(Lilith part III By Elohim Yael)

Having fallen into Shadow Lilith and the feminine qualities that she represents, were covered up by both the feminine and the masculine. In the two previous articles on Lilith we saw how throwing light on all our inner Shadow parts not only contributes to reconciliation between both parts of the feminine and with the masculine, but also to experiencing a deeper layer of inner freedom. To truly come to peace with the heart of the inner feminine struggle, Lilith shows us another key. As with her choice to escape the harsh reality of the masculine oriented system the feminine unforeseen stepped into a trap, an illusion of being restrained in freedom. This can be explained through the (biblical/Coran) story of Hagar, Abraham and Sarah.

The chosen one

Abraham, married to Sarah, was promised many descendants. As Sarah believed to be too old to conceive, she offered Abraham her slave Hagar to become his second wife. Hagar then gives birth to Ismael and some later Sarah also gets pregnant with a son called Isaac. This brings up the question which son has the first rights. Hagar and Ismael draw the short straw and are sent to the desert. They end up nearby Mecca. Ismael is known to be the ancestor of the Arabs and Isaac of the Jews.  

Several themes are played out in this story. The most striking is how brothers, men and women are subjected to a great divide for centuries to come. It marks who is or wants to be ‘the chosen one’ and points out what is to be preferred and protected. This is comparable with the foundations of duality described in the previous articles: when an individual's own style, race or color was ranked above all others, and the ego-part of the self is preferred to the rest. This created separation between the masculine and feminine and caused an inner battle as well. The figures of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar show us something similar:

they tell about sacrificing, victimizing and being offended.
This trap lies at the heart of the inner struggle of the feminine.

It started with an assumption

It all started with an assumption; the idea something surely was impossible. Sarah believing she was too old to conceive, makes a grand gesture to Abraham by offering him to bed with Hagar. When Hagar gets pregnant doubt appears. Sarah starts wondering if she still has anything to contribute and what she means to the whole. She feels she has to secure her position. Hagar reacts by protecting her position. When Sarah unexpectedly brings a child into the world the question is which son has the first rights. As if there were not enough room in their three hearts to love the boys equally, she creates conditions to protect her and her son’s position. Hagar is sent into the desert, ending up nearby Mecca.

The wrong committed becomes a new reality for both women. As a consequence both are victimized. Sarah, a victim of her own assumptions, then victimizes Hagar; hence Hagar is victimized by Sarah and acts upon this. Both ending up being victim and perpetrator at the same time.

Like Sarah and Hagar, Lilith too makes an assumption setting seperation in motion. As the patriarchal system focuses tangible shapes rather than the (feminine) natural movability and its free form, Lilith believed herself to be confined to a style that would restrain her freedom. It seemed impossible to her that there was enough room for both style aspects, not realizing that with this, she herself created a limitation. She restricted her own presence because her choice to escape the new (patriarchal based) reality led to her wandering. Besides she limited her connection with the masculine and other part of the feminine (as the feminine has two parts).

The upcoming article: Making peace with the Feminine struggle.
Former two articles: Lilith, shadowing the Feminine dilemma & Making Lilith and her Shadow visible again.

BIO:

Through her articles and gatherings Yael reminds you of unconditional compassion which is an important step on the path towards living in harmony. She invites you to experience a deep connection with both yourself and the Whole as heartily as possible. Yael embodies the Elohim essence. This means she is connected to the Universe from a clear awareness of harmony and unity - www.ajourneyoflight.uk

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Comment by Elohim Yael on December 9, 2016 at 1:43pm

Lilith part III

The heart of the Feminine struggle

Having fallen into Shadow Lilith and the feminine qualities that she represents, were covered up by both the feminine and the masculine. In the two previous articles on Lilith we saw how throwing light on all our inner Shadow parts not only contributes to reconciliation between both parts of the feminine and with the masculine, but also to experiencing a deeper layer of inner freedom. To truly come to peace with the heart of the inner feminine struggle, Lilith shows us another key. As with her choice to escape the harsh reality of the masculine oriented system the feminine unforeseen stepped into a trap, an illusion of being restrained in freedom. This can be explained through the (biblical/Coran) story of Hagar, Abraham and Sarah.

The chosen one

Abraham, married to Sarah, was promised many descendants. As Sarah believed to be too old to conceive, she offered Abraham her slave Hagar to become his second wife. Hagar then gives birth to Ismael and some later Sarah also gets pregnant with a son called Isaac. This brings up the question which son has the first rights. Hagar and Ismael draw the short straw and are sent to the desert. They end up nearby Mecca. Ismael is known to be the ancestor of the Arabs and Isaac of the Jews.  

Several themes are played out in this story. The most striking is how brothers, men and women are subjected to a great divide for centuries to come. It marks who is or wants to be ‘the chosen one’ and points out what is to be preferred and protected. This is comparable with the foundations of duality described in the previous articles: when an individual's own style, race or color was ranked above all others, and the ego-part of the self is preferred to the rest. This created separation between the masculine and feminine and caused an inner battle as well. The figures of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar show us something similar:

they tell about sacrificing, victimizing and being offended. 
This trap lies at the heart of the inner struggle of the feminine.

It started with an assumption

It all started with an assumption; the idea something surely was impossible. Sarah believing she was too old to conceive, makes a grand gesture to Abraham by offering him to bed with Hagar. When Hagar gets pregnant doubt appears. Sarah starts wondering if she still has anything to contribute and what she means to the whole. She feels she has to secure her position. Hagar reacts by protecting her position. When Sarah unexpectedly brings a child into the world the question is which son has the first rights. As if there were not enough room in their three hearts to love the boys equally, she creates conditions to protect her and her son’s position. Hagar is sent into the desert, ending up nearby Mecca.

