August 16, 2017
Womb & Word: The Universe as Embodying the Heart and Mind of God
Much of the violence that we are experiencing around the world, especially from groups like White Supremacists, the KKK, and ISIS terrorists, stems from patriarchal domination of religious and cultural values. This patriarchal dominance tends to shut down our own self-awareness of our feelings, while it also side-steps or denigrates feminine virtues such as empathy, compassion, and gentleness. Patriarchy denies the sacred feminine, and so denies peace.
Through the past five thousand years of patriarchal dominance in religions and cultures around the world, we human beings have often conceived of the Mind of God as something to be known, and surely this is half of the ultimate goal of life. Because goddess religions were mostly “lost” (shut-down by patriarchy) long ago, the voice of the Sacred Feminine has too often been silenced, often resulting in hatred, violence, and discrimination of some human beings against other human beings, against other species, and against the Earth herself.
However, an upsurge in feminism within religions and cultures has been strengthening awareness of the Sacred Feminine over the past few decades, in part because of a spreading of Eastern religions which honor the balance of sacred feminine and masculine qualities.
The yin-yang symbol is the quintessential expression of this divine feminine-masculine balance, which leads to the one true wholeness of both humanity and divinity. Within the yin-yang symbol itself, each side has the ‘seed’ of the other, representing the inherent inseparability of masculine energy-consciousness and feminine energy-consciousness.
In yoga philosophy, the masculine represents Shiva, the male principle of energized consciousness, or the Mind of God. The feminine represents Shakti, the feminine principle of conscious energy.
What is so delightful, as I realized while meditating this morning, is that God, in the transcendent, predominantly masculine state of energized consciousness, or Mind, never rejects, but fully honors and remains inseparably interconnected with the feminine conscious energy. In the transcendent state, this blend of consciousness and energy remain ‘at rest,’ peacefully co-existing in a perfect state of unity, and embodying Infinite Potential.
So, unlike patriarchy, the Mind of God always honors the Goddess as the very Heart of God, or perhaps, since She is energy, as the very Heartbeat of God.
When the “time” comes to create a universe together, the Mind and Heart of God form an energy field which extends out from God to create the universe.
I would like to suggest that we understand this energy field as containing both the “Presence of God” and the “Nature of God.” The Presence of God (masculine) and the Nature of Goddess (feminine) extend outwards together, forming a Universe. In fact, I would like to suggest (as I sense intuitively, guided through meditative ‘revelations’) that the entire Universe is the great Womb of God.
So, God/dess as Creator, entails both Mind and Heart, or Infinite Idea and the Loving Desire to Create, Sustain, and Fulfill that Idea. That is, the Mind of God conceives of something, and the Heart of God enlivens that as ‘reality’ within a sphere we call the Universe, which is God’s Womb. (We could also conceive of the Universe as God’s laboratory, full of great experiments, but that would take the Heart out of it, leaving only Mind. Perhaps it is both.)
And how does ‘creation’ actually occur? Of course, there is the male principle and the female principle and there is a womb. The ‘seed’ of God that becomes implanted in the Womb of God/dess is the ‘Word.’ However, ‘Word’ here is not just the masculine sense of logical, rational, creative idea. Because, in God/dess, the feminine is inseparable from the masculine, the feminine aspect of Word is completely embodied in that ‘Word’ as ‘Sophia’, or Divine Wisdom. We have the male principle of Logos, and the female principle of Sophia, combining to form this seed, or Word of God. (Or, perhaps the Word is the seed (semen) and Sophia is the egg, and the masculine Word impregnates the feminine Sophia/Wisdom, and a new divine creation is conceived, and eventually born within this Universe.)
The Word, truly understood as it is expressed in the Universe, is Sophia-Logos. Put another way, the Word of God is Wisdom and Divine Intelligence combined.
So then, let’s take this step-by-step. God/dess, transcendent, conceives of a wise idea and ‘speaks’ it as a ‘Word’ that becomes implanted, like a ‘seed,’ within the Womb of God.
