Sacred Mysteries

History and the Sacred Mysteries— The Cycle of the Great Yuga
Reflections upon the sacred teachings of the ancients

by Sharron Rose

Sharron

Our ancient ancestors from civilizations the world over postulated that all of life flows in great transformative cycles, from the seasons of nature, to the phases of the moon, to the birth, growth, maturation and death of all living creatures. They explained that just as we as individuals experience the ebb and flow of these smaller cycles, humanity as a whole experiences the rise and fall of a larger cycle. In the Indo-Tibetan and Zoroastrian traditions this great cycle was said to be composed of Four Yugas, or ages of humanity.

According to the ancient texts, this cycle of the ages begins with a Golden Age of beauty, harmony and grace, an age in which we are all, both male and female alike, fundamentally connected with our own divinity, living lives of total truth, fully aligned with the universal spirit. As the ages progress metaphorically from gold to silver, to bronze, and finally to iron, the mass of humanity draws further and further away from the numinous and radiant light of spirit. We move towards an age of total materialization and concretization, a time of ignorance and delusion, a time in which the bright light of spirit is all but extinguished. The ancients called this age the Kali Yuga, the Age of Iron.

This is the age in which we now reside, the age in which it was foretold that the great dark Goddess Kali would rise up and perform her powerful dance of destruction and transformation. Through the vehicle of this transformative dance she will draw all of the dark and destructive energy of this Yuga into the secret core of her being. Then, from the depths of her heart, the source of infinite wisdom and compassion, she will absorb, digest and transmute this energy, cleansing and purifying both earth and mankind alike. Through the medium of her primordial metaphysical dance, she will lift the veils that have blinded our eyes to our own radiance. Humanity will then once more awaken to our true immortality and enter a new Golden Age of divine insight and luminosity.

The texts tell us that as each of the four ages arises and ripens, faith, integrity and allegiance to spiritual values are decreased by one fourth. A symbolic image that is often given to illustrate the increasing loss of spirit with it's resultant consequence in the acceleration of weakness, infirmity and decrepitude in humanity, is that of a cow who in the first age is standing boldly, resolutely and virtuously upon it's four legs.

With the passing of each of the Yugas, the noble cow, forfeits the use of one of its legs, as one fourth of human virtue is lost. Therefore, in the Silver Age, or Treta Yuga, the cow stands on three legs. Humanity has lost one fourth of its connection with spirit but still retains three fourths. With the arrival of the Bronze Age, the confused and troubled cow stands on only two as virtue and spiritual essence is now depleted by half. By the appearance of the Kali Yuga or Age of Iron, the barren, tormented cow has only one leg left to stand on. Humanity, shrouded in the increasing darkness of depravity and corruption retains only one fourth of the original light of spirit.

Now the cow is a symbol that can be found in cultures throughout the planet. Feminine in form, she stands for fertility, nourishment, support and preservation. She represents the mother, our first teacher, eternal patroness of righteousness and integrity. She is the strong and solid foundation upon which the spiritual sustenance of humanity rests. Isn't it fascinating that a feminine symbol should be used to transmit these teachings concerning the cyclic destruction of humankind? Could this be telling us that, contrary to our contemporary Western indoctrination concerning the spiritual power of women, it is women, who hold the primary responsibility for maintaining spiritual and moral alignment? Could this also be saying that as the light of spirit diminishes, as women are increasingly forced to turn away from their true spiritual nature and primary role as teacher and nurturer, all of us - both male and female - degenerate?

But let us go on. As the ages unfold, not only do we lose our spiritual luminosity but we actually become more densified, more material, more corporeal. We are born, fresh, pure and newly formed, projected from the formless heart of divinity. At the instant of creation, the moment that Brahma, the creator takes his first breath, Shiva, the cosmic dancer takes his first step, and Jehovah, the lord God, speaks his first word, human beings emerge from the heart of emptiness. Radiating with the pure light of spirit, filled with endless vitality, we are naturally in tune with every subtle nuance of universal expression.

