In the western world we have been brought up to believe in a angry and uncaring God who judges and condemns us. Some people have attempted to get away from this Judeo-Christian God and try to see him as a loving God as portrayed by Jesus in the New Testament, but old habits die-hard. Even though many people try to see God as a loving God. We all live in a world of suffering and people unconsciously assume it is because we are "sinful" in the eyes of God and this is why he will not help us. Because for what other reason is there so much suffering in the world?
Atheists who use it to proof that God, does not exist support this argument. They pose the question, “If God loves us all, as stated by Jesus Christ, then why are we living in a world of suffering?” Which is a question Christian priests have no answer to. So it all suggests that either there isn't a God or that he is indifferent to our suffering.
In the Bible it states that; "God make us in his own image". If we are to think of a God who has the great intelligence and power to create the universe, then as we all are his creations we should all be perfect. Because a being with such power and intelligence should be able to make a perfect job in creating us. Yet I doubt if any person thinks that they are perfect and I also doubt if anyone thinks that we live in a perfect world.
The Bible gets around this paradox by saying that; we were led astray from this perfection by the Devil. Yet who is the Devil? The Bible says he is a fallen angel. Yet if God has created everything then it means he has created the Devil as well. Which again suggests this powerful being of unlimited power and intelligence seems to be incompetent.
So from our point of view we have a choice. We either believe in an imperfect God who it seems doesn't know what he is doing, and is willing to blame his own shortcoming on to us. To the degree of punishing us for his mistakes, or that we don't believe in a God at all. So that the universe and life appeared by accident, which suggests we live in a meaningless and pointless universe.
Which is a very depressing picture. It suggests there is no hope for us all and we are forced to live in this world of suffering forever with no redemption. Such beliefs will have a very negative effect on anyone who believes in them and so it is no wonder people look for happiness through money, power, sex, gambling drink and drugs.
What is the way out of these very negative beliefs? How can we give ourselves hope in a better life and future for us all? One way would be to believe in a loving father God as advocated by Jesus but the judgmental and punitive God of the Old Testament has contaminated this belief. Another answer is to change the sex of God so he is not a Father God but a Mother Goddess. The problem with the belief in a loving Creator or Creatix is why is He or She allowing us to live in a world of suffering. The answer is in the story of the Prodigal Son.
Anyone who has been brought up as a Christian should know the story of The Prodigal Son, which is a parable by Jesus. Briefly it is about a son who leaves his father to make his own way in the world. But leaving the security of his father everything starts to go wrong for him. He is robbed and cheated and soon finds himself living in desperate poverty. In the end he swallows his pride and goes back to his father and is greeted with kindness and consideration by the father and restored to this rightful place.
The meaning of this parable is that we all are prodigal sons and daughters. And the father in this story is the idea of the Loving Father God that Jesus unsuccessfully tried to promote or the Ancient Great Mother. The reason why Jesus was unsuccessful in promoting the Loving Father God image was because most men are not kind and loving of others. We see men who attack each other and go to war with each other. In fact a loving man is seen as something of a wimp. Which is the image Jesus has. People have preferred the image of the angry and dogmatic Old Testament God, because at least he is a “real man” with attitude. Not realising what this image does to the people and the society that believes in such a God.
As the Bible says we are created in our creator’s image and if we accept that, then the problems of the Great Mother is similar to that of a mortal mother. Any mother who has children comes up with a real dilemma, because she loves her children unconditionally she doesn't want to see her children hurt or suffer in any way. Yet she also knows that if she is to mollycoddle them too much and give them constant protection, they are unable to live lives of their own and learn how to look after themselves. So if she is a wise mother she learns to untie them from her apron strings and allow them the freedom to make their own mistakes. So mothering is a balancing act of giving her children freedom to learn for themselves. But not too much freedom so they will hurt themselves.
