butterfly has stood as symbol for many things throughout the ages, both
for its color, softness, and shape; and its ability to lift itself off the
ground. Between 1974 and 1979 the butterfly has also been utilized as a symbol in
the development of a
large art project to address one of mankind's deepest-reaching, most
profound dimension of its humanity that is central to its
existence and its civilization, and is at the same time its most-perplexing
problem, posing its deepest challenges.
that begins here combines the symbolism of the butterfly and its
art-project, with the spiritual symbolism of an earlier, 1893, art project
of the same nature, for a combination that makes mankind shine on the
wings of its butterflies. Thus, the tile of this exploration, A Shine
of Butterflies, is intentionally modeled after the 2009 movie, A
Shine of Rainbows, which uplifts the principle of mother to ever
higher levels of expression.
The art project
that is reviewed here in an exploratory mode is focused on the
sexual dimension that stands at the center of the subjugation of women in
society that began with the fading of the primordial times and grew from
there into the dark
ages with outright female persecution at its worst stages, then leading into the modern revolutionary period where the fight
for equality began a reversal of the great darkness that has not yet been fully won. The art project
that is under review focuses on the historic achievements of woman in
terms of them not only holding their
ground during the dark periods, but also in terms of their successes in lifting
themselves above the background of the times to higher ground, both in
their self-recognition and in the achievements that were build
The art project,
created by the American artist Judy Chicago, features the butterfly as a
symbol in this context. The butterfly has four wings with which it lifts
itself off the ground, and in the art project its body stands symbolic at
the center signifying the vaginal core - the very core of the subjugation
of women that has blacked the ages which the historic women of achievement
have been able to uplift, each in its own way. Judy Chicago and her teem
of hundreds of supporters for the project selected 999 historic women of achievement
in western civilization, and selected 39 of these as representatives who
are given a place of honor at a triangular art installation that she named
The Dinner Party. The Dinner Party is a lavish construct of exquisite
place setting for the honored women, complete with embroidered individual
place runners laid out an large triangular table, each representing one of
them three main periods of history. The dinner plate for each of the women
is a large 14-inch plate individually painted, each one a work of art in
itself, a combination of main symbol - the butterfly with its four wings
and the vaginal core at the center that the butterfly lifts off the
'plate' to higher ground to an elevated civil, moral, and spiritual significance.
The art installation has been presented in six counties and has been seen
by over a million visitors, together with a book that lists the
achievements of the celebrated women and presents their plate in full
The book and the
installation were created during a critical period in modern history at a
time when dark shadows were fast falling on civilization. Though neither
were intentionally created for this context, it stands to reason that the
huge effort that projects represents, to raise an awareness in society of
the historic achievements of woman, and thereby raise the self-perception
of society itself, has had a tangible healing effect on society during the
41-year span of the project since its creation. While we will never know
what the world would by like had this project not been created, it is
possible present a scientific sense of its importance in the context of
review of the historic book that was created as a part of the project at
its very beginning, published 41 years ago. (see detals: Symbol of
scientific sense is the key for the review of Judy Chicago's book and
project, considering that the healing of society is far from being fully
accomplished, the review is combined with an exploration of another
historic book that contains an illustrated poem centered on that very
issue of lifting society above the background of its tragically low self-perception,
especially in the sexual dimension that is deeply intertwined with it. The
book of this poem has been created in 1893 by America's scientific pioneer
in spiritual healing, named Mary Baker Eddy. The art for the book, commissioned
by Mary Baker Eddy in the form of 11 paintings, was created by artist
James F. Gilman. The title of the book is, Christ and Christmas.
The poem, and the illustrations
for it, are of special significance here, for the reason that Mary Baker
Eddy established a new Christian church in America, near
the end of the 19th Century, which she
termed, The Mother Church. The mothering principle is female in nature and
at the same time universal in its manifestation across the whole of
Eddy gave her church the legal title: The First
Church of Christ Scientist, in Boston Massachusetts but its core identity
remain as, The Mother Church. Mary Baker Eddy founded this
church on her discovery of what she called, the "absolute divine Principle
of scientific mental healing," which she termed Christian Science (p.107)
- which history records as her primary achievement. But she didn't leave
it with that. She set out to discover the science of it; document it in a
textbook; chartered a college to teach it for the purpose of establishing
a platform for healing in society; and founded a worldwide church to
promote its healing principles that she established herself as the Pastor
Emeritus of. And above that stands her poem and illustration to define in metaphor
what her achievement consists of and represents.
Mary Baker Eddy
stood as a woman in a male dominated world and a religious scene laced
with many dark-age concepts, both of which she met head on, not defeat
them, but to uplift them with a higher sense of God and Truth and humanity
in the image of God.
The term The Mother
Church, which she chose as spiritual identifier, evidently refers not to a hierarchical
human relationship between mother and children, but refers to the
enriching and uplifting mother-principle that is female at its core, but which is not grounded there,
which instead being grounded in Mind lifts itself above the Earth and
all mankind with it.
