The current patriarchal culture as seen in many societies has been perceived by some as the unseen cause of many problems in the world. Societies that have a strong masculine culture are suffering the effects of the imbalance of masculinity and femininity. Although there have been political, military and economic solutions aimed at the problem, has anyone declared that gender imbalance may be the cause as well as the solution to the current crisis?
The empowering of women is a revolutionary idea that has not gotten much traction in many cultures. Paradoxically, true brotherly love is absent when there are no mothers, aunts, daughters and sisters involved. Can a solution to today’s problems be traced back to a gender imbalance that has its cause in the misunderstanding of God’s original design for masculinity and femininity?
While everyone naturally has a mother and a father on earth, not everyone realizes they have a mother and father in heaven. Although the Principle of Creation clearly explains the duality of God, it doesn’t seem to take this concept to the next natural step, which is how to relate to both Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Father in a creative and profoundly personal relationship.
It is apparent that God has been eternally multitasking in many areas and in many ways revealing Divine Masculinity more obviously than Divine Femininity. This viewpoint, however, hasn’t been fully appreciated or acknowledged throughout much world history, hence, we see human history as a story of suffering and domination which primarily is a more masculine, patriarchal direction.
The Divine Principle does not present gender balance when it relates Adam’s, Noah’s, Abraham’s, Moses’, and Jesus’ course, with little or no mention of their wives or family. Most of the Providence has to do with the central figures who were all men and/or their sons who were in the position of Cain and Abel. It is seldom mentioned that Eve, the mother of both Cain and Abel must have borne unknown sorrow seeing the suffering her children shouldered. Imagine her anguish when their trials eventually led to the violent death of her own cherished son. If Noah’s, Abraham’s, Isaac’s, Jacob’s, and Moses’ wives had an influence or even something to say about the Providence, it was hardly mentioned in the Bible or the Divine Principle. Yet their influence could have changed history for the better if they were not treated as chattel or second class citizens.
Moreover, the Divine Principle does not discuss Mother God, the feminine aspect of the Godhead. If other churches and Eastern religions recognize the existence of a Goddess or Mother God, why is the Unification Church only now offering theological affirmation regarding the real identity and manifestation of Heavenly Mother? Could it be that surrounded by a patriarchal culture outside and inside the church, She hadn’t been allowed to be readily accepted or recognized? Although True Father often said we are in the age of women, there was little discernible gender balance actually practiced in the church hierarchy.
With True Mother now at the head of the church, there is a unique opportunity to perceive more of the nurturing, patient and life-giving feminine perspective of our Heavenly Parent then in the past. In February 2013, she addressed the issue of gender balance directly when she declared that God should be henceforth addressed as Heavenly Parent.
Our church is currently suffering from a combination of disunity, distrust and disenchantment. It seems policies and decisions have been made with little consultation with members, especially the female members of the church, let alone the feminine side of God. If there is a solution and we cannot figure it out, since God is omniscient, maybe it is time to ask for spiritual guidance. Although members have left the Unification Church due to perceived hypocrisy, it is not clear that God has.
Maybe it is time to turn our hearts and ears to heaven and listen to what Mother God has to say. Father God has been doing a great job with structure, guidance and commandments but it is time to give the serenity, nurturing and empathy of Mother God a chance. If we men, and especially women, can begin to imagine the voice inside of them as Mother God, maybe we can find a way forward. After all, God is the Creator, and with feminine and masculine balance in all that we do, humanity can be very creative too.
A conference on “Ontology and the Heavenly Parent” was held in Barrytown, NY, on November 1-3, 2013.
Women’s rights have been slowly gaining ground over the last 100 years and are now picking up steam rapidly. Behind the scenes of history we know God has been working as seen in the parallel periods of history. God has not stopped working in individual’s lives, let alone in our nation’s history. There is an outpouring of feminine ideas both outside and inside the Unification Church, of which the recent Ontology Conference in Barrytown is an example. The unending problems of war, poverty, crime, disease among other issues are preventing the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
If a computer could find a way out of our predicaments, paradise would be getting closer, not farther away. Maybe it is time to give women a chance to come up with better solutions. The world is now waiting for women of feminine genius to restore the cosmic balance which was significantly harmed by a masculine patriarchy. As long as the relation between the sexes is out of balance, there can be no peaceful world order. Many spiritual women understand the cosmic balance innately reflects the Godhead of Mother and Father God.
The rise in this feminine perspective is leading us to the age of women where motherhood will be the new standard for every component of life. There is a flood of information being expounded on how the Divine Feminine was manifested throughout history and in diverse cultures. As a result, women, as well as men, are being inspired to rethink past paradigms and traditions so there is more gender balance in the world. Could it be that Mother God is working behind the scenes to get civilization back in balance? Could the next spiritual awakening be led by Mother God Herself? If there is a feminine spiritual tsunami coming, then we should all get to higher ground.♦
Tony Scazzero lives with his wife, Virginia, in Lanham, Maryland. They have five children and are dedicated to building God’s ideal. He earned a B.S. in Social Science from the University of Bridgeport, and is the author of All About the Spirit World and Who Is Mother God?
Jeanne Carroll (UTS Class of 1987) lives with her husband, Jerome, in Dover, NJ. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education, and served as a missionary in Ukraine. She is the founder of New Hope School in Clifton, NJ, and currently serves as the Commission for the Status of Women (NGO-CSW) representative for WFWP International at the United Nations.
Painting of wave (above), titled “Adrenaline,” by Stephen.