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For some time, I have been talking and writing about the “Trickle Down Deity Theory.” For those who are hearing this term for the first time, the Trickle Down Deity Theory postulates that every social ill flows from a culture’s religious belief system. In short, faulty theism perpetuates a lack of personal spiritual awareness, which then leads to such front line symptoms as poverty, bigotry, addiction, apathy, mental disorders, and religious fundamentalism. 

The Trickle Down Deity Theory becomes obvious, once you realize that humanity has passed through four grand stages of spiritual development, and that we currently are in the midst of a fifth major shift. 

First Spiritual Paradigm:              All is One                                            circa 14 billion B.C.E. (pre-Big Bang)

Second Spiritual Paradigm:        Era of the Great Mother                    circa 25,000 B.C.E.– 5000 B.C.E.

Third Spiritual Paradigm:             Era of Gods and Goddesses         circa 5000 B.C.E.– 50 C.E.

Fourth Spiritual Paradigm:           Era of God the Father                      circa 50 C.E.– present

Fifth Spiritual Paradigm:               Epoch of Enlightenment                 soon, hopefully! 

Each of these stages of our religious history produced a different view of the Godhead, which in turn produced a new set of cultural problems. For example, the masculine God of the current paradigm – God the Father (and God the Son in the case of Christianity) – has resulted in all manner of mayhem for women. Indeed, many of my Muslim sisters are forced to wear the horrendous burqa, my Hindu sisters are a subservient caste unto themselves, and my Catholic sisters are deemed unfit to preach from the pulpit. These are just some of the many insidious trickle-down effects of Daddy-Deism.

Additionally, the Trickle Down Deity Theory posits that whenever humanity is about to undergo a major spiritual shift, confusion is at a zenith. Historically, chaos reigned during the transition from the Third to the Fourth Spiritual Paradigm – when Jesus walked the Earth and solidified the current spiritual epoch. The resulting clash of competing spiritual belief systems all but eliminated polytheism (only Hinduism survived), toppled the Roman Empire, and led to the Christian Dark Ages, after which the Catholic Church dominated western civilization for the next 1,500 years. 

I have long dreamed of a spiritual revolution – led by the women of the world – that finally topples the anthropomorphic male Godhead. In its place, the world adopts a more mature and balanced theosophy capable of uniting all people of faith. The second book in the Oracle foundational trilogy, The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm, promotes this very vision.    

So what does the Trickle Down Deity Theory have to do with the revolution in Egypt?

Well, I think we would all agree that the Muslim world has been experiencing its own Dark Ages as of late. In particular, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1920, Islamic fundamentalism took hold in most of the newly formed Muslim countries. Yet today, freedom protests are spreading throughout Africa and the Middle East. And, as it turns out, it was a young female Muslim blogger – Asma Mahfouz – who many credit with starting the Egyptian revolution.                                                              See: http://www.countercurrents.org/mahfouz040211.htm

And how is the Trickle Down Deity Theory related to Virginia passing the ERA?

Well, let us first recall that 1920 also was a big year for the United States. That is the year we passed the 19thAmendment, which gave women the right to vote. Shortly thereafter in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced to Congress, where it languished for 50 years. Then in 1972, Congress passed the ERA, but it was ratified by only 35 of the necessary 38 states.

Thereafter, some serious spiritual confusion set in, and the “Moral Majority” began its attack on the ERA. Christian fundamentalists denigrated the ERA, to the point where 5 states rescinded their ratification. Today, a Constitutional debate exists as to whether 3 or 8 more states are needed for ratification.

Regardless, the Virginia Senate voted last week to ratify the ERA. On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011, the Subcommittee for the Constitution in the Virginia House of Delegates will have the opportunity to release the ERA for a House vote. If the delegates approve the act, my home state will be the 36thto ratify the ERA, which benignly states: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Which leads us to the Trickle Down Deity litmus test: Does your God object to such equality of rights?

           

Comments

Trickle Down Diety Thoery

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Laura,

You made some interesting points. However, if the world was "Diety Free" you would still have the social ills because they come from human nature.

The diety ideas are naturally flawed, but part of the problem is the diety does not change over time.

Allah, Yahweh and God are all couch potatoes sitting on the sofa watching the soap operas of huanity on the Universal wide screen TV realizing that people will never be "Holy" because it is too much fun to be "Human."

The Relgious Fudamentalists haven't figured it out yet because they can't grasp the idea that there are people in the world who do not want to put their face in the dirt and their butt in the air to pray five times a day.

The Religious Fundamentalists don't want to grasp the idea that not everyone on the planet buys into the idea that an Anorexic Arab, with possible gender issues,could be "The Savior." When the fancy phrase man could not "Save" himself from Roman justice -- it is kind of lame to suggest that He saved the world.

Nonetheless, the global culture sticks with the "One God" theory because first it is easy to remember the name of one god. Second human nature seems to want to hang on to the "Old God" because like old shoes, the Old God is comfortable. Plus, the ONe God is a comfortable place for a culture or nation to place the blame as in "Act Of God" accidents and catastrophes.

If someone ever comes up with a "New" theory of a diety that makes sense, people will rush to it, except for the fundamentalists who have already staked their lives and fortunes on their favorite diety fairy tale.

My gut tells me a person wants a deity to be able to try and explain their place in the universe and to remind them that the individual is connected to the Universe.

In a perfect world, "The Diety" would be personal and could be worshipped and honored in public without fear or retribution. The world, of course, isn't perfect, so we end up with Dumb Dumb Dieties packaged for public consumption.

The true value of a diety is to the individual.

The flaw of public dieties is they are badly written fairy tales of the ages that the citizens of the world are just afraid to let go of. If they let go of the sillyness; what do they replace it with ?

Sam

Dear Sam: I think we replace

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Dear Sam:

I think we replace the fairy-tale deities with the Saddha process of soul growth (see drop down under the school menu) - and a lot of good-old-fashioned hard work!

It is hard work to find Truth. It is hard work to express uncoditional Love, And it is hard work to reach en-Light-enment.

The warped Christian notion of "blind faith" in another person's divinity (Jesus NEVER presecibed this path - it was Paul) constitutes the greatest barrier to improving the condition of life on planet earth.

May we unite in Truth, Love, and Light before it is too late ...

laura

Does my God object to such equality of rights?

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My God does not object to anything at all.  My God is the spirit of love and IS life.  My God allows all things into existence.  Importantly, my God makes no moral or social demands and owns no dogma.  We, as human beings, create our own moral compasses.  We decide our own pracitical set of rules.  When we all understand that we are all one being and put that understanding into practice, that will be enlightenment.  My God couldn't care less.  No matter how we proceed, My God is eternal and I am also as I exist within My God.  So do you.  My God looks at me through your eyes and looks at you through mine. 

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