Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Hero's Journey

Rudolph Steiner wrote about reality as composed fundamentally of sound - that is, vibration.  He spoke of a range of vibration that travelled through the spectrum of vowel sounds, from A-E-I-O-U.  These sounds composed reality, he reasoned.

There may be evidence.  God is Jah, Wakan Tanka, Yahweh.   Steiner spoke of this end of the vowel spectrum as being excessive yang, with the characteristics of automatons.  Ahriman is the name of the deity residing within the syllable, according to Steiner.  Lucifer is the name of the deity residing within the syllable of the other end of the vowel spectrum - Uu.  Ah to Uu.  Ahriman to Lucifer.  The aspiration for unity decays into the prison of conformity - order.  The aspiration for diversity decays into the prison of endless variety without center or focus - chaos.  Either extreme is excessive, and balance between the two must be maintained.

The uninitiated masculine enters the path that leads to the Dark Tower - the endless labyrinthine prison of the ego.  The destruction of the ego is the destruction of the dark tower, and the annihilating chaos which follows is the wasteland.  The journey through the wasteland leads to the garden, where the water is.  At long last, water is found!  And so the feminine enters the picture, and the terrible empty masculine logic of the wasteland is forgotten.  

Yet water is wily in its ways.  You can't pin it down, it's always one thing turning into another.  It has no real shape, just capacity to manifest any shape.  Consciousness itself is actually responsible for choosing the shape of water.  Water itself is shapeless and formless.    

To follow the metaphor, Looking-for-her is Lucifer.  If you are chasing after the allures of the feminine, He's gotcha.  Not because there is anything wrong with the feminine, but water is not solid and is not stable as a foundation.  Water is not commonly associated with stability.

What this means, if Steiner is to be believed, is that the pendulum swing away from the atrocities of Trump - I mean Ahriman -  towards the feminine may not be the end of the story.  The reawakening of the divine feminine may need to contain within it a reference to the divine masculine - the initiated masculine, the consciousness that has seen beyond the inherent change of the world, the world of infinite desire, represented by water, the feminine, and Lucifer.  This initiated masculine is devoted to the absolute and has no compulsive desires towards the relative.

The journey to the dark tower and beyond, through the wasteland to the garden and the waters, does not end there.  The goddess is desire herself, life existing as desire itself, desire itself manifesting as life.  Life is desire, and desire leads to sex and death.  Beyond desire is the realm beyond life and death, the realm of the divine masculine, the realm found in meditation.  Thus the end of the hero's journey is the return to the self, having discovered the true life available beyond ego, and the true nature beyond the empty impermanence of true life.

The endless pursuit of desire may indeed be the work of Lucifer, may it not?  I'm being told by my tinfoil hat-wearing sources that Lucifereans are running things secretly and have been for a long time - this would explain a lot about why we are all being told that life is about the endless pursuit of desire, right?  And according to Steiner, Lucifer represents the extreme yin element - the feminine.  We have escaped a wrathful, judgmental and adolescent Patriarchal God only to be seduced by a slutty Goddess!  The Lucifereans who have been artificially building a world of desire and suffering are doing the work of the Dark Goddess - the Black Madonna - Isis!

So fascist Trump Ahriman is not the answer, and sexy Isis Lucifer is not the answer either.  Between the extremes of Aa and Uu is... A-E-I-O-U.  Between the extremes of Ahriman and Lucifer is the I of Christ.  The initiated masculine has uncovered the consciousness of Christ, a state of unconditional love for all beings.

After the dark tower of the ego, and the wasteland of language, and the goddess of the body, we at long last encounter the irrational wisdom of the heart.  Faith against logic, hope against reason,  love despite there being no possibility of love.  Love is illogical, and the universe is built out of it.

And so from the blind obedience of patriarchy we evolve through the chaotic allure of the goddess and ultimately arrive at a place of peace where desires are set aside, and only love remains.  This is the Hero's Journey - the return home to wholeness, the path leading to the self.

I like to think that the Aa of Ahriman is in my head, and the Uu of Lucifer is in my you-know-what, and the I of Christ dwells halfway between the two, in my heart.

The hero's journey - the journey to the self - goes like this:
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of our exploring will be to return to where we started, and know the place for the first time."

I love you so much, if you only knew...









Monday, November 20, 2017

Art as Prophecy

Relatives, we create what we believe.  This is the function of art - creating belief.

