(Essay 2) The Power of Metaphor: Spelling Ourselves, Our World by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.

as we speak, so may WE become … and it has to start with our own small everyday utterances. Go for it! Blissings.

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[This essay is part 2 of an edited excerpt from the Introduction to her book PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion.]

A Functional Cosmology and Metaphor

Cosmologist Brian Swimme has said that

to become fully mature as human persons, we must bring to life within ourselves the dynamics that fashioned the cosmos … That is our task: to create the human form of the central powers of the cosmos.[i]

WoodlandsNursingMother She is a participatory metaphor – relational. Woodlands Nursing Mother image from Hallie Iglehart Austen

To do this, many women, and men too, need the Female Metaphor (a female metaphor for the Divine) … to become fully human, to embody these dynamics that created the galaxies, the stars. As Carol Christ noted, women “have not actively shaped their experiences of self and world nor named the great powers from their own perspectives”.[ii] Men too may find the Female…

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