In the early naughties there was a TV show I adored called Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. It was premised on the stereotype that gay men are far more clued up on women’s likes than their straight counterparts. The show had five gay men, called the Fab Five who’d come to the rescue of a sorry straight guy with a flatlining love life or an exasperated partner. Ted was the Food & Wine Connoisseur, Kyan the Grooming Guru, Thom the Design Doctor, Carson the Fashion Savant and Jai the Culture Vulture who could turn a cavemen into a sophisticate. This show turned Neanderthals, geeks and insensitive testosterone soaked okes into babe magnets.
I’d fantasise about having my own Fab Five who would swoop into my life and vanquish my challenges. A few years later, I discovered that I did have my own crew, but it wasn’t made up of a quintet of queers but a multitude of goddesses, each an expert in a particular field. My book, The Goddess Bootcamp, has a 6 page long list of goddesses from various culture, whom you can call for assistance with any type of challenge you can think of, and this list is by no means exhaustive.
Some people get fidgety when you start talking about calling on goddesses for help. A voice booms out of the recesses of their minds “…for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” Taking advantage of your goddess crew is unlikely to annoy the other guy. American writer and activist, Starhawk has already explained it a lot more eloquently than I could have; “the symbolism of the Goddess is not a parallel structure to the symbolism of God the Father. The Goddess does not rule the world. She is the world. Manifest in each of us, She can be known internally by every individual, in all her magnificent diversity.”
When you have money issues and you call on Lakshmi, when you ask Oya to help you end an unhealthy relationship, or you look to Durga to help you kick ass, or you recruit Freyja in reviving your dead sex life (yes, goddesses get you laid too) you are essentially connecting with a part of yourself.
The Universal Law of One states (backed by quantum physics, I might add) – Every Soul, living and discarnate, is connected at the level of the collective unconscious. We are all part of one energy. There is One Intelligence in the Universe which expresses itself as everything, and everything in the Universe is an expression of this One Intelligence.
One of my favourite men, Albert Einstein, taught that “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
To overcome a challenge you must raise your consciousness above that which created it. A very clear example that we already get this is our predilection for alter egos. Superman can achieve all sorts of superhuman feats that Clark Kent cannot. Performers like Beyonce, who consider themselves shy, invoke an alter ego, in her case Sasha Fierce, to be able to perform in front of thousands of expectant fans. Batman is a part of Bruce Wayne, just as Slim Shady is a part of Eminem. Calling on a goddess is very similar, it is connecting to a specific archetype, which is a part of you, but with a different consciousness, and hence the ability to accomplish feats that you think you cannot.
When in a fix, Keep Calm and Call A Goddess.