But according to this view, this time of harmony must end. As time passes we trade the wide-open spaciousness of spirit for the imaginary comfort of a closed, solidified, individuated ego. From this perspective it is as if we separate from spirit in order to truly realize spirit. As though we must fully descend into form, working through the density of these seemingly solid bodies, to recognize the essential beauty and essence of formlessness.

In recent times, many scholars have postulated that there was a time in which our current male and female roles were reversed, a time in which women held dominion. However, when one looks back in time from the perspective of the continuous cycles of the four ages or Yugas, new insights into the relationship between woman and man, humanity and divinity begins to emerge.

According to these texts, human beings did not evolve from some inanimate and immature form like our modern scientists would have us believe, but emerged, fully realized at the start of the Golden Age. Every spiritual tradition speaks of this time, whether it is known as the Primordial Paradise, the Garden of Eden, the First World, or the Satya Yuga. The Mahanirvana Tantra, a sacred Tantric text from India, describes this age as a time in which righteousness and spiritual order prevailed. During this idyllic age, all of humanity was united with Divinity, each individual was aware that she or he was an essential component of the Divine Manifestation. Male and female lived together in total balance and alignment. Living a nomadic, contemplative existence, in harmony with a fertile, rejuvenated earth, humanity was unacquainted with desire, pain or suffering. We were at peace with ourselves, each other and the world we inhabited. We recognized our own divine nature and therefore had no need of outward images, rites, and rituals to help us maintain our link with Divinity.

As the periodic cycle of the ages unfolded, the bulk of humanity drifted further and further away from this paradisiacal state, traveling on a course that led ever downward from the subtle light of spirit into the darkness and densification of matter. As we slipped away from this pure awareness of our own Divinity, our essential light began to be shrouded by the veils of corporeal existence. Collectively, we descended from a state of divine union and bliss, to a state of separation, of I and other, subject and object, light and dark. With this new era of human experience came the laws and experience of duality. No longer did we innately recognize our inherent connection with our divine progenitor but as something independent and apart. No longer did we rest completely in the full light of divine love. This was the beginning of our collective amnesia, the first days of our sad journey of forgetfulness. Perhaps this is the fall from grace that is spoken of in so many ancient texts.

Isolated, confused, living in this dual reality, separated from Divinity, yet longing to remember who we are, humanity struggled to hold on to some strand of our spiritual light. It was at this time that we began to create what is today called religion. In order to retain and transmit the celestial beauty and rapture of what we remembered from our previous idyllic existence, oral tradition and symbolic expression were born. Through stories, myths and legends our sacred memories, mystical visions and heavenly aspirations were brought forth and communicated.

At first, a nomadic people, still deeply awed by the power and potency of nature and the cosmos, we worshipped the elements, forces of the weather, and principles of the natural world. From this now dualized perspective, the masculine was seen as the static, inert principle - or the source of Divinity - and the feminine was seen as the kinetic principle, or energy of Divinity. She was the voice of Divinity, expressing herself through the countless forms and forces of our physical world.

These people viewed their world from a completely different perspective than we do today. All physical manifestation was seen as a reflection of the nature of the universe itself. The human body, it's form, geometry, organs, systems, movements, rhythms and cycles were seen to have a direct relationship to those of the earth, the planets, stars and larger universe. All of the principles and forces of nature and the cosmos were seen as the manifold expressions of Divinity. Our world and all of its components from human beings, to plants, to minerals were seen as the immense manifest body of the formless. Humanity was not isolated from Divinity; rather, we were part and parcel of the very dance of Divinity unfolding itself.

