Now Solomon looked at the women and said: "Both of you say that this is your son. How will we find the truth?"
And Wisdom whispered in Solomon's heart and he listened. Then Solomon called for his sword. And he stood with the sword in his hand and said to his guard: "Divide the living child in half, and give one half to one woman and the other half to the other woman."
Now, when the true mother heard this, she cried out in pain. "No, no. Do not kill the boy. Give him to this woman. Only let him live." And Solomon asked the other mother what should be done. And she said: "Divide him in two."
Then Solomon looked at the women and took the boy in his arms and gave the child to his true mother. "I will not slay this child, but I give him back to the mother who loves him."
And the people of Israel heard of this judgment and understood that Solomon's wisdom came from their great god, Yahweh, and they feared and honored him.
Lady Wisdom by Cathy Pagano
"In this crucial time of our Earth walk, it is essential that we women reclaim our ability to nurture, create, and renew life. It is our responsibility to heal ourselves, reclaim the healing power that is ours, and thus form a solid foundation for transformation on other levels of life. " Brooke Medicine Eagle
"The world will be saved by the western woman."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Peace Summit in Vancouver, 2009
"Wisdom preacheth abroad; she uttereth her voice in the streets: At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying: Oh children, how long will ye love childishness?" Proverbs 1:20-22
Wisdom is a Lady
What would you ask for if your God promised you anything you wanted? Who amongst us would pick Wisdom, as Solomon did, when offered that miraculous gift? How many of our leaders have asked for a wise and understanding heart above all else? Perhaps we don't ask for Wisdom because we don't feel the burden of responsibility that Solomon felt for his people. But if we don't take responsibility for ourselves and our world, who will? Freedom implies responsibility.
If there was ever a time in our human history when we need Wisdom, it is now. We are living in extraordinary times, a moment of supreme destiny where the human race can and must participate consciously in our own evolution. This evolution is both personal and collective, opening us to new capacities for co-creation and offering us new possibilities for cultural transformation. For the cultural paradigm that we live in is dying, but it is not going gracefully. We need a new way to understand our world and our place in it. And then we have to create a new and more viable way of living here on our beautiful planet, Earth.
It's true we live in chaotic and changing times, and so people live in fear of war, disease, poverty, death, violence and the unknown. Because the human psyche processes life through stories and images, our unconscious is bringing up ancient images of apocalypse, earth changes and end time scenarios. People have been content to remain unconscious of the damage done to our environment, but we are already living with the results of these misguided policies. But to allow ourselves to fall into more unconsciousness and despair is unimaginative and lazy. We have been given the supreme gift of free will and so our choices do matter. What if, by choosing to follow Lady Wisdom's call, we learn to turn our god-like creative imagination to transforming our society and re-creating the world rather than continuing our wars and our conspicuous consumption? We do have it in our power to create a "heaven on earth' if we so choose. It seems we might only have a small window of time to accomplish this. As of now, the patriarchal paradigm that has shaped our worldview and brought us to this crisis point does not want to transfer its power to the children who will have to live in the future world.
We who are living in these most interesting times have a challenge before us -- will we be strong enough and committed enough to use our free will to create peace here on this beautiful Earth of ours? Or will we continue to allow the death and destruction that is rampant in our present world to rage on until we are all lost. Perhaps the fires that raged in Arizona during the early summer of 2011 were synchronistic natural disasters which reflected humanity's inner raging at the state of our world. Each of us holds the world in our hands through our choices. It is time to take responsibility for those choices and evolve into a greater vision of who we might become.