Creativity is the opposite of conformity.  Samsara in contrast with Nirvana may be likened to diversity in contrast with unity - yin relating with yang, Shakti relating with Siva.  Conformity limits possibility, whereas creativity creates possibilities.  Art opens up possibilities in society.  Divinely inspired creative expression is our highest purpose.  Good art envisions what is possible and manifests it where no one saw its possibility before.  Art is thus manifesting creative vision, for no other purpose than to manifest creative vision.  Lila - the play of life.

Art envisions possibilities where none where seen before - this is the manifestation of creative vision.  Is not what we mistakenly call prophecy - seeing the future - really a function of creative genius - envisioning and manifesting the future?  Culture follows art, and history follows culture, forever attempting to consume her - history is the attempt to cover up her story, right?

Or is it not possible for artistic genius to foresee the future, and design it?

Noticing unmet market demand and providing a supply is a form of creative genius - seeing what others don't, creating opportunity -

Isn't it possible for artistic genius to notice unmet market demand and provide a supply of meaning - via storytelling?

The creative force moving through the artist which compels her or him to manifest a vision of reality - is this not the same Holy Spirit that moves through the prophet, compelling him or her to foresee a vision of reality?

I posit that art is in the business of creating possible futures and selling them on the open marketplace.  The greatest masterpiece is the greatest possible future.  Think of it as a collaboration, involving absolutely all of us...

The Story of the Aina

  Aina is a Hawaiian word that means, "Land."  The story of the Aina is the story of the land.

The story of the land is the story of the body.  Do you see?  Mother Nature is the body of the world, which has been systematically exploited and silenced to make room for man's theories, religions, histories, philosophies, and justifications.  Likewise, our own bodies, which are irrefutably critical to any theory, have been neglected in order to glorify our thinking, neurotic, self-reflexive egos.

The story of the land is the story of the body.  If our thinking minds are our conscious aspect, our intuiting bodies are our subconscious aspect.  The story of the land is the story of the subconscious, the story of our intuitive, instinctive knowing, the story of the feminine, the story of Yin.  The story of the land is her story, as opposed to history.  History is the story of how the language we are using came to be, the story of how logic slowly overtook mystery as the alphabet replaced the Goddess.  Her story is the story of the land, the story of the body, the story of water, the story of art.

History is the story of language, and so history may be directly written down.  Her story is the story of the body and the world of the senses, and may not be accurately written down but must be directly perceived.  History is rational and linear and her story is creative play - history is language, and her story is art.  History is the past, and her story is in the present.  The entirety of history is Siva, while the entirety of her story is Shakti.  History is to be taken literally, while her story is seen to be metaphor.  The story of the Aina is her story:  the story of art and culture, the story of the waters, the story of life.  

The land and the body and the feminine and the waters and the arts and yin have been marginalized, to our collective disadvantage.  Our uninitiated, imbalanced civilization has worshipped the blazing dominance of yang and feared the shadow of yin.  The story of the Aina is the story of making peace with our shadow, the story of making peace with nature, the story of making peace with our fears, the story of making peace with our bodies, the story of creating healthy relationship with the "other".  The story of the Aina is the story of our ego's surrender at long last to experiential truth.

The story of the ego is all about what makes us unique, but the story of the Aina is about what we all have in common.  To hear the body we must quiet the mind, and to hear the Aina we must quiet our philosophies, our religions, and our politics.  Listening to the body teaches us to listen to the land, and vice versa.

The story of the land has been suppressed in order to propagate the story of the language which conquered her.  The map which reveals the territory has attempted to usurp the territory.  Explanations for why-things-are have attempted to replace authentic, preconceptual being.

Reality is paradoxically illogical.

We have been raised on one story:  the story of the two-leggeds.  There is far more to this story, that we are only now discovering.  The story of the two leggeds has been passed down to us as our story, but the story of the land was buried. The two-leggeds have long forgotten the story of the land, because we have forgotten how to be quiet and listen. We are remembering how to be silent, and we are remembering how to listen, and we are hearing the story of the Aina, and we are remembering the time when we all knew this story - the story of how to live.

