The Revolution that the Divine Mother is Preparing

Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey

At the end of his life, the great Indian mystic Aurobindo is said to have said, “If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design.” Unless we awaken to the mystery of the sacred feminine, of the feminine as sacred, and allow it to glow into, irradiate, illumine, and penetrate every area of our activity and to create in them all harmony, justice, peace, love, ecstasy, and balance, we will die out and take nature, or a large part of it, with us. Unless we come to know what the sacred feminine really is—its subtlety and flexibility, but also its extraordinarily ruthless, radical power of dissolving all structures and dogmas, all prisons in which we have sought so passionately to imprison ourselves—we will be taken in by patriarchal projections of it. The Divine Mother, the fullness of the revolution that she is preparing, will be lost to us. We must understand that comprehending the sacred feminine is a crucial part of surviving the next terrible stage of humanity….

I have often said that I think we are in the last twenty or so years (originally written 1996) of this civilization and quite possibly of the planet itself. If we don’t make major decisions—economic, political, and environmental, we will simply create an uninhabitable world and go on feeding those powers of destruction that are already threatening to ravage nature. We are certainly at the end of so-called “civilization,” and we are possibly at the end of the world. The facts of our global crisis, a crisis at once political and economic, psychological and environmental, show us clearly that the human race has no hope of survival unless it chooses to undergo a total transformation, a total change of heart. What is required is a massive and quite unprecedented spiritual transformation. There is no precedent for what we are being asked to do. Only the leap into a new consciousness can engender the vision, the moral passion, the joy and energy necessary to effect change on the scale and with the self-sacrifice that is essential to save the planet in the time we have left.

The message we are being sent by history can be summed up in four words: Transform or die out… Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Humanity is being taken to the point where it will have to choose between suicide or adoration.” I have no doubt that we are now at that point. Human survival depends on whether we are brave enough to face the full desolation of what we have done to our psyches and the planet, and wise and humble enough to turn to the divine insight inside us to learn what we need to go forward. This is not an apocalyptic scenario—not a scenario at all, in fact. It is fact. This is where we are, this is what is happening, and it is terrifying. Anyone not in a trance of denial knows it. No amount of wishful thinking or sophisticated pseudo-historical parallels can make this agony go away.

It is hard enough for a human being to face the facts of his or her own mortality. What we have to face now is not merely our own death, but the possible death of everything and everyone we love, the holocaust of nature herself, the mother we have ignored and betrayed for so long. If we do not face up to our present danger, in all its horror, without consolation and without illusion, in the full glare of Kali’s terrifying mirror, if we don’t gaze deeply into the mirror of the goddess and see our faces, we will never find in ourselves the passion and courage necessary to change. Catastrophe can become grace, and disaster possibility, only if we transform their energy by accepting what they have to teach us and acting with complete sincerity to transform ourselves.

Andrew Harvey, Oxford scholar and visionary, believes that our survival depends on Sacred Activism, a fusion of profound mystical awareness, passion, clarity and sacred practice with wise, dedicated, radical action. This fusion, he warns, may be the sole key to preservation of man and nature.
Andrew will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 Tipping Point Vancouver Prophets Conference taking place the weekend of 23-25 July 2010 at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus. He will be joined by Jose Arguelles, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Flordemayo, John Major Jenkins, John Kimmey, John Perkins, Llyn Roberts, Daniel Pinchbeck, Richard Tarnas, and Miguel Angel Vergara. They will be exploring a radically different, more optimistic interpretation of the Mayan prophecy.  Information is available online at or by calling (1) 505 796 4023.

21 Comments on "The Revolution that the Divine Mother is Preparing"

  1. E. Spengler | Jun 7, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    “If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design.”
    I doubt he had a self-absorbed, shoe-obsessed, S&tC-type future in mind.

  2. Cerebralcaustic | Jun 7, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    The main problem's not a failure to recognize the divine feminine — it's a failure to recognize the DARK feminine. Far-left Marxist feminist rhetoric applied the materialist dialectic to human relationships: rather than the evil bourgeois exploiting the virtuous proletariat, they argued that evil men exploit virtuous women. Most women (and many men) have convinced themselves that certain behaviors are bad only when men commit them; that if a woman does something bad it's not her fault and men must somehow be to blame.

