Kabbalah is the Hebrew word for ‘received wisdom.’ It is known as The Work of Unification; its purpose being to bring together people of all faiths and none. This is an oral teaching which updates for each generation.
Kabbalah is the name of the Western Mystery Tradition. I am a student and teacher of The Toledano Tradition of Kabbalah and have no affiliation with the Kabbalah Centre.
Reclaiming the Divine Feminine.
A six-part online course on the all-important balancing of healthy Yin and Yang as the 3000-year old ‘spell’ of patriarchy begins to crack and the world experiences the chaos of change.
Patriarchy – toxic Yang – can only hold power when supported by toxic Yin. If we focus on healing the Divine Feminine within, we can begin to observe ‘the Honourable Harvest’ again and both we and the World can heal. It’s simple, but nobody ever said it was easy.
Nearly all ancient faiths honour the Divine Feminine as the creatrix of the universe. How we came to such a patriarchal belief as an over-arching old man in the sky is the story of how we lost our link to the great cycles of life and created a God in our own image.
The Bible begins: “In the beginning the Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth.” The Elohim is the Divine Feminine, the Great Mother, and she is powerfully present throughout the three religions of the Book as well as in all the other traditions — as part of the oral Perennial Wisdom Tradition.
Feminine is not ‘female’ just as masculine is not ‘male.’ They are both attributes of Yin and Yang within us all. The feminine is more subtle and often hidden and she is meant to be that way — something powerful and deep to be discovered only by those who are ready to understand her power. Used correctly, she is the power of the strong and peaceful ‘no.’ Used incorrectly, she is the poison of blame, resentment and passive aggression. We are seeing so much of that in the world today. Toxic Yin will fight, blame and project more negativity onto the problem. Healthy Yin says a clear and powerful ‘no’ and creates a space for healing.
In this extraordinary year, we are seeing clearly how our world has slid into both the toxic Yang and destructive Yin. Covid-19 can easily be viewed as the outcome of a corrupted, disruptive Yin-Yang energy balance at the spiritual level, crying out for a return to the Ways of Wisdom.
Let us remember the sacred marriage that binds the masculine (expansion/development) and the feminine (understanding/discernment) together in a unifying divine dance of clarity, hopefulness and peace.
This six-part online course will weave the story of Sophia, the feminine wisdom tradition from the Elohim to Mary Magdalene via the Turtle Woman, Ishtar, Isis, Sekhmet and many others, using the filters of Judaic mysticism, history and social customs to see what we can reclaim for a new Earth where respect is the mark of each human being. Each of these aspects of the feminine is an archetype within us and can show us our strengths – and our shadow.
We will examine the attributes of the positive feminine/Yin, including boundaries, understanding, discernment, discipline, contemplation and concise communication, rest, receptivity and that all-important ‘No’ and examine the stories in myth that exemplify them. We will discover how we can apply these teachings, practically, in our lives and we will learn how to reconnect with four worlds – divine, spiritual, psychological and physical – so we are guided to re-weave the tapestry of creation for all.
The course includes guided meditations and homework.
Price: £99. Payment details via email@example.com
Men are most welcome on this course – it is about the feminine not the female!
Session 1: The Perennial Tradition and the Cosmic Dance
We take a look of the history of belief and how humanity developed from a species with no word for religion because everything was sacred, through a multitude of approachable Gods and Goddesses to a tradition of a powerful War Lord in the sky.
The ancients all believed that creation came from the feminine. It is generally believed that a patriarchal male God is a construct of a hunting society over an agricultural society and most frequently sourced in desert cultures where hunting was vital for life. However, it is more intriguing than that – agriculture made us more war-like because believed we had to defend our land. We also came to believe that we had the right to assert domination on the natural world instead of working with it in harmony.
Our first task is to understand the Divine Dance of creation – and how we can dissolve our own trained-in resistances to reclaiming the Perennial Tradition and the Grace that flows from conscious connection.
We will also begin to define what is the Divine Feminine and when it becomes toxic. And, as a starting point we can begin with Lore and Law.
We must try to understand
the meaning of the age
in which we are called to bear witness.
We must accept the fact
this is an age in which
the cloth is being unwoven.
