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The Essence Of The Feminine

The origin of the feminine comes originally from the concept of the Great Mother, of venerating the Earth and the cycles within it. Just as our planet is cyclical, so are we. We are deeply connected to our cyclical nature and the Moon.
Everything in nature has a cycle, a life, a death, and a rebirth. All life emerges from it and is sustained by the nourishment it provides. Everything returns to it to change form.
Like the Great Mother, we are bearers of life. We give birth, nourish, and protect. I am not only referring to the creation of human life, but to all the gestations we undertake in our lives, such as projects, homes, and relationships.
For this reason, the feminine has always been honored and revered. And it is for this same reason that we must reclaim this consciousness, honor the feminine within ourselves, honor the feminine in our sisters, and honor the feminine in our brothers, who have also been subjected to the patriarchal system and silently suffer.
The true essence of the feminine cannot be confined by rules, statutes, or order. It is impermanent, intuitive, spontaneous, and authentic. It does not need to have control because it knows that control is illusory. The feminine does not move in linear time; it is present in an eternal moment where the past, present, and future converge.
We can stop identifying with the social patterns imposed by patriarchy. This system generates power dynamics based on hierarchy and teaches us that our worth as individuals is measured by our social status. It replaced the sacred vision of the Great Womb, creator of the Earth, with a toxic masculine perspective, initiating the exploitation of our beloved Mother. Our priestesses and goddesses were replaced by priests and Gods, engaged in war, fighting against each other, fierce, filled with vengeance, and based on beliefs rooted in feminine guilt. This led to the rise of the three major monotheistic religions, with a single male God as the giver of life and punishment, and women portrayed as seductive and dangerous, needing to be tamed. The sacred Virgin Mary was relegated to a secondary role in service of God and Jesus. We can clearly see two distinct archetypes of what a woman should and should not be.
The devaluation of women reached such a point that the book of Genesis tells the story of woman being created from man’s rib and being subjugated in the wrong garden. In this garden, man was allowed to be above all living creatures (speciesism), and he was forbidden from eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge (expansion of consciousness). It makes me wonder if they wanted us to remain ignorant for centuries. The symbol of the serpent, which had been seen for centuries as a symbol of regeneration and feminine power, started to be seen as something devilish, lustful, and evil. Women, who were already devoid of their own physical bodies, grew burdened with guilt for leading man into exile from Eden.
This was followed by a long history of exploitation and erasure of feminine power, closely tied to mass production and the acquisition of material goods. The objective has always been to increase production and subdue territories and the people who inhabit them. Over time, a woman’s body became territory that could be sexually exploited, and children carried their father’s last name to ensure its preservation in the next generation, while the mother’s last name was lost.

In the 1950s and 1960s, with the wave of psychedelia, the seeds were planted (seeds that are still alive today) for anti-war and feminist movements, as forms of oppression were questioned. In 1966, the largest feminist organization in the US was founded. Women joined the wave of social dissatisfaction that existed at that time, challenging the status quo.

Entheogenic experiences make the maintenance of rigid hierarchies unsustainable, and that represents a threat to patriarchy (McKenna and Hagerty 2007). Therefore, the work that patriarchy has carried out over the years to deal with this threat is to ensure that we believe that taking these substances is immoral and antisocial. The next major task that patriarchy has set out to accomplish is to eliminate our freedom of cognition, which is the individual’s freedom to control their own consciousness.

Reclaiming our freedoms is essential in order to have transformative entheogenic experiences, to heal, and to address the problems we face today at all levels of society. We have lost the true sense of community, the importance of relationships, in a system where we increasingly emphasize our individuality and isolate ourselves. We have neglected the heart in favor of living solely from the mind. And as a result, disconnected, we see the growing number of mental and physical illnesses.

But the entheogenic consciousness knows that healing lies in the collective because our individual psyche is a reflection of the collective psyche, and vice versa. The entheogenic consciousness knows that if one is healed, we all heal, and that our individual pains and traumas are the result of a collective crisis, and vice versa. The entheogenic consciousness brings us back to what is essential, to care, to love.

THE GREAT MOTHER

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