Merging With The Divine Feminine
We are in the throes of extraordinary news for women everywhere. The news is germane, whatever your traditions, whether you are religious or spiritual or both or neither. Whether you are Catholic is irrelevant. This isn’t about religion, it is about traditions that disenfranchise us, label and exclude. This is amazing news. Unfortunately, the news didn't get much press, because it happened the same day as the systemic and unthinkable slaughter of 49 people of Orlando, FL. The news was buried under the headlines of the trauma and tragedy of yet another mass shooting. Everywhere you look, there is evidence for a growing need for the divine feminine to take her rightful place: babies in dumpsters, mass shootings, and man’s inhumanity to humankind, to animals, to all of life. Although this blog is not religious in nature, it follows the spiritual aspects of and conscious development of humanity. So the goddess and saint, Mary Magdalene seems like a relevant for exploration within the scope of events that face humanity.
That said, it was just by chance that I watched a video sent by my friend Silvia Binsfeld, and I am very grateful. I am fairly confident that I would not have seen it otherwise. In this video, KC Baker, who is a public speaker by profession, shared in impromptu, private moment, a deeply personal expose of her reflections on the news that she read on a decree by Pope Frances. The current leader of Catholics everywhere, had changed an archaic and outdated position on women. Why does it matter? We might say, I’m not Catholic, so it doesn’t apply to me. I’m a male, so it doesn’t apply to me. I’m a fill in the blanks, so it doesn’t matter to me. But it does matter, because Mary Magdalene’s role has quietly spoken to women and men everywhere for thousands of years as has other religious traditions that speak to the existence of women. We are speaking of a Catholic saint, but I’ll go onto show that Mary Magdalene’s role is part of a complex system of energetic archetypal roles that interface with society.
According to Carl G. Jung, PhD, we all are part of a collective unconscious, a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches. There are hundreds of them, and we each have about 15 to 20 that we present to the world in the roles we take on, some changing over time. Consequently, there are half a dozen personal archetypes that are present in everyone. As for each particular feminine archetype, the names may be different, but the role they do is the same.
Because I try to be thorough, I later researched and found an article from The Crux: The Catholic Pulse, which shares news worthy articles from the Pope and the Vatican. This news source stated that the Catholic Church, at the Popes request, has changed the status of Mary Magdalene, putting her on par liturgically with her male counterparts, on the churches calendar of events. This is a big deal folks. She has been previously referred to as the "repentant sinner " or the "prostitute," even though the church revoked these labels in 1969, the message, deeply embedded into the culture of many societies continues to be projected. I’d like to call to mind that she is the person Christ chose to first reveal his resurrection to, which speaks volumes and makes one wonder why it has lacked emphasis over the years. Only after a couple of thousand years, and the prodding of the “activist pope,” Pope Francis, gave recognition through the church, which puts her on par with the celebrants of the male apostles. In fact, the decree calls her the “Apostle’s, Apostle.” This is huge for women everywhere although, again, this is not about Catholicism, it is about the way women are viewed in all patriarchal societies, even within the United States. We are elevating consciousness.
KC Baker’s video affected me deeply, partly because I am empathic, and partly because it is a monumental happening for women everywhere, regardless of religious background, even if you have always considered yourself spiritual, but not religious. Even if you feel more at home in the mountains then in a church. Why? Because at the depth and core of you, you have absorbed these messages from the planet's culture. Please take a moment to watch KC Baker eloquently give voice to her feelings upon hearing the news that the Catholic Church has redeemed Mary Magdalene, a message that affects men as well as women everywhere.
Subsequently, the evolution of humanity and ascension of the planet within our evolving culture is what is at the heart of the matter. The pool of collective unconscious is shifting in amazing new ways...we are truly blessed to be a part of an extraordinary spiritual shift at work, right here and right now on our planet. What we are witnessing is a metaphorical connection to the feminine archetype living within all women and some men, created by our patriarchal traditions, living worldwide and across all traditions. Our collective unconscious is ready to make a profound shift in humanity. The full range of Mary Magdalene’s progression alongside of Jesus is only partly apparent, due to the exclusion of relevant parts of the Bible and reinterpretation of the history of her life. Mary Magdalene does of course have a place here as an early leader of women, an archetypal goddess, one that has lain dormant for centuries, not the archetypal role, but the name associated with it.
