What is balance and why is it important in our spiritual and daily lives?
According to some authors, several thousand years ago we worshipped the Goddesses and lived in a matriarchal-based world and not a patriarchal-based world. It has been hypothesized the great works written by women of the past had been systematically destroyed. These authors theorize that Alexander the Great destroyed all proof by burning many documents that were stored in the Library of Alexandria. The Library of Alexandria held over half a million documents from Assyria, Greece, Persia, Egypt, India and many other nations.
A couple of years ago, I read Serpent of Light: Beyond 2012 – The Movement of the Earth’s Kundalini and the Rise of the Female Light, 1949 to 2013 written by Drunvalo Melchizedek. The author explains that the Mayans are not predicting the end of the world at 2012, we are simply misinterpreting the predictions of the Mayans.
The author feels it is a shift in energy, a transition from the masculine energy to the feminine. As a result we are seeing more wars waged because of the shifting of this energy. The masculine energy does not want to relinquish its hold and the feminine wants to regain it. The transition will be completed at the end of 2012.
My father was raised as a Catholic and my mother was raised as a Lutheran. Both religions were extremely patriarchal years ago in the 1950’s when I was a child. The impression I formed through my Sunday school lessons was they worshipped a God who was judgmental, harsh, critical and condemning. Because Eve ate an apple, women were blamed for all the destruction in the world and every thing committed by men. Even at the age of thirteen I saw the flaw in these ideas/concepts and as a result I became more and more resentful at this attitude in and with structured religion.
I rebelled against this type of religion consisting of domineering men ready to rule women with an iron fist.
The more I listened to the sermons in church on Sunday, the less I accepted their way of thinking. Within the last few years there have been a few changes incorporating the acceptance of the feminine with a more positive aspect and a more loving gentle male God.
At fourteen, my grandmother, who lived alone, broke her hip. After she was discharged from the hospital I was sent to live with her. For me, it was a time of enlightenment, peace, joy, happiness and discovery. While baking, or preparing and eating dinner, we discussed many things. One of the main topics was how I felt about organized religion and the way women were treated within the church. I also discovered I was not an evil child possessed by the devil. I simply had psychic abilities like my beloved grandmother.
Years later my sister was given orders to serve at the army base at Ft. Campbell, U.S.A. Soon after, she became a member of a teaching coven. She called me and told me she had read some very interesting books and passed on the titles and authors. She would love to discuss the books with me after I read them. Sounded like a good plan to me! I had never heard of these books or recognized these authors. Little did I know she was introducing me to a spiritual path that not only included Goddesses but also honored them! For me, this is what was missing in the organized patriarchal religion of my parents. Goddesses! Balance with the feminine and masculine energies. It took me years to finally accept the God who worked with me and when I did, I realized I had made a transition from a patriarchal based spirituality to a matriarchal-based spirituality to a balanced-based spirituality.
If the theory “there is always turmoil during transition” is correct does this shows to us that there is always a state of constant upheaval, conflict or struggle when striving for balance? Sounds like our lives. There are twenty-four hours in a day. If we work too many hours we have few hours left to sleep, eat, or play with our families and friends. If we work too few hours we have very little income to afford the basics for survival. If we consume too little amount of food we starve and if we consume too much food we can become morbidly obese. If we give all our time or energy to others we have little to no time or energy left for ourselves.
“In order to give back to our relationships, careers, families, and passions, we must pull in for short moments to take care of ourselves…”
~ Chris Casson Madden
Eisler, R. The Chalice and the Blade
Stone, M. When God Was a Woman
http://ehistory.osu.edu/world/articles/articleview.cfm?aid=9 Who burned the library of Alexandria