Marc Chagall, Song of Songs II
The title today comes from The Song of Songs. I think these words are are a beautiful expression of the power and the essence of the sacred feminine.
I am still smitten by The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. It does not happen very often that you pick a book that expresses clearly and beautifully what you have been long suspecting, feeling and longing for. I could never aspire to write like this. His words are like notes played on the harp of my soul.
I am posting a few pearls I have gathered from the book. They are almost exact quotes; the order of sentences has been rearranged by me to form a patchwork of meaning. I have got a paper copy but I have seen that the book is available for download here for a small fee:
What follows does not contain any passages from the three appendices that are attached to the book. These attachments are quite amazing, especially the one devoted to Vaughan-Lee’s interpretation of Jung’s concept of anima. I might still post on them soon.
Here go the quotes:
- A world that is not connected to its soul cannot heal.
- The world Soul (anima mundi) is a living spiritual substance within us and around us. Just as the individual soul pervades the whole human being – our body, thoughts, and feelings – the nature of the World Soul is that it is present within everything. It pervades all of creation, and is a unifying principle within the world.
- The light we discover in our own depths is a spark of the World Soul, and the world needs this light to evolve. It is the light hidden in matter that will redeem the world.
- It is from the inner dimension of images and symbols that the soul is nourished. Recognizing and working with symbols requires an attitude of receptivity that allows the symbols to communicate in their own language.
- We look for rational answers to our problems rather than working with the divine that is our very core.
- The feminine is always attuned to the oneness, the interconnected wholeness of life. In the cells of her body she carries the light of the consciousness of oneness, a light that is not present in men’s bodies.
- Because our patriarchal culture has separated the spiritual and the physical, one of the first steps in healing the planet is to acknowledge the spiritual potential of matter, to align the world with its divine consciousness. Part of the patriarchal power drive has been to deny matter it magical nature; in this way men could gain power over matter.
- To fully encounter the divine feminine we must be prepared for her anger, for the pain that has come from her abuse.
- On the spiritual path, human beings often have to be healed first before they can develop spiritually.
- The moment of crisis is always a moment of potential. The gates of grace open in a way they were not open before. It is a strange thing: when human beings reach a real crisis, we are given a grace we are not otherwise given.
- Now it is time for the wisdom of the feminine to be combined with masculine consciousness, so that a new understanding of the wholeness of life can be used to help us to heal the world. This synergy of consciousness and matter is a gift of our future.
- At this time of transition the light of the soul of the world has a new vibration; it carries the consciousness of a new era.
I usually read a few books simultaneously and I still haven’t finished The Astrology of Fate by Liz Greene. I was quite amused when I discovered that in the chapter I am reading she is also writing about anima mundi; what is more, her take illuminates and clarifies the concept even further.
For Jung … symbolic products of the psyche hold the borderland between the … world of the archetypes and the daylight world of consciousness. These images are the ‘stuff’ in between, the anima mundi or soul of the world. They and their ground of psychic substance fall under the governorship of Hermes, lord of borders and roadways and crossroads, who in alchemy is called Mercurius.
… Anima mundi bears a strong relationship with the ‘objective psyche’ as Jung calls it, the indefinable world-stuff which stretches across the boundaries between psyche and body, between spirit and substance, which belongs to both and to neither, and which is accessible to us through the images of our dreams and fantasies. Work on this stuff in accordance with one’s natural pattern … and one builds the connecting link (or participates in a link which is already existent but unexperienced) between God and his creation, between Ideas and corporeal reality, between archetype and instinct, between freedom and fate.