first stage of "our"* emancipation was our struggle to achieve equal rights. It
started with claiming the same intelligence, rationality, voting rights, job
opportunities, career and social improvement as men. Eventually, we would occupy equal
status and positions.
* I am deliberately
identifying myself with my feminine part - which I actually have experienced - here, in
order to be able to be as truthfully as possible. See: Threefold
Realization (My Woman Within)
For those who achieved it, the result was
disappointing.(Obviously, more so, for those who did not achieved it). What is the point
having a position in a highly male-dominated competitive society? Moreover -
despite all propganda of "unlimited opportunities" - to women the road to the
top proves to be actually blocked. So, some of us continued their quest for true
womanhood. They turned to neglected or suppressed parts of themselves. Investigating our
fears, inferiority complexes, denial of the body and sex, alienation from nature or the
earth, while trying to simultanuously overcome actual obstacles such as sexual oppression,
domestic violence and discrimination. This didn't prove to be easy though. Thrown upon
ourselves, we desperately searched for an opening to new territories. It came through
early writers like Mary Daly, Merlin Stone, Adrienne Rich, Marija Gimbutas and many
others, who started questioning male supremacy in religion and spirituality. It was the
beginning of the matriarchy and Goddess movement.
In the mean time, communication between groups on
various continents didn't go very smooth, though. In fact, there proved to be huge
differences between women in the US, who lived a life in luxery; the European women, who
were a lot more skeptical about the high flights of their American sisters and our sisters
of the Third World, who's interest primarily was (and is) survival of their communities.
Not surprisingly thus, that we had to face a second and even deeper disillusionment.
Sisters were not so bonding, committed, loving and caring for each other as previously
assumed. "Solidarity" became an empty word. Moreover, the majority of women had
not been reached (at all). The former continued to live a life of limited scope, dominated
by stress, fear, need of security and addiction to shopping and consumerism. So, has the
feminist experiment failed? Looking at the Third World one can decisively say NO to that
question. There is hardly a group in the world that struggles so heroically for
liberation, sustainability, justice and equal rights. What about the other two progressive
groups? The impression is, that those who have achieved status and position, have adjusted
very well to patriarchal society, while paying lipservice to their original ideals.*
* Not included those who - despite the defection
of their colleagues - continued to fight for their cause. We are happy to know those
women. They are really courageous sisters.
Isn't there another way out then? New openings always
come from those areas, that were hitherto neglected. It is the Reality of the Great
Mother, that is decisive here. Up till now we only re-connected to an image of
the "Divine Feminine"*. Actually, without really knowing about Her True Nature.
That all had changed recently, when She revealed HerSelf to the world. To those who used
to be identified to images and concepts only, it will come as a shock.
* In the Goddess/Wicca movements one
"creates her/his Goddesses/Gods according to one's own image". You identify
yourself with certain aspects of self, mostly those that are supportive, inspiring and
gratifying. It serves the purpose of strenghtening one's identity e.g. personal
empowerment. Understandbly (and necessary) considering the deep personal crisis we are in.
There is thus nothing wrong with it, as long as your realize that it is a role-play.
Authentic fulfillment comes with surrendering to the One Reality,
The Great Mother as Ultimate Reality proves to be a
Vacuum, indeed, Absolute Emptiness or Nothingness. Your first reaction might be:
"what is Her relationship to life?". We just have overcome the abstract or
transcendental male God-concepts, with its absolute gap between the Divine and the world.
Well, remind your own womb. Isn't that a dark empty cave? Precisely because it is empty,
it is able to nurture and give birth to life. Our womb reflecting the Cosmic Womb, isn't
that a miracle? Now, very often women claim the "MotherGoddess" as an
"archetype" with which they empower themselves. The need for identification -
realizing the millennia of oppression women had to endure - is, obviously very
understandable and justified. However, one would sometimes think, that She is women's
exclusive property. Sooner or later the question about REALITY has to be made, though. The
outcome will determine, if the revival of the Original Tradition will become a living
spirituality, or not. The REALITY of the Mother is All-Embracing, including the whole of
existence. By emptying HerSelf She is giving birth to both the Divine (Her Light Body) and
the universe (Her Material Body). This a.o. means, that the "God" of patriarchal
religion, instead of being the "creator" is Her Son.
What about the (many) Gods and Goddesses, object of
worship in many modern beliefs? The latter tend to despise the One Reality, in favor of
"polytheism". Well, nobody would deny that reality is an integrated Whole.
Existence consists of "unity in diversity". Unity is cosmic, while diversity is
a characteristic of the earthly reality (which includes our mind). In the course of
evolution the One Mother was subdivided in separate aspects or energy complexes,
representing parts of the Great Mother. The Mother is Emptiness containing all forms. So,
separate Goddesses and Gods originated. There is thus a fundamental distinction between
the Great Mother and the Goddesses. Goddesses are aspects of our soul
("archetypes") projected in concepts, imagery, dreams, ideas and symbols. They
are part of our "collective unconsciousness". They pop up in crucial stages of
life, inspiring, supporting and comforting us. Within is without (and vice versa). Parts
of the collective unconsciousness are corresponding with energy complexes in the outside -
celestial, natural or/and under - world. According to their inherent nature e.g. since
they are constructed according to our particular needs they change all the time. The
Mother and Her Goddesses thus belong to different planes of existence. Eventually, they
constitute an integrated Whole.