 The story of the Aina goes like this:  A healthy ecology is the foundation of a healthy economy.  Economics is nothing more complicated than the optimal distribution of ecological resources. A healthy ecology is the goose that lays golden eggs, feeding and sheltering and nurturing and healing everyone.  Destroying the ecology is equivalent to killing the goose that lays golden eggs.  The story of the two-leggeds is the story of Yang fearing the incredible potency of Yin, and aspiring to destroy her rather than surrender to her grace.   The story of the Aina is the story of compassion, forgiveness, and healing, in spite of ourselves.  The Aina is telling us that gardening needs to be the centerpiece of public education.   Ecological investment reaps economic dividends, so to heal our global economy the coming generations must be radically competent stewards.  We must teach children to garden.  It's time.





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vipassana tantra

Uphekkshanam means equanimity.  It was a word used by the Buddha to describe a mental quality perhaps best described as 'balanced'.  A mind full of equanimity has no desire for things to be other than they are - there is no craving, and no aversion.  Pure contentment, pure acceptance.  Mere perception, without judgment.  There is no judgment, no reaction, mere perception, mere compassion.

Uphekkshanam is a state of mind that meditators aspire to, and often fail to achieve.  Meditators are good at concentrating, but many have not cultivated a nervous system that can handle the true neurological implications of deep physiological equanimity.  Overcoming the desire to move when your back hurts is nothing compared to overcoming the desire to orgasm when your lover wiggles their hips a certain way... in the greatest of ironies, the sexiest, most sensitive people are the ones most easily pulled away from sacred sexuality into conventional orgasmic sex.

You see, real equanimity is a neurological state of physiological relaxation and peace that is cultivated by experiencing physical, somatic pleasure (or pain) without reacting to it with craving, or aversion.  Tattoos and piercing can be said to be both addictive and possibly therapeutic(!) because they also tap into deep states of consciousness and peace by experiencing tremendous pain without reacting to it with aversion.  According to the Buddha, these tantric practices would qualify as equanimity training.  Indian ascetics have been doing such exercises for thousands of years.

This tantric cultivation of nonreactivity touches us deep in our subconscious, where our sexual and survival urges reside.  Vipassana meditation leads to non reactivity, but non reactivity developed in a meditation hall depends upon a pristine context, or environment, to stay nonreactive.  In other words, equanimity must be practiced in the monastery but it is demanded on the battlefield.

Both pleasure and pain lead us into reactivity, and cultivating a path of nonreactivity that avoids both pleasure and pain can be said to be an aversion to the world of the senses, craving nibbana and rejecting samsara.  In the fractal cosmos, where out-there recapitulates in-here,   we crave the emptying completion of orgasm just as we crave the emptying completion of death and nibbana, and we do everything to avoid the ravenous hunger of unsatiated desire just as we avoid the ravenous hunger of insatiable samsara and the ravenous uncertainty of an unknowable future.  Monastics who hide from sex and pain and life and uncertainty are hiding from samsara, are they not?  Bodhisattvas must be brave, indeed.

Real equanimity requires a balanced attitude towards the world of the senses, adoring it, tolerating it, disdaining it, not attaching to it.   It involves controlling our instinctive reactions during pleasure and pain, and one way to train for it is by making lots of love while mastering the urge to orgasm.  (It can also be trained for by getting lots of tattoos without wincing, which is weird but true.)  In fact, our survival as a finite global ecology requires that we learn about sexuality in this way - the sexual urge overwhelms us on so many different occasions our mastery of it is required for sustainable civilization.  Our collective failure to master the sexual urge has led to an overpopulated planet full of insecurity, violence, and pain.  Cultivating neurological equanimity through sexual mastery is the fast path to enlightenment - far superior to conventional sex, which cannot sustain people or planet.  Of course, the potential exists to fall into the hell of the neurotic and compulsive passions - but hey, we're already there, and we've been there our whole lives, right?  So there's nothing to fear.  Because sexual promiscuity is already the new normal, it makes sense to promote sexual equanimity through tantra as a path to peace and the means to balance the energies of the sexes, the energies of yin and yang.  This is the path of the Way, the Tao.

There are three kinds of sex:

Procreational sex (creation of babies)
recreational sex (creation of pleasure)
transformational sex (creation of power)

My understanding is that forces of black tantra are blanketing the globe with satanic sex rituals in an attempt to cultivate more power.  As this power is fear-based, it really has no strength against love.  When transformational sex is used without compassion, fear runs things.  When transformational sex is practiced with compassion, love runs things.  We have to learn about tantra, and we have to practice proper tantra, because the dark forces are using it as much as possible, taking maximum advantage of our ignorance.  We must overcome the powerful creations of fear with the far more powerful creations of love.