It is therefore no good trying
to patch. We must, rather,
set up the loom on which
coming generations may
weave new cloth according to
the pattern God provides.
Mother Mary Clare, The Sisters of the Love of God.
Session 2: The Presenting Problem is never the Real Problem
As long as we work with our surface beliefs and emotions, we will block our own shadow experiences … and this is one of the root causes of the world’s imbalance. And if we do not address the root causes, all peace-making is just a temporary break between wars.
There is a gender war; but it is the symptom, not the cause. Working with the Laws of Conflict (developed by international peacemaker Danaan Parry) will provide us with a powerful foundation for healing our own shadow to reveal the sacred masculine and divine feminine within us all.
“If you can only own the light in you and not the dark then the dark will come to rule you. If you won’t acknowledge your own shadow you will project it onto others and call them bad, evil, the enemy. The world is not in a dilemma because of ‘the bad guys’. It is in this mess because of all the ‘good guys’ running around projecting their unknown darkness onto others and then feeling justified in ‘fixing’ them. Or if that doesn’t work, killing them in the name of God, progress or peace.” Danaan Parry.
Session 3: The Honourable Harvest
Indigenous cultures understand that the Earth is the womb of us all and that, treated with respect, she will feed and nurture us. The myths passed down through the centuries about humanity and nature are not just stories; they are guidance of how to live and work in harmony with creation and they teach again and again that we are all one. Every drop in the ocean counts.
The Honourable Harvest is the essence of the Divine Feminine on our planet and it is still available to us and today we will learn how to work within its remits. Every single person in the world, no matter where they live or what they do can adopt the principles of the Honourable Harvest.
Session 4: Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight
Scholars know that the Bible and the Koran have been edited – all history is written by the winners and all religious texts that are written down and set in stone become Law not Lore. The Hebrew Testament, for example, was melded from two completely different accounts: one based on Elohim and one based on Yahweh. This has led to many repetitions and contradictions. But, in the heart of the scriptures there is myth, magic and mystery and the so-called Wisdom Books are powerful guides to living in balance.
We will look in depth at the myths and stories about the Garden of Eden – dissolving the late Christian concept of ‘original sin’ and understanding the deeper significance of the Trees of Life and Knowledge which still have much to teach us today. Also, there is deep significance in the body of Jesus being laid in a cave which is symbolic of the womb and that a woman was the first witness of the resurrection. In ancient teachings, the feminine was the cause of resurrection…
Much of the sword of conflict that has hurt us so badly has come from the Bible, therefore we need to return to these scriptures to discover the deeper meanings in order to pull out that original sword and heal these wounds. The Divine Feminine is there and we can find her…
“But since we left off to burn incense to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine” (Jeremiah 44:18)
Session 5: The Balance in Us
We look at how we can apply the attributes of the Divine Feminine/Yin to our everyday lives in simple and practical ways and examine the powers of resistance and the drives that call us away into the addictions of fighting, competing, blaming and the desire for ‘more, more, more.’
As the aftermath of the US Election will be being felt worldwide by now – and we, in the UK are closer to leaving the European Union, this will be a session on understanding, acceptance and the power of holding a light in the darkness so that whatever the external outcome, we can hold steady as a light in a tumultuous world.
“No matter what you do it will never amount to anything but a single drop in a limitless ocean.”
“But what is an ocean but a multitude of drops. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas.
Session 6: The Way Forward
This is the time of the year that we are heading into darker days; a time of setting down roots and acknowledging – and clearing – the shadows. We will focus on the positive in the darkness and how they can help us rebuild.
The content of this session will be driven by participants’ questions and needs based on the previous five sessions. Expected topics: spiritual techniques for maintaining balance; how to honour both Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine in daily routines; suggestions for further study and reading.
The sessions are one hour each, with homework, taking place at 8pm on six successive Thursdays starting on 15th October.
Price: £99. Payment via Paypal or bank transfer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
You do not have to attend live; each episode will be recorded and sent to participants via WeTransfer.
Rev. Maggy Whitehouse is a minister in an independent church who has been studying and teaching Judaeo-Christian mysticism in the UK, USA and Europe for 25 years. She is the author of 20 books, a stand-up comedian and radio presenter and half of the podcast: ‘Wise Women: The Vicar and the Witch.’