The wrong committed becomes a new reality for both women. As a consequence both are victimized. Sarah, a victim of her own assumptions, then victimizes Hagar; hence Hagar is victimized by Sarah and acts upon this. Both ending up being victim and perpetrator at the same time.

Like Sarah and Hagar, Lilith too makes an assumption setting seperation in motion. As the patriarchal system focuses tangible shapes rather than the (feminine) natural movability and its free form, Lilith believed herself to be confined to a style that would restrain her freedom. It seemed impossible to her that there was enough room for both style aspects, not realizing that with this, she herself created a limitation. She restricted her own presence because her choice to escape the new (patriarchal based) reality led to her wandering. Besides she limited her connection with the masculine and other part of the feminine (as the feminine has two parts).

The upcoming article: Making peace with the Feminine struggle.
Former two articles: Lilith, shadowing the Feminine dilemma & Making Lilith and her Shadow visible again.

Comment by Elohim Yael on December 2, 2016 at 8:24am

Hi Regina, thanks for your suggestions and revisions. As you can see I have adapted this into the article above. There were three bits that resonated less. Those I have kept the way they were, marked in blue in the text.

It is funny in the original article, the story of Hagar and Sarah is explained earlier under the heading The Chosen One. However due to the maximum wordcount of 600, I had removed this part. I have added it again together with some text changes following this addition.

I hope the text now still works for you. 

Looking forward to the feedback of the senior editor and have a wonderfull weekend, Yael

Comment by Regina Chouza on November 29, 2016 at 11:54pm

Hi Yael, 

Thank you for this - I quite enjoyed reading the story though I also have to confess that I had to read it twice to make sense of it. Below you'll find my suggestions for the article as I've made changes to the wording to make it a bit more succinct and more direct in the wording.

Otherwise I have two "reader comprehension" suggestions for this article: 

- Please consider telling the full Hagar story earlier, under the heading The Chosen One because those of us who are not familiar with it, or who haven't read the Bible in ages may get lost =)

-  When you say "Lilith too brought this on herself" is that in reference to Sarah bringing it on herself? If so I would say,  "Like Sarah, Lilith too brings her personal destruction on herself" or whatever it is that she bring on herself.

Thanks ...

Regina

ps ... When this third article is done, I'll send the first three to the senior editor to get her feedback before I ask you to rework the next ones, just to get a sense from her on the piece. =) 

Here are my revisions. I hope I didn't change the sense of the article =) 

Having fallen into the Shadow, Lilith and the feminine qualities that she represents were covered up by both the feminine and the masculine. In our previous articles on Lilith, we saw how throwing light on all our inner Shadow parts not only contributes to reconciliation between the two aspects of the feminine with the masculine, but also to experiencing a deeper layer of inner freedom. To truly come to peace with the heart of the inner feminine struggle, Lilith shows us another key. As with her choice to escape the harsh reality of the masculine-oriented system, the feminine stepped into a trap, the illusion of being restrained in freedom. This can be explained through the story of Hagar, Abraham and Sarah.

The chosen one (WHAT IS THE STORY???)
Several themes are illustrated in this story. The most striking is how brothers, men and women are forced into a great divide for centuries to come. It marks who is, or who wants to be, ‘the chosen one’ and points out what is to be preferred and protected. Thus Ismael, the firstborn of Abraham with his wife’s slave, ends up being the outcast (and known to be the ancestor of the Arabs). And Isaac, the other son with his wife Sarah, as the ‘legimate’ son, and ancestor of the Jews.

This is comparable with the foundations of duality described in the previous articles: when an individual's own style, race or color was ranked above all others, and the ego-part of the self is preferred to the rest. This created separation between the masculine and feminine and caused an inner battle as well. The figures of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar show us something similar: sacrificing, victimizing and being offended. This trap lies at the heart of the inner struggle of the feminine.

It started with an assumption
It all started with an assumption; the idea something was impossible. Abraham, married to Sarah, was promised many descendants. Sarah believing she was too old to conceive, makes a grand gesture to Abraham by offering that he bed her slave, Hagar. When Hagar gets pregnant doubt appears. Sarah starts wondering if she still has anything to contribute and what she means to the whole. She feels she has to secure her position. Hagar reacts by protecting her position.

When Sarah unexpectedly brings a child into the world, the question is which son has the first rights? As if there were not room in their three hearts to love the boys equally, she creates conditions to protect her and her son's position. Hagar is sent into the desert, ending up nearby Mecca.

The wrong committed becomes a new reality for both women.

As a consequence both are victimized.

Sarah, a victim of her own assumptions, then victimizes Hagar;
hence Hagar is victimized by Sarah, and acts upon this.
Both ending up being victim and perpetrator at the same time.

Lilith too brought this upon herself. As the patriarchal system focuses on tangible shapes rather than the natural, feminine movability and its free form, Lilith believed herself to be confined to a style that would restrain her freedom. It seemed impossible to her that there was enough room for both style aspects, not realizing that with this, she herself created a limitation. She restricted her own presence because her choice to escape the new (patriarchal based) reality led to her wandering.

Besides she limited her connection with the masculine and with the other part of the feminine (as the feminine has two parts).

The upcoming article: Making peace with the Feminine struggle.
Former two articles: Lilith, shadowing the Feminine dilemma & Making Lilith and her Shadow visible again.
BIO:
Yael’s essence is Elohim. This essence stands for universal oneness and awareness of essence. It awakens deeper levels of connectedness, with(in) Yourself and the Universe. Yael enables you to connect with this potential through e.g. articles and gatherings. With her essence she contributes greatly to the process of bringing back purity within the true meaning of Light, which is universal and rises above duality - www.ajourneyoflight.uk

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