With this recognition of our fundamental divinity in mind, our ancestors embarked on a sacred journey of self- discovery. Nature, the human body and the vast cosmos that unveiled itself every evening was their medium for exploration and understanding. So closely aligned with nature, living in a world where time had a very different flow and meaning than in the mechanized corporate world of today, the men and women of these ancient civilizations would spend entire lifetimes observing, meditating upon and documenting all of the facts and factors of our third dimensional reality. The forms and cycles of the natural world, the development of the human body, mind, and spirit, the paths of the stars and the precession of the equinoxes were sacred mysteries to be intuited, reflected upon and revealed. Not only was phenomenal reality divided into male and female principles, but each manifestation, force, or expression of nature, such as heaven, earth, the sun, the moon, the rivers, mountains, wind, fire, dawn, and dusk, was recognized and detached from the others. Each and every aspect of the natural world was labeled and transfigured into a distinctive entity to be looked upon with reverence and wonder. All were seen as separate aspects of the consummate mystical powers of Divinity, which according to the setting and situation, could be invoked, venerated and petitioned.

Humanity's creation of religion was a direct result of the turn of the seasons from the Golden Age to the beginnings of the Silver. The practitioners of this new religion performed their acts of worship, the prototypes of our sacred rituals, songs and dances, in the midst of nature, in the woods, along the banks of the river, and on mountaintops. The people of this era were still deeply in tune with their natural environment. They still embraced Mother Nature, in all of her beauty and might.

In these ancient hunter-gatherer societies, daily tasks essential to survival as well as deep and intimate rituals involving sexuality, social conditioning and initiation were equally divided on a gender basis. Male and female performed their individualized and essential roles - woman as child bearer, instructor, healer and nurturer - man as provider, mentor and protector. The earth, which was equated with fecundity, sustenance, and support, was seen as the mother, and the sky, which was equated with inspiration and illumination, was seen as the father. Creation was perceived as the result of a cosmic relationship between the receptive, nurturing, feminine body of the earth who opened herself to receive the indispensable seed, of her divine consort, the masculine sky.

And then, as time inevitably marched on - the downward spiral of the great Yuga unfolded. The light of spirit diminished once again. With the discovery of agriculture, the hunter- gatherer tribes moved to the steady state existence of a stable, immobile farming community. Our nomadic existence with its wide-open spaces and panoramic view was traded in for the agrarian, pastoral life. No longer did we wander the earth needing nothing but the natural fruit of the land. With the advent of agriculture, humanity began to limit the scope of their vision, to attempt to control Mother Nature and each other. Civilization, with its settlements, hierarchical power structure, rules and regulations, slowly became its guiding force.

At this time, a new social structure came into existence. The wealth of society was divided into castes or classes, each individual assuming his, or her, own distinct role, or life task, to perform. This was the beginning of the era of the great theocracies. Kings and Queens who were perceived to be the living embodiment of Divinity ruled these civilizations. Men were especially affected by this alteration. In this new world order, the male began to alter his responsibilities from those of hunter and animal husbandry to that of guardian. At first his responsibilities were that of protector of the land. Later they were that of warrior and conqueror.

Working the fields, building the palaces and temples, many times with women and children by their sides, now struggling with the forces of nature and each other in order to protect their land and possessions, they had less time or desire to seek the pathways of spirit and explore the wonders of life. No longer did we worship in the open spaces, amidst the beauty and magical forces of nature, but in the confines of the temple.

Due to our increasing concern with the conditions of daily life, at this point in time, an intermediary was needed to link us with the world of spirit, to help us remember our divine heritage. A special hierarchy of priests and priestesses arose to traverse the pathways between spirit and matter, to help us remember our divine connection. Because the veil of darkness and densification had begun to descend ever further, the average man, immersed in his role as farmer, sheepherder, laborer, and warrior, was given little time to personally contemplate nature and the manifold expressions of divinity. Women in general maintained their familial roles.

