This doesn't matter if you are male or female in body. Both powers are within you....indeed, the "Y" chromosome of a male could just be seen as an "X" with a leg removed. Perhaps this became the penis? Or perhaps the vagina was turned inside out? This would make for a great creation story! A bit more playful and relaxed than the one we have currently in the West. As a side note, it has been mentioned that the term for "rib" in the Old Testament was Ti which also means life. Also, Adamah in Genesis 1:27 was created bi-sexual, male and female (Genesis 1:27) in the image of God. Male and Female universal powers? Seems so!
So, question what you have been told regarding the creation of woman from the rib of man. Many interpretations of myth have a political purpose. Are those interpretations there to empower you or to keep you under the rule of the Elite? Has the Elite deleted your authority and annexed it to its own kingdom?
Thus, in this age, we need to focus on our locus of power. Do we continue to surrender it outwards towards the bosses and political prostitutes they run? We desperately need to redefine ourselves inwardly in relationship to the Earth and the entire cosmos.
This is the beauty of many of the new complexity perspectives of the world that are being professed today. As chaos theory professes, everything affects everything else. What I say in this article has a worldwide, if not universe-wide, effect. Just my thinking about it has an effect. To simplify this, meditate on your breathing. Your breathing, in and out, has macroscopic connections in which you are a necessary instrument in maintaining the atmosphere of the planet. Yes, by breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide, you are in a planetary dance with other mammals as well as the plants that breathe out oxygen that you breathe in. Then, they breathe in the carbon dioxide you breathe out! This dance is planet-wide and has been spoken of in writings such as James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis.
See the ramifications of this? How you speak to your son prior to his going to school has major ramifications not only for his life, but the life of the planet. In your morning interactions, are you dis-empowering him? Will he go off in bad temper and kick some squirrel across the street? So the squirrel becomes depressed and a cat eats the poor depressed squirrel and two infant squirrels are left to die in a nest. Then those squirrels don't get to live out their purpose in life.
So, you're not wanting to be dis-empowering to others and to Nature at large, but you have bad days. Of course, you're human and not perfect....how do you handle that?
What you do makes a difference. This doesn't mean that if you let out with a loud curse word after you stub your toe and hurt the feelings of some little ole lady that you live the rest of your life in regret. Make amends (say you're sorry) and move on. Legitimately saying your sorry also has its effects. Forgiveness feeds Love. Just realize your actions have major consequences and be as mindful as possible. Make conscious changes.
It is also extremely important for you to take a hard look at your lifestyle. Ask, "how are my eating habits helping my health, the health of my loved ones and the health of the planet?" What you eat and how what you eat is raised have major consequences--not only on the health of the planet or your loved ones, but on you. We are cells in a living organism and the entire organism is reflected in us. Thus we are made in the image of God, male and female as per Genesis 1:27 and several other creation stories. Learn about sustainable agriculture. Turn your yard into a lush garden. Become the new Adam/Eve or Adamah.
The Gaia Hypothesis of Lovelock posits that the Earth operates as a singular organism. How are you supporting that organism in relation to your community? Do you continue to look for the corporations and politicians to change? They're not going to, because they are too invested in maintaining their power at the expense of you and your child. The Earth to them is nothing more than a commodity to be exploited. Dare we say we are raping Gaia? And, in the corporate educational system, are they molesting your child by creating a consumer, soldier, or worker?
When do WE say "no more!"? When do we realize we make a difference in how we interact with the world? How you shop, interact with your yard or property, and earn your living--all these make a difference. What effect are you having now and what do you need to change? Not just for the sake of your own health....but for the sake of the world.
Many Christians have been buffaloed into believing a particular man in history died for the sake of the world so that they don't have to. I'm saying buffaloed because the Powers-That-Be (church, corporation, government) want us to believe this. But, the mystics say otherwise. As one mystic quoted the Scriptures, Jesus Christ says to pick up the cross as He did. Transformation necessitates that we die to who we are in order to give birth to the new. And, the virgin birth mirrors that in mystic teachings. It mirrors it because being virgin is being dead to what you think you are. It is the Mind emptied of its conditioning. Thus, as a virgin forest is one that's intact and hasn't been chopped up, then our Mind in its virginity is whole and quiet. In Buddhist terminology, this is called Nirvana.
This means we need to go beyond our conditioning and merge into the Unconditioned Mind as presented by Buddhists and traditions throughout the world. Or, as Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching puts it, "be newborn, be free of yourself."
How much simpler can it be?
This process could just as well be a spiritual striptease. Much as the Sumerian Goddess Inanna had to undress and strip herself of all status on Her way to the underworld before She could reclaim Her Queenship in the upper, we have to let go of our conditioning and become unconditioned. It is only by the process of letting go that we can evolve and claim a more evolved state of being. As the Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart, says of the Virgin Birth, "But if that Birth pertains not to me, then what avails it?" In other words, make it apply. (Apply it to yourself; and apply yourself to it.) Get past your conditioning so you and the world can evolve. Your evolution, humanity's evolution, and the Earth's are not separate. We are all in this together.
References and Notes
Talbot, Michael, The Holographic Universe, New York, NY, HarperCollins Publishers, 1991