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“We are one with the one” – chapter excerpt.

August 19, 2016

Excerpt from chapter six of my forthcoming book, Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment. This chapter documents my time at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Game of Gods Cover

   Thousands of exuberant voices filled the cavernous space of the main plenary hall. It was a time of worship, a place for introspection, a space for emotional release. Multitudes lifted their voices in melodic affirmation and the assembly room, with its 30-foot high ceiling and massive cement walls, pulsed with female energy.

   “Remember who you are,” sang out Mother Maya Tiwari. “Goddess, Mother, Shakti of this Earth.” The crowd intoned back: “Goddess, Mother, Shakti of this Earth.”

   It was going to be an interesting morning.

   Speaker after speaker impressed upon us our sacred duty, swelling our sense of unity and shared spiritual purpose.

   “What if the world were a place where it was effortless to recognize our common humanity, our shared virtues and concerns, and our collective devotion to the Earth?” asked Rabbi Amy Eilberg. “What if the whole world, all seven billion of us, were like this?”

   Heads nodded in affirmation and voices shouted in solidarity.

   Ojibwe “Grandmother” Mary Lyons told the multitude: “When you breath in, you breath in a breath of Mother Earth. And when you exhale, those are your ancestors.”    

   More heads nodded.

   New York Times best-selling author and New Thought personality, Marianne Williamson, wowed the audience with her charisma: “Every woman here who is a healer is a priestess. Every woman here who is a teacher or an educator is a priestess.” Her call to sacred femininity energized the great crowd, bringing attendees to their feet again and again during her eight-minute speech.

   “A Divine Goddess is not just beautiful, she’s fierce,” Marianne exhorted with a growl of intensity, leading to an emotionally charged call-to-action. “And when you mess with her babies… and you mess with her earth, she’s had enough of that sh*t. And we’re here on her behalf… you know what to do, go do it!”

   The response to Marianne was more than a standing ovation. Women sobbed, danced, raised their hands, shouted and whistled and clapped. Someone yelled, “Marianne for President!” Drums around the room pounded in support. To my immediate left a woman was bowed low, weeping profusely, the wellspring of her soul cascading down her face. On my left a plain-looking, middle-aged lady was fist-pumping the air with grave intensity, lips pursed, face set like stone – a “Divine Goddess” ready to burst forth, fierce, and eager to battle for the sake of Mother Earth.

   Following Marianne, Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, invited us to be “political actors” and reshape the world. More cheers rose in solidarity, the great crowd empowered to march as social justice warriors.

   “We are strong,” bridged the moderator, building on the passion of the morning. “We are woman. Make no mistake of it – we are strong.”

   The Women’s Plenary, titled Faith in Women was a rousing invocation to goddess empowerment. But it was not a stand-alone event. The day before was the Inaugural Woman’s Assembly, and I had attended this too.

   “We are one with all life,” explained an Assembly speaker. “We are one with all people. We are one with the one.”

   The masses responded back: “We are one with all life… We are one with the one.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathey permalink
    August 19, 2016 11:11 am

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to read this book. It’s going to be eye opening.

  2. Kathy permalink
    August 23, 2016 1:20 pm

    Thanks for writing about what your fellow Canadians like me have closely monitored the rising prevalence & popularity of, locally (particularly as empowered through local “economic development” support/ taxpayer funding) – in its global context.

  3. Marilyn Crow permalink
    November 13, 2016 1:02 am

    Hi Carl,

    Thank you for all the work you put in to inform us. We are very grateful here in `down under.`

    regards, Marilyn.

  4. William Doty permalink
    November 19, 2016 11:43 am

    The mind was designed to ‘mind’ something, the calm, wordless, intuitive, decent, common sense consciousness it was made with. Compliance is optional, if not we would all be robots or like the animals, reacting with either flight or fight to any stress it encounters.

    A person can be attracted to mind only their senses, their thoughts or feelings leaving them disabled from enjoying and living a prolific, useful life without struggle, scheming and planning, but with a peculiar kind of suffering and defamation by people who found that minding the constraints of conscience was not an option. They are perverted/possessed totalitarians and are the world’s little Chuckies with kitchen knives and Carries at the prom involved in politics, entertainment, religion, teaching and news reporting for the most part or on disability/Welfare para-siting from civilization outright without cover.


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