    But just as Marx's economic analysis was dead wrong, so is his system when applied to other fields:

    Even adjusting for the greater number of single mothers, women commit most child abuse and murders of innocent children:

    In dating and marriage, most studies show that men inflict more injuries — but that women commit more emotional and physical abuse overall:

    Women need to own up to their darkness and stop blaming men:

    “women seem to have great difficulty in owning their own shadows. For the past 35 years, we have worked very hard to advance our status in this culture and enhance our self-esteem. We have to continue to do this. At the same time, however, even oppressed groups have their dark sides. In the psyche of every woman dwells the devouring Hag. If we can honor the Hag and dialogue with her, she can lead us to unfathomable transformation and creativity. However, if we insist on disowning her, and persist in laying all the ills of the world at the door of men, the Hag within us and within our culture just grows more enormous and more lethal.”

    Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.

    • Marx's analysis of capitalism was mostly (but not entirely) correct. It was his prescription that missed the mark.

      • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

        Not to jump on the whole Marxist bandwagon, but I have to say that communism never had a chance in a world dominated by capital based trade. As vast as the soviet union was, one reason it failed was because much of the outside world operated on ideals deamed incompatible by political philosophy. Poor resourse management, trade sanctions and distribution problems caused too many “have nots” and the structure collapsed. Capitalism won that particular battle because it sells its dream so well, but not neccesarily on pure merit….

    • justagirl | Jun 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm |

      “inner-hag”? and whose fault do you suppose that is?

      • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 9, 2010 at 11:56 am |

        The “inner whipping boy”…..

        Don't worry your litttle “inner hag”, dear.

        We all have our “issues”….

        • justagirl | Jun 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

          ok goodDoktor. i will try not to worry. *lip-quiver*

          • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm |


          • justagirl | Jun 10, 2010 at 8:15 am |

            (red guy) ~Disinformation~



          • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 10, 2010 at 8:52 am |

            Sorry, Bugs Bunny was my role model……..Heee heee

            Mario (my cat) offers his sandpaper toungue if you like the “rough stuff”……

          • justagirl | Jun 10, 2010 at 9:02 am |

            rough? cat licks make me LOL!! i can't stand em.
            your cat looks angry. maybe he doesn't like cameras.
            don't be sorry. i was just kidding. i hope to make some people laugh sometimes.
            (bwaaaaa…. haaaaa.)

          • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 10, 2010 at 10:15 am |

            Sorry for saying sorry… my “inner whipping boy” must be pandering to your “inner hag”. It won't happen again!! HAHahahahahaha……
            ….and Mario's expression is normally more contented. That's just his “surprised and encroached upon” feral look…..
            It seemed appropriate….

          • justagirl | Jun 10, 2010 at 10:30 am |

            pandering in what way?

          • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 10, 2010 at 10:50 am |

            Pander: -” to provide gratification for others' desires ”

            Hypothetically speaking of course, wouldn't that fall under the role of “whipping boy”?

            …just a joke!

          • justagirl | Jun 10, 2010 at 10:55 am |

            i suppose it would. but he doesn't like it. after all, he will have his revenge. you don't have to pander me. if we keep talking like this we're going to get squeezed right off the page.

          • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 10, 2010 at 11:04 am |

            It was all in the spirit of fun and sarcasm … no actual pandering intended, dear….
            “dear” = pandering….OMG!

            Did we go off topic? (rhetorical question)

          • justagirl | Jun 10, 2010 at 11:07 am |

            from the moment you answered my rhetorical question dear.

  3. Arcocelli | Jun 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

    So, why is this guy considered a “visionary”? It says so in the description of the author but who gets to make that call? He sounds like just another new age/2012/racketeer.

  4. Arissasbel | Jun 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm |

    Very interesting article… I really enjoyed it!


  5. justagirl | Jun 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm |

    from the moment you answered my rhetorical question dear.

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