Dreams, Hopes & Longings

"Pandora" painting by John William Waterhouse

🌕 Full Moon Gathering via Zoom 🌕
Wednesday, February 16, 6PM PST

The folklore and mythologies of our western patriarchies are rife with women unwittingly wreaking havoc on the world and themselves. From Pandora and her box to Eve and her apple to Bluebeard’s wife and that bloody key – these women were all bestowed with tantalizing gifts which they were strictly forbidden to use? I smelled a rat even at a young age.

My first thought upon hearing the Adam and Eve tale in bible school was: Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Tell me more, please. I too enjoy apples. My child-brain knew that ignorance could never be bliss and the notion of walking every day by some magical, fruit-laden, wisdom tree without partaking of its gifts seemed cruel and impossible.

Thank Godness for Pandora and Eve and their insatiable curiosity that set us free because:

My definition of the Kingdom of God is not a place where there is no suffering… because I could not like to go to a place where there is no suffering. I could not like to send my children to a place where there is no suffering, because in such a place they have no ways to learn how to be understanding and compassionate. And the Kingdom of God is a place where there is understanding and compassion; and therefore, suffering should exist.

Thich Nhat Hanh

What if there is a gift box, a tree, a key, hidden deep within each one of us that holds our wildest dreams, our most precious hopes, our deepest longings – the stuff we’re too often afraid to name, for fear of the doubt and regret that might also get unleashed in the process? What if, after centuries of living under the patriarchy, we are conditioned to every day walk right by our magical, fruit-laden, wisdom tree without partaking of its gifts?

For this special, first gathering of the year, I’ll be offering safe and brave space to make our journeys back to the garden. Your gifts were not meant to wither on the vine. Yes, with knowledge can come suffering, but therein lies the liberatory powers of understanding, self-compassion and unfettered, unconditional joy.

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**Image: “Pandora” by John William Waterhouse, 1896

2 Comments

  1. This post really got me thinking. Is it the fear of the unknown that prevents us from taking risks or fear of losing what we already know? Even if we’re unhappy with what is? I don’t believe curiosity killed the cat, I believe curiosity set it free. That is a beautiful quote from the late Thich Nhat Hanh. Wonderful post Wade. Thank you 🙏

    1. Yes, change, it seems, is the scariest thing. Staying small, no matter how painful, is often easier than growing big where we become susceptible to failure and judgement and all the rest. Thanks for your comment, AP2.

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