The sex drive is actually an orgasm drive, which can be overridden by bringing the sexual energy into the heart through the will - the practice of compassion.  Think of our chakra system -  moving our energy from our sex organs to our heart requires passing it through our belly manipura chakra, which is the center of willpower.  Moving our sexual energy into our hearts requires an act of will.  If we don't have the willpower, we orgasm, and allow the energy to dissipate.

Thus the sex drive may evolve into a love drive, with discipline.  The sexual urge is actually an orgasm urge, and yet this urge yearns to climb the nervous system's ladder to higher levels of intelligence, yearning to love and be loved, by bringing the sexual energy into the heart through the practice of compassion.  Practicing compassion is an act of will.

In meditation, we learn to observe somatic sensations without reacting to them - this is equanimity, and it actually rewires our nervous system.  In tantric lovemaking, we learn to observe sensations without reacting to them - this is tantric  equanimity,  and it totally rewires the human nervous system at its most primitive level.  What does sex look like when the orgasm drive is removed?  It actually looks a bit goalless, like mere relationship for relationship's sake.  This is the healing dance between the primordial opposites of yin and yang, this is the Tao, the Way - the interpenetration of opposites.  Tantra.  Contemporary talking heads call it karezza - tantric sex, sex without desire, sex without animalistic compulsion.  Angel sex, not donkey sex, but never quote me.

Once we recognize that we want out of the 'feed and breed' domesticated slave life of our lower nature, we tend to yearn for spiritual life, and so we attempt to renounce craving and aversion at the somatic level.  But if we choose celibacy, we may actually be cultivating aversion as much as equanimity.  As westerners we still have sex, which feeds the ultimate craving.  We cannot overcome desire without overcoming the desire to orgasm - and so we repress our sexuality.  This is one very common way to begin spiritual life.  At least for men.

Repressing our sexuality is really just a form of aversion.  We are averse to sexuality, because it ruins our equanimity.  But this is the key - sexuality doesn't ruin our equanimity, orgasm does!  Orgasm destroys our equanimity, but sex can actually be good for it, if we pull the energy into our manipura chakra, which harnesses the energy as willpower which gives us the strength to not orgasm and love instead.  We can actually move away from orgasm by moving deeper into sexuality, but this requires real partnership, real willpower, and real compassion.  We don't need less sex, or more sex, we need sexual maturity, to cultivate mastery, by which we usher in a world of harmony between yin and yang.

Tantric sex?   The key to world peace?  Gimme a break!  Who thinks this shit up, honestly?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fascia Tantra

Women's rules different and men's rules are vastly different. Men's rules make religions, governments, and wars. Women's rules make babies, families, and communities. The time has come to play by women's rules - we've spent a few thousand years doing it men's way, and all we have are war, inequality, oppression, religion, and government.  We need more peace and less war, we need more women's rules and less men's rules.

The trouble is women dont mean what they say. Women trust their bodies, their feelings, and their intuition much more than their thoughts, which is where words come from. Men, who are much more stuck in their heads, believe their thoughts, and thus their words, much more than their bodies and their instincts.

Consequently, men believe what women say, even though what women say is often and regularly not what women mean. For women, the somatic truth changes from moment to moment, so what they said in the past has no relevance to the present. Men are less instinctive and more logical, so the theoretical "truth" is memorized and frozen in memory, long after it stops being true. So men "stick to their word" while a "women's prerogative is to change her mind".
Men need to stop believing what they think and say, and start listening to what they feel. This requires a lot less caffeine! It matters, cause we need to make peace between the sexes if we are to have peace in the world.

In medieval times, when Da Vinci and others were dissecting bodies for the first time in the modern era, they would dissect anatomically following the line of least resistance.   By following the line of least resistance, the anatomists were cutting through fascia - the web of connective tissue, today called the "organ of posture", that holds all the parts together.  The anatomists disregarded fascia, didn't even realize it was there - they just cut through it on their way to the more exciting stuff.  Fascia is the interconnectivity of the body - it is the conduit through which separate parts relate.  Fascia is the perfect metaphor for tantra - tantra is not this or that, but the technique by which this and that relate.  Tantra is the technique by which opposites relate.  Tantra is the healthy relationship between self and other.  

Without it, we end up living in a world of poor, nonexistent, or armored boundaries - we are condemned to fear the other, and/or get exploited by the other.  In the modern West we are required to close our hearts to have safe (invulnerable) sex,  or we are required to close off our sexuality to have safely open hearts.

