Mary has an ancient history in the collective psychic imagination of mankind. Only her names (Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Diana, Ishtar, Venus, etc.) have changed over the centuries while her archetypal reality remains the same. She is referred to as wisdom present in the moment of creation, as co-redemptrix, as all-powerful, as the counterpart of the masculine force within the masculine and feminine fields of energy that exist in an inseparable unity. As the goddess of the divine feminine energy field within us, she is the feminine dimension of the Self. She is the spiritual vessel in which opposites combine. In her, ego and Self become united. In the same way, Mary and Jesus are counterpart personifications of the essential Self. The virginity of Mary means that incarnation is about the conception and birth of a higher consciousness without the intercession or necessity of any human agency, i.e. ego. Jesus is the personification of this and is, thus, spiritually, the son of a virgin mother. She is what we are meant to become. ~ adapted from *Mary Within, A Jungian Contemplation of Her Titles and Powers* by David Richo
The Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8th, is one of the most misunderstood concepts, even in the Catholic Church. Its significance is greater than that of Mary’s being born without the “stain of original sin” as it is interpreted. Neither does it refer to the virgin birth, although the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary is a physical representation of the Immaculate Conception.
To understand the meaning of the Immaculate Conception it is necessary to understand that before any “thing” was created there was no “thing” (nothing) in existence except the Father Spirit, the Source of all things. Once creation began it caused a disunity within this Source – that which was before anything was created and that which appeared after creation began. This second state is the Immaculate Conception – the beginning or womb of creation – through which the Word, Holy Spirit, or sound of “aum” was expressed to begin creation. This sound or Word was made flesh as Jesus, immaculately conceived in the womb of his mother, Mary. The birth of Mary to her mother, Ann, was also a virgin birth since the souls of both Jesus and Mary sprang from the Father Spirit, God, in the very beginning of creation. They were as one soul in the beginning of creation, separated only by the different ways in which they were expressed – Mary as the womb of creation, or mind responding perfectly to the Father to bring about creation, and Jesus as the Word of God, or the consciousness through which all things were created and experienced.The Immaculate Conception has been celebrated throughout past ages by personification of this concept – as Sophia, Wisdom, Isis, Eve and even Asherah, wife of God. The concept remains the same – the perfect response of mind to build matter according to the intent of God the Father – humankind being made in the likeness of God in that a human mind is the source of whatever is built in physical creation.
Lakshmi, The Hindu Version of the Immaculate Conception
Vishnu is a main Vedic God, the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vishnu’s female counterpart is called Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the consort of the god Vishnu. Also called Mahalakshmi, she has always existed. She is called Mother Earth. She is seen in two forms, the representation and totality of the material world or energy and the spiritual world or energy. Lakshmi is the power of Lord Vishnu. They are not separate beings, they are one. Lakshmi is depicted in her universal form as Shakti. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’ in Hinduism. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Not only is the Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force. Shakti exists in a state of having dependence on no-one, being interdependent with the entire universe. However, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active feminine energy, being the female half of Shiva. (taken from Wikipedia)
A part of the beginning cycle of Spirit was completed with the birth of Jesus to Mary in that it brought Spirit into flesh enabling each one of us to become like Mary by giving birth to the Christ within our own consciousness once when we have aligned our wills with Love.
Additional information about these concepts can be found in my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers. The book is available in print or electronic format from amazon.com – the electronic format can be read on your computer using the available download from Amazon.
Mary has appeared in many countries. This photo was taken in Egypt during one of her appearances there in the 1960s.
This is information about the apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that began in June 1981 at Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. There were six young people who first saw Mary. She has appeared several times to each of them but particularly to Mirjana who has had visitations in both her native country and in Sterrett, Alabama, USA. Our Lady has been appearing every single day to one or more of the visionaries for 28 years. This is well over 12,820 apparitions. Our Lady said on April 4, 1985, “I wish to keep on giving you messages as it has never been in history from the beginning of the world.” Our Lady said on May 2, 1982, “I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Afterwards I will not appear any more on this earth.”
This is information which Mirjana gave to Father Tomislav Vlasic on November 5, 1983 about the secrets of Fatima and the chastisement to come:
There will be three warnings in the form of events on earth before a visible sign is given to mankind. After the admonitions, a visible sign will appear on the site of the apparitions in Medjugorje for all the people to see. The sign will be given as a testimony to the apparitions and in order to call people back to faith.
After the first admonition, the others will follow in a rather short time. Thus, people will have some time for conversion. That interval will be a period of grace and conversion. After the visible sign appears, those who are still alive will have little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation.
The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisement for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted thanks to prayer and fasting. According to Mirjana, the events predicted by the Blessed Virgin are near. By virtue of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: “Convert as quickly as possible. Open your hearts to God.” That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting: “You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert wars and suspend the laws of nature.”
The invitation to prayer and penance is meant to avert evil and war, but most of all to save souls.
The following is Our Lady of Medjugorje’s October 2, 2012 monthly message through Mirjana:
“Dear children; I am calling you and am coming among you because I need you. I need apostles with a pure heart. I am praying, and you should also pray, that the Holy Spirit may enable and lead you, that He may illuminate you and fill you with love and humility. Pray that He may fill you with grace and mercy. Only then will you understand me, my children. Only then will you understand my pain because of those who have not come to know the love of God. Then you will be able to help me. You will be my light-bearers of God’s love. You will illuminate the way for those who have been given eyes but do not want to see. I desire for all of my children to see my Son. I desire for all of my children to experience His Kingdom. Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you.”
The most important message is always: “Dear children! Today I invite you to conversion. This is the most important message that I have given you here…”
For additional information you can go to the Caritas website: http://www.medjugorje.com/index.html
In my book, Spirit and Truth, there is an explanation of the way in which human evolution was advanced in the beginning through a change in DNA caused by radiation. This occurred as the earth traveled through strong magnetic fields that were a part of its cyclic path through space. This is destined to occur once again as our solar system returns to an area of high radioactivity as it begins a new cycle. The purpose of the radiation in this place in space is to bring about a new race of man. Its effects will bring about a new consciousness in which all will live in peace and allow the second coming of Christ to occur. This is destined to occur and everyone should be aware, not only of the fact that it will happen, but of its significance to the human race.
The path of our solar system is taking us into an area of extreme energetic forces. See “Voyager Makes an Interstellar Discovery.” In the extreme, this radiation could shower the earth with radioactivity, while once more changing the evolutionary pattern of mankind. The prophecies, of Fatima and Garabandal particularly, contained warnings from Mary (the mother of Jesus) of a terrible chastisement if people did not change their selfish and materialistic ways.
However, a major shift in consciousness appears to be happening as evidenced by the increasing number of people who are publicly demonstrating their own consciousness shift and offering their help to others. Several websites such as Miracles of Mind, and Integral Enlightenment, along with Facebook pages and YouTube videos, are appearing to help those who are seeking a deeper meaning to life. Signs seem to be everywhere that old ideas are being replaced by new ways of thinking and being. It is important to understand that each person’s contribution to this shift contributes to the whole and hastens the possibility of world peace. We each have a vital part to play in events that will affect the future of our world, our children and ourselves.
For more information about the concepts discussed here, and to discover a different way of thinking about religious concepts, read SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers. Also see the blog, “Cycles of Time.” See also: Solar Cycle News; DNA, Magnetic Fields and Biological Information Transfer