Symbolic rites and rituals, artistic expression in the form of dance, music, sculpture, theatre, and painting became the vehicles through which our ancient stories, dreams and memories were transmitted. The myriad aspects and forces of our material world with its dual nature became personified as gods and goddesses, monsters and demons. This process of anthropomorphication came about as a means in which to transmit the early knowledge of our divine beginnings and the enormous potential of the individual human being. By depicting these powers and forces in sentient form, our spiritual leaders were teaching us that as embodied beings we had a conscious choice whether to rise to the heights of the gods or sink to the depths of the demons.

This was the beginning of culture and the encoding of the sacred arts. The idols, icons and images replete with their symbolic gestures, postures, implements and attributes, the mystic rituals and performances of the priesthood, the architecture of the temples, became the vehicles through which the average person could come to perceive and commune with the subtle and sophisticated world of Divinity.

This was the era in which the powers of virtue and ignorance were in equal force. During this era, which could be metaphorically called the Bronze Age, direct visionary experience was still valued and nurtured. Artists were encouraged to travel the paths of spirit and bring back fresh, intuitive images from the more subtle dimensions. In the early agrarian civilizations, worship of the Great Mother Goddess as a symbol of fertility, was still performed. The womb was perceived as the primordial doorway to creation, the holy vessel that brought forth new life. It was equated with the storehouse or place in which the grain was kept. It was seen as a virtual horn of plenty equated with the abundant nature of planet earth herself. Women themselves, as they traveled the inner and outer roads of feminine experience from young girl, to mother, to full maturity, were seen as a great repositories of knowledge and wisdom. It was the mother, the priestess and the wise woman to whom all would come for healing of body, mind spirit.

As time went on, farm turned to village, village to town, town to city, and city to nation-state. Our myths, legends, magic and mysteries, the vast wealth of human knowledge was passed down through oral tradition. It was encoded in songs, dances, hieroglyphic symbols and images. These sacred sounds, movements, symbols and images, although developed, and refined, were now only fully comprehended by an elite group of individuals. These were the privileged individuals who were initiated into the Mysteries. A hierarchy was slowly but surely developing that was keeping vital secrets away from the masses.

At this time, holy temples were built to house the energy and image of the gods. They were constructed according to the sacred teachings of these societies. Based upon their perception of the divine order of the universe, constructed through the use of sacred mathematical and geometric principles, filled with exquisite art and sculpture, these temples were designed to provide the multitudes with a personal experience of the celestial realms.

The sacred rituals and works of art, which were housed within these temples, still held the potential to open the doorway to multiple layers of understanding even in the average viewer. Through the vehicle of a ritual performance, a statue, a painting, the architectural grandeur of the temple or sacred monument, the spectators/participants could be mystically transported from their simple, tangible, world to encounter the magical display of the celestial realms. In these treasured moments, they could once again experience the beauty and wonder of their divine inheritance. Because of the overwhelming power of this spiritual experience, everyone who participated came away with the feeling that all human beings still contained within them the innate capacity for divine insight and inspiration.

As the centuries passed however, these stylized artistic representations and direct experiential teachings, as well as the vast legacy of our oral tradition gave way to the authority and sway of the written word. At an accelerating pace, the beauty and spontaneity of spiritual expression, the vibratory power of the spoken word, the loftiness of the sacred image, now began to be repressed, restricted and restrained. Written language became the vehicle through which our rites and rituals were preserved. But the written word did not transmit the richness of spiritual experience in the same manner as direct personal communion. The book could never replace the sacred gesture and symbol. This new art form lacked that essential feeling of spontaneity, immediacy and vitality unique to the direct energetic experience. It also lacked the vibrant power of the sacred image to evoke multiple layers of intuitive connection within the viewer.

The other issue that the increasing dominance of the written word calls forth is that education in this new artistic form was only offered to certain individuals who were with the very rare exception, men. This was an exclusionary club, a new art form that men could claim, dominate and control.

