Each month in the meditation of world service we highlight a different spiritual aspect or attribute. In this meditation of late August and September we envision Virgo as the eternal feminine archetype in its highest form. This necessitates a smooth flow from the highest esoteric energies to the exoteric world of image, event and form. World art has made this primary image of mother/wise woman more recognizable than any other, most might say. Icons of Mother Mary, Kwan Yin, the five Taras of Tibetan Buddhism (each embodying the wisdom aspect of the five Dhyani Buddhas), and the priceless heritage of Marian art in St. Peter's Basilica and throughout the Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches all give testimony to this universal vision. Music, from "Ave Maria" to "Let it Be" sung at the White House recently by its songwriter Paul McCartney, reflect something of the beauty inherent in deity and reflected in our own essential divinity. Art, from the Mona Lisa to Roerich's Mother of the World, helps to reawaken the divine energy and expression immanent within us. These gifts of art act as psychic intermediaries between heaven and earth, as it were, enabling us to activate the energy of the archetype for use here and now through invocation and evocation.
In mythology we see in the divine feminine attributes of transcendental, transpersonal love with knowledge of the mysteries. In psychology we see the development of the feminine archetype through its stages from woman, to wife, to mother, to wise initiator into the mysteries, as muse and guide. In Bailey we read that Virgo symbology "concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality" (EA 251-252). Lucis Trustee, Steve Nation, said recently, "Having truly seen the seeds of synthesis growing in the world of human thinking, desire and behavior, means that we cannot help but share in the work of nurturing, watering, caring for the seeds-within ourselves and in the world around us."
Symbols, Archetypes and Projections
In terms of events, Murray Stein and other Jungian psychologists will be holding a 5-hour web seminar from Zurich and California on Sept 10, 2010, which will explore the archetypes and archetypal projections, both positive and negative, onto President Obama, as an example. Projections of good and evil onto world figures is legend. These psychologists of the International School of Analytical Psychology have the hopeful view that humanity may use this opportunity in history to reach a kind of individuation, thereby moving into the next higher stage of psychological functioning and holon of social organization. The seminar is entitled, "Symbols and Individuation in Global Politics and Leadership: The Case of Barak Obama." Registration and later DVD purchase in the U.S.A. may be made at ashevillejungcenter.org/upcoming events.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the second most famous portrayal of Buddha in iconography, after the monk, is the union of female and male aspects, the female aspect representing wisdom and the male compassion, the two aspects of which, it is said, should never be separated. The cultivation and union of these two attributes is one definition of enlightenment itself. This union leads to the immutable Void, a state of complete non-separation and total formlessness beyond matter. The highest definition in Bailey of the term synthesis as Life energy itself, would seem to correlate with the Buddhist Void or Emptiness, both being at the high end of the spirit/matter continuum. The synthesis of wisdom with compassion, and later synthesis of compassion with emptiness in Tibetan Buddhism seem to correlate with the Tibetan and Alice Bailey's use of the term, just as love/wisdom correlates with compassion and wisdom, wisdom coming first as a necessity ensuring that sentimentality, lack of discernment and discrimination, or cruelty and prejudice, etc. do not obscure or flaw compassion. In Tibetan Buddhism wisdom always comes first as the necessary foundation for all that follows, ensuring that sentimentality, lack of discernment and discrimination, or cruelty and prejudice, etc. do not obscure or flaw compassion.
The Dalai Lama often writes of training in higher wisdom having two ends on the mental continuum, the "knowledge of nominalities, and the wisdom that cognizes the ultimate, or knowledge of the mode of being." Here is described the shift from the attributes of compassion/wisdom to the ultimate truth of the synthesis of compassion and the Void. "Emptiness is the final mode of being of all phenomena. It does not, for instance, arise through the compassionate activities of Buddhas or through the actions of sentient beings. Each and every phenomenon, from the very fact of its coming into existence, is established as having the nature of emptiness." Robert Thurman, noted Buddhist scholar, poetically describes an icon of union, "Without moving from the absolute freedom, calm, and confidence of this indivisible bliss-void, we feel a pure and passionate love for the myriad forms of creation."
