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A Shrew is any person who honors the Female Principle. I describe a Shrew as having these qualities:
Openness as a condition toward wholeness
These qualities are expressions of controlled chaos which feminine energy must display in order to be a true Feminist. A Shrew will never humiliate or degrade male energy because to do so would disregard the importance of this balancing energy which in essence is order.
Now more than ever we need the Female Principle identified and honored for what it is, a balancing affect on the “Resistance Movement”.
Balance is implicit in the experience of wholeness for humans. There can be no doubt that male and female are identifiable characteristics for the basis of scientific theory in much of nature. However, science does also identify crucial differences in the natural order of procreation and therefor must consider these differences when recording data for more theoretical analysis. For instance it is a fact that approximately one out of every 2000 human babies are born with ambiguous genitalia. This ambiguity has many variations (visit childrenshospital.org for more information), and I would imagine that each of these babies have incredible challenges ahead in a society.
Beyond science, we humans need a connection to concepts of the human spiritual plain in order to inform us about our deepest desires and higher aspirations…These desires and aspirations are not found in science and therefor we humans must relay them and relate to them through a more metaphysical means. I think a good statement to reflect this is, “Somebody has a plan for you.” I would like to show how this statement can be applied to the 3 core realms of consciousness:
1. State: The United States is currently experiencing a shift in cultural belief systems. No where is this more obvious than with the almost weekly coalition of demonstrators. We might notice that these demonstrations accrue as we get closer to elections. For the most part these demonstrations claim to be representative of a majority of “the people”, however I would classify them simply as public lobbyists – influencers who appeal to the media for attention rather than serve as individuals among a diverse group of thinkers perhaps on a civic board or commission. Personally, I serve on two boards and one commission and I find it to be very rewarding volunteer service in my community.
Singularly focused social action demonstrations are driven by outside agitators who envision a Utopia…”Somebody has a plan for you” in this sense means that the State (or governing authority) should be in charge of organizing all aspects of your life so that you will never want for anything. Balance is not achievable because it is slanted only toward State action.
2. Self: This word is very tricky to understand because what we are really involved with here is the ego. Ego pays little attention to community or spirit. “Somebody has a plan for you” becomes “You have a plan for you” and the ego is driven toward that end. Confusion and indecision of your plan can cause tremendous anxiety and/or anguish. Living your personal “truth” is wrapped up with your desires and you believe that no one else in your life can ever know what you are going through. Balance is not achievable because it is focused only toward the one individual.
3. Creation: This is the Devine nature of being. It has no ego and cannot be forced into anything except it’s authentic self. I can experience this authenticity when I paint a picture or design and sew a wedding dress.
Most religions exist because they attempt to piece together an experience to help the human translate what or who the Creator is. In this “piecing together experience” a doctrine is formed in order to allow the ego a way to transform into its authenticity and reach a spiritual plain. The “Somebody has a plan for you” becomes “God has a plan for you” in which God is understood as the Devine or the Creator. In the United States the government has no influence on a religion except where secular laws may be concerned, and a religion has no influence on the government except for how an individual applies a faith based or goodwill approach to government policy and law. Balance is achieved because our Constitution’s Framers were mindful of this necessary inclination toward the Devine.
The Shrew Blog tries to maintain a perspective of balance as it considers the finer implications of social, cultural and theological influences in the U.S. Balance cannot exist without considering the polar opposite acceptance of the Male Principle (Order) since The Shrew admittedly understands more precisely the Female Principle (Chaos). It is my belief that the “Resistance Movement” is based on the Male Principle only because it chooses to use the State as a tyrannical keeper of order (in other words Socialism). The feminist “mask” is pushing for this order too because at its foundation is their equality with men which is far from being a balanced approach. To further complicate matters, the “Resistance Movement” has played on fears of racism, sexism and bias which are connected to the ego of individuals…Just witness how expertly maneuvered the resistance equation is: Complain, impose, blame => Socialist dominance by the few. And what is being resisted? Constitutional Liberty for the whole.
Now more than ever we need the Female Principle identified and honored for what it is, a balancing affect on the “Resistance Movement”.
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Is modern feminism the woman’s declaration of “Pay Attention To Your Being”?
In my quest for a greater understanding of spiritual truths I do much reading and occasionally explore other blogs that might offer some potential wisdom concerning topics of spirituality and religion. As a third generation Unitarian (currently known as Unitarian Universalism) my religion calls me to explore all religious truths in a responsible manner to guide me toward an authentic spiritual journey that brings my life meaning and informs my actions to do good works. As Jordan B. Peterson relates in his new book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos:
Meaning signifies that you are in the right place, at the right time, properly balanced between order and chaos, where everything lines up as best it can at that moment…the place you live when you are guided by Love and speaking Truth and when nothing you want or could possibly want takes any precedence over precisely that.