The mystics and poets of these civilizations were still guided by the radiant light of spirit. They used this new form of expression to inspire their readers to see truth, virtue and beauty in the world around them. Their works were designed to communicate their visions of artistry and brilliance of the heavenly kingdoms. Their writings, designed to immerse the reader or listener in the dynamic flow of their story, were filled with nuance, allusion, and metaphor.

And then, civilization one more "advanced". The pure light of spirit flowing into the world was reduced to one quarter of its original radiance. In a devastating wave of fear and repression, the Kali Yuga was born. As the light of spirit grew dimmer and the shadow of darkness stretched over the earth, men's minds were haunted by images of evil and depravity. Cities turned into nation-states and individual religions became a cause for separation and subjugation. The world of politics and religion soon became indistinguishable.

The manifold pathways to spirit began to be hunted down, seized and patrolled by cadres of religious and political elite consisting of 'pious' priests and 'noble' aristocracy. Access to this realm of spirit was only permitted to men. Unfortunately for women, not only did men now hold dominion over the pathways to spirit, but they began to hold dominion over all aspects of human life. The events of this new era of human civilization, dominated by the masculine, are being taught to us today in our schools and universities as 'history'.

At this time a new relationship with the earth and the feminine was advanced. From this moment on we perilously lost touch with each other and the natural world. No longer was the earth seen as an expression of the spirit of the divine feminine, but as a wild, forbidding place to be feared and conquered.

Men, who more and more looked to the outer world of form, became the vehicles through which this new perspective on reality was transmitted and enforced. The written word became one of the greatest tools of this dominant group. By controlling the art of writing, and repressing, dominating or eliminating altogether the sacred arts of dance, music, and performance, they realized that they could manipulate the minds and emotions of people. Eliminating all knowledge that did not fit with the dominant outlook, books that did not tow the party line were burnt and sent to oblivion. The elites could control thoughts through the written word. The true view of history could be altered, books could be written and tales could be told to cut us off from the sacred knowledge of our own divine beginnings.

Fear became the device by which we were enslaved. The new male spiritual elite decreed that human beings were essentially base, evil creatures. Men and women were told that they were cut off from their maker, who was now a wrathful and jealous God. As opposed to the great majority of Gods before him, this new, all- powerful being stood alone, without a consort. There was no Goddess to bring him joy and ease his wrath, no sexual partner with whom he might experience sacred union and bliss. According to this new telling of our origins and history, woman was looked upon as the evil seductress whose curiosity and desire led us into the fall from grace and perfection. Humanity as a whole was now seen to be totally divorced from Divinity.

With this new view of the feminine came a new bias concerning our physical bodies. Women's bodies were now looked upon as imperfect vehicles and their innate desire to experience the bliss and connectedness of sexual union was seen as something that should be repressed and controlled. The sexual act itself was seen merely as a necessary means of procreation. Women were now viewed as base, animalistic creatures, totally divorced from the creator. Ruled by dark, untamed urges, the minds and hearts of humans in this age were no longer inspired and directed by the loving and beneficent force of goodness and light, but by the dark and evil forces of fear, lust, suspicion and depravity. They were told that the only hope of salvation from innate darkness and the seductive path of evil was through the harsh intermediary of the Papal doctrine.

This was the time of the patriarchy, of male dominance, of viewing nature as a force to be mastered, subjugated and restrained. This was an era of isolation, individuation and egotism. Rather than view the world around them from an interconnected, heart centered perspective; men began to think of themselves as superior to other creatures. Theories were brought forth concerning "evolving" individuals, who now must use the power of their intellect to conquer, scrutinize, exploit, master and dissect. This was the time of intellectual dominance, of total separation between heart and mind, of objectification, ownership and slavery.

Along with this new view of Mother Nature came a new perspective on human relationships and social interaction. Women in particular were now seen as sexual objects to be possessed, utilized, scrutinized and subjugated. In the name of religion, their most secret mysteries were either suppressed or appropriated and distorted by the forces of the patriarchy. The realms of spirit, like the realms of sexuality, childbirth, and healing were considered to be now exclusively male property. Increasingly, women were restricted from their time-honored roles.

