A few days ago, I awoke out of a dream in which these words were repeating themselves over and over in my mind: “No less than the moon and the stars, you have a right to be here.” Of course any of you that are old enough will immediately recognize these words (with a one word difference) as a line from a poem/prose piece called Desiderata, written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. I don’t mean old enough to remember Mr. Ehrmann, or 1927, but the early 70s when the inspirational piece was making its rounds. As I sat with the dream, I remembered the Desiderata poster hanging in my dormitory room, not far from the “a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle” bumper-sticker (I know, seems like a contradiction, but remember, those were the heady days of second-wave feminism!).
Re-reading the whole Desiderata, I noticed two things. First, the phrase actually goes “no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here,” and so I became curious about why the dream spoke of the moon and the stars instead of the trees and the stars. I felt into my sense of the moon, and quickly, its essential feminine, receptive nature arose in me. I have always loved the moon as feminine, as sister moon, or even mother moon. The inquiry deepened, and a new awareness arose: The moon, the essential, radiant feminine, has a right to BE, here. It’s about the given-ness, the gift of existence, of the divine command “Be,” and not about place or time, not about what one does, what spaces one is allowed into or excluded from, not about forms or functions, roles and rules. Being includes but transcends all of that, and this deep knowing seems to me to be what is fundamentally missing on the planet right now; what is necessary to recover/remember if 2012 is to be a new time for us, with a new consciousness. The dream felt like an affirmation, rather than news, about who I am now, 30 years later, but it also felt like it was beyond my individual self, offering a statement of the what is needed now on the planet, in every facet of our lives – the re-emergence of the essential feminine; space for the feminine to Be; reverent acknowledgement that no less than any other aspect of creation, the feminine has a right to BE, here.
Oh, and the second awareness? That the Desiderata still opens my heart and inspires me as exquisite guidance for living a conscious, soul-full life. So check it out for a stroll down memory lane, or to meet it for the first time if you are, in fact, too young to remember!