One blog that I have been visiting for spiritual insight seems to be heavily focused on the man’s perspective of feminism as it relates to U.S. culture and the Christian religion. The blogger pulls passages from news articles and Christian writers to critique them for feminist bias. As one can imagine, these critiques when set against the highly antagonistic idea of “modern feminism” makes for a great number of comments from men in general and Christian men specifically. The blogger does state on his home page that comments are to be made by men only so as not to derail the male perspective. Comments from women are acceptable once the conversation thread has run on for a time. The comments can range from hitting hard against the author of the article or book being critiqued to getting down right nasty about the women who are in these articles or books as examples of an experience.
I chose to comment on one blog post by relating my own experience in relation to the current Christian authored article that the blogger was critiquing. My comment brought a flurry of new comments by men as being a woman with no authority to give a spiritual opinion on matters strictly left up to men only. I did not mind this “bashing” because it only stirred my need to understand their resistance. I was subsequently “put in my place” with quotes from Bible scripture. Ah Ha!! I can now apply my own insight on my blog about where I believe Christian men go wrong when they take a literal hard line on what a woman’s place aught to be in orthodox Christian teachings…Perhaps “feminism” is a symptom to their issues?
To give you some context, I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter and I currently work as a self employed seamstress helping women with their bridal gowns. I have a lot of confidence in my work and this helps the 120+ anxious brides that I see each year as they attempt to put on a ceremony and celebration of one of the most import days of their life. I would have to say that at least 80% of these ceremonies are performed with a Christian perspective even though churches are being used less often as the ceremonial venue. The dress and the vows hold a very significant place of importance with all of these women. I find that the modern bride is less concerned with the traditions of this celebration and more concerned with how marriage will transform her in the process. Many times I will see the bride a few years later (sometimes with a baby in tow) needing help with her bridesmaid gown for a friend’s wedding. They seem more beautiful to me than when I first meet them…Their sense of self and the transition to motherhood seem to have cast a special glow around them!
I believe that most husbands see this glow in their wives. I would venture to say that this may have a humbling effect on the man, after all he can never honestly know the pain and sacrifice of his wife.
Back to the blog posts that I mentioned earlier…”My comment brought a flurry of new comments by men as being a woman with no authority to give a spiritual opinion on matters strictly left up to men only.” A commenter named Luke who, I assume, is a devote Christian gave me several verses from scripture to substantiate his premises about women in relation to Christian teaching:
1 Timothy 2:11 – 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
Here is my response…Woman was first to bite the apple from the tree of knowledge which allowed her to become like God, knowledgeable about good and evil. Man took the bite next (also allowing him this knowledge) which left him vulnerable and in the position to forever make up for this transgression to God because man was made first. From this point forward women would forever bear the pain to bring forth life and both men and women would suffer through life until death (giving up immortality). For a woman to be quiet means that she, as a woman, has the deeper understanding of life’s meaning because of her physical pain and her ability to bear children. Her authority is to teach this understanding to her children. She should not be a “mother” to the man in his adulthood. This is very important!
1 Corinthians 14:34 – 35 …the woman should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is any desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
Here is my response…Submission in this context places the burden upon the man to get closer to Christ, atoning the man’s sin for trying to be as God because man was not given pain of childbirth which clearly has made women more submissive in its own right (Law of nature). Submission is not to the husband, rather submission is to the husband’s burden of his spiritual domain. She was given time to teach her children, but to teach a man in church or otherwise is to thwart the man’s responsibility to himself and to God. At “home” gives the couple the privacy for her to confront the man’s perceived inability to be a “man” in the eyes of God.
1 Corinthians 11:1 – 34 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ…maintain the traditions…the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
My response…These passages refer to a linear system. Consider my following graphic:
Notice that the woman is at the center. She is “Transformational Suffering” which is her life cycle; birth, child, child bearer, nurturer, crone, death. Her life is dedicated to life itself. From her come the children who test authority and require guidance from a physical presence. Their concept of God is inadequate until maturation. The boy and the girl are the metaphysical order and chaos as noted in Peterson’s quote.
The man is closer to the Church (the physical good) and to Christ (the metaphysical good). Man is “Physical Good Works” which is his dedication to the “Church” because his life cycle is less transformative; birth, child, laborer, death. Through his good works with the “Church” he submits to Christ and becomes closer to God. He is a role model to his family.
