The oppression of women started with Eve. She became the icon of all that was wrong in the world, the ultimate progenitor of original sin and humanity’s fall from God’s grace.
IT IS A MYTH.
We are emanations of God separated like rainbows through a prism.Female separated from male as the energies fractured and were split. The Adam and Eve myth helped early people understand through storytelling where man originated. Because of the state humanity was in and still is in, there needed to be someone to “blame”. Women have been oppressed, marginalized, maligned, abused and forced to “own” their guilt which doesn’t exist. This ancient indoctrination has been so strong it has perpetuated through out history and pervaded every aspect of society. The “Fathers” of the church were all too happy to assign their rage to the temptress associated with all women. Mary Magdalene became the new whipping post – once again falsely accused – but the error indoctrinated by the power brokers of the church whose only goal was protecting their power base.
Christianity was corrupted the instant it was recorded. Men used it through all ages to support their political and power driven agenda by assigning “the will of God” to their proclamations.
As early as Constantine in 325 AD, the “will of God” was seen as a political tool, when religion and the state were so intertwined that the emperors were convening ecumenical councils that were not even attended by the seated Pope. That was the case for choosing the books of the Bible as well – The Council of Nicea, 325 AD, the Emperor Constantine saw the Roman Empire losing influence and political strength. He watched as Christianity gained zealous followers and knew there was an opportunity to shore up his flailing empire and give it new life.
He chose the books of the Bible that supported obedience, not spiritual growth, that called upon people to peacefully co-exist and be obedient to civil authorities because it was the “will of God”. He and the church then systematically eliminated any opposition and conquered all of Europe with the new religion. The religion of obedience to the Roman Empire that was now officially ordained by God and officially oppressed women all descendants of Eve.
Eve didn’t fall, Adam didn’t fall. We didn’t fall from God’s grace. Our material bodies block the light of God, the power brokers of religion support that falsehood because they too are indoctrinated and then fall prey to supporting their power base. As long as we see error as truth we are in bondage. As long as we see negativity and incompleteness we will think ourselves not worthy. What we see is what we are reflecting from inside ourselves.
We can not live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.
~ Hildegard of Bingen