Julian of Norwich & Nicholas of Cusa Correct Patriarchy

We have been meditating on bringing back the divine feminine which means, among other things, wisdom.  Wisdom is feminine around the world.  The Modern era has practically idolized knowledge at the expense of wisdom.  Such idolatry has set humanity against Mother Earth and against indigenous peoples who are close to mother earth, Pachamama, whose religion has been characterized as “aboriginal mother love.”  We have meditated on Julian of Norwich’s teachings about God and also Christ as Mother and how all of us yearn for mother qualities like compassion to be honored once again.

Owl is a symbol of wisdom in many cultures. Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash.

In the video two days ago, which was Yom Kipper feast day in Judaism, a holy day of Atonement, I talked about the need for all three Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—to name and atone for the sin and distortions that Patriarchy preaches and has preached for too long.  How would the world change if we converted Patriarchy to a balance of the sacred masculine and the divine feminine?  Think about that for a while.  

Read Julian of Norwich to learn more about what that might mean for children, for the earth and her other creatures, for education to move from the idolatry of knowledge to an embrace of wisdom along with knowledge, for upholding rights of girls and women, for honoring art and creativity, and so much more.

One amazing teacher of wisdom was Nicolas of Cusa, a mathematician in the time of the sixteenth century renaissance, who was a deep ecumenist way ahead of his time.  Among his teachings is this: Wisdom is to be found “everywhere.”  It is “burning in all things” and “allures us” and we are “swept toward it with a wonderful desire.”  

Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, p. 125.

To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.

Banner Image: Woman illuminated by contemplation. Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash.

Queries for Contemplation

Do you agree that some Atonement is in order from the Biblical religions’ bias toward Patriarchy and at the expense of the Divine Feminine?  How best to bring about the healing that is needed in souls and society and social structures?

Recommended Reading

The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance

In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.

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4 thoughts on “Julian of Norwich & Nicholas of Cusa Correct Patriarchy”

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    I believe we are in the process of learning how to balance the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine – the marriage of yin and yang within ourselves and in our outer world as well. Knowledge becomes potent when it is infused with Wisdom. Only then can we achieve the full potential of our creative abilities as human beings.

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    If you’ve ever truly observed contemplatively creation, truly you will discover the wisdom that each creature has to offer, as well, you will see the goodness and beauty of the Face of the Divine, the reflections to be found within the all and the everything. I never cease to be surprised at the wonder of these divine moments and the wisdom offered that has helped me in the daily things of ordinary life. Spirit then helps me to make intuitive connections in my discernment, accessing this wisdom offered in response to that which I may be encountering. It’s really quite fascinating how all of this mystery seems to unfold within my awareness.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Jeanette, You write, “If you’ve ever truly observed contemplatively creation, truly you will discover the wisdom that each creature has to offer, as well, you will see the goodness and beauty of the Face of the Divine…” Now listen to Meister Eckhart: “Every creature is a word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature–even a caterpillar–I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.” Thank you for your comment, Jeanette! I think you can see that you are on the same page with Eckhart!

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