Friday, June 30, 2017

Unity Is Plural (Part One)



THERE IS A MALE ASPECT in each of us programmed to compete, to strive, to win and survive. But there is also a female aspect which aspires towards "a caring and sharing community" – which intrinsically knows the value of cooperating, helping, nurturing, and reconciling divergent demands.

The masculine mind says: "Let's apply our knowledge to building a great machine that will take us to the stars."

The feminine mind responds: "Let's pool our resources so that we can feed our children well and raise them in a beautiful and safe environment."

"Vive la difference!" you cry. But "la difference" is best appreciated when one recognizes the essential unity of male and female, day and night, yang and yin, cube and sphere, science and spirituality, intellect and intuition.

The Father Principle (in its negative aspect) despises those that are 'oversensitive' and vulnerable, dismissing them as weaklings unfit to survive. Homophobia expresses its patriarchal machismo with words like "sissy" (and sodomy is viewed as "an offence against nature" punishable with a 20-year sentence in some spiritually retarded countries).

The Mother Principle (at least in its positive aspect) perceives "weakness" not as something to be condemned, but as a quality evoking sympathy and compassion.

A defenceless chick is not "contemptible" – it is cuddly and cute. Just as any mother would try to heal her sick child with extra doses of love and tenderness, a society with a healthy balance of paternal and maternal values will be extremely patient with the disabled and the disadvantaged. The "pay-off" comes in terms of our spiritual maturity, the integrity of our inner and outer beings. Being free to "walk your talk" and being worthy of the name “humankind” is ample reward for the wise.

Of course, there's a positive aspect to the Father Principle, which manifests as profound pride and joy in planting seeds and watching life grow and flourish.

It's called the Creative Urge. And there is a negative manifestation of the Mother Principle as the bloodthirsty and vengeful goddess Kali, or as a scorpion that kills her own progeny when enraged. This destructive female force often takes the form of natural disasters like flashfloods, earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, and severe drought.

THE MALE ASPECT thrives on challenges: whether it's climbing the highest mountain or erecting the tallest building or constructing the most dangerous dam or becoming the most prosperous nation. It operates in a rigid, hierarchical mindset, wherein the Boss or Chief or Lord or Father is revered as a sacred emblem of Divine Authority. The Armed Forces is a prime example of a complex organisation where the masculine spirit rules in all its glory and folly.

When the masculine mind turns religious, it does so through a Book of Laws. Its perception of God often takes the form of a stern, unsmiling Judge. Obedience and discipline are regarded as the highest virtues. "Righteous" behavior is rewarded with exalted status and special privilege. "Wrong" actions are forcefully punished. The stubbornly "wicked" are condemned and consigned to Eternal Damnation.

THE FEMININE MIND finds it easier to speak of spirituality in terms of a reverence for all living things, a profound appreciation of beauty, and an abiding sense of justice and equitability. The female approach to God/dess is often through the quality of mercy. Forgiveness and compassion are regarded as the essential attributes of divinity.

Socially useful behavior is inspired by love for others, not merely by fear of punishment. Rules are written in books as a guide to harmonious behavior – but the highest virtue lies in listening to the wisdom of one's heart.

How do we reconcile and unify the male and female polarities within ourselves?


First, we need to acknowledge that there has been far too much predominance of male attitudes in the structure of our laws and customs. No wonder true and lasting peace and harmony have been so elusive, despite tremendous breakthroughs in scientific knowhow that could so easily banish poverty, lack and ignorance to the Dark Ages of humanity's infancy.

Indeed, these problems are in danger of being maintained even as we enter a new millennium. They are artificially perpetuated by an economic and political system designed to favor the upper levels of society whilst keeping the lower in their place.

We also need to acknowledge that purely female approaches cannot be used to resolve the problems generated by male predominance. Otherwise there would arise a long-term tendency towards overcaution and conservatism, eventually resulting in cultural stagnation. The optimal balance has to be sought within each of us. No doubt the precise proportion of male to female will vary from person to person. But as a whole, the ideal balance will be found in a ratio akin to the Golden Mean, wherein there is always a slight bias in favor of the female. This is to ensure that love and compassion ultimately become the supreme qualities governing all social units, from the nuclear to the planetary family - and perhaps beyond.

