We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Once Upon A Time
there was a Great Mother goddess of all humans, animals and plant life named Cybele. Born as both male and female, her power intimidated the gods, and so they castrated her. After throwing her male organ to the ground, a beautiful almond tree sprouted in its place.
Goddess life for Cybele wasn’t smooth sailing ever since. As a young maiden, she fell madly in love with a mortal shepherd named Attis. Despite Attis’s promise to remain loyal to Cybele, he had eyes for the king’s daughter, and proposed to her. Not a smart move on Attis’s part!
On the day of their wedding, Cybele stormed into the banquet, and stirred panic among Attis, his new wife, and the guests. In an attempt to save himself, Attis ran to the nearby mountains where he eventually went mad. In his declining mental state, he castrated himself, and committed suicide at the foot of a pine tree.
When Cybele heard the news, she felt deep remorse for her role in his death and went into mourning. However, not all was lost. As the goddess of all life, Cybele used her powers to resurrect Attis.
Cybele was born from cosmic consciousness. She is neither male, nor female, meaning she is above all human life. Cybele’s story reminds us of the famous quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Like Cybele, we also come from Source energy, and are doing the best we can to navigate life on this crazy planet.
Cybele also teaches us to get in touch with our animalistic spirit. Let your hair go wild. Grab your cymbals, and connect with nature–no clothes needed. Let it all hang out! Nature sure doesn’t care.
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