Climate changes, gender issues, slavery, and animal rights are discussed at great length while business goes on as usual. Do we rely any less on oil and toxic chemicals? Do women respect themselves for who and what they are, rather than what they do? Does trafficking of people diminish, and individual women, men, and children acquire more importance than expected performance? Does the exploitation of species, and more precisely subtle forms of domestic animal abuse cease? And most of all, do we consider how our personal lives include power plays, forms of torture, and negotiation bordering on cheap barter and extorted privilege? We lie and cheat one another and ourselves every second of our waking life while paying lip service to imagined ethics.
Something is wrong when questioning is prized over living the question and we content ourselves with theoretical probes and exceptions. Intelligent issues are not always coherent with the quality of the lives of those who phrase them. What might be looms larger than what is. And numbers, statistics, titles, charts…persistently replace the imminent need for authenticity and reality.
Another subject very much in vogue, and which concerns us right here on the rise of women, concerns the importance of Mary Magdalene. There are thousands of women and some men claiming to have been Mary Magdalene, or to at least hold some secret key to her mystery. A great deal of importance is placed on the bearer of the information and on establishing whether the woman was married, had children, was a sinner or a saint. Behind the archetype of the feminine priestess she represents, we perceive the glamour allotted to her as practitioner of a sexual magic that is self indulgent if not exploitative. None of this is relevant to either our evolution or the destiny of our civilization, and says a lot more about our mentality than about history or spirituality. It leads nowhere.
Truth emerges from the wellspring of inner experience. To know, one must experience. The Magdalene brought to the forefront of the feminine psyche a profound and ancient experience of defeat in the guise of glory, and of public submission within a framework of private equality and recognition, something that should ring all too familiar with women today. And yet, it appears that this has not been understood by either gender, stuck on appearances.
Today, genders demand visible equality of treatment, division of roles and responsibilities, privilege, rights and professional recognition. Will this assure true equality? Can a facelift change inner reality? People claim that women have changed, without considering that the change alluded to is external. Many insist that the younger generation is very different, already free. Are they? The same survival issues, relationship dynamics, expectations and beliefs exert their fatalistic pull, as long as we focus on the surface, seeking explanations instead of direct in-depth experience.
It would suffice for each of us, woman or man, to experience one full day with awareness, to feel and see how we live, and what we do to one another and ourselves. But, there is more satisfaction in discussion than in living, more effort in funding than on hands-on involvement, because we content ourselves with exceptions and possibilities. Ecology and equality begin within the individual and the immediate use we make of our faculties of thought, feeling and action, that which brings inner revelation rather than fascination.
In the case of the Magdalene archetype, its profound experience paves the way for the understanding of the real and tremendous influence of women in the present moment, revealing the force that emerges and enables us to rise regardless of obstacles, and uplift the world as she did. The process shapes the way a woman sees and knows herself, and how she expresses her unique strength, feeling deeply honored without having to be recognized externally. There is no show. When a woman knows the quality of herself, she changes herself and the world she lives in. This one experience is the cornerstone of global change and provides the inner axis needed to solve the issues that are so fashionably discussed.
There are changes occurring in the energetic stratum of the planet that have nothing to do with what we do, what we like, or what we wish for. They do not relate to human desire or psychology. There is nothing that the individual human being can do to “prepare” him or herself that will soften the impact of deep personal experience. Still, lecturers, authors and such fortunetellers as claim to foresee very concrete details give us instructions and outline processes, methods, and more techniques that, so they claim, will prepare us for the changes that are coming.
There is only one feature that needs to be developed in the human being, sensitivity. Everything in the universe is calling for a sensitivity that was cast aside when the intellect developed to alarming excesses of abstraction. Women are as much involved as men, although differently. Both kinds of sensitivity are needed although the eternal masculine imperative still dominates: seek change through formula, theory, equation, instead of through organic and mental flexibility that is free to adapt and flow, a flexibility that embraces rather than defines or sets apart. Our world will always be determined by the quality of women, who are the natural healers of life. They are the emitters of those influences that shape the future.
As fascinating as the parallels drawn from history and the possibilities that unfold in the worlds of science, technology and even Consciousness may be, these described changes unfold in the realm of the intellect, conceived, initiated and supported by the fashioners of form, men. Emotional sensibility and experience, domain of the undulating feminine field of physical and psychic life is needed, coupled with genuine access to the higher realms of Mind, not more information and technique. Before that, however, the feminine imperative demands we “feel” in order to know.