I have spent the last fifteen years looking through the annuals of history. I discovered that the ancient cultures honored the two spiritual energies as the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine. They were well aware that spiritual development required the balancing of the masculine and feminine energies. The ancients considered the gender of the body as the determining factor in choosing a spiritual path. They believed that the male body was naturally endowed with Divine Masculine energy and the female body was naturally endowed with Divine Feminine energy. As a result, males were automatically assigned the path that raised the Divine Feminine and females were automatically assigned the path that brought down the Divine Masculine.
I found that the landscape of spirituality was forever changed when Zoroaster put forth his theology. Zoroaster proclaimed that the Divine Masculine energy was all good and the Divine Feminine energy was all bad. He was also the first to use the metaphor of war to describe the transformational process. The apocalyptic battle between the sons of Light and the sons of Darkness was born. This philosophy was carried throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The patriarchal revolution, which meant that the only way to spiritual attainment was to kill the ego, was born. From that point on, only the path that raised the Divine Feminine was honored as holy. Since women, for the most part, were unable to endure the initiation of the Divine Feminine, they were eventually banned from initiatory rites and spiritual leadership.
As time when by, the idea that there were two energies, that give rise to two completely different ways to spiritual development, was buried and eventually lost. It is only in recent times that Carl Jung brought back the philosophy that the inner being contains both the animus (male) and the anima (female). Jung’s philosophy resurrected the two elements and he fully defined the death of the ego as uniting with the feminine qualities that were latent within each man. The ancients called this process, “The Way of the King.” While he did understand that women needed to unite with their animus, Jung never fully defined that process. Jung’s protégée, Joseph Campbell, spent many years studying mythology from around the globe. He too realized that there had to be a separate transformational path for women. When asked to define the transformational path for women, he commented that the spiritual path of women would have to be detailed by a woman. Since spiritual development is experienced, he, as a man, would not be qualified to outline the female spiritual path. The concepts of these two men have opened the door to the ancient philosophies. They brought back the masculine and feminine dynamic of the psyche. Next month, I will outline the ancient spiritual path that was intended specifically for women.