It's a long evolutionary process of training our vision to see the inner nature beyond appearance and form/image, and then to see with the insight of intuition, which reverses and then erases the polarity of the matter/spirit continuum in the void of synthesis. At each stage new integrations take place within individuals, groups, nations, and within the human family as the kingdom as a whole evolves. When we speak of brotherhood and the union of esoteric groups in a united effort, we are necessarily working in an exoteric field of time, space and history, and the process of global integration. 'From the highest spiritual Being on our planet, through the graded groups of the enlightened working from the inner side of life, on into the world where thinking, loving men and women serve, the tide of the new life sweeps,' to paraphrase Bailey. There and back again, we close the gap between the phenomenal world and nature of reality, between deep esoteric truths and the world of life experience.
In this meditation of Virgo, the flow from greater to smaller, higher to lower, is epitomized in the keynote, "I am the mother and the child. I, God, I, matter, am." In psychological terms, the role reversal from mother to child is crucial in maintaining the equilibrium of both equality and change. The child in us all keeps us seeing with fresh eyes and evolving perceptions, avoiding the 'wicked grandmother' image (the negative feminine complex) of traditionalism fixed in intolerance, judgmental and punitive, telling youth what to do and how to behave using yesterday's conventions. Seeing the world and humanity with the eyes of the Mother of the World offers us a useful perspective, as does the visionary hope of the Eternal Youth.
Beginning this month, the United Nations has declared an International Year of Youth, urging dialogue and mutual understanding, and enlisting "the talents and energy of the world's young people to promote better understanding and dialogue between different generations, cultures and religions," to "boost their investment in social and economic" programs, and to ensure that "young people are included in important policies and decision-making processes." Secretary General Ban Ki Moon noted that, "In a world in which different people and traditions are coming closer, with more frequent contact than ever before, it is crucial that young people learn how to listen intently, empathize with others, acknowledge divergent opinions, and be able to resolve conflicts."
The Energies of the Time
Although the mother and child archetypes are suggestive of love and wisdom (2nd ray) in the world of form and mythology, from the esoteric perspective, Virgo is said to bring 4th ray and 1st ray energies. The Mother of the World must see her child, humanity, as it is: a 4th ray product, finding its harmony through conflict, freewill, and much storm and stress. Esoterically, the 1st ray of will/purpose is always challenging for humanity in this transitional time between the 6th ray of devotion and idealism (so needed by youth), and the 7th ray of organization (evident in new technologies and emerging sociological factors). Indeed, the impact of 1st ray energies in 2000 has resulted, some have observed, in what appears to be an overstimulation in cities and centers receptive as planetary inlets, especially to cities which express themselves in 6th ray energy. It seems to have stimulated an aggressive attitude resulting in intolerance, bullyism and militancy. Yet there is a continuing and widespread adherence to the great ideals expressed in Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. Patience and understanding, with vigilance in observing, expressed in words which clarify would seem to be the wisest course to follow. Patience resulting from knowledge that the plan of love and light is working out, detached observation, and vigilance in speaking truth, may help. Appeasement only encourages bullying. The keynote of New York is, as we know, 'I light the way.'
From the power of the oil we run on, to the power of the arms sales and loans which power our wars, to the relentless negative, demeaning images on our screens, humanity is struggling to deal with its use of power, and to find a way that will lead to a brighter future for all, overcoming the darkness of ignorance.
In the light of this meditation, with its source in synthesis, may the perspectives of mother and child, divinity and material life come together to provide us with all that we need to live and serve humanity.
Joann S. Bakula 8.20.2010
Bailey, Alice A. Esoteric Astrology. NY: Lucis, p. 251-252
The Destiny of the Nations. NY: Lucis, p. 97
Nation, Steve. Arcane School Conference, London 2010 audio at: http://www.lucistrust.org/en/arcane_school/arcane_school_conference/may_29_30_2010
H.H. Dalai Lama. The Buddhism of Tibet. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, p. 41
Thurman, Robert. Wisdom and Compassion: the Sacred Art of Tibet, p. 18.