Likewise we all are the children of the Mother Goddess. She like a mortal Mother loves us all unconditionally. She doesn't want us to suffer yet also she wants to give us the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. This means she has given us a very vital gift of freewill. So that she will not interfere with anything we wish to do. Because she loves us all unconditionally she will love us no matter what we do. This is echoed in the words of Jesus when nailed to the cross he said: "Forgive them for they no not what they do". In the eyes of the Great Mother we are all still children, and the earth is our playground.
So if the Great Mother loves us all unconditionally why does she not interfere in the world? Why does she not come down to earth and guide us more directly to eliminate suffering from the world? The answer is in the Prodigal Son parable by Jesus. When children become teenagers they begin to rebel against their parents, they become "knowalls" and think they know better then their mother and father. And many of them leave their parents and go off on their own to live independent lives. This is what the whole of humanity has done, as we have a desire to be independent of our Mother Goddess. So we have turned our back on her to lead independent lives. Like a mortal parent she knows that she cannot interfere with this decision we have all made and has allowed us to go off to learn for ourselves. Yet also the story of the Prodigal Son also tells us that if we want to return to the Great Mother then we are all free to do so and we will be welcomed with open arms. So the question is, why are we not doing this?
The obvious answer would be pride. The teenage son or daughter doesn't want to go back to there parents and say: "I can't look after myself after all". But there is another reason for this, the way we see our creator has become extremely distorted. If we believe our creator is a angry and judgmental God or that God doesn't exist at all. Then we are not going to want to turn to someone who will condemn and punish us or we think doesn't exist at all. So how did it come about that we have distorted the image we have of our creator?
If we are to believe what we are told about in official history, then it seems that people in the past lived far more terrible lives than what we did. It seems that the further we go back in time the harder life was for all people. But is this true? I don't think anyone would argue with the fact that life was far harder in the medieval times than today. Yet would it also be true that if you go back further in time than the Middle Ages, would life get progressively worse for people? That is a debatable point, because the further we go back in history the less we understand what is really going on. But logic tells us that if we adopt the model of gradual evolution where everything has slowly got better for all people, then as we will go back to a time we will have conditions were so hard for people that humanity couldn't possibly survive. So we have to revise this model and see that history is about a series of highs and lows.
A low point would have been the Middle Ages and if we look at these times people then believed in the angry and judgmental God far more than they do today. The belief permeated the whole of society where people were genuinely frightened of God. Which created a very negative point of view because every disaster and misfortune was seen as a judgement against people, by an angry God. Though I am not an advocate of atheism. I have to say that the rise of atheism in the 19th century has created a far more humane society for us all. It seems that the belief that God does not exist is far better for us all that the very negative belief in an angry, judgmental and punitive God.
Another thing that patriarchal religions have taught is fatalism. That is to say our life is in the hands of God or fate and there is nothing we can do about this. So Christians have been taught that everything that happens is, “the will of God” while Moslems have been taught, “it is but the will of Allah”. Now there are some advantages in just accepting life as it is, but the problem is that is leaves an individual completely powerless. So if you have a fatalistic belief that we live in a world of suffering ruled by an uncaring God. Then the acceptance of this is means this come part of your reality. Any ruling elite likes to encourage fatalism because if the people are fatalistic then they are far easier to rule, because they will be more accepting of the corruption and incompetence of the leadership. Fatalism can only become positive if there is a positive belief that a loving and caring God or Goddess created us.
The general public only know of two beliefs on how the world was created. Either it was created by a God or was created by accident. There is a third possibility and we created it. Now a first sight this belief seems incredible because we as far as we are aware we haven’t got the power to create our world.
With the concept of a male God comes the belief that God is separated from us. With the concept of the Mother Goddess is the concept that we were born from the Great Mother so therefore we were once at One with Her. Then after we were born we became infant Gods and Goddesses. As such we all have to ability to create the world we live in, the problem is that being infants we don’t know yet how we do this. All of us are creating our world be most of us to it on the unconscious level. It is our unconscious thought, feelings and beliefs that create our world.