Both man and woman submit to Christ (the metaphysical good). Neither speaks for the other. Both maintain traditions for their family, however these traditions are in reality values of good works that the community also must emulate. With shared values comes meaning for living. And therefore this meaning is ultimately inspired by Christ (metaphysical good).
1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives.
My response…This passage affirms that wives should not act as a mother to their husbands. A woman’s understanding of spirituality (the word) is always much deeper than a man’s because her suffering is greater. This suffering begets nurturing. Hense the next piece of scripture that Luke identified:
1 Ephesians 5:22 – 33 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…
My response…This linear progression is clear. A man must understand his spiritual burden before he considers taking a wife. A woman must understand the importance of her transformative Nature and its strength as nurturer before she becomes a wife and mother. The husband’s role as father and spiritual Being brings meaning to the family unit and strengthens the community. I will add another piece of scripture: John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth and the life.
Our Judeo-Christen founding as a nation is central to our strength as a people (the “way”). If we see that our U.S. culture is breaking down around us, we need only look at the push to secularize our Being. Women are not doing this on their own. So many men have given up on their role as laborer and maintainer of spiritual good works in the community. When women become the laborer as well as the nurturer they tip the balance of spiritual strength in their favor and take the “moral” lead. The classroom is then the nurturer, but without the spiritual “lingo”. And meaning is a concept remaining out of a child’s grasp unless he or she is fortunate enough to have spiritual guidance at home. I believe that modern feminism is simply the woman’s declaration to men and women of “Pay attention to your Being”. This is also the call of the women’s marches and the “Me Too” movement.
How are you paying attention to your Being? Read my past blogs about “Archetypes of the Human Spirit” for some possible insight.
Archetypes of the Human Spirit (Story Analysis)
Archetype #7 – The Forest
“As the forest matures with nature’s care so, too, does the soul.”
The Forest represents fertility, life, renewal and the spiritual aspects of your Self. Your thoughts and emotions take root in the fertile soil and give life to your soul’s essence. Only you can attest to the care that is taken with your soul. Your secrets define your emerging authenticity. Forgiving yourself as well as forgiving others who do not know you as you know yourself are measures of maturation. Notice that this archetype aligns with the Female Principle (refer to post, “The Shrew View”, November 3, 2017).
- Do you take time to honestly know yourself?
- Could a walk along a familiar wooded path bring you the contemplation your soul deserves? Why does your soul deserve this activity?
Archetype #8 – The Dragons
“Dragons reveal an intensity of character that cannot be denied”
Dragons are intense aberrations. These are deviations from maturity. I name one dragon Ignorance to reference all that you probably still have yet to know and learn about yourself and about other human beings. I name the second dragon Insecurity to reference all the human beings and material things that you believe you need in your physical life, however this “need” is in actuality a deep want for self recognition but only in the physical realm. Know these dragons well because if you ignore them, their intensity lashes out in behaviors you may not expect of yourself.
- Can you identify your dragons when they appear? What behaviors do they bring out of you?
- Why do you think your dragons have a relationship with the people and things in your physical life? Can you identify these relationships? Are the behaviors relating to these relationships worth the energy that is given to them?
Archetype #9 – Tongues
“Criticism must be heard intelligently”
Tongues represent criticism, either told to you about you or directed at you from yourself. If you haven’t taken the time to nurture your soul then you will not be able to identify weather criticism is valid. If the criticism is valid, how do you then apply that that criticism toward self improvement? Notice that these tongues are of the dragons and are intertwined.
- Is all criticism bad? If it is, then how can you turn the information into constructive criticism?
- Because these tongues come from dragons, does the criticism also apply to the relationships in your life? How?
**Next up…The conclusion of “Archetypes of the Human Spirit”
Archetypes of the Human Spirit (Story analysis)
Archetype #2; Three Anchient Pillars
“Three anchient pillars remain steadfast and sure as if they contain the wisdom of all generations”
This archetype represents support. As we know, it takes at least three legs to support a stool or a table. Think of the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) or the great triangular pyramids that symbolize the integration of self and soul. Three represents the physical nature that is heaven, earth and waters as well as The Triad of beginning, middle and end. All of these are measures of maturity.
Inside this strength formation is light that is reaching toward infinity. This is the great power of your Self which has no limits unless it is burdened by your own judgements as represented by the clouds. The clouds that cut across the pillars form the shape of a cross or dagger representing bravery.