Through this new insight a new understanding about our
true womanhood emerges. Its secret lies in living in harmony with the Great Mother, and
through Her with all other dimensions. The former manifesting HerSelf as the Law of the
Universe, the dynamic equilibrium between death, rebirth and permanence (web of life). As
has been said in the Green Man section, men's mission* is to identify themselves with
"death and rebirth", while women's nature is a reflection of the cosmic web of
life. Indeed, in practice, aren't women* identifying themselves with the "substance
of life" in its broadest sense? They are masters in creating, maintaining and
promoting life in all its aspects.
* Obviously, acknowledging the fact, that
"gender" occupies a whole spectrum of roles: from very feminine women to very
male men, and everything in between. Additionally, both women and men have their inner
counterparts (animus and anima). Moreover, once having discovered your inner Self, your
true identity proves to be neutral, giving you the opportunity of playing with with your
gender, at will. Last but not least, you may discover your gay or lesbian nature.
In the past this was the reason, why women were pushed
back in their role as housewives. Obviously, we totally oppose any form of oppression in
this regard. On the contrary, our discovery opens a whole area of new opportunities. Here
the spiritual and the political come together. We consider the community as the foundation
of society. Not only as "habitat", but as "theater" of political
sovereignty. It is corresponding with ancient notions - beautifully described in the
Irish/British version of the Grail legend - in which The Eternal Feminine and the
"sovereignty of the land" are identical. A new role for women implies a totally
New World View with subsequent Transformation of Self and Society. In order to reclaim
power in society, personal empowerment is a condition sine qua non. The struggle is
worldwide. Countless women work on integrating their bodies, suppressed emotions,
sexuality and relationships. However, rarely it transcends the limits of individualism and
materialism. Every victim (of violence) is considered an "individual case", to
be met with "personal solutions". It is bringing water to the sea, though. Few
recognize the necessity of working on spiritual/cultural/social change, as well. In
patriarchy, women never will achieve wholeness! Hence, we have to change the underlying
paradigm of existence. It starts with opening up to "a feminine world view",
with the Great Mother as the Ultimate Reality. Surrendering to Her gives you all the
insights, love and strength you need for shaping a new reality. The second thing is to
reclaim sisterhood. Only deep solidarity with others (including affiliated men) will be
able to overcome the obstacles.
Women have done the ground work in initiating,
developing and expanding the pre-requisites for a humane, equal and just society. Their
spiritual approach is based on identification with "the Goddess within". By
imagining, dreaming, thinking, playing and acting they hope to achieve empowerment. Hence,
to women Goddesses are powerful tools to strengthen their identity. The danger though is,
that Divine Femininity becomes an idol "for women only". Excluding men would be
a very narrow sighted approach, indeed. Unfortunately, sometimes self-righteousness,
arrogance and even sexism (...) are not uncommon in certain womanist circles. The Great
Mother puts an end to this. As the Cosmic Womb She is All-Embracing, without exception.
Everything in the universe - "even men" - are equally included. This coincides
with the moment in time, in which the survival of the planet is at stake. Obviously, we
will only succeed in saving it when men will become partners.
In reclaiming our bodies, sexuality and relationships
based on equivalence, three developments can be distinguished. These development don't
need to be invented. You see them happening all over the Western world. First there is the
"hieros gamos" model. It can be understood as an upgrading of a deteriorating
monogamous marriage. If your marriage is about to fall apart you have two choices: divorce
or renewal. The latter includes going back to the Source - "dying to the old" -
while becoming reborn. Rather than the selfish ego, our New Selves become the foundation
of our new relationship(s). You become "god and goddess" to each other*.
Secondly, women increasingly are choosing the single parent role. However, in order to
survive, you cannot keep relying on social security, only (as is often the case). Neither
on your personal career. Sooner or later the existing economic system will collapse. We
therefore have to take all necessary precautions. Hence, you have to extend your new
awareness toward a new form of solidarity. You may find this in creating extended family
groups, centered around women and children with men as their friends, partners and
* It will be clear, that our practice totally
transcends the self-seeking degenerated Western "tantra" practice.
This is called the "Caribbean Model". Women
have to seek support, solidarity and cooperation with each other, creating new kinds of
"tribes". As "tribe mothers" they reclaim self-determination on all
basic areas of life. Moreover, the various boyfriends - since the children often have
different fathers - should become included. The boyfriends/ partners have to agree to form
an extended family, centered around one (or more) mother(s) and children. It is the
restoration of the archaic matriarchal (polyandrous) model. The advantages will be clear.
Since society is falling apart, the tribe is taking care of the security of mothers and
children, since the latter are the most vulnerable to violence. Men once again learn to be
solidary with each other, working together for a common goal, thus eliminating the
sickness of competition, rivalry and worse. Moreover, because they divide
responsibilities, the burden of monogamy, in which they have been degraded to working
slaves to their families will be taken from them.......
