By Deepak Chopra
As we look at the problems facing humanity today such as global warming, climate chaos, economic disparities, war, terrorism, and social injustice, it becomes obvious that there is something wrong in our collective psyche. Jonas Salk (the scientist who discovered the Polio vaccine) once said that the future belongs to the survival of the wisest instead of the survival of the fittest.
A collective psyche that was conditioned to conquer and exploit has been part of the history of humanity. Today, however, modern capacities and ancient tribal predatory habits spell a devastating combination. We have successfully devastated the eco system, caused the extinction of many species and are now risking our own extinction. Those of us who are familiar with the psychological worldview of Carl Jung believe that our history is the history of male archetypal dominance. It is time for this predatory energy to take a break.
Feminine archetypes such as beauty, intuition, creativity, affection, nurturing and tenderness need to be manifested so that we can heal our planet. In Greek mythology six feminine archetypes dominate: Hera, the goddess of power, Demeter, the mother energy, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, sensuality, beauty, and sexuality, Persephone, the subconscious alchemical, magical sorceress, Artemis, the force of nature and the one who breaks with conventionality, and Athena, the goddess of wisdom, culture, art, and science.
Imagine the world if these goddess energies were to impregnate our collective psyche in both men and women. Imagine business and corporations having the wisdom of the feminine. Imagine the future leaders of our world taking our planet in the direction of wisdom and healing. Let’s do it!
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 55 books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. For more information visit www.deepakchopra.com
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