Relatives, making babies is only worthwhile if we have a sustainable civilization to pass on to them.  We are responsible for healing ourselves and our invisible wounds, that we might heal the world, to make it a safe place for babies to be born into.  We are responsible for healing ourselves sexually and somatically in order to be whole.  We are ready for a new paradigm - the public is clamoring for a viable alternative to our present unsustainable culture.  Relatives, we are ready for a new Way - there is huge market demand for a compelling vision of sustainable civilization.  And it all must be based on our relationship with ourselves, healed through meditation, and our relationship with other, healed through tantra - 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Of gentiles and genitalia

Hypothesis:  Any culture that subjects its males to genital mutilation will be ruled by sexually neurotic, insecure, dominant, exploitive, repressive, and militaristic men as a means of controlling the "other".  I humbly suggest that cultures of genital mutilation are cultures of violence, and consequently cultures that propagate war and poverty.

Circumcision is a fear-based control cult, is it not?

Genital mutilation is sexual trauma, and a culture of genital mutilation is a culture of sex trauma, which will manifest in society in clearly obvious ways.  Sex trauma culture will treat women and the earth like slaves, out of fear.  Sex trauma culture will fear sex, and try to make a business out of it, and exploit it as much as possible.  Sex trauma culture will honor the masculine, war, profit, anger, etc.  and despise the feminine - it will be a culture that tolerates violence and loathes tolerance.  It will be a culture that adores war and fears love.  It will be the fourth Reich, determined to keep its boot on the neck of life forever.

I'm talking about circumcision, of course.  The world is being run by genitally mutilated tyrants - is it any wonder that the ruling class is traumatically perverse and violent?  Isn't it obvious that the balance between yin and yang is out of whack?  We must find the balance, by healing the collective trauma of circumcision.

What we don't acknowledge becomes our shadow.  Circumcision is genital trauma, and we live in a world that displays all the characteristics of sexual trauma and happens to be run by a circumcised ruling class.  This is not a coincidence, relatives.  Love and trust between genders has been replaced with hate and fear, as sexuality itself has been somatically associated with violence, and thus fear.

If you really look into the scriptures, we're not even supposed to orgasm.  Sex without orgasm (tantra) is fundamentally sustainable, leading to peace and health, whereas sex with orgasm (conventional sex) is fundamentally unsustainable, leading to passion and death.  That is, conventional sex leads to conventional life and death, whereas tantric sex leads to...

What - peace?  Eternity?  Emptiness?  Is it possible that circumcision was invented by someone as a cruel means of controlling humanity, and preventing us from inheriting our birthright of immortality, or - at the very least - sexual freedom, personal sovereignty, and a healthy and peaceful world?

The Tao - The Way.  The path between opposites - the way between renunciation and indulgence, the path between the repression of celibacy and the insatiable craving of orgasmic sex - this is the journey whereby the nervous system is rewired, and judgment is abandoned at the cellular level.

How shall we deal with this perverse and wicked ruling class?  How shall we tread between forgiveness and righteous fury?  How do we forgive and hold accountable at the same time?  This is the same journey - the tantric interweaving of opposites.   Rehabilitation makes more sense than retribution.  Compassion tells us to never give up on anyone, or anything...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prajnaparamita

 Sustainability is forgiveness.  This is the karma behind Christ's message, and resurrection.  We are told Christ died for our sins, but it might be more accurate to say that Christ died for our karma, and was resurrected to reveal that our karma was utterly consumed.  Because we are forgiven, we are sustained.  Sustainability is forgiveness.  As in the microcosm so in the macrocosm.  If we judge, we condemn, and persecute, and hierarchy arises, and oppression ensues.  Conflict.  

Sustainability is forgiveness.  We transform conflict into loving relationship through forgiveness.  We must not judge.  We must tolerate.  We must tolerate ourselves - our bad knees, our bad backs, our bad faith, our bad attitudes.  And as we learn to tolerate ourselves we learn the art of imperfection - being at peace and content through tolerance.  This leads to a general tolerance, which is self-evidently more sustainable than intolerance.  Intolerance leads to conflict.  Tolerance leads to peace.  

