Hieros Gamos

GoddessHello. It’s been some time since my last post – for many reasons, one of which I’d like to share with you. I’ve been producing a video performance of a poem that I wrote in late 2010. It’s entitled “HIeros Gamos: A Divine Plea for Humanity, the Living Earth, & All Her Creatures.” The poem emerged from an inner process that explored my experience of growing up female in a world that didn’t honor the divine feminine as an aspect of creation, (i.e. mainstream Lutheranism in the 60s and 70s.) Much to my surprise, this poem  came through in the perspective of the Goddess (as filtered through me.) It begins with an historical denouncement of the Old Testament God, but ends as a cosmic poem of love to the divine male force within all of us. It is, ultimately, a plea for the hieros gamos or inner sacred marriage, a spiritual alchemy that I believe can heal humanity’s collective wound that venerates “male” above “female” in all its guises and that is fast bringing about the ultimate drama – an inhospitable planet. Continue reading

Scientific Evidence for Generational Wounds

Virginia

My Maternal Grandmother

A Discover Magazine article caught my attention this week. It’s entitled “Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes” by Dan Hurly (July/Aug 2013.) Despite certain journalistic shortcomings, (an unclear chronology of events and some unchecked androcentrism,) I found the article noteworthy and thought you might too, for it cites experimental evidence that emotional wounds can be passed down for generations.

For many, the reality of generational wounding is clearly observable and experientially obvious. We internalize our parent’s wounds and also form identities in relation to their wounds, and they did the same with their parents, and so on. For some, however, proof of generational wounding is an epiphany, which means it has the potential, if it becomes common knowledge, to contribute to the emergence of a more conscious, compassionate humanity. Continue reading