There is a road leaving and a road returning. This is the metaphysical path of the hero’s journey. It is not enough to be born into existence, you must be “born again” to self actualization…A Femal Priciple of transformation.
- What or who is part of your spiritual support system?
- Where are you in the story of your Self?
- What limits do you place on your own power of self discovery?
- Are you brave enough to take this hero journey?
Archetypes of the Human Spirit
“Humans have been literally torturing each other for centuries as they grope toward a chalice of fulfillment.” The Shrew
How do we teach each other about each other?
Our individual experiences help to shape what we believe to be true about ourselves and about each other. Consequently, an individual is easily given to influences. Those persons, or “influencers”, around an individual can be mistaken as the mold for that individual, and when this happens the individual is no longer that unique creature of his or her life and liberty. Therefore, we each bear the responsibility to seek a greater awareness of our unique purpose also known as our pursuit of happiness.
These are not new concepts. Humans have been literally torturing each other for centuries as they grope toward a chalice of fulfillment. In the United States we have the best chance of attaining individual freedom based on actual resources of shared opportunities. I believe this is where we are today. It is most interestingly evidenced by the women in our U.S. Culture, and the influence here is what I call the Female Principle (FP). Those who embody the FP are know as a Shrew.
In my first blog post (The Shrew View, Nov. 3, 2017) I describe the Shrew as having these qualities:
- Emotional maturity
- Openness as a condition toward wholeness
My story, Archetypes of the Human Spirit, recounts the metaphysical steps toward individual happiness. It is a forward driven motion of heroic proportion that when actualized on an individual level can reveal the promise of what our “Creator” intended for his or her human creature. The following analysis provides a deeper understanding of this story for the purpose of finding the happiness we all desire…
Archetype #1; Light and Dark
“Your light of truth will evolve as you leave the storm of darkness”
I depicted this Archetype in two ways:
- A vast dark area with a bright spot in the shape of a triangle pointed downward.
- A combination of two fetuses with a separation between them.
The fetuses represent the individual in a conflict of duality and with a separation that acts as the “waste” depository for unnecessary emotional baggage.
- What does conflict mean to you?
- What is your unnecessary emotional baggage?
The triangle of light represents the exit from the womb of darkness and dependency.
- Can you think of religions or myths that rely on these Archetypes? There are many, and this is just the beginning (Genesis!).
- Can we consider this a Female Principle?
Next, I will reveal the Archetype of the number 3…
Fields of Blood…
In this first installment of Shrew University, I would like to challenge you to read the non-fiction book, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence By Karen Armstrong.
In this anthology of humanity’s struggle with spiritual vs. animal instinct I give Ms. Armstrong much credit for her research and cohesive presentation, however I do believe she is reaching at times in order to present a picture of what Utopianism could be as opposed to what reality actually presents.
I have begun to question why a group like Isis (or ISIL if you wish) has sprung up from what seemed like nowhere! Sure you have your Taliban and your Hamas with their hate-filled demands and their suicide bombers, but this latest group of terrorists knows no bounds; they bring their social media propaganda directly to us from their desert! And where is the religion? I am here to tell you that there isn’t any…
Islam in this manner is simply the next form of political control. When a group forms, or a “State” in this case, it needs rules and laws and a point person. The point person is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Caliph Ibrahim and the rules and laws are the Caliphate. ISIL is out to control the world…No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Armstrong’s book always has a leader who is central to the conflict. She argues that it really is not religion that is to blame for the warring but rather secular motivations most times brought on by greed. I think this is pretty safe to assume since to truly practice a religion requires one to humble themselves before their creator and uphold life; think “The Golden Rule”…All religions have this aspect to them. If Islam is trying to form a “State”, then the religion of Islam is not being practiced as proved by their terrorist actions. This is certainly not Utopia! ISIL is trying to stream-line (as in secularize) Islam for the greedy motivation of universal control. It is an invasive seed choking out the roots that uphold “natural” rights (read my Shrew View 11/3/17).
Natural rights are equal to rights of human liberty and the individual’s direct relationship with their Creator. ISIL is in direct conflict with this idea. As rational beings, we must challenge any state or religion that puts women in a subservient position to men. Why does Isis hate Chritianity so much? Consider the parable of the leaven which is directly after the parable of the mustard seed (out of a small concept sprouts a transformative belief available to everyone). In the Gospel of Luke Jesus said:
“To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in 3 measures of flour until it was a leavened.”
Leaven means to transform something for the better. Women own this central idea as the Female Priciple. Jesus knew this and developed this idea from his Jewish roots.
Next up…Shrewd Awakenings
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