“We must not fear shadows. It strengthens them.”
In my fantasy-book-addicted teenagerhood, I collected quotes from everything I read. The above was one I remember jotting down (though I know no longer remember from where and by whom). The words returned to me in the last week, with the awareness there are different types of darkness: Darkness that suppresses truth and keeps dirty dealings hidden, and the darkness that is very feminine (like my now beloved black serpent from this dream), because that is the safe space from which new life and new forms are created.
I am no longer surprised that while I was having these realisations in the past week, I would come into links and online posts writing on the same topic, with beautiful eloquence. Since I was reading them on the go, I didn’t have the time to repost them till now.
Satanism probably falls under the list of taboo subjects never to attempt in “polite company”. Well, I’m impolite, and will always choose that over willful ignorance. Satanism or extreme separation/selfishness exists and persists no matter the label or sheep’s wool it hides under–and these ideas have held sway over our world for a while, with watered-down versions for the masses. If economic inequality does not offend you deeply, then consider that you’ve fallen under its spell. Those I’ve seen or known who are most averse to the mention of conspiracy theories and who suppress all knowledge-sharing of them are prone to — to borrow the quote at the start of this post — resist acknowledgment of the dark, and thus “strengthen” the shadows by their own projections of what they think is in the dark. And while you’re busy fighting/fearing the imaginary and projected shadows, the real ones run over the earth.
If you are afraid even to look at what the darkness is truly formed of, you will not be one of those strong enough to hold the lantern of understanding and transformation. Knowledge does not imply truth, immediate acceptance, or a lack of discernment. Knowledge is knowledge. Anyone who fears it disempowers him/herself.
The video that Laura Bruno links to, captures, in 1 hour and 40 minutes, everything it took me 2 years of solo book-reading and conspiracy-site surfing to piece together my own larger and more complete understanding of the state of our world. Whatever you think Satanism is, Mark Passio points out that “mini-me Satanism” is alive and well–and still dominating the world. All paradigms that depend on, or advocate, separation (including material reductionism), domination, disempowerment and exploitation… all these that we’ve been taught as “normal” or “necessary” for human “survival” are NOT the only reality that we can choose. The world will not be changed without our conscious withdrawal of our complicity/energies/approval for these domination/disempowerment-based systems. But first, do you dare look?
Rob Brezsny presents his own quote collection in his newsletter this week. Perfect timing as usual.
But it’s no coincidence that anti-feminist backlash happens most often when women’s rights are on an upswing. And male anger towards women isn’t going anywhere – if anything, it’s gaining steam. Online forums that provide anonymity are creating spaces for men to say the things they no longer can in “real life”, police and courts that disbelieve and blame women for the violence done to them give men the impression their bad behavior is acceptable and a conservative movement that refuses to let go of traditional gender roles teaches our children that being a man is synonymous with being “tough”, having guns and, yes, being violent.
If you don’t follow feminism deeply, this is a good intro to why it’s needed. However, the fullest and most compelling argument I’ve run into for explaining men’s anger is NOT covered by this article. It was something that I unexpectedly found in The Spirit Level, a book on socioeconomics: That anger and violence is the only “legitimate” reaction men are allowed in return for humiliation in front of the opposite sex. For a hetero male, a loss of status or rejection at the hands of a sexually-viable female evokes a deep-seated negative response in the hindbrain–call it biological programming if you will. In any environment where men feel entitled to sex, fury and violence are more prone to erupt as a secondary (but intense) response to the primary emotion of shame from having nookie denied. Society in general does not equip the male with any safe channels to express this, instead keeps on encouraging sexual objectification and the assignment of self-worth to sexual prowess/attractiveness. I know the issue is more complicated on an individual level, but as long as the questions, media bias, and personal shadow is never examined deeply nor widely, I see this persisting, and easily among anyone who remains deeply unawakened in their emotional/spiritual development.
[Insert deep cleansing breath here.]
Take a mainstream media source, any mainstream media source, male or female. Now take an alternative media source — go ahead, there’s a lot to choose from: Alex Jones, Jon Rappoport, David Icke, Zero Hedge, David Wilcox, Benjamin Fulford, Jeff Rense … and many more. Take a politician, any politician, male or female, including Hillary “Takes Glee in Having Defended a Man She Knew Raped a 12-Year-Old Girl” Clinton. Take a music video, fashion runway, magazine, or Hollywood film. Now pick a fundamentalist offshoot of a religion (any one will do) — Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Jesuit, even the “Golden” “New Age” fundamentalists.
Regardless of intention or sincerity, what do such a diverse group of “representatives,” “mouthpieces” and “arbiters” all have in common?
A complete desecration or denial of the Sacred Feminine. If She’s not attacked, co-opted as a female figurehead, or corseted into the more socially accepted “Divine Feminine,” then she’s simply absent. Not available for comment. Three Monkeyed out of existence. I almost wrote “Sacred Famine-ine” … because it’s that dry and barren. Nary a Goddess in sight, except to mock, co-opt, demonize, sterilize, neutralize, or ridicule.
I’ll admit I needed the education on the difference between the Sacred Feminine and Divine Feminine. I’ll admit I once looked askance at the “Goddess” movement (even though I’ve drawn/painted one or two) because its fans, as its representatives, didn’t seem to hit the mark for me at the time. That said, my social circles and perspectives have shifted a lot in the last two years that I’ve met at least a few individuals, both male and female, who would seem to qualify as truly aware of what these roles/responsibilities of the sacred/divine feminine/masculine are. Again, within the synchronicities of the last week alone, I asked to see these forces/energies/roles in action, and was floored sometimes by what was shown me. In one of my workshops, words poured out out of me (leading a meditation) that I realised were more multi-layered than even I was aware of as I said them, and my understanding is that “sacred” is the earthly expression of what is “divine”. I feel those who serve Gaia will understand this intuitively, versus those focused only on ascension and, you know, flying off and leaving this physical planet behind. No, if you’re really want to help ascension, realise that it actually involves at two equal and opposite actions: Gaia (and its inhabitants) rising in frequency/taking in more light, AND higher wisdom coming down and through because of the former.
(Welcome to the world where Janet says stuff first and doesn’t figure all its meanings till later, because I believe words to this effect first came out of me during my Mandala group meditation on Saturday. I only ran into these Sacred Feminine pieces after. The next piece is gorgeous:)
[…] There is a huge groundswell within New Age thinking that places light above dark, or possibly even worse ignores the dark altogether, and which turns the Goddess, and therefore all women, into a stereotype of femininity. The Goddess is both light and dark, with no separation between the two, just as we are, and if we ignore one side of Her then we do nothing but damage to ourselves.
Big win? More serpent/dragon symbolism in the above link. Shivers!
And lighter links below.
Music from one of my longest favourite composers/musicians: