Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Having only once started a sentence with the word, Ishtar, I'll try it again here. Ishtar was the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love, war, sex --a celestial yard-duty lady. She was the counterpart to the north-west Semitic goddess Astarte and cognate Asherah who, according to the Book Of Kings, was once worshipped beside Yahweh in Israel. Amulets and figurines unearthed in ancient Ugarit (see Syria) identify Asherah as a powerful goddess who articulated the universal language of Nature. Asherah's connection to Yahweh is spelled out in both the Bible and 3000-year-old inscribed pottery found in the Sinai desert. She was Nature and espoused to the Universe: Mrs. God.
Then came prophet Jeremiah who aimed Jeremiads at her, and Gideon (see Judges 6:27, 28 --21st cent. King James Bible) and Josiah (see 2nd Kings 23:14) who took exception and axes to her. Asherah was mainly edited out of Judaism, Christianity and Islam --understandable given the political climate of the past 3000 years. Nomography, the drafting of laws, grew into an art form, so did punishments. The world forgot the simple and conscientious yard-duty of Mrs. God ( "Butt on the bench until you learn to behave!" She'd say.). Things got complicated and stayed that way, which is what you may expect of a world that grows up ignoring its mama.
[5 second Mother Nature Clip]
This brings us to the holographic universe. What is that? It means the whole is accessible from any given point in space and time. Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin --Saint Thérèse of Lisieux -- who was a very smart girl, reliably intuited the following: "Each small part of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe." It means we are in this together; that we cover the same phenomenon from different times and angles; that there's no other way to experience a holographic universe; we are united in continuum --a team.
Even in the eternal and infinitely divisible moment that is the universe, there are those who cannot appreciate what Mother Nature advises. She speaks through us too, though we don't always like what she says. Maybe we grew up wrong, couldn't expel blockages to open hearts and minds, endured childhoods inappropriate for adult recital. P.E. coaches say there is no "i" in "team". There's a rather important one in recital --which, when absent, indicates the anatomical area we must place on the bench until we learn to behave.