Recently I wrote a post called ‘Polarity Polarises’ in which I asked whether our use of gender and polarity concepts and metaphors in spiritual practice was really helpful – and whether we should be more circumspect in using them. It was an excellent essay on Joanna van der Hoeven’s website on this same subject that spurred me on to write about the topic, and after posting I discovered that this discussion had been going on elsewhere in forums and on blogs, particularly in the Pagan community. It’s in the air!
This morning it occurred to me that perhaps this questioning of a way of thinking is related to the impact the web is having on our lives. Before the advent of the web, the primary model of power came from something we were in contact with daily – the magic of electricity with its male plugs and female sockets, and its message that power comes from bringing positive and negative into contact. But now we are starting to experience a different demonstration of power – that comes from connectivity, relationship, bringing together many strands as opposed to the power that comes from two opposite or complementary forces meeting.
It’s a significant shift, I think, that is like the ‘Me to We’, Ego to Eco, shift that is occurring for many. It’s a movement in consciousness from ‘You and Me’ to ‘Us’.
There’s an interesting relationship between the worlds of science and spirituality. As new inventions arise, they provide new ways of thinking about phenomena – and so the telegraph and telephone, for example, provided new metaphors for Spiritualism and Mediumship. Both the western core concept of Wicca in the 1950s and the model of guru and chela in the east, rely on ideas of reception and transmission. But today it feels as if the Spirit of the Times is calling for something else, perhaps in addition to, rather than replacing these ideas. It speaks to our recognition of a common identity, a sense of community, a deepening of our experience of humanity.
Does this make sense to you or did I drink too much coffee this morning? I’d love to hear what you think!