Here again we
cannot measure the achievement that has been wrought by her work, because
it is simply no possible to determine what the world would be like today
had Mary Baker Eddy not been a part of it and done the work she has
accomplished in an effort to uplift the world. The closest we can come to
finding a measurement of her impact on the world - apart from the
countless thousands that were healed by the application of her science -
is the fact of history that the 44-year period of her work in scientific
spiritual development coincides with essentially with the only general
period of peace and humanity in the world to the present since the days of
the Golden Renaissance. While the coincidence itself proves nothing, it is
nevertheless noteworthy, especially since the train to hell started to
roll again after her death (December 1910), and is now moving faster
Mary Baker Eddy defines
"God, divine and eternal Principle; Life,
Truth, and Love."
The term Mother Church,
thus can be seen as
combination of the female mothering principle acknowledged and understood,
and then raised above the ground to its divine dimension in a process that is
designed to uplift the whole of mankind. In a verse of her poem in, Christ
and Christmas, she states:
For Christian Science brings to view
The great I Am, -
Omniscient power, - gleaming through
Mind, mother, man.
What the mothering
principle implies in human terms in the personal sense is well illustrated
in the recent (2009) film, "A
Shine of Rainbows"
where the spiritual idea of mother is raised to ever-higher levels, first
by a woman, then by a child, and at last by a man.
"mother" being grounded in the female dimension, the exploration
of the sexual dimension as a divine idea - which it is, including its
manifest in sexual intimacy, which it promotes - necessarily involves a recognition of the status of
women that to a large degree determines the status of civilization, and
also involves a processes that lifts the sexual dimension up unversally to ever greater height.
It may have been for this reason that Mary Baker Eddy gave the focus on the rights of women a
prominent place in the spiritual structure of her church.
Mary Baker Eddy
created a foursquare scientific structure for her church for the development
of Divine Science. Her work, Christ and Christmas, is a part of this
structure. The structure is logically recognized as a structure
for four rows, pertaining to four main levels of perception, and as a structure of
four columns as rivers for progressive development. The names
of the rivers are the biblical rivers listed in Genesis 2, but her
definition for them in her glossary, is her own, and is closely related to
her foursquare structure. It is among these where the subject of the rights of
women comes rhetorically into play in her definition for the second river:
Gihon, defined as:
rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially."
The river is coincident with the domain of the structure that is labeled,
the Christ. With this definition for the river Gihon, she sets up a high
stage for women's right to be acknowledged, and for herself with it. This
demanded high-stage setting is not surprising if one considers how deeply the
state of civilization on our planet is determined by the recognition and
self-recognition of men and women in society, and women in particular,
where at the present time much progress needs yet to be achieved by
mankind for its self-healing.
river Gihon is preceded in Mary Baker Eddy's foursquare structure, by the first river,
Pison, defined as:
love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality."
rivers make up the first half of her foursquare structure which culminates
in the development of the highest sense of woman, coincident with the
highest form of human rights.
second half of the structure is related to Church, the development of the
processes that uplift civilization. Its first river is "Hiddekel,"
"Divine Science understood and acknowledged."
final river is a complex one. The river is named, "Euphrates."
It is defined by Mary Baker Eddy as:
"Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea
of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place
of physics; the reign of righteousness."
The river is also focused on
"The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin,
sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is
limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity."
The above four rivers are reflected in Judy Chicago's art project, The
It is fitting
therefore that the review of Judy Chicago's historic art project is
pursued in the context of Mary Baker Eddy's book of art metaphors that
reflect the same basic theme, though from different standpoint. The
drawing together here highlights the necessary coincidence of the scientifically
spiritual and its reflection in already attained historic achievements,
reflecting the dawning coincidence of the human and the divine, or in the
less esoteric sense, the coincidence of civilization and the Principle and
Intelligence of the Universe.
is God that Man is an Expression of?)
The need thus is
not to kill the significance of sex that is the rudimental promoter of the
principle of intimacy, but to raise it up to gain its spiritual
significance that is essential for the development of civilization. Right
now, all this is trashed in the modern world. There is no real intimacy in
any direction. Society is isolated from one another by countless factors, stretching
far beyond sexual division, becoming isolated by money, property, status,
fame, power. For example, when money enters the scene the intimacy between
people ends, or politics, or religion, ideologies, and so on. If the
principle of intimacy isn't there, or is too feeble and nothing raises it
up, the doom of civilization is not far off. Society has become so deeply
isolated, even from itself, that it listens unmoved by rhetoric from the
masters of empire that argue for the population reduction of our planet to
below the two billion mark, and who promote policies towards this end,
while hardly anyone as much as protests, and most of the world leaders
sing along with the imperial song and clamor for war.
The healing of
society is extremely far distant at the moment, while the pioneers on this
front are few. Two are combined for a project of scientific healing, two
who are recognized at the leading edge for their profound achievements.
Mary Baker Eddy, 1821-1910 -- artist Judy Chicago, in 1979
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