do so, we need to humble ourselves and go back to the very beginning.”
~Andrew Gurevich, “In Goddess We Trust: America's Spiritual Crossroads”
Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes