"God created man in the image of himself,
In the image of God he created him,"
Male and female he created them.
-Genesis 1:27 of The Bible
Image by Leonardo Da Vinci
Today Nature appears to be in the midst of a rape that has lasted for several centuries. Who, though, is really being raped? Meditate for a moment on the term Nature. It actually has two meanings. It is a reference to the Earth and her ecosystems (which gives you the food you eat and the air you breathe) as well as referring to the Essence of a thing, animal or person. Thus you might say that it's not in your Nature to get into arguments regarding religion or politics.
Sensuous dances such as the belly dance metaphorically speak to this unveiling of Nature as Essence. The Dance of the 7 veils serves the surface conditioned world we think as real to unveil the true Nature of ourselves and everything else. Nature clothed hides our Nature as Essence and one's true Nature is not separate from the Divine Nature. The Divine Nature is not the conditioned character you think you are, nor the character that is described by personality tests. We are speaking to your deepest Nature, the Nature beyond all thought. Could your Nature be one with Nature's Nature?
The 7 layers of clothing on a belly dancer speak to the layers of creation (e.g., the 7 days of Genesis) after which Truth or the Divine Essence is beheld. Why is Nature identified as feminine? It is because there is not a person reading this that did not come out of a woman's body and whose body is not an egg that was sparked into becoming millions of cells by his father's sperm. We are eggs morphed into human beings. Yet, I would say that even though you were conceived via intercourse, there is a level at which you are virgin born and can become a virgin Mother to Christ, the incarnate Sophia (Wisdom) of God.
To understand this, let's take a different look at the Virgin Birth. Marie ultimately means Ocean (e.g., marine, marina). If we take this definition of Mary and compare it to the Old Testament version of Creation, then we have a mirroring of old and new testaments. Just as the Spirit (Ruach, feminine and identified with Wisdom or Hockmah Binah in Judiasm and Sophia in Greek) moved across the face of the Water and gave birth to the Word in Genesis, the Word made flesh was conceived and born of Marie in the New. In Genesis, this birth is reflected in the series of "Let there be"" statements through which the world divides exponentially until we have me writing, you reading, and the infinite variety of life that is around us.
The Spirit that came upon Mary in the New Testament is simply a repeat of Genesis 1. As such, John 1:14 of the New Testament, which states the Word is made flesh, is a statement describing this moment of creation. Hence this Earth and the universe we are grounded in are the "Word made flesh." Going deeper, the whole slew of "Let there be" statements in Genesis could be seen as primordial vibrations which gives form to all of matter within the Eternal Now (i.e., timelessness). Indeed, as the Hindu Ramakrishna realized, creation is not in times past but is eternally now. His thoughts are reflected by author Lex Hixon's interpretation (p.204):
"More than creator and creation,
Mother is pure Creativity
Beyond any notion of duality
Universe and God
Are thrilling glances from Her beautiful eyes
Always pregnant with ecstasy