KC Baker is speaking metaphorically and symbolically of women's roles in the world and an existential consciousness rooted in the devine feminine that exists in each of us, especially women, through the collective unconscious of the planet. Throughout our history women and men have been in a stranglehold as archetypal roles propagated throughout time, strained and pushing against the development of humankind. KC Baker through creation, released and acknowledged her deeply held feelings, absorbed through all culture. We witnessed her literally freeing herself psychologically in one miraculous burst of understanding, thereby freeing all who witnessed her, thousands of us on a subconscious, symbolic and collective level.
The divine feminine is the goddess in all traditions, and has been since the beginning of time. These traditions are a mystical, magical, powerful, part of primal Mother Earth. They symbolize balance and healing, renewal and restoration. Sophia is a very ancient form of the Goddess of Wisdom. She is known in many traditions by different names but she carries the mantle of intuitive intelligence. Sometimes she is Isis, spreading her wings of ascension. Sometimes she is Asherah, the original bread of life. Mary Magdalene is said to have been an incarnation of Sophia. Lifting her, the divine in Mary Magdalene from repentant sinner and prostitute, to her rightful place in a patriarchal society, to the Apostle’s Apostle is a coming of age for us as a humanity, the Divine feminine. Her principles are ones of nurturing, of love, understanding, compassion, insight, intuition, creativity, forgiveness, healing, and wisdom. These qualities within our culture have been muted and marginalized and as a society we greatly need to find a center that includes these gifts for our next generation. This will be the year of the expansion of the goddess of the Divine feminine, through many channels of expression!
On a more global perspective, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee explains that the feminine is the matrix of creation. This truth is something profound and elemental, and every woman knows it in the cells of her body, in her instinctual depths. Out of the substance of her very being life comes forth. She can conceive and give birth, participate in the greatest mystery of bringing a soul into life. And yet we have forgotten, or been denied, the depths of this mystery, of how the divine light of the soul creates. Our culture’s focus on a disembodied, transcendent God has left women bereft, denying them the sacredness of this simple mystery of divine love. What we do not realize is that this patriarchal denial affects not only every woman, but also life itself. When we deny the divine mystery of the feminine we also deny something fundamental to life. We separate life from its sacred core, from the matrix that nourishes all of creation. We cut our world off from the source that alone can heal, nourish and transform it. The same sacred source that gave birth to each of us is needed to give meaning to our life, to nourish it with what is real, and to reveal to us the mystery, the divine purpose to being alive.
Moreover, I want to repeat that this isn't only about Catholic women, but Muslim women, and Jewish women, and Islam, Hindi, Chinese women. About black women, white women, red and yellow women and women everywhere who are a part of the legacy of humanities patriarchal exclusion and inequality of women, either literally or symbolically. Whatever your beliefs and choice of traditions are, whether She appears to you as Ishtar or Mari, Gaia or Quan Yin (I claim both as my goddess), as the great Mother Mary or Magdalene, or as one of the pantheon of goddesses from ancient Egypt or Greece or Rome, to Africa or the Middle East, to the cults of the Black Madonna, or whether she is spun from one of the archetypes of the indigenous tribes, such as Spider Woman, the divine feminine is still the primordial She who creates from a central source. The qualities and characteristics of the goddess are woven into this web that transcend time and place. All models of the divine feminine spring from this matrix.
Ultimately, within these early dystopic messages woven so deeply into the fabric of societies everywhere will fade with awareness and conscious effort. Even now we seek to break a limiting glass ceiling after thousands of years on this planet. While this is our time to do so, I understand somewhere inside us, that it is an exercise for all and not for women alone. I am hopeful that we who recognize that the divine feminine will seek to unite with the divine masculine in the stream of the collective unconscious. This evolution of humanity to ascend is a collaborative effort to a whole new level of consciousness and capacity for expression. We must rise above the dogmas of the world’s traditions and unite as One, letting go of separation, letting go of divisiveness to be a people of equality and inclusion. This is the path to Spirit, this is the path to universal human growth and an ever evolving Oneness.
Shirley Ryan, PhD, CCHt is a practicing hypnotherapist and spiritual mentor. See more at http://www.shirleyryan.net
Notes & References
The Crux: The Catholic Pulse, https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2016/06/10/new-feast-touts-mary-magdalene-paradigm-women/
Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn, Reclaiming the Feminine Mystery of Creation
The harmony Project, http://www.theharmonyproject.org/feminine.html
Carol, James, The Smithsonian Magazine 2006
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-mary- magdalene- 119565482/#G54mRvUW4jfXI0kY.99