” We need the magical powers within nature in order to heal and transform the world. But awakening these powers would mean that our patriarchal institutions will lose their control, as once again the mysterious inner world will come into play, releasing forces once understood by the priestess and the shaman, whose existence the patriarchal world has forgotten….The science of the future will work with these forces, exploring how the different worlds interact, including how the energies of the inner can be used in the outer. The shaman and the scientist will work together, the wisdom of the priestess and wisdom of the physician renew their ancient connection.
But the first step is to awaken these powers, not just individually but for the whole world. We are moving into a global era, and any real changes need to be made globally. If we try to grasp powers for our own individual use, we risk descending into black magic, which is the use of inner powers for the purposes of ego. Our next step in evolution is to realize the primal truth of oneness and to reunite our individual light with the whole.
Real academical work was always for the sake of the whole. In our inner journey, our own alchemical process, to work for the same of the whole means to acknowledge the dimension of the anima mundi. The light we discover in our own depths is a spark of the World Soul, and the world needs this light in order to evolve. When we make this connection in our consciousness and imaginations, we begin to change the fabric of life. ….The same substance that transforms our individual self is the primordial world-creating spirit, the “universal and scintillating fire in the light of nature, which carries the heavenly spirit with it.” When we liberate it within ourselves but do not claim it just for ourselves, solely for our own inner process, we create certain connections through which this energy can flow into the core of life. We participate in the alchemical work of liberating the anima mundi.
This is the first step in the work.
What does it mean to liberate the anima mundi?
. . . The alchemists understood that the individual is a microcosm of the whole, and that what can happen to each of us can happen to the world.
When the light of the soul returns, a grey world of drudgery begins to sparkle; the multi-hued qualities of drudgery begins to sparkle; the multi-hued qualities of creation become visible. Instead of the endless pursuit of pleasure, life beckons us on a search of meaning: the colors of life speak to us, telling us their story, singing to us their song. The music of life returns, a music that is creation alive. A real dialogue between inner and outer life begins to unfold as we directly participate i the hidden mystery of life coming alive: it comes alive within our self and within the world. In the light of the soul the barriers between the inner and the outer dissolve, and we no longer have to dig beneath the surface for some semblance of purpose to our lives.”
Llewellyn Vaugh-Lee, The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul
excerpts from the chapter called, Anima Mundi
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