we want our culture to value the diversity of women's
bodies, we need to change our cosmology. We need to
alter the words and images we use to explain how the
world began, how it works, its purpose.|
Our cosmology is the biggest idea we humans have, shaping
every institution of culture. These days, our cosmology
and culture deny the world-birthing power and world-serving
wisdom implicit in women's bodies, whatever our race,
age, shape, or size may be.
We need a new story. Forget the Big Bang. The world
begins with the Great Mystery unfurling herself into
by her desire to learn, play, and grow, Woman created
the world, and the world was Woman.
the substance of her body, Woman gave birth to stars,
planets, moons, suns.
the heat of her fire, Woman set the Earth into motion,
giving birth to day and the year of time.
the coolness of her waters, Woman set the Moon into
motion, giving birth to night and the month of time.
fire and water into the substance of her body, Woman
gave breath to creatures of the land, sea, and sky.
Encompassing all-that-is within her limitless love,
she placed a portion of herself into each of her creatures,
into every particle of creation.
to her original impulse, she keeps provoking her creatures
to learn, play, grow. As they expand their love for
themselves and each other, she loves even more lavishly.
As they perceive their own and each other's true beauty,
she knows herself even more deeply. Balance and harmony
world's origin: ever-expanding love. Its operating principle:
differentiation and integration. Its purpose: evolution
of consciousness. The prize: a just and sustainable
human society, also joy.
The story is more than myth. Beyond the scope of this
essay to describe in full, astronomical evidence indicates
that women's bodies code the way the world works. Our
volumes and curves, our rhythms and cycles, replicate
the structure and function of the universe. Beginning
with the correspondence between menstrual and lunar
cycles, continuing to planetary orbits and beyond, we
embody the mathematical relationships implicit in universal
principles of time and space.
As women exult in the diversity of our bodies, we reveal
creation's original impulse: unconditional love. As
our culture celebrates our bodies' diversity, we can
fully and freely enact the wisdom our bodies encode.
We generate a just and sustainable human society. We
lead the world into life-affirming balance and harmony.
Here's the bold, big-multiplier idea: Establish a cosmology
that understands the world and humankind's hope
for survival through the curves, shapes, and
rhythms of women's bodies. Express this cosmology through
images of the feminine as a sacred state and sacred
way of being. Integrate this cosmology and imagery into
every cultural institution including architecture,
education, the economy. For every obelisk, a labyrinth.
For every missile, a village well. For every gun, a