Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. has been on a Goddess path since 1979; this has included diverse spiritualities and a scientific perspective, inner work as well as academic scholarship. Her studies have been in theology, ritual, archaeomythology, social ecology, psychology, sociology and education.
Glenys is the author of PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, which was an outcome of her doctoral work in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney (see note below). She has also produced PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs, and recently published the Eco-Fable (for kids and not-kids) My Name is Medusa.
Glenys is a contributor to:
She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality?, Helen Hye-Sook, Mary Ann Beavis and Nicole Shaw (editors), Mago Books, 2016. Essay title: Celebrating Her/My/Our Everyday Sacred Journey Around Sun”,
Jesus, Muhammed and the Goddess, Trista Hendren, Pat Daly and Noor-un-nisa Gretasdottir (editors), a Girl God Anthology, 2016. Essay title: Exodus 1980 Revisited.
Godless Paganism: voices of Non-Theistic Pagans. John Halstead (editor), Lulu.com, 2016. Essay titles: “A PaGaian Perspective” and “A Poetry of Place”.
Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality: Elders and Visionaries, Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble (editors), Teneo Press Inc., 2015. Essay title: “Conceiving and Nurturing a Poiesis of Her: a PaGaian Cosmology”.
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality, Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill (editors), Mago Books, 2015. Essay title: “Now recognising Her in Me”.
She is Everywhere Vol. 3, Mary Saracino and Mary Beth Moser (editors), Bloomington: iUniverse Inc., 2012. Essay title: “Spelling and Re-Creating Her”.
Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, Volume 3 August 2010. Essay title: “Female Metaphor, Science and Paganism: A Cosmic Eco-Trinity”.
Glenys grew up in country Queensland Australia. Glenys considers herself a student of the Poetry of the Universe – a language expressed in scientific story, mythological metaphor, ancient and contemporary images of integrity, body movement and dance, stillness, chants and songs. By these means, she has conducted geo-therapy – ecological reconnection – for herself and with others.
Glenys’s work, PaGaian Cosmology, is grounded in the Old European Indigenous religious practice, integrated with evolutionary perspective and Goddess scholarship.
Glenys’ M.A. is in Theology and Philosophy and included education in liturgical practice at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley California. She lives in the Blue Mountains Australia with her partner Taffy (Robert) Seaborne, where she has facilitated Seasonal ceremony in MoonCourt with an open community, taught classes, mentored apprentices, and writes. In 2014, Glenys co-facilitated the Mago Pilgrimage to Korea with Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.
Glenys has also contributed to these magazines, journals and blogs:
Feminism and Religion blog, guest contributor, 2015 ongoing
Moon Diary 2015, Shekhinah Morgan, Australia
Return to Mago blog– featured, regular contributor, 2012 ongoing
Goddess Alive!, 2015, 2014
The Beltane Papers, 2010 -2011
Gaian Voices, 2007-2009
Goddess Pages, 2008
Medusa Coils blog, 2008
AliveMind – Review of documentary about Marija Gimbutas Signs Out of Time
– Review of DVD series Women and Spirituality
Ecoliving Magazine, Australia 2008
Women-Church: An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 1986 – 1996
NOTE re doctoral thesis: The Female Metaphor – Virgin, Mother, Crone – of the Dynamic Cosmological Unfolding: Her Embodiment in Seasonal Ritual as a Catalyst for Personal and Cultural Change, G.D. Livingstone. University of Western Sydney, 2002.
This doctoral research was an experiential study of the three phases of the Triple Goddess as Creative Cosmological Dynamic: an interpretation of these three faces as representing the Dynamic by which the Cosmos unfolds, that is, the extant Creativity that is in continual transformation and has always been so. Accordingly, as this thesis takes the Cosmos to be a seamless whole, the conscious alignment of one’s being with this Creativity would be a more complete alignment with the continual process of transformation innate to Being. … This research re-stories the Female Metaphor in her three aspects, as an image and dynamic of Ultimacy, and this re-storying is enhanced by an identification of Her three faces with Thomas Berry’s three faces of Cosmogenesis – differentiation, communion, and autopoiesis – which he and Brian Swimme say compose “the fundamental ordering of the universe”. They call the composition of these three, “cosmic grammar”.
The ritual celebration of seasonal points are then developed as a method of embodying and sensualizing, and “speaking” this deep Dynamic of Creativity – as a method of aligning one’s being with the continual cosmological unfolding. These ritual celebrations are based in ancient Western spiritual practice that relates with Earth’s cyclical transitions. Presented here is a convergence of such Earth-based spiritual practice with a Western scientific cosmology. For more
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Glenys identifies this Cosmic-Organic Creative Triplicity with the Triple Spiral engraved by the ancients at Bru-na-Boinne (Newgrange) in Ireland, understanding this motif to express the essential creativity at the heart of the Cosmos.