A more disturbing outgrowth of this change in consciousness and attitude toward the value of women was the emergence of the Inquisition that spread throughout Europe beginning in the twelfth century. It was during this period that women began to be stripped of their last vestiges of self-esteem and power. The main cause of this Inquisition, and the destruction of paganism in Europe, was to a large degree, an attack on those aspects of the sacred mysteries that had been passed down through the generations by women. The priests and leaders of the Inquisition, threatened by the innate wisdom and power of women, devised stories to create fear of women and their time-honored 'mysteries'. Women's sacred circles and initiatory rituals were disgracefully referred to as 'witches covens' and their 'mysteries' were said to be derived from the members of the coven consorting with the devil. Using torture, these men of the Inquisition would extract from their helpless victims whatever deranged nightmares their own warped imaginations could conjure.

As this dark age progressed into it's fullness, industrialization appeared with its factories, toxins and pollutants. In Europe, at the beginning of the industrial revolution, or machine age, the total rape and pillage of the planet was in full swing. This was the complete manifestation of the Age of Iron. It was at this time that we collectively entered our current age of materialist science and intellect, of rationalism and externalization. A dark age, which has been characterized by the destruction and devastation of the feminine, and the very earth that gave us life.

As the force of modernization took hold, sacred art and religion were now perceived as the instruments of ignorance and superstition. Today, human beings spend very little time truly communing with nature, their children and each other. Hour after hour, day after day, as the earth which sustains us becomes more and more polluted, we sit in our allotted cubicles, divorced from nature and each other, working in exchange for money that will buy us supposed thrills, excitement and conveniences. As the precious moments of our lives pass by we sit in front of television and computer screens, pacified, hypnotized and programmed by other people's thoughts and images.

In the Golden Age humanity was totally aligned with spirit. Our minds and hearts were clear, fresh and pure, our bodies strong and vital. In this idyllic age, female and male were in perfect balance and harmony. As time progressed, we made our cyclic descent from spirit into matter. Veils of darkness covered the radiant soul of humanity. Molded and manipulated by the ego's quest for dominion, and worldly power, we traded in the beauty and spaciousness of our spiritual inheritance for the supposed security and comfort of material gain. As the cycle of the Yugas, or ages, unfolded, we became more densified, more degraded and bereft of spirit. Increasingly, we lost touch with each other and the natural world. Not only did we lose touch with our spiritual essence, but we also lost touch with our own inherent magic, our insight, imagination and creativity. In our current Age of Iron, dominated by the forces of chaos and confusion, entranced by the flickering vibrations and images of our technological wonders, pumped full of pharmaceuticals and food additives to enhance our sensations, or ease our pain, we have not only lost our fundamental virtue and integrity, but we have literally lost our minds.

However, during this dark age there have been places where the light of union, harmony, grace and beauty has continued to shine. Places where that subtle ray of spiritual essence has never been extinguished. Where communities of both men and women sometimes risked all to continue to look inward to discover their true divinity and share this knowledge with those that would listen. Where portions of the innate knowledge and wisdom of the spirit, of the mysteries of the universe, and of the relationships and pathways between the material and the numinous, have managed to survive. Where appreciation of and reverence for the sacred union of God and Goddess, Divinity in both it's masculine and feminine forms has never died.

Encoded centuries ago in a secret language of symbols, these spiritual teachings were cherished and kept alive. In the Temples and Royal Courts of India, Tibet, Sumeria and Egypt, among the Alchemists of Europe, in the secret Tantric circles of India and Tibet, among the Shamans of indigenous cultures, and in hidden enclaves of fearless men and women throughout the world, these cherished teachings continued to be revealed, practiced and discreetly handed down from generation to generation.

