Our culture’s creation story tells of Adam and Eve.
In it, God curses the serpent (symbolic of our divine nature) with separation from the woman; God then curses Eve for listening to the serpent, with suffering; and finally God curses Adam for listening to his wife, with banishment.
This curse divides woman from her divinity and man from woman. This curse has been repeated constantly and under ritual in churches for 3500 years.
Is it any surprise that it has become true?
We can break the spell by simply recognising it for what it is, and by remembering that we each carry deep trauma around this, and that we are likely to be repeating ancient patterns. We need to proceed with utmost diligence and care.
I imagine that when women held the dominant power in society (ie matriarchy), some started to abuse it. Everyone suffered. (You can research into witchcraft abuse in Western Africa to see what that might have looked like) .
I imagine that men rose up against that. Eventually the men became the dominant power. This too has become abusive and everyone suffers.
Now, if we are not careful, we will simply repeat this and I can see attitudes and language from us women that heads down that same old road. Eg looking to blame (men, women, the system, any "other") , conflating our true essence with the symbols to describe it (eg "womb power", “penis power” - that’s another post).
The key is that we maybe need to investigate more diligently what drives our actions. Even with the best intentions, the energetic direction is determined by the place from where we act (ie "embody"): acting from fear or pain, as many of us do, ends up in blame, ends up in not being able to see and accept the other.
This is my feeling, I have no facts to support it, other than the curse of Adam and Eve in Genesis.
We have a massive opportunity to break the cycle. Let us hold each other with love, acceptance and care, for ourselves and the others) and let us take each step from that place.
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