* Besides the existing practices in the
Caribbean, and in Asia among the Mosuo**, study women solidarity in medieval Ireland in
Lisa M. Bitel "Land of Women", 1996 Cornell University Press.
** A people with a largely matriarchal
structure. In HongKong, my Chinese wife MeiMei and I interviewed a man for several hours,
who lived with the Mosuo for four years. We have thus a pretty good impression of their
way of life (Apart from incredible valuable books - in Chinese - and DVD's we acquired
Considering the rapidly increasing infertility of men -
in some Western countries this has grown to more than 30% of the population - above
mentioned model isn't that excentric as it may first look. Monogamy will not be able to
produce (enough) children, anymore. Moreover, the underlying idea is, that in the (near)
future atomized relationships will be too vulnerable to violence from outside. That's why,
against the background of a degenerating society, new forms of cooperation have to be
PS. Unnecessary to say, that all those, who
despite the above described urgencies wish to stick to their existing models and practices
(f.i. because of religious belief) should keep their full freedom to do so. Aim is a free,
but solidary society. The third development is homosexuality. Since it has been fully
established (at least in the West) a few additional remarks will suffice. Just like the
"hieros gamos" (sacred marriage), upgrading the homo relationship by giving it a
spiritual foundation, could be desirable. It contributes to fulfillment, joy, solidarity
Our bankrupt society has had devastating consequences
for women, children, family and community life. Fifty years of feminism have resulted in
frustration and burn-out of those women, who tried to compete with men. A career with
equal opportunities has proven to be an illusion. In the mean time, the birth rate of
children goes dramatically down. Children who have been born are increasingly neglected.
In order to survive, the home has to be managed like a business. Relationships sour and
the divorce rate still goes up. Is this a result of feminism? Of a particular kind of
feminism, certainly. That kind, that promotes the competitiveness between men and women.
The kind that wanted "women to be like men". The kind of feminism, that had a
blind eye to the disastrous consequences of capitalism. The result: a rat-race that has
invaded the private sphere, with corresponding results. Feminism has chosen the wrong
direction. In fact, it has to become more radical: advocating women's interests,
originating from true feminine self-understanding. We believe, we have such a view. It is
related to a wider political concept, in which "society" is defined as the
self-sovereign community, rather than "a body" dominated by big business and the
state, only. We have to go back to basics - first healing the family - while subsequently
extending our abilities, e.g. responsibilities toward the community, reclaiming the latter
as our foundation of life.
Life-centered values should be in the hands of women.
They have the right to occupying power in those areas, in which they exercise
responsibilities. To us, this includes the family, the extended family and the whole of
community*. In the old times this was called "mother-right". In some parts of
the world, this already has become reality. To us the Self-sovereign Community is the
basis of social life (while the state is merely an administrative body). Decisions should
be taken by the democratically organized Community: the totality of individuals, families,
groups, streets, neighborhoods, communes, counties and commonwealth together. I call this
Community Democracy. Since women are the substance of life, representing the "living
body" of society, it follows, that as part of the (basic) democratic process,
electing women in highest functions should prevail, the latter taking care of all major
community processes: basic democracy, governance, health care, environmental protection,
finances etc.etc. Contrary to their recent disappointments with the rat race, exercising
multifunctional power in a Sovereign Community complies fully with women's aspirations and
* See our elaboration on Community Democracy in "Transformation Manifesto for the 21st Century". PS.
Women in patriarchal (top) power positions are a disaster, by definition. The combination
of an (underlying) inferiority complex, distortion of femininity and ambition often make
them more ruthless than men. Individual emancipation and striving for a new society, based
on feminine values, like sustainability, cooperation, wholeness, love, justice and peace,
should therefore go hand in hand. The succes of it can be observed in many "Third
World" countries (f.i. Ghana, Bangla Desh, India, Mexico) in which women are taking
the lead in community building, local democracy, education, health care, environmental
protection and (cooperative) businesses.
The Original Tradition gives every women the
opportunity to experiment with their new roles. Obviously, all achievements of above
mentioned "previous stages" will be at their disposal. In our Tradition women
and men cooperate as Wise Women and Green Men. The former in developing the
"animus", their male part, while the latter are invited to care about their
"anima" or female part, within. Both have the chance to work toward integration
and wholeness on all levels of existence. Guided by the Message of the Mother (Vision of the Grail): "Awaken!,
restructure your life and serve others". In these most critical of times, our
aim is the Transformation of Self and Society through healing of the 7
Major Distresses. It has led to our Healing
the Planet Initiative, consisting of A New Spirituality, A New Psychology, A
New Health Care, A New Tradition, A New Society, A New Economy and A New Earth. By joining
we will raise our spirit, strengthen our effort and warming our hearts to the benefit of
all beings. Wise Women and Green Men will cooperate together in all areas of life. It
is the beginning of A New Era. In case you would like to have an additional impression of
the teaching, please open MatriTalks.