Conspiracy theorists have claimed that the world is rule by secret Occult groups like Freemasonry. Now although I don’t go along with the many weird ideas conspiracy theorist comes up with, in this, they may be correct. What ancient Shamans or Witches have discovered long ago was that we are all infant Gods and Goddesses in our own right, because we all have the ability to create our own reality both collectively and individuality. We do this through our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Now anyone learning this can do three things. -
1. They can tell the world about this and try and teach it to other people.
2. They may find it too difficult to convince others that we do create our own reality, but can use this power to help others.
3 They can simply use this knowledge to gain personal power and wealth.
At some point in the past groups of men came together and used this knowledge to become the rulers of our world. They created priesthoods and realised there was a big advantage in keeping this knowledge to themselves and keeping the ordinary people ignorant. In other words priesthood would work together to gain personal power for themselves in ruling a country or empire. Then would give out a form of religious teachings to the people that would keep them powerless.
Now the Ancient Greeks had a myth about a Golden Age that existed in their past. Yet the myth of the Golden age doesn't only come from Ancient Greece. Probably the most ancient religion that survives today is Taoism in China. Again this religion talks about a Golden age in the past. As explained repetitively in the Tao-Te-Ching by Lao Tzu written at about the third century BC Although the Tao-Te-Ching is considered to be the Taoist "Bible". Taoism is far older than its author Lao Tzu. It seems that he was the archivist in the Imperial Court, and would have had access to very ancient documents that were destroyed by later Emperors who wanted to destroy all ancient knowledge. So the Tao-Te-Ching is one of the few Chinese writings of that period to survive.
Yet as previously point out archaeologists have found proof that the Golden and Silver Ages did exist in Neolithic sites, and that this knowledge has been kept from the general public because of political reasons.
If we accept that there was a Golden age then why was it so much better than what come after it? The Tao-Te-Ching gives many reasons for this and why we declined from the Golden age.
Those of old who were competent
In ruling according to the Tao
Did not do it by enlightening the people
But by keeping the people unknowing.
The difficulty in leading the people
comes from their knowing too much.
Now this is a similar idea to the story of the Garden of Eden. Again Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat the fruit from "the tree of knowledge". In this story when they ate the fruit they realise they were naked. This suggests they had lost their innocents. Again this is in line with what the Ancient Greeks says about the Golden age in that the people of the Golden age were innocent.
So what is the problem with knowledge? There is nothing wrong with knowledge in itself but as the old saying goes; "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". When the people of the Golden age allowed themselves to be ruled and guided by the Mother Goddess through their instincts, then harmony was easy to achieve. Because all people were calling on the great wisdom of the Great Mother in everything they did.
As everyone believed in an All-powerful Great Mother who gave her children unconditional love then collectively everyone was creating this reality for themselves. Then some people began to realise that the Great Mother had given them the power to create their own reality. Now as both men and women were creating a reality of harmony anyway, this knowledge wasn’t much used to them. Until it seems this knowledge got into the hands of men who had very strong competitive instincts. These men then began to use this knowledge to gain personal power. By using this knowledge they gained power over other people and began to rule communities. Unfortunately although these men knew how to gain personal power they didn’t have much wisdom when they became rulers. This again is pointed out by the Tao-Te-Ching.
When a man is to take the world over and shape it
I see that he must be obliged to do it
For the world is a divine vessel:
It cannot be shaped;
He who shapes it damages it;
He who insist upon it loses it.
In other words by trying to improve the world we have only made it worse. The Great Mother would see this decline but wouldn't do anything to stop it because she can see the desire of her children to learn to be independent from her. From what we learn from the Ancient Greeks and the Tao-Te-Ching it seems that the decline was very slow.
In the Prodigal Son parable, when the son leaves his loving father he is soon robbed and cheated of his money by others. So who were these robbers? It seems they were and still our rulers and priests who robbed us of the contact, and therefore the great wisdom and abundance of the Great Mother. The priests become the mediators between the Great Mother and the people, but the priest made incompetent rulers. Bringing about a decline of human fortunes. The more they tried to put thing right the more mistakes they made. Leading us to a world of conflict, fear and suffering. To quote the Tao-Te-Ching again:
When the great Tao is lost, spring forth benevolence and righteousness
When wisdom and sagacity arise, there are great hypocrites.
