We have entered into a time of great uncertainty. The destruction that we've wreaked on our global habitat is catching up with us. We're seeing uncontrollable wildfires and shifting weather patterns. Just as we thought the pandemic was over, we're experiencing a resurgence.
Where do we turn in the darkness for direction, strength and support?
We turn to those who can teach us about death and destruction, which are the oft-ignored parts of the life cycle. We turn to those who can help us find those aspects of ourselves that we've shoved into dark corners, and reclaim the balance that has been lacking in our lives.
Western society has embraced a path of ascension - of denying of the body and the planet, of identification with a male deity who can help us to rise above our human struggles and experience a state of oneness.
The path that was largely paved over to help us ascend to the heights is the Descent to the Goddess. The Goddess inhabits the realm of the body-soul, nefesh in Hebrew. She teaches us to value our own physicality and sensuality, and by extension that of the Earth. She teaches us to embrace our inner wildness, and to revere all of her wild beings: animal, plant, fungi, and the elements.
A great purge of the Goddess began over 6000 years ago, and continued throughout the planet. In the Near East, the Ancient Hebrews cut down the Asherah, the Tree Goddess - also known as the Tree of Life. This act of destruction was meant to show loyalty to the One jealous deity (who is supposed to be beyond gender but is personified primarily as male). And yet, the Kabbalists (Jewish mystics) continue to perceive this world as broken due to the exile of the divine feminine from the divine masculine.
It is we who have created this world of narcissism and darkness by cutting down sacred trees - every tree is a sacred tree - and by denying our wildness, our darkness, and the feminine nature of divinity. It is we who have exiled the Goddess, to the detriment of ourselves and this beautiful Earth.
It is time for us to return to the balance of light and dark demonstrated to us by the moon. To acknowledge our own cyclical nature. Connect to our physicality and untamed nature. Re-grounding ourselves in the wilderness of this planet and the divine creatures who inhabit it.
If you have been on a spiritual path and are looking for the next step in your progress...
If you are willing to join an open-hearted virtual community with your own heart wide open...
If you are looking to reclaim the untapped power within you by enhancing your connection to your soul and the soul of this wild planet...
If you are ready to welcome the wisdom of the being who can guide us through this darkness...
Then join us.
The Virtual Apprenticeship in Hebrew Shamanism launches on October 17, and continues for 10 two-hour sessions, approximately every other week, from 1-3pm ET.