Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Creation Story I can get behind!

"The Ancient Ones told humanity that it is our job to care for the animals and all the kingdoms of nature, the Grandmothers say. In the creation myths of the Grandmother's traditions, it is said that in the beginning, wisdom and knowledge were gained from the animals, that the Creator did not speak directly to humanity. He showed himself through the beasts. Through observing all the kingdoms of nature and the stars and the sun and the moon, humanity was to humbly learn how to live on this planet. Everything on Earth was created for a purpose. for every disease there was a cure in the plant kingdom, and every person was born with a mission, the Grandmothers say." (GRANDMOTHERS COUNSEL THE WORLD Women Elders Offer Their Vision For Our Planet; Carol Schaefer, pg 163)

The Creator, or rather Creatress as I prefer, was silent. She did not speak directly to humanity.

How different from the Biblical Creation Story where this Male God is doing a lot of talking. This God speaks and everything comes into being because he speaks it into being. Then he lays down the rules to humanity and ultimately he speaks the words that throw humanity out of the garden and into toil and trouble. But before he throws them out he gives the man "dominion" (power and control) over everything God Spoke into being.

How's that working out? I think it is not!

But in the Ancient Ones creation myths the One who is Creating does not speak to humanity, but expects that humanity will "learn" by watching, observing, participating with the rest of the Garden; particularly the animals. It is a gentle creation story, don't you think?

"The Creation story of Grandmother Agnes's people, which is similar to many other indigenous people's creations stories, states that the Creator created men and women to take care of His Creation, which was why He was giving them a brain and with that brain the power to reason. The Creator gave us our gifts to be a voice for the voiceless, Grandmother Agnes explains. Humans were told to use all the gifts of nature in moderation and to keep all things in balance." (pg 164)

But as we know this did not happen. Man uses his brain for power and control, destruction and war, hate and abuse. And the Earth is crying out for us to be Her Voice! The Animals are begging for us to be their Voice. The Water is drowning in Her own filth and needs the Voice that we were given.

We have forgotten to look for the lessons, to sit and watch animals who teach us how to live in community; how to only take that which is needed to survive on a daily basis. We are now lost. We no longer know and it is hurting us all!

The Shift is here. So many of us have rediscovered how to watch and learn; how to be silent; and most of all how to Speak for the Voiceless!

I prefer this Creation Story if there has to be one. Really, it doesn't make any difference how all this was Created, what makes a difference to me is that I leave where ever I walk better than how I found it. What makes a difference is how often I close my mouth and just watch and listen.

And you know what? The Goddess would create in this way; not the Male god of the Bible. The Goddess would create in Silence; would ask humanity to stop, look, listen and learn. The Goddess would ask us to Care For not Dominate animals, the winged ones, the one-legged, the two legged, the water ones and all else in the Garden. She would not set up a bunch of rules for humanity to go by and She certainly would not throw us out of Her beautiful garden.

So, there is much for us to do to change the narrative of the predominate patriarchal myths. May we all join our hearts and tell a new story! Blessed be. Oh and while you are at it; Grandmothers Counsel The World is a most satisfying and motivating read! Take the time to do so!

Aho and love!

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