Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Teezaza Sanbat, Transformative Confrontation

Shabbat refers to the Land of the Divine Feminine. Teezaza Sanbat (Commandment Of Shabbat), a sacred text of Ethiopian Jewry, reveals that Shabbat means "I am God. It is not the day, but I." In other words, Shabbat is personified and refers to Indwelling and Immanent Divine Feminine Presence, the Shechinah. This is the heritage of every woman.

Recovering that heritage requires that each woman "transform her inner dragon" for herself. Originally, by not doing it herself, necessitating that a "hero" slay it to protect his "own daughter" (malchut), the feminine lost easy access to the Divine Feminine within her and sent the Shechinah into exile. How do we know this? Through Ethiopian Jewish tradition. Miri Hunter Haruach writes of this oral tradition:

Once upon a time, in the land of Sheba [1], there lived a horrible dragon, which loved to feast upon the flesh of young girls. The people of the land were terrified for they never knew when or where the dragon would strike next. One day a brave warrior, who had a daughter of his own, decided that he would battle the dragon in order to rid the land of this terrible beast and thereby save his daughter from any possible threat.

He went into battle and fought with the dragon. He emerged victorious! To show their appreciation, the people of the land decided that this man should be King. And so it was that he ruled until his death. Upon his death the reign was passed on to his daughter (emphasis added).

In other words, rulership over the feminine powers passed to an exclusively masculine expression of malchut. Thus did patriarchy arise in consequence to this esoteric matter. More importantly, herein rests the answer to restoring the Divine Feminine to her rightful place, as an equal force opposite the Divine Masculine.

Each woman must confront her own inner dragon for herself and emerge victorious from that transformative confrontation (as opposed to suppressive avoidance) with Shabbat Consciousness.


[1] Sheba and Shabbat both pertain to "7" and are from the same 2-letter root shin-beit שב.

Technorati tags:

No comments:

Dare to be true to yourself.