'If myth is a storied way to feel out our place in the world, then we can grasp the significance of " Earthrise' by considering what it rode in on. The Environmental Movement, Ecopsychology, Systems Theory, the Internet that joins us across the globe, global structures of finance, the Goddess movement, the push toward sustainability, organic agriculture, Brian Swimme's inspiring cosmological reveries: these and other worldly-circling matters grew up in the light of Earthrise . This image did not "cause" these movements so much as announce them as they swarmed into collective consciousness.' (Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. Earthrise: A Mythic Image for Our Times.)
Images are not owned by any one religion or corporation. Symbols are universal and they come to us pure in our dreams and through synchronicities in our waking life, and through true myths, music, art and stories. Of course, patriarchy is very aware of how to use images to capture our attention, but they use it to lie, manipulate and control. When we look at an image and let it speak to us--just as we can let this image of Earthrise or that of the Woman clothed with the Sun speak to us--we really can arrive at the wise answer to any question.
If we want to evolve, we all have to undertake a Heroine's Journey. It is an inner journey that can free us from the patriarchal corsets and straightjackets we've been shaped by. And the gift we receive and the treasure we bring back will be the Wisdom of the World Soul--the wisdom to find solutions to the personal and collective crisis which face the world.
Some of those solutions involve the archetype of community. In patriarchy, community was usually centered around the tribe, the nation, the race, the gender, the religion, the army, the family. Usually it involved being separate from others, being special in some way, being chosen.
When we look at this image of Mother Earth and see that we are one world, opportunities for community expands. Our new communities are connected via the Internet--much like Indra's Net--where we connect with like-minded individuals around the world. These communities are based on common ideals, interests and beliefs and make no distinction between races, religious beliefs or genders.
There are other communities being formed, much like the communes of the 60s. Family now consists of close friends as well as blood relatives. People feel they are citizens of the world rather than just one country. Patriarchal religions are losing ground to spiritual communities comprised of Christians, Moslems, Jews, Pagans, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. Sports teams honor the player, not his or her race. In this new idea of community, no one needs to be the leader, because each of us can lead when our expertise is needed. This re-birthed archetype of community is all about equality.
Community gardens, business co-ops, and charter schools are just a few ways to be in community. People with common skills form guilds or unions. People with common ideals gather to stand up for what they believe in, such as the Occupy Movement. We still have spiritual communities, although these are different from the patriarchal monastery or convent. There is a common bond between the members of the armed forces just as there was with the ancient Irish warband called the Fianna; and of course, we have the image of the Knights of the Round Table.
look at this image of our one world, we can imagine a multitude of new ways to
be in community.
We are living in a time of choice. The Cosmic Story is supporting transformation and rebirth. Will we stand with the Earth, with the Anima Mundi and with our souls? Will we find new ways to be in community?
Perhaps we need to meditate on this picture of our Mother, the Earth and remember that we are indeed all connected.
Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!