These teachings tell us that we have the ability to heal our confused and unstable way of life, to restore a sense of harmony and balance within ourselves and the world around us. Our task, in this time of darkness and oppression, is to journey to the depths of our beings and rediscover the essential light and power that has always been there. We must have the courage to honestly observe ourselves. We must release our imprints and discover who we really are. At the same time we must seek out new standards of feminine and masculine expression.

As men and women born into this transformative age, we must join together to become leaders in the reshaping of our world. The Shamans in South America and other indigenous cultures from around the world tell us that we actually dream our world. Whatever appears on this earth happens first, in what the Australian Aborigines refer to as, the Dreamtime. This is an ever-shifting realm of connections and possibilities. This Dreamtime is created and sustained by the mind. The Tibetan Buddhists, Bon Shamans and Alchemical adepts also declare that manifestation comes through an imaging in the mind first. The mind is like a doorway, the connection to the source of creation. This is the source of inspiration, creative imagination, and spontaneous and effervescent display. The mind receives and projects images. That is part of its nature and function.

Yet in order to survive in this time, we have been forced to blind ourselves to our own mind and it's innate power over reality. How many of us ever stop and think about the nature and source of the thoughts and desires that continuously run through our minds? The truth is that we are dreaming dreams that have been offered to us, given to us, and forced upon us, by our parents, teachers, politicians, and the larger society. Some of these are filled with light, but some of them have at their source dark power, repression and control.

Real power is not about control, repression and domination, it is about flexibility and clarity in the midst of chaos. Real power is the ability to relax in the face of danger and truly perceive the situation so that we can take appropriate action.

Our ancient teachers tell us that we have within us the potential to discover our true power, change our world and reshape our reality. We have the innate ability to reconstruct reality; it is part of the gift of being human. If our reality is manifested in the Dreamtime first, in this fertile womb of vision and imagination that is our natural domain, then perhaps we should begin there.

We sit at the juncture of one of the most critical times on this planet. We have a choice to continue on this path of destruction and alienation or break loose from the chains that bind us. It is time to wake up and honestly acknowledge who we are and what we have become. Rather than spend our time casting about for someone or something outside ourselves to blame, we must begin by going deep inside and taking a long, hard look at ourselves. We need to take responsibility for our actions, become responsible human beings. It is time for each individual, family and then whole communities to step onto the sacred path of inner exploration and examination so that we can begin to cast out our mental demons, purify ourselves and heal our world from this madness.

The greatest spiritual traditions of our planet teach that the best way to combat these demons, whether they be in material form or in the depths of one's own mind, is not through mimicking their dark methods, but through love. Only when we have the courage to clearly see ourselves, freely admit to ourselves how deeply we are entrenched in the darkness, how far each and every one of us has allowed ourselves to fall from the pure light of truth and integrity, can we begin to create a new world. Only when our actions spring from an honest and open heart can we begin to create a world free of the demons of fear, greed and deception.

Dare to lift the veils that have obscured your minds and begin to see from your heart. Have the courage to open your eyes and swim against the rising tide of darkness that constantly threatens to overcome you. Do not be afraid to risk all. Do not be afraid to live in truth. Do not be afraid to be honest. Do not be afraid to look into the eyes of your children, into the eyes of others. See the shining light of spirit that is trapped within them, imprisoned by the vicissitudes of this dark age. Perceive from the depths of your heart that they are just as confused and afraid as you are. Give freely to them of your time and energy; they are waiting, begging for genuine help and guidance.

Open and purify your heart and mind. Fearlessly look within and clearly recognize who you are and what you have become. Realize the true meaning of empathy and compassion. Become a vessel of spirit so that the divine energy of love and light can pervade and transform the darkness that surrounds us all.

Like the Great Goddess begin to dance the sacred dance of purification and transformation. Like the ancient alchemists, work to transmute the base lead of your being into the pure gold of enlightenment, for it is out of the ashes of the Kali Yuga, that the Golden age will be born.