The Heavenly Woman

The Heavenly Woman
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Date Posted: November 14, 2018
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My poem below, The Heavenly Woman, is about the adventure men go through when reclaiming their feminine self and their inner Heavenly Woman (The Jungian Analyst and writer Robert Johnson separated the feminine into several aspects, The Heavenly Woman being one of them). Women face their own version of this adventure, as do those who don't identify as a man or a woman. I write about a man's adventure because that is the one I'm familiar with. The verses of my poem are the adventure. The refrain is the voice of the part of men that wants to escape the adventure and hide in the arms of a beautiful woman or in some type of addiction.

When men don't reclaim their inner Heavenly Woman - the beauty of their inner feminine - they project it onto women they find attractive. All the passion, inspiration, creativity and excitement they are meant to express through their inner feminine go to the attractive women with whom they fall in love. It's a recipe for trouble: You can't truly love something that you deny in yourself (or hate or despise, as it is for some men).

When men build a strong relationship with their inner Heavenly Woman, they can better build a healthy relationship with an outer Heavenly Woman. This is not the only ingredient of a healthy relationship, but it's a crucial one.

When I say that the reclamation of the inner feminine and inner Heavenly Woman is an adventure, I mean it. It's an epic and harrowing adventure. The patriarchal version of manhood that we've learned does not include acceptance of the inner feminine. You wanna be man? Stop feeling. Stop dancing. Don't ask for help. Don't be weak. Cut off your creativity. Cut off your sensitivity. Don't open up; have a drink. Don't look inside; eat something, lift more weights, watch sports.

To reclaim the inner feminine, men need to do and experience, and feel the things that were not acceptable in order to belong in the patriarchal world of men. Risking our sense of belonging feels like risking our sense of survival, hence the epic nature of the adventure.

At best, our inner world is a numb zone, a bleak desert, without our inner feminine. Food, alcohol, drugs, pornography, and many other addictions give us hits of our inner feminine but don't come close to bringing her home. At worst, the inner denial of our feminine self is expressed outwardly in abusive and violent ways toward women.

It's time for all men to set off of their inner feminine-reclamation adventure. Our collective survival may depend on it. Men, find your mentors, guides and your fellowship. It's not a quest you can make alone. The solo quest is another doomed expression of the patriarchal paradigm. 

Many of us also need a reclamation of a healthy masculine, but that's another article.a

The Heavenly Woman

There's a valley below with a sword in a stone
There's a demon in the dark with an ice cream cone
There's a trail that will take you back to the start
There's a fool who will show you what it means to trust

Everywhere I look I see the heavenly woman
Every time I turn I find the heavenly woman
I can't hide from the heavenly woman
Help me now I'm falling for the heavenly woman

There's a sacred fire for the cradle and the grave
There's a crack in the armour for the ones who are brave
They will lay down their weapons now and bow to the enemy
They're dying for peace

Everywhere I look I see the heavenly woman
Every time I turn I find the heavenly woman
I can't hide from the heavenly woman
Help me now I'm falling for the heavenly woman

  I can't take it, man. Yes you can
  Slip into the centre of your craving
  Get to the bottom, get down
  And beg for mercy

There's a mountaintop with a wing and a prayer
There's an angel at the edge with a truth and a dare
There is no time to win and no time to lose
But there is time to beg for mercy

Eric Bowers