When family relations are no longer harmonious, we have filial children and devoted parents.
When a nation is in confusion and disorder, patriots are recognised.
When Tao is, equilibrium is. When Tao is lost, out come all the differences of things.
As people began to learn through priests they began to doubt the wisdom they received from the Mother Goddess, simply because sometime the wisdom of the Great Mother is beyond our understanding and sometime doesn't make logical sense. Because of this doubt the priests realised they could use this doubt to receive for themselves power over others. The priests claim to have a better contact with the spirit world, God or Goddess than the average person. Even if the priest is completely honest the temptation to use his position as the spokesperson of the Great Mother or God for personal gain would of been very great. And off coarse those who where not honest would abused their position of trust to further their own ends. Unfortunately the advice of this priesthood was mostly for their own personal gain and wouldn't be anywhere as good as the great wisdom of The Great Mother. So when they the people came to the priesthood complaining that the advice given wasn't much help. Then the priests where forced to blame the Great Mother. Which priest do even today when they say; "The ways of God are very mysterious", when confronted by an unanswerable question.
So the image of the Great Mother became tarnished. She didn't seem to have the same wisdom she had in the past. So people began to pay less attention to her words as interpreted by the priesthood. This period was written about in the Tao-Te-Ching
He who knows does not speak;
He who speaks does not know.
He who is truthful is not Showy;
He who is showy is not truthful.
He who is virtuous does not dispute;
He who disputes is not virtuous;
He who is learned is not wise;
he who is wise is not learned.
Therefore the Sage does not display his own merits.
The first line of this chapter in the Tao-Te-Ching states: "He who knows does not speak." We have to ask why not? A clue to this reason can be seen in later lines: "He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous". It seems that in the time of Lao-Tzu if a person who is still in contact with the Great Mother and voices her wisdom, he is likely to be attacked by those who claim to know the wisdom of the Great Mother but only do it to gain personal power. In disputes the true sage would be at a disadvantage. He or she can only give the wisdom of the Great Mother but may not be able to say why the people should follow this teaching. Or if he or she knows why the people should follow the ways of the Mother Goddess they may have difficulty in explaining it, because political minded priests will now cloud the people’s perception. As Lao-Tzu points out, learned people are not wise because their wisdom comes from books or teachings of priests that came before them. So the teachings they learn would be very contaminated. Whereas the Sage will still be learning from his or her inner voice which is the voice of the Great Mother.
So as suggested by the Tao-Te-Ching those who only wanted power for themselves where able to influence people far more than those who still had a true contact with The Great Mother. And the contact with the Mother Goddess was slowly broken and replaced by the knowledge of the priests and rulers. By becoming in the eyes of the general population the mouthpiece of the Mother Goddess, they began to give her a very bad name as they more and more used her as a scapegoat for their mistakes. So the people began to reject the Great Mother and other Goddesses and Gods were created out of the imagination of the priests. Many ancient civilisations began to worship a large number of deities and the priest of the different Gods and Goddesses competed with each other for power over the people.
The priests then at one time must of realised that a God who could frighten the people gave them far more power. So Gods like Jehovah, Zeus, Thor and Rama began to appear. These were thunder Gods who will punish with a bolt of lighting anyone they were displeased with. This might of given great political power to the priests of these Gods but it was a disaster for the people. Because in believing is such punitive Gods, the people collectively created a very negative world of fear, hatred and suffering. Later on spiritual teachers like Jesus and Buddha tried to counter this trend. Jesus putting forward the idea of a loving Father God, while Buddha taught people how to contact the Great Mother through meditation. Yet these teachers became Gods themselves after they died, and there teaching soon becomes distorted to suit the needs of power hungry priests.
