It was my great honor to be included in the inspirational documentary making the rounds now, Femme: Women Healing the World. If you'd like to view it, please click here: http://ykr.be/4ik59m1n6 As one of the contributors, I met wonderful women and men, including Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D who I invited to my column as a guest blogger. Please enjoy Part 2 of Down with Patriarchy! Make Way for Femme, Women Healing the World....
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What has happened to the women all these years? Why did we stand by and watch this domination of women happen? As Barbara Marx Hubbard shares in FEMME, ”We’ve had great women in the past, but really, in the ’60s, there was a rise of the feminine consciousness. At first, it was to try to be equal to men, but after a while, we didn’t want to be equal in a dysfunctional world. You don’t want to get to the front seat on the Titanic.” Marianne Williamson picks up the call to action by saying, “So what we have to do is turn around the Titanic in time. We have to turn around and we have to turn around now.”
In FEMME Women Healing the World, each of us who was interviewed was asked by our director Emmanuel Itier, how we would feel about the creation or re-evolution of a matriarchal society and each of us answered that we didn’t want a Matriarchy. All each one of us wanted to accomplish was an equal partnership with men. But how do we go about disentangling an epigenetic paradigm that began around 3000-4000 BC? Perhaps as Vandana Shiva offers, Gandi said it best when in his morning prayer he said: “Make me more womanly.” Vendana explains that Gandhi is talking about high levels of compassion. “ But how has it been for us women from the dawn of time, as we view it from our rear view mirrors?
Femme takes us in a visual time machine back through Goddess culture when Karen Tate explains that, “Scholars will tell you, you can look back at some of these ancient artifacts, like for instance the Venus of Willendorf.
They’re 30,000 or 40,000 years old and many scholars today will tell you that those artifacts point to a time when goddess was revered. Women were also more uplifted in society. They were the life givers. This was looked upon as something very magical, very powerful.”
Historically around approximately 3000-4000 BC things began to change drastically and remained so all the way up to the 20th century. During this period in history a major shift to a Patriarchal society occurred almost all over the world, which is as dramatic as a polar shift might be if one occurred in our lifetimes. This shift made women second class citizens with the exception of an island population here or there for the next 5000 years. It was declared through what was called science in its day that there was only one seed of life and it was found in the male’s testes. The women, our fore-mothers were just the fertile or infertile soil that the male planted his seed into. A very telling example of a quote which was said to have been written In 350 BC was from the ancient Greek, Aristotle, who influenced thinking for thousands of years by saying this: “The male semen cooks and shapes menstrual blood into a new human being”. I think it was a given that even Aristotle would admit that it would be the woman that would nourish the male seed and nurture it, with her body but she would not be considered having had anything to do with bring this life into being.
Apparently not one woman mourned the passing of Aristotle. The distinction of being the creator of life belongs exclusively to the males of our species. Every pseudo scientific reason was dragged into play through the ages, such as Aristotle’s menstrual blood analogy, in order for the male of the human species to dominate and control where his seed was planted. The research from science is staggering as they propose every which way a man does this. It was thought that even an education would weaken a women so much so that it would render her less of a baby making machine. Author Julia Stonehouse refers to the female, in her landmark book Idols to Incubators, Reproduction Theory though the Ages, women were simply that, his incubator. Miss Stonehouse also has a new Ebook entitled, Father’s Seed, Mother’s Sorrow.
To truly understand the road less traveled by a few brave souls who tried to overturn this dictum with some compelling science, everything from threat of death or ridicule would follow. And even into modern times in the early 1800’s we’d all have to ask ourselves, why would the good ole’ boys want to give up complete control over what he thought to be exclusively, his children. Besides that only male children seemed to be of value because it was they that continued the male line and females were dead ends. There was no knowledge base for nuclear or paternal DNA let alone the exclusive to women, mitochondrial DNA such as we know it today. The birth of a daughter in many parts of the world was the veritable end of a male line and therefore pretty much worthless. Now perhaps we can understand why we see certain dress codes enforced for women in many parts of the world. The male had to make certain that all other males were kept away from their women. Why? Because how else could paternity be insured? She, in many parts of the world would not have any rights in divorce or death of her spouse, as to the right to keep her children. The children belonged to the father and/or his family where this thinking was a way of life.
As we examine human rights violations the world over such as female circumcision, abortion of female fetus’s, although illegal, because of the Patriarchal desire for male heirs in India and elsewhere, deaths and or disappearances of newborn infant girls in China, to every other atrocity perpetrated against women all over the world, including human sex trafficking. It is know that in certain parts of the world a box was kept next to the birthing bed with tools to be used to the help the midwife murder an infant daughter.