In these final days of degenerate Empire, it is healthy to remember that the Imperial Rebellion has been going on for a long long time.  During the period of the 60's there were communist and socialist revolutions all over the planet, as former colonies threw their efforts into defeating Empire.  These movements were unsuccessful, in large part because they failed in their attempt to create a global Republic.  The socialist revolutions in South America grew in tandem with Liberation Theology, the well-founded claim that Jesus was essentially communist, and his teaching was fundamentally communist in its economic prescription for happiness.  You see, private property always leads to competitive advantage, which leads to natural selection favoring the wealthy.  This may or may not be sustainable, depending upon whether or not the wealthy then hoard their wealth, or spend it on others.  This is the realm of ethics, or spirituality.  Indigenous tribes practiced the tradition of the 'giveaway' wherein the wealthy members of the tribe would regularly give away all their valuables to less affluent members.  Indeed, it still happens on the Lakota reservation - the guy who owned the gas station in Pine Ridge had to sell it, because the culture required him to give away the gas for free... private property without the spiritual ethic of voluntary redistribution (serving others) leads to class segregation, which leads to conflict.  

For which we must be tolerant.  We must have faith in having faith, and be tolerant of the potential for class struggle inherent in private property ownership.  Again - private property is not the problem - an absence of spiritual values, or ethics, is the problem.  We've been taught not to share, and it's making us very unhappy.  By reintroducing ethics, or spiritual values, we remember that we are actually here to help one another out, not compete against one another.  We don't need some radical pogrom, we just need to be gently reminded that trying to be happy while being selfish is like trying to get a suntan on a submarine.  Instead, lets practice sharing what we have, knowing we have enough.  And while keeping the faith, and tolerating ignorance with compassion, we must also overcome the pedagogy of the oppressed, which always exists wherever there is hierarchy, dig?  Like parents bossing their children, or teachers bossing their students, or men exploiting women, or two-legged exploiting nature, the power hierarchy of empowered/disempowered must be composted, and put to rest.  

We compost the power hierarchy by cultivating healthy and loving relationship between opposites.  This is tantra.  Yin and Yang, masculine and feminine, light and dark, left and right, samsara and nirvana, emptiness and form... these dualities may be in oppressive conflict,  which is unsustainable, but they would rather be in love,  allowing the interaction to be one of healing, rather than destructive, relationship.  Tantra is the art of creating healthy and sustainable relationship between diametrically opposed opposites.  How do we create a both/and scenario out of an either/or scenario?  We must abandon the logic of rational judgment and practice the irrational wisdom of the heart, through forgiveness.  

Forgiveness is basically the difference between a zero-sum and a non-zero sum game.  In a zero-sum game, for me to win you must lose.  For every winner there must be a loser, so the sum adds up to zero.  In a non-zero sum game, for me to win you must also win.  If you lose, then I lose too.  This is known as a win-win strategy, something that Asian cultures are beginning to be recognized as having a talent for.  The West has been dominating a zero sum geopolitical arena for a while now, and we are evolving into the collective recognition of a non-zero sum reality.  Buckminster Fuller said it best:  "It's all of us or none of us."  We must love one another, or die.

 How can we create a healthy and safe society without judgment?  We all know that hippies aren't judgmental, but they can't run a meeting either, let alone a business.  We must have some discernment, even if we aren't judgmental about it. We must practice prajna.  

 Prajna is a word that is best translated as 'discriminating awareness'. By practicing discriminating awareness, we are not judging, we are not condemning, we are loving, and tolerant, but we have a razor-sharp sword of discernment which is keenly aware of precisely how our actions and the actions of others affect the harmony and balance of the whole.  We are keenly aware of the dharma, and whether or not our thoughts and actions are in alignment with the dharma, knowing that our karma will be favorable or unfavorable as a consequence.  Prajna - the razor-sharp sword of discriminating awareness that does not judge but rather arises out of compassion and a desire to help others - is the tool by which we create a merciful, nonjudgmental, resilient and tolerant enlightened society.  

You see, masculinity tends to judge.  This is why men have invented religions and governments, and forms of control.  Femininity is less judgmental, more tolerant, which is why women create life.  It's easy to see why the life-creating feminine might be feared by the control-creating masculine - this is tantra too, by the way - but the dance is in loving what we fear, and approaching it fearlessly out of a heartfelt desire to deepen the relationship and ultimately, express love.  Consequently, men's religions and governments are required to teach forgiveness, and practice mercy, if there is to be any balance between opposites and peace in the world.  The two most ancient tantric techniques in the world are the sincere apology and the expression of appreciation...