Women, Meditation, Power, and Pele

How powerful is a woman?  

Right now, Mt. Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is erupting with massive force.  The earth is shaking and massive streams of fiery lava and smoke plumes are bursting out of the earth’s core.  

That is how powerful a woman is.  

Hawaiians – natives and transplants – refer to Mt. Kilauea as home of the goddess Pele, with her sacred connection to the earth, the oceans and the red color of lava. They say that Pele is speaking now.  For decades, she was quiet.  Then change began as fissures broke open, widened and multiplied, lava spewed out of the crater, lava lakes and rivers formed and flowed.  The innate power of Pele the goddess – always there but dormant – became manifest.

Intense volcanic power is a metaphor for the power of women.

For many millennia, a wrong definition of power has prevailed.  Power, as defined in the dictionary, is associated with domination, control, rigidity, suppression.  But that is low-grade junk power.  Real power, female power, does not dominate, it flows -- rapidly.  

This is always demonstrated in nature.   A mild breeze becomes a powerful hurricane.  A rock slide becomes an avalanche.  A bonfire becomes an inferno, a stream becomes a waterfall, a wave in the sea becomes a tsunami.  In all these instances, what creates power?  The answer is simple. 

Faster transformation, greater movement, rapid fluidity creates power.  This is not chaotic, it is quite purposeful.  Power is created by movement, the more rapid it is, the more intensely powerful.

Women are built for power because they are more fluid than men.  A woman’s body changes rapidly and dramatically – from menstruation to the potential for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation.  Women, not men, are the multi-orgasmic, intuitive, adaptive and collaborative species, as demonstrated today by numerous studies.  Groups of women arrive at collaborative decisions faster than men.  That is power.

When power is defined accurately as fluidity and transformation, women are the vast power species on the planet.

Somewhere back in history, men, threatened by the innate power of women, tried to destroy it in every way – socially, economically, politically, sexually, and spiritually.  Instead of cultivating their own innate strength, which is love and humility, men cultivated a limited and lifeless view of power: destruction, domination and repression.  

Women are the vibrant power species on the planet Earth.  Men are innately built for love and humility.  

Paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King, Anglican Church Bishop Michael Curry expressed this at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle:  “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.”  

Men’s love has been repressed, just as women’s power has been repressed.   

Yes, it’s an eff-up!  A vibrant meditation practice will help both women and men straighten things out and develop the innate qualities they are suited for, until– through the practice of meditation – they balance love (male) and power (female) in equal parts in their being.