Up to about 10,000 BC according to Julia Stonehouse’s Reproduction Theory this particular time period in history was based on the female being 100% responsible for life. Intercourse virtually had nothing to do with the making of babies and men had no say over female sexuality.
Miss Stonehouse’s well researched time line led me on a path where one could clearly see that the Matriarchal way of life continued from 10,000 BC to approximately 3000 BC and here we still found the idea that the female contains the seed of life in her womb as their were clay statues discovered that depicted this image. Men were given some recognition in this time period because they collectively concluded that men watered the seed with their semen, however women were still thought to be the source of the seed of life and again men did not have a say in women’s sexuality.
We would not learn here in the Western world of the science that was daring to explore the role of the female ovum, (although found to be valid for fruit flies, and garden peas, etc.,) that without a doubt, women were 50-50 partners with men, in the creation of human life until 1900. Miss Stonehouse provides that it would not be until 1960 when the publication of a book called Ovum Humnum: Its Growth, Maturation, Nourishment, Fertilization and Early Development by Dr. Landrum Brewer Shettles shared the photo’s that would set the record straight.
We all know now scientifically that there are 23 chromosomes in the head of the sperm (one of which determines the sex of the child possibly becoming a male) and that there are an equal 23 chromosomes within the nucleus of the ovum (none of which determines any other sex but female). And so people just seemed to quickly bury down the rabbit hole 5,000 years of Patriarchal domination, tyranny and control of virtually every aspect of a women’s lives, from inheritance of property, to any rights what so ever. We can only give respectful pause and reflect on these very facts that caused some Queen’s heads to roll for not bearing certain kings a male heir.
This treatment of women and girls through the ages is a very brutal and violent legacy that we all carry epigenetically to this very day. I call it an epigenetic hangover because society is still sick with this drunken use of Patriarchal power in many parts of the world. What is epigenetic? In a nut shelf the context in which I am proposing this idea, is basically all that rises above the genome. It is what we carry with us from generation to generation, call it emotional baggage but it also affects our health on a body mind and spirit level and it may result in how we behave. Epigenetics has nothing to do with what we think of today as our DNA genetic blue print of say dark hair or blue eyes, etc. It belongs to a new field of study all its own.
Studying what has taken place for women over this period of time and it indeed what is still happening, may be for many like opening a deep wound that you may not have even known was still there and letting it bleed out, however as we said in that now famous ad campaign from many years ago, “We’ve come a long way, baby.” And understanding what has happened to women in the past brings it into the light of day and helps us heal collectively.
There is so much that can be done now to right the inequity that remains within our current Patriarchal system and FEMME calls upon us loudly and clearly to act for the changes we want now but do it with a forgiving heart. As T. S. Wiley states so eloquently in FEMME, “I think punishing men because they had a long turn at the helm, I think punishing them because they’re just men, is beneath us. I think as women, we always had enough power. We’ll have more power, and those of us who know it should wield it with some mercy.” I’m for that as well, because we need men to be our allies and partners. It’s clear we need the Equal Rights Amendment to at long last be passed so that we women today, our daughters and granddaughters have equal rights constitutionally with men now and in the future.
For my part in the film FEMME, I thought that I might share the fact that everything we know or think we know, is nothing more than a belief system. I said, “What many people don’t understand is that as the young child grows within us, every thought that the mother has, every meal that the mother has, every breath she takes, is being downloaded by that unborn child. That actual fetal tissue is determining itself who and what it’s going to become, and by the time the baby is born, 50 percent of the baby’s personality has been actually manifested.”
If we take the approach that perhaps we all need to become baby whisperers to the next generation, because when the unborn child grows within the mothers womb it is in a state of delta frequency, something like a hypnagogic trance, where the mothers every thought, every meal, every action, is also being downloaded into its every cell and also directly into its subconscious mind. The responsibility of the parents, be they the birth parents or adopted parents or caregivers, of any gender, becomes huge as the infant and toddler grows. This downloading continues in early childhood development, especially when these baby’s minds next enter the higher frequency of delta, where their imagination is wide open. This is the time when most of us had invisible friends and we could talk to animals and butterflies, etc. Still, what is going on within the family, from what is blaring on the radio and TV, is all layer by layer piling up in that child’s subconscious mind. It is our subconscious, which according to a theory from the field of hypnosis which is referred to as Theory of the Mind is equal to about 88% of what we call the subconscious. I am simplifying the theory here for our purposes as it is more complicated an multi-layerd that these two equations). The residual number left for our conscious mind, basically who we think we are, where our rational thinking comes from, is only 12% . These young children don’t move into higher forms of consciousness and frequency, such as knowing that “I am me and/or you are you,” until about age 12. Sue Gehardt shares her research in her 2004 book, When Love Matters, How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain. I offer the idea that our future is placed primarily in women’s hands. However being loving and nurturing is not exclusive to female bodies. The idea is for everyone to take the responsibility of being a “conscious” parent(s) seriously. But in that spirit let’s not forget who it is primarily that has near exclusive access to babies. It is we women who must take a certain portion of the responsibility for who and what our children become because of this early formative period in their life. What kind of women and men are we helping to bring up? We need to remember what the Jesuits were famous for saying, “Give me the Boy and I will make you the man.”