The Womb of God then balloons out from God, expressed as the very Nature and Presence of God, and brings life to that Word, which then creates everything through the vibratory expression of God as Word, or “Aum,” the vibratory essence of God in creation which creates all. (See, for instance, the gospel of John chapter one, and Autobiography of a Yogi, footnotes on page 22 and 169,)
As the Womb of God becomes extended from the Heart and Mind of God, the created Universe contains the Nature of God as the true Heart and Wisdom of God, fully unified with the Mind and Intelligence of God. God’s Nature (Shakti) permeates the Universe as God’s own Heart, while God’s Presence (Mind) also permeates the Universe as the very Mind of God. What moves and creates, and eventually fulfills ItSelf within the Universe is the inseparable Wisdom and Word of God.
The Wisdom and Word of God are God’s True Daughters and Sons, most fully visible within God-Realized Saints, of which both Christ and Buddha are examples, along with many other saints through history, and today. Truly, though, there is no split between Wisdom and Word, and so any incarnation of God fulfills both, as Son/Daughter of God/dess.
We, the sons and daughters of God, embody both the masculine and feminine aspects of the Divine within ourselves. If we fail to embody both, then we fail to embody both the Heart and Mind of God. No one can fully realize the Self without both Heart and Mind, Wisdom and Word, even though one or the other may be dominant in its expression through an individual Saint.
Sisters and Brothers, patriarchy has no place in the liberation of the human soul. Each soul blends both heart and mind of God, and without Realizing both, the Self cannot be liberated from the illusion of this ‘reality’ of the Universe.
While we live in the great Womb of God, we must constantly be reborn. Once we embody both Wisdom and Word, Heart and Mind of God fully within ourselves, we Ascend, or rise above embodiment within the physical plane of this Universe.
Ascension is possible only because both Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine are honored in equal balance and harmony. Mind and Heart of God live forever united within God’s own Self, and our own Self, which all become One. Indeed, in the Mind and Heart of God, we are ALL always One.
May we realize this truth within our own hearts and minds: we are One. May we live this truth of Oneness within our lives, individually and together. Living this reality requires honoring the sacred feminine equally with the sacred masculine.
The good news is that, when we honor the sacred feminine, we honor the Sacred Heart of God. When we honor the Sacred Heart of God within ourselves, we become Her Own Heart. When we become One with the Heart of God, we find we naturally love all of humanity and indeed all life as One.
The very sacred good news is that, we will more fully come to know the Heart of God by learning of the very Nature of God within this experience of Life. For the Heart of God is embodied within the universe, and we can come to know her more fully by becoming aware of how She is embodied within ourselves and others.
Without paying attention to the embodiment of the Mind and Heart of God in others, we will know little of the True Nature of God. Yes, we can meditate and become One with God, but I would suggest that this awareness of God becomes even more expansive when we have honored both the Heart and Mind of God as expressed within and through this very Universe, within and through Life, and within and through one another.
Without seeking to love one another more fully, we cannot fully become One with the Sacred Heart of God. Without seeking to understand one another more fully, we cannot fully become one with the Mind of God.
We can learn of Who God Is by transcending the earth plane through meditation. What is so important for the Healing of Humanity, which is rapidly becoming necessary, is also to learn Who God Is by paying attention to the Presence and Nature of God within the Universe.
At its best, patriarchy only seeks God in the transcendent form, beyond the Universe, as disembodied Spirit, and then seeks to recreate it or ‘realize’ it as the Mind of God, without the Heart of God. Without seeking the very Heart of God in creation, patriarchy has become a threat to Life itself here on earth.
Indeed, the predominance of patriarchy around the world has led to untold levels of human suffering, violence, and divisiveness. As of 2017, the dis-embodied, heartless mental acuity of patriarchy has led to three major crises which threaten humanity’s very existence: the potential for nuclear war, the proliferation of chemicals which are toxic to life, and the inevitability of human-made climate change.
To reduce these threats and to end this suffering, we must become aware of the very Nature and Presence of God within the world and also within ourselves.
The suffering of humanity will end so much sooner when we seek the Heart of God within ourselves, and when we learn to become the Heart of God for others. The spiritual awakening and liberation of humanity will come so much more quickly when we learn to love the ever-present Heart and Mind of God within us, within our world, and within one another. For the sake of humanity, may it be so.
Love and Light,