UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Han Marie Stiekema Sermes
Remember! Your Maternal Origin
Q. This time, I would like to talk about your
efforts to "have everybody remember his or her Maternal Origin". What is it all
A. As you know, we live in a
time of transition. The old order is in decay, only to creating space for a new. It is
corresponding with "cosmic overstretching", in which creation has reached its
longest distance from its Source. Hence, I expect a turning point, in which the movement
will make a U-turn, returning to the Origin, once again.
Q. What are the characteristics of such an era?
A. The more creation is moving
away from its Source, the more fragmented it becomes. We see this happening on all levels
of society. The positive thing about it, is "pluralism", the negative the loss
Q. If I understand well, your emphasis concerns
A. Such a turning point is a
tricky thing. It will only succeed, if the tendency toward fragmentation can be safely
changed into restructuring. If not, chaos will break out.
Q. Isn't pluralism also a positive phenomenon?
For instance, in the US, the diversity of religious groups is dramatically on the
increase. Progressive people are welcoming this development, saying that it will lead to
more understanding and tolerance.
A. What you say is absolutely
true. The more diversity, the greater the chance of reconciliation. However, this is only
half the truth. Diversity can also lead to inter-religious tensions, conflicts and
violence. All religions are exclusive, after all. They all claim to possess the Truth,
denouncing the "others" as ignorant, sinners or pagans.
Q. What you mean is, that pluralism alone,
doesn't guarantee a safe development.
A. That's right. Phenomena are
not isolated. In order to understand them well, they should be seen in their context. It
means, that eventually diversity "has no future", if it doesn't become balanced
by "unity". The aim is a positive feedback between the two.
Q. This sounds fair enough.
A. Without unity, diversity
very soon degenerates into competition, while through recognizing a "common
denominator", diversity will be accepted as the "flavor of life", being
enjoyed by everybody.
Q. Unity as the guarantee for diversity.
A. Absolutely. While
"pluralism" has reached its limits, we should start to cooperate with the
"cosmic movement", leading us to the Origin, once again. Its
"momentum" is NOW. That's why I have given the sign for starting our global
Mission, called "Remember! Your Maternal Origin".
Q. Again, I am rather surprised by your
A. Take Refuge in the Mother!
Q. "Remembering" reminds me of the
teachings of Gurdieff.
A. It is very similar
indeed. While Gurdieff "continuously" thinks of God, our aim is to raise
awareness with Your Maternal Origin. We will start our Campaign with some individuals, to
be step by step extended toward all levels of society.
Q. Consisting of....
A. Well, obviously, the
"maternal principle" is the foundation of life. Not only with regard to
pregnancy and giving birth, but also to nurturing, caring and educating. Mankind is
totally depending on it. It is not only depending on human (mothers') efforts, but also on
that of plants and animals. Who are producing the fruits, the eggs and the milk, after
Q. A very basic approach indeed.
A. The next step is to
emphasize the psychological/spiritual dimension. Mothers represent "holistic
values" like inclusiveness, interconnectedness, compassion, love, care, security and
justice. These values are indispensable for the continuation of life.
Q. What will be your position toward the
A. They all have a maternal
origin as well*. However, through male dominance, the Origin has become forgotten. We call
this "patriarchal amnesia". Part of our effort will be to approach religions,
reminding them of their original Source.
* See "Mother
Q. Trying to convert them (laughter)?
A. Not exactly. Converting is
not part of our Mission. What we do want to achieve though, is that every human - whether
Christian, Atheist, Jew, Hindu etc. - should remember and cherish, where he or she is
coming from. We will leave it to them, "how far" they want to go. If they start
revering the maternal principle in nature: great; if resuming their love for their own
biological mothers: fantastic; if including the Great Mother in their religious practice:
even more fantastic.
Q. Are there enough references for those, who
want to rediscover the maternal principle in their own religion?
A. Absolutely. For instance, in
case of Christianity, think of Gnostic texts, the so-called "negative theology"
(emphasizing Nothingness), Black Madonna's and the Virgin. Hinduism is flooded with Mother
Goddesses. The Tao Te King (Taoism) clearly refers to it. Buddhism has replaced it by
abstract terms, like "Nirvana" or "Emptiness beyond Emptiness".
Besides, the Kuan Yin Goddess matches the Buddha in "popularity".
Q. How are you going to achieve your goals?
A. We are using examples from
nature, analogies, stories, legends, quotations, texts, historical findings, psychological
explanations, references, spiritual sources, in short everything, that can link
human understanding to the reality of its Maternal Origin. In fact, these MatriTalks
serving the same purpose.
Q. What was the name again? (laughter).
A. Our Mission is called
"Remember! Your Maternal Origin"*. I hope, we may meet each other in due time.
Obviously, contacting us will be very much welcomed.
* Remember! Your Maternal Origin
is a part of The New Movement.
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