9.40 minute audio that supports assurances of upholding the birthright in the advocacy of political expression. Today, we are met with many freedoms -- and the need to express them with assurances of whole identity and wellbeing.
This photo of a sculpture titled "Immortalization of Self" led my purpose in the understanding 1) not to deface the photo image but to 2) simply add a layer over it that may reflect the way it was witnessed in its placement (at the LA Art Show) and 3) provide a correction to the witnessed view (with a counter-shield) to engender discussion on how male identity may be witnessing female or woman today and how women or female identity may be able to counter the response.
Additionally, a woman has an inherent right and truth to respond in a way that may shield her true grace and thereby add protection in a world that misunderstands her.
I, personally, have been empowered by the 'genuflect' shield to protect what has otherwise been a great defacement to women by male orders in their claim for possession and the rights of women... (through the digital technologies today)...
...we may call this layer to the work the revealing of a female technology.
The image of Sappho and the Sapphic community of classical Greece may be a reasonable response to Meghan Daum's OpEd in this morning's Los Angeles Times that draws scrutiny to feminist theories in a modern day appreciation (compared to the feminist stereotypes of the early eras in American history).
The best response to the new 'cisgender' reality is that it likely reveals that naturalization did not occur for some communities that may be in their third generation as US citizens. Look at Lesbian identity today and tell me that it meets the Sapphic standards of the island of Lesbos from which this identity is named? Did Sappho and her community understand feminist theory then? Did Sappho meet today's modern feminist identity...closer to Hilary I would say but in order to be a political leader (rather than an artist/poetess as Sappho was) one needs to be 'manned' a little in male.
To identify female as part of Man and to develop her strength (as Sappho did) separate from male identity (but still part to the pantheon that includes it) is whole identity for us and a course that probably meets Meghan's test and embraces the whole woman as it embraces the women of great stature from our past who had great courage in the strong forces of a male-identified culture to try and renew and restore.
14.55 minute unedited audio that initiates a request to society to recognize 2016 as a year that accepts women who choose to be part of a Sapphic Order as an effort to heal our social system from the over-reach of male identities and resume a way of balance and wellbeing for all.
Request in the audio is one woman (my person) who regards 'consent' and certain male authorities (through family and Church) she is granting such authority within stipulated measures to preserve the autonomy and wellbeing of female identity and persons.
It is hoped that all women may be able to have such choice and that this request is regarded and upheld by our systems of life to restore and heal our world.
In a study of the origin of "Dike" I came upon information about a Greek goddess named Dike who according to online definitions seems to have been a progeny of Themis, a renowned Greek goddess of justice. Dike may represent a resonance of the dialectic eras of truth whereby there exists an 'apophatic' reality with every glorious one (note: see definition of apophatic below). The concern of which has value (the apophatic or other) is also evident in the yin/yang and the law of physics that states every action to have an equal and opposite reaction...that in these later placement of time recognize possibly equal value to assure balance in co-existence.
In a description online, about.com, of goddess Dike within the rubric of "Lady Justice":
"Dike and AstraiaDike was the Greek goddess of justice. She was one of the Horai and the daughter of Themis and Zeus. Dike had a valued place in Greek literature. Passages from (www.theoi.com/Kronos/Dike.html) The Theoi Project describe her physically, holding a staff and balance:
"If some god had been holding level the balance of Dike (Justice)."
- Greek Lyric IV Bacchylides Frag 5and
"[Depicted on the chest of Cypselus at Olympia] A beautiful woman is punishing an ugly one, choking her with one hand and with the other striking her with a staff. It is Dike (Justice) who thus treats Adikia (Injustice)."
- Pausanias 5.18.2
Dike is described as almost indistinguishable from Astraea (Astraia) who is depicted with a torch, wings, and Zeus' thunderbolts.
Theology. knowledge, understanding, or description of God through negative statements about qualities and characteristics that God does not possess, as "God is not confined by space or time.".
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The four stages of change that may lead to the ascendant woman begins with a depiction of today where woman is a sexualized being adorned in male constructs with little hope of rising out of the despair.
The second stage depicts the goddess Venus like a pearl who is transformed from the mud of the seas now in a naked placement, healing and awaiting her adornment with truth and feminine powers.
The ascendant woman is in the purity of being immersed in the light of royalty and fully empowered.
The respondent woman is empowered in Life and balanced in her authority with man. I could not find an online representation of the respondent woman yet...the online world does not seem to represent it in a Western force.
The OpEd in today's Los Angeles Times reaches into the Church's structure today and again attempts to awaken the concerns of exclusion, fundamental exclusion of an essential gender class in God's creation: the female identity.
Granted, when a woman is wed in marriage, her vow is to her husband in the Church but when a female woman does not marry, the opportunity to participate in the Church leadership as men need be considered. To assume that all female identities are purely women in the cast of Adam is not necessary. To allow for female women of the Church to participate substantially in its leadership equally with men may be worthy of discussion. In the classical Greek, androgynous (man-woman or female woman) is a recognized gender identity. Females and possibly female women should not be precluded from the decisions of the Synod, "affecting the lives of so many families on the planet".
The focus of Pope Francis on "creating a church of the poor" may play into the term "feminization of poverty" because of the plight of women today that is witnessed even in the Church leadership and its choice of political discourse on critical concerns such as abortion and reproductive rights. For instance, to choose the term "responsible father policies" instead of "pro-life" necessarily places emphasis on the cure rather than the concern (and blame).
Furthermore, to "gloss over the harsh circumstances of poor women's lives in their countries in order to present a united moral front against so-called Western decadence on issues such as women's reproductive rights" may be exploiting a concern, rather than finding a cure, that responsible artists like the Madonna may be addressing (in a cure). The need to embrace the concern with the mercy and love of Christ and not hide it for some political ideal must be addressed by the voting leadership so that the women of the Church are not led to methods that may adulterate the noble course they seek.
In all the Church is strong in His name and Way (λογοσ) that need always remain as the potent force of its People. The prayers for One Church in its Holy and Apostolic purpose is close and essential to its mission.
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Today I laid flowers at the statue of Santa Monica in remembrance of the Holy Mothers of the Earth and their courageous missionary work and pioneering spirit. Songs filled my heart from Madonna's "Devil Pray" and "Ghostown" to Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" that seem to be calling all of US to a Unity.
Best wishes on your tour, Madonna! May women of the Earth be blessed by You and the patriarchies that reach us in ways of the Spirit and Love.
Note: Flower arrangement held by a frosted deep red vase with a tint of black in the color mix. Flowers are little white carnations with red trim and two red roses. A Korean woman in Century City helped me arrange it.
7.45 minute audio shares concerns of women who are vulnerable to certain authorities when choosing not to marry and if their freedom and authentic expression is sanctified by the law.
Many women today choose out of traditional marriage in favor of developing a fuller identity and the need to assure that all ways are supported, including the traditional or birth identity, is very important today.
Maureen Kris is educated in advanced spiritual studies, political science and international relations. For more details please visit: http://brentwoodspiritualstudiesinstitute.org/maureen-kris-bio.html