At the Vancouver Peace Summit in September 2009, the Dalai Lama announced, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.”
His comment has sparked controversy, including one very dense journalist who said he had visions of blond valkyries riding forth to battle armageddon. Some people seriously can't think outside the box.
To me, the Dalai Lama is, and always has been, a very practical man, and what he comments on is the arising of women and woman's priorities in our war torn, greed driven world. Western women predominantly have access to education, empowerment, and resources that their sisters in poor nations are struggling to gain (and they will).
I've been feeling lately that this year, 2013, is going to be very much about the arising of women and the rising of the Goddess. My sense about this is almost too much for me to somehow squeeze into an article or blog entry...........it's from scanning many bits of information and news that have been coming my way lately. And, from dreams.
Here's a movie coming out that seems very hopeful to me, and includes interviews with some of my favorite cultural transformers, women who have profoundly impacted our world: Riane Eisler, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Sandra Ingerman, Gloria Steinem, and others.
13 is the magical number of the Goddess, and has been for a very long time, because there are 13 lunations in a month (month -moon), and 13 menstrual cycles. The origin of the "unlucky Friday the 13th" myth may go back to patriarchal re-mything of symbols once sacred to the Divine Feminine, as Friday derives from the name of an ancient Nordic goddess, Freya (Friday - Freya's Day). So, for people inclined like myself, Friday the 13th is a lucky day, because it's a sacred day of the Goddess.
So, may 2013 see the profound arising of the feminine, bringing healing, justice, peace, and Restoring the Balance.
From Women Will Save the World, edited by Caroline Shearer:
“At a time when it is clear that life and business as usual is leading us towards collective calamity, we search for signs and wisdom that can help us imagine a new world and tell ourselves a new story. If women are to help lead the world towards a more just, peaceful, and abundant future, what is it that lives in women that holds these keys? What might live in us that we haven't considered as sources of strength and ingenuity that could support our coming together in unity to co-create and birth a new earth? Women always have been at one with birth and renewal, and Mother Nature shows us that the life cycles of the seed, from blossom to death to re-birth, are part of our universal reality."
- Jennifer Buffett, President of NoVo Foundation