It is helpful to incorporate your own words and spiritual beliefs into a personal creation myth that will function as your doorway to understanding the unity all ancient and modern mystics speak of. (Sandra Ingerman, Medicine for the Earth, p. 21)
There are many creation myths in our world. We think that people of common beliefs subscribe to the same creation myths. Essentially they do, but each person within any given group tends to have an individual perspective or slant on their creation myth. The perspective of an individual may not seem much different than the group doctrine; it may not even be recognized. However, it is the nature of humankind to relate to things in ways as individual as their fingerprints.In the beginning, there was One. The One was All, and there was nothing else. Then the All became three. The All became the Lord, the Lady, and the space in between them.
The Lord was bright and dazzling. He mesmerized the Lady with His energy and elan. He was completely Her converse.
The Lady was dark and deep. She enchanted the Lord with Her beauty and mystery. She was soothing and seductive.
The space between them was a reminder that they were now separate. Although they were polar opposites, they knew balance could be found in union because of their deep memory. When they expressed their deep desire for each other, they spoke in song.
The Lord and Lady began to circle each other as in a great dance while they sang. As they slowly moved closer to each other, the circle became a spiral. As the space between them lessened, their knowledge of each other grew, as did the anticipation. There was great ecstasy when they finally joined as One.
The space between them became the space around them, and it was filled with a Creation born out of their ecstasy. The Creation that we are a part of is the product of that holy union. Everything is sacred from the highest to the lowest. Everything is balanced. Sing and dance, and you will know ecstasy for these are the patterns of life.
As the issue from the union of living creatures are heirs to the nature of their ancestors, the Divine Creation reflects the character of the Divine. As above, so below. The difference between the subtle and gross, the pure and profane, the spiritual and physical seems to be a difficult concept for the human mind to grasp, though. It is the mystery: as within, so without. Spirit calls unto spirit
It seems propitious to write this at the time of the 2012 Autumnal Equinox, because an equinox is a time of balance when day and night, light and dark, are equal. There seems to be so little balance in our world these days, so let us look to the Divine for balance. Perhaps in understanding we can find hope.
The Autumnal Equinox marks the beginning of the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere; the time of the Lady, dark and deep. In contrast, the Vernal Equinox marks the beginning of the light half of the year; the time of the Lord, bright and dazzling. The great dance continues, but humankind no longer dances.
The industrialized world has separated and insulated themselves from the natural cycles. Electric lights in our offices, factories, and homes allow us to work around the clock. Modern heating allow us to work non-stop through coldest times of the year. Modern transportation, refrigeration, and supermarkets relieve our concerns about our food supply. We live our lives at the monotonous rhythm of modern industry, rather than moving with the natural cycles of relative rest and great activity. We do not dance the dance anymore, and our society is ill. We eat industrially processed food and people are obese and sick. A “blue-tooth” may be a sign of assimilation into the grand industrial machine.
The Autumnal Equinox marks our departure from the energy of the light half of the year that is full of activity in the natural world. As the days grow shorter, they also grow colder and the natural world goes to rest. Barren are the trees and the land, particularly after the first snowfall. Nightfall is earlier and longer; the quiet is broken only by the howl of the North wind. This is a good time for rest, reflection, and contemplation. It is a good time to find your creation myth; your doorway to understanding.
It is a mystery that the leaves of trees turn to such brilliant colors before they fall to their death, and in their death they nurture new life come Spring. It is a sign that enlightenment may be found in the time of rest and reflection, which can nurture new life also. May the colors of Autumn be exceptionally brilliant this year as an omen of greater renewal in the coming Spring. May your dance be a dance of joy.