So what has the Great Mother been doing as we collectively broken all contact off from her? It would be untrue to say the link has been totally cut off, and where she could influence us for the better, she did so. To the degree that we have moved from a very negative period in the Middle Ages where people really believed that they were created by a uncaring, angry and judgmental God. To now where people don't believe in a God at all or they are starting to believe in the caring God as promoted by Jesus.
So what is the next step? What would happen to us all if we started to believe in the Great Mother who loves us all unconditionally and will gives us everything that will bring us joy and happiness? The problem that most people will have with this is that it sounds far too good to be true. But unfortunately because of this belief the Mother Goddess cannot give us what we want, because it is we who create our reality through our beliefs.
The Great Mother has given us all the power to create the life and world we want to create. And we create our personal life and collectively create our world by the way we think and feel. So if we believe that a utopia where everyone is happy is impossible, then that becomes true, because that is what we believe. We have all become prisoners of our past and history. When we look back in our history all we read about is wars and conflict so we assume this way of behaving will continue because it is "human nature". Yet as we have said there is some proof from the excavation of the Neolithic that there was in pre-historic times a Golden age. So why can we not do the same today?
As I have previously pointed out the Great Mother has given us free will. But she has given us more than this she has given us god-like power to create what ever we want in our lives. Unfortunately we are still children. We have the power, but do not yet have the knowledge and experience to use this power. It is like someone giving us a high-powered sports car without telling us how to drive it. So with experimenting we might learn how to start the engine, then we then might try and drive it. But without the knowledge and experience of driving it, we are more than likely to crash the car.
Before we are allowed to drive a car we go to a driving instructor to learn how to drive it. The same is true with life, the Great Mother is always there to help and guide us. Unfortunately we then began to listen to political minded priests and we have lost contact with the Mother Goddess. So she is now only a "small voice" which most of us choose to ignore. It has become very difficult for her to contact us though the distortions of religious and atheists dogma, to the degree that many priests have claimed the small voice within us is the voice of the Devil or evil spirits. To some degree we need to be wary of this small voice as religious nutters have killed people and claimed it was the “voice of god” that told them to do it. This is why we have to understand that the small voice only comes from the Great Mother who loves us, and everyone on this Earth, unconditionally. So any voice in our head that advocates hurting or harming others, or ourselves is clearly not the small voice of the Great Mother.
We can only get into contact with the Great Mother by clearing away these distortions, this can only be done by affirming a few basic truths about the Mother Goddess. It was possible for the Prodigal Son to return to his loving father because he had the memory of what life was like before he went off on his own. We unfortunately do not have that memory. As far as we know in the whole of recorded history we have always lived a life on conflict and suffering. So it requires us to listen to the small voice of the Great Mother even though it seems to contradict everything we have been taught about our world. We have to listen to her when she tells us that a world of love and harmony is really possible. Even though this contradicts everything we have be taught. This means we have to affirm to ourselves a few basic truths about the Great Mother.
1. The Great Mother loves us all unconditionally, because we ALL are Her children. So in no way will She judge, condemn or punish us.
2. The world of the Great Mother is a world of Love and Harmony. The world of conflict, fear, hatred and chaos was created by us. Not because we are bad or evil but because we are children and as such, "we know not what we do".
3. The Great Mother is all powerful, because She is the One, She is everything there is. She has given us the gift of freewill and will never interfere is our lives. Therefore She will only help and guide us if we give Her permission to do this.
4. The Great Mother will always be there for us and give us what help, if we allow Her. Unfortunately if we believe in a judgmental avenging god or in no god at all, that is the reality we have created and She cannot go against what we have chosen to believe.
So therefore if we can go throughout our live reminding ourselves the Great Mother is all Powerful because She is the One. That She loves us all unconditionally because we are Her children. That we in truth live in a caring world of love and harmony. Because this is the world created by the Great Mother. The world of fear and chaos, then becomes an illusion created by us all collectively.