What contrast might we have seen if the Matriarchy of our ancient past had continued in an uninterrupted line to this day? Would there have been gender favoritism anywhere on this planet without religious dogma stating the male one God theory? As Dr. Riane Eisler shares: ”All of life was really informed by a veneration of the goddess nature. This veneration of the goddess nature led to a love of peace, a horror of tyranny and a respect for the law.” What did this flip to a male deity cause for us women? Is this not a good question to ponder if one dares? When Jean Houston was asked about religion, she offered,”The whole nature of priestcraft, by its very nature, requires a male and a female sensibility, as well as a sense of God not being male out there, but in point of fact, having all the gendering. To engender, you must have all the gendering.” Or as Sonya Sophia states, “Well, God was a man, and then if you can’t be like God, well, take Jesus as an example, and then you could be like him. But where does that leave you if you’re a woman? It says basically that to be good and to be loved by God, you have to be masculine or try to act masculine or to do what a man would do. And I think that that kind of thinking has informed our culture for thousands and thousands of years” And from female Rabbi Leah Novick we have: ”Well, I study, Zohar Kabbalah has been my main focus for the last 20 years, and the tree is all about this, that you have the masculine, the feminine and then you have the middle pillar where hopefully, everything comes to the balance point.”
Especially poignant is this by Dr. Sue Morter: “The heart space is destined to rise to its expression in humanity again and it is time for us to begin to honor that. It isn’t just the heart space. It is the heart with the mind, the heart with power. Power without heart gets us nowhere. Heart without power can become a doormat, and so the combination of our heart, our power, our personal empowerment and our wisdom centers is the recipe for what is happening now in humanity.” Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful platform for women to use in politics?
Femme offers us so much to think about and challenges us all with each of the women’s interviews it shares. After all, all genders are here together right now and all genders need to do something right now. As Peace activist H. Schachna states emphatically, “I do force people to act. Do you need good water? So act for it. Do you need clear air? So act for it. Do you need that the ground will be good and that you can plant plants and you can have fruit? So act for it. Stop talking. You have all the knowledge. You have to act.”
Let’s all act for it! And with the inspiring messages offered in FEMME Women Healing the World we can take action. The action that best resonates with us as individuals.
Everyone needs to see FEMME which they do by going to FEMMETheMovie but let me simply share here these beautiful words by Marianne Williamson: ”The impulse of this moment is that we have a world to co-create together. We need each other. The masculine enters into the feminine, the feminine receives the masculine. We need both forces. In order for this planet to make it, yes, we need women and a divinely inspired womanhood, but we need a divinely inspired manhood as well.”
We need sacred partnership as this beautiful painting by Nazim Artist as seen in FEMME shares visually with us right now and it is that partnership at last that will heal the world!
A-Women – A-men!
Celeste Yarnall is an actress, speaker, activist, and film producer who is well known for her guest-starring role on the original Star Trek, and as Elvis Presley's co-star in "Live a Little, Love a Little." However, her true passion is in women’s empowerment and healing on all levels for both people and animals.
Celeste earned her doctorate in Nutrition and is the co- author of Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM, the author of Natural Dog Care, and the soon to be released PALEO DOG with Dr. Jean Hofve for Rodale Press. Celeste writes a highly popular blog for the social action network Care2.com, “Celestial Musings and has contributed to Natural News Network (naturalnews.com), as well as The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine, Raw Instincts, Healthy Dogs, Naturally and many others.
Her company, Celestial Pets, offers a clinical nutrition consultation service on holistic alternatives for people and their animal companions.
Celeste and her husband Nazim Artist are the co-producers of Femme: Women Healing the World, which features Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Karen Tate and Marianne Williamson along with Celeste.
Celeste is a popular speaker on the Art of Wellness, on a body, mind and spiritual level. The Art of Wellness Collection includes Nazim’s Holistically glazed Art works, state of the art supplements and healing devices, along with Reiki and EFT.
And Celeste’s Blog at www.celestialmusingsblog.com
And if you'd like to view the documentary, Femme: Women Healing the World, please click here - http://ykr.be/4ik59m1n6