Harry & Sheila Amoeba grooving on their gender differences

[Text & Cartoon by Antares © 1998. First posted 9 September 2008, reposted 29 July 2014]

Uniting the Male & Female Within (Part Two)

Uniting the Male & Female Within (Part Two)

DAVID ICKE (pronounced 'Ike') is someone who seems to have successfully united the male and the female within. As a teenager he was a rising soccer star. Then he had a painful knee injury and spent many years going from doctor to doctor, finally seeking the advice of spiritual healers. Meanwhile he became a well-known TV personality as a BBC sports reporter. Soon he got involved with the Green Party and was appointed its national spokesman, giving talks around Britain on environmental issues.

Somewhere along the way David Icke had an awakening. He became aware of his mission on this planet and began speaking about it openly. The media reaction was loud and hostile. Icke was forced to retire for a while from public view, amidst vitriolic ridicule and a great deal of negative press. He decided to apply himself to writing instead, and has since emerged as a best-selling author of numerous books on spiritual awakening and growth. When he writes from his masculine aspect, David Icke comes across as an intellectual warrior, a clear-minded, strong-voiced critic of society:

"The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the 18th century with the invention of the steam engine, and within a hundred years this revolution would fill the skies with black smoke and pollution, rape the planet for fuels, and turn millions, eventually billions, into robots; mere extensions of a factory machine." (The Robots' Rebellion, Gateway Books, 1994)

Another voice, distinctly feminine, comes through when Icke quotes Attarro, Avatar of the Alchemians, in his 1993 book, The Truth Vibrations:

"Mother Earth is choking, and as she coughs and wheezes, the earth will open up through land shifts. As she cries, so the land will be flooded. Volcanoes will erupt, all to cleanse our Mother. Many new scars have appeared on our earth. Energy lines are being broken through new roads which interfere with sacred ground, which was dwelt upon by our animals who love, nurture, and trust nature, and who live totally within their natural cycle and habitat, able to understand nature's simple messages."

Not at all what you might expect to hear from a former jock, a regular beer-swilling soccer fiend. But David Icke perfectly embodies our rapid evolution towards a unified and balanced male-female polarity which all life will eventually embrace. Otherwise, as a species, we may face extinction as the Earth's magnetic field recalibrates itself to resonate with a much vaster, galactic field of consciousness. This is what entering fully into the Aquarian Age involves. And the Big Shift is not scheduled to happen hundreds or thousands of years from now… it will culminate on 21 December 2012 (according to modern interpretations of cosmic calendar systems like the Mayan Tzolk'in).

By the first decade of the 21st century, I hope, civilization will have dramatically transformed itself, so that the emphasis will be on beauty and bounty on the physical plane – with far greater attention focused on the quality of life, rather than quantity.

This means that aesthetic and artistic pursuits - in other words, more right-brained, feminine-intuitive activities - will become paramount. The masculine attributes of business, politics and warfaring will necessarily be reduced to a supportive role.

The "marketplace" will be restored to human scale, with people bartering products and services for mutual sustenance and pleasure. No one will be obsessed with the movement of substances in and out of humanity's alimentary canal. Our best brains will no longer will kept busy monitoring the price of potatoes.

With the threat of armed aggression reduced to practically nil, the only justification for armies would be as temporary groupings of young people teaming together to learn skills like bridge building, road-upgrading, and rescue operations. They will serve as a human resource pool for projects requiring muscle power and large numbers of volunteers. Cleaning up the garbage on this planet, for instance, is one such task. Rebuilding homes for the homeless would be another. Turning former deserts into gardens of plenty would be yet another project worthy of world-around support.

When the Fathers are no longer competitive and warlike, neither will the Sons be prone to pillage, plunder and rape.


Antares © 1998 [First posted 9 September 2008]


Unity is Plural (Part One)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Steve Jobs in Heaven ~ a very short story by Matt Bors

Cartoon courtesy of Matt Bors who's appealing for funds to publish his first book of political cartoons.

[First posted 24 October 2012]


The War on Poverty is Over!








"The War on Poverty is over. All the poor people have surrendered." - Swami Beyondananda

[First posted 3 November 2008]