And If the Goddess Doesn’t Exist . . . .

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I’ll add this one point to yesterday’s post:

It was said of those who experienced the Eleusinian Mysteries that they no longer feared death. Plato said, “Our mysteries had a very real meaning . . . .” And Cicero said, “Nothing is higher than these mysteries . . . they have not only shown us how to live joyfully but they have taught us how to die with a better hope.” I am a Witch because I have direct experience of the mystery, the Goddesses, the conscious Planet, Her living rocks, and leaves, and waters, of what magic feels like when it flows up from the Earth, through my hands, into the world.

But my analytical side understands that most modern day psychologists would consider my beliefs a bit mad. Oh, not dangerous. “She’s apparently able to hold down a job, pay her bills, take her trash out on Mondays, drive on the right side of the street, pass for normal. But, still, kind of batty.” Maybe a chemical imbalance in the brain, an unresolved neurosis, early dementia.

The truth is that, even if the sane people were right and the planet were simply inert minerals, the Goddesses figments of a fevered imagination, and the mysteries no mystery at all, I would still live my life exactly the same. I would go on experiencing the mysteries, worshiping the Goddesses, doing magic to make the world a better place. Because that’s the only way that it all makes sense to me. Because that’s the only world in which I want to live.

So maybe that’s part of the reason why I can’t get too worked up over disputes over whether it’s real or theoretical Goddesses dancing on the head of a mushroom. In the end, I agree with J.D. Salinger:

“I was six when I saw that everything was God, and my hair stood up, and all,” Teddy said. “It was on a Sunday, I remember. My sister was a tiny child then, and she was drinking her milk, and all of a sudden I saw that she was God and the milk was God. I mean, all she was doing was pouring God into God, if you know what I mean.”

It’s all just Goddess pouring Goddess into Goddess. May it be so for you.

Picture found here.

6 responses to “And If the Goddess Doesn’t Exist . . . .

  1. Great post! I so agree with you, and it doesn’t matter, where I see all Goddesses as one Goddess, the Goddess of 10,000 Names, or have particular experiences of individual Goddesses. Thanks for also questioning aspects of Goddess worship/Paganism that are starting to resemble xtianity, and I love Christopher Penczak’s work. Mystery is so much more interesting to me than mere ‘faith’ or arguements around such. The Goddess(es) within and without are so much greater than our small minds can possibly imagine, up to and including the whole planet and beyond….

  2. I enjoyed this post so much! Happy summer’ ssolstice, Hecate, from a fond lurker.

  3. Maybe a chemical imbalance in the brain, an unresolved neurosis, early dementia.

    The truth is that, even if the sane people were right and the planet were simply inert minerals, the Goddesses figments of a fevered imagination, and the mysteries no mystery at all, I would still live my life exactly the same.

    And those folks are really no fun to be around. At all. In fact, my inner Heyokeh loves to throw them cross-disciplinary curveball every now and then.

    Like this:
    Read this first:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22996054#TWEET797641

    Then write a 500-word compare/contrast essay answering the following:
    How is the plant kingdom’s processes for harvesting photon energy from ‘superposition’ not unlike the information processing patterns exhibited by individuals whom left-brained linear reductionists regard, from an oppositional viewpoint, as “ADD”?

    Hint:
    “What you see here is this photon comes in, and it sees many energy pathways,” explained Prof van Hulst.

    “Where does it go? It goes to the one that’s most efficient, the one where this quantum effect tells you it has the highest probability (of being put to use),” he told BBC News.

    But the soft, flexible, warm conditions at room temperature mean that, as things move and jiggle – as life tends to do – that most efficient path can change. Remarkably, so did the evident path along the rings.

    “Nature is very robust at keeping this up no matter what happens – this for me is something shocking,” Prof van Hulst continued.

    [….]
    “The system is able to overcome this problem by sampling two or three of those pathways at the same time and simply use the one that is best – I think it’s very, very beautiful,” he told BBC News.

  4. Litha blessings – may the Mystery(ies) be with you and us all.

  5. May the Goddess, in your head or out, be with you always.

  6. And so it is for me.

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