Republicans, Misogyny, And The Assault On Women

The ongoing assault on women in this country has been taken to a whole new level since Trump, the ultimate misogynist, the Narcissist-In-Chief, took office. This seems to have unleashed the vitriolic hatred the Republican Party has always harbored towards women, and turned it into a tsunami. As Professor Ford has come forward with her experience of being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, the Republican Party has circled the wagons, attempting to smear the reputation of a survivor of a vicious assault, much along the lines of what they did to Professor Anita Hill all those years ago. Let’s take a look at what drives them.

Years ago, there was a wonderful book written by a psychiatrist, Dr Susan Forward, “ Men Who Hate Women, And The Women Who Love Them”. ( By the way, this is a must read for anyone confused about why such a large percentage of white women vote Republican every election. ) It speaks about men with an unhealed mother wound, men who expect women to mother them, and if that need isn’t met, transfer their volcanic rage onto their partner in numerous ways. Women get punished ( verbally, emotionally, or physically) for not being the mommy the man never had. Dr Forward addresses the malignant narcissism of the misogynist, with helpful examples. I believe the Republican Party of today is a Party of malignant narcissists that actively hates women, including the female members of the Party, who have internalized the pervasive cultural message.

I also believe that their assault on the reproductive rights of women, besides being a religious war they are waging, is a subconscious drive to force all women to become mothers. The mothers they always wanted. To them, women have no value other than that. If women are powerful, the misogyny gets ramped up. How dare we expect to be treated as equals? We saw this in living color as Secretary Clinton ran for president.

If we look at the statistics on sexual abuse and domestic violence, the numbers are staggering. What happened to Dr Ford that night at a party when she was 15 is unfortunately the norm, not at all unusual. 3 out of 5 women have been sexually abused. Every single woman I know has been sexually harassed in her lifetime. I don’t know one who hasn’t been. Most women never tell anyone. Why would we? At this moment, over 100,000 rape kits around the country sit on shelves, evidence of rapes never investigated or prosecuted. They are forensic evidence of a crime, where the crime scene was the woman’s body. Not investigated. Can you think of any other types of crimes, burglary, murder, robbery, that go uninvestigated for decades? No? Me, either.

There is a disease of the soul in our culture today, a rot, that needs to be named, rooted out, and healed. It is misogyny coupled with malignant narcissism, where we have a political party in power that has hijacked the rest of the country, creating the same dynamic as an ongoing domestic abuse situation. America has become a battered spouse, with Republicans as the offenders, doing all the things offenders do; gaslighting, lying, making promises they don’t keep, and the country keeps hoping the offenders will change. Here’s a news flash for you: They won’t. They can’t. Their rage is too deeply seated. Our only solution is to divorce them.

I’m urging women everywhere to watch how these men are treating Dr Ford. It’s ugly, it’s sneaky, it’s dishonest. This is who they are. This is how they really feel about all of us. I know it hurts, but it’s true. In November, we can stand with women everywhere. We are strong. We can come together, and refuse to be abused any longer. Vote them out. Take their power away. Say no to abuse. I believe the country has a severe case of PTSD, at this point. Abuse does that. It’s fucking exhausting. Let’s get them out of office and start over, with empathy and kindness for all. This is a travesty. I stand with Dr Ford, and all survivors everywhere. I stand for women. I stand for the voiceless, too frightened to speak about their abuse. I always have, and always will. We will not be silenced. We will not be a party to our own diminishment. Not on my watch. In November, we’re coming for you. You know that saying, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? Get ready. We are the storm. The thunder. The lightning. Republicans have scorned us for decades. This is their Karma. Expect us. This is our moment of emancipation. It’s going to be a thing of beauty. Blessings, Rev Judith Star-Medicine

Listen

There is really only one voice worth listening to, and that voice is the voice of the Divine within each of us. Our mind is like an annoying, persistent buzz, analyzing situations and presenting random solutions as fast as it can calculate them. None of those factor in the limitless possibilities of the universe. The moment we give our power away to mind, we’re screwed. Our miracle is delayed. The only thing worth trusting is our Soul, our divinity, our essence. Link to that. Breathe. Listen. Let Mind go, just for a few minutes. Feel. Surrender. Open your heart to the universe, and watch your miracles unfold. One of my favorite affirmations, ( It may be from Catherine Ponder) is “ In my life, miracles follow miracles, and God’s blessings never cease.” Today is a new day. On tomorrow’s New Moon, let’s all remind ourselves to discipline mind, and restore it to its rightful place as a trusted servant, not a relentless bully trying to run the show. What a relief that would be. Let your Soul drive. It knows the way. Blessings, Judith

Warrior Priestess

I took the word “Shaman “ out of my bio a long time ago, primarily due to the New Age movement’s appropriation of it. Everywhere you look, there’s someone calling themselves that, without having the slightest idea of what it really means.

A Shaman is a priest, trained to be a warrior of Light, trained to navigate the Void, trained in dealing with other realms and the supernatural, including dealing with ghosts and demonic entities, trained to be a tracker. A true Shaman is able to perform exorcisms, extractions, is able to work on the level of the Ethereal soul. ( The Hun in Chinese medicine.) This includes what is called “ Soul retrieval “, bringing back split off pieces of the soul, split off from trauma. The ability to do this includes bringing someone back from a coma, ( with that souls permission) since a coma is a state of massive soul loss. One should be able to speak with animals, trees, the stones, the elements, the dead, anything with a soul. The ability to do these things is a part of the job description. An inability to do any of them denies one the right to the title, but that’s never stopped anyone from using it. In most cases, it’s laughable.

No one forced me to choose this path. No one is ever forced. Being a Priestess or a Priest is a 24/7 job. It is not part-time. There are no vacations from this path of service. This path is not for everyone, clearly. One must be fearless, fierce, compassionate and kind, all at the same time. The training is intense, usually beginning in early childhood. Severe traumas or health issues are not uncommon, including near-death experiences.

I much prefer referring to myself as a warrior Priestess, walking the spiritual path Merlin calls “ The Path Of The Sword”. The sword is used to break the chains that bind us; chains of fear, chains of ego, chains of judgement. It is the sword of radical truth and radical love. It cuts through denial, it cuts through illusions, most importantly, it cuts through darkness, by illuminating it.

The spiritual commitment to this path is absolute. There are many types of Healers in the world, all have their gifts. Some are Awakeners, some, like myself, are Alchemists. Some are doctors, nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, and herbalists. None of those are necessarily priests. A priest is a willing intermediary between the earthly and the other realms.

There has never been a time in my life that I regretted my choice to incarnate once again as a warrior Priestess, especially now. I have always been honored that people trust me, and choose to share their deepest and most painful experiences with me. I am humbled that they feel safe processing abuse of all kinds with me, embarking on a journey of the restoration of their divine blueprint. This moment in time, where the world is under assault, in a way many of us have never seen before, accentuates the need for the warrior Priests and Priestesses. We stand on the front lines of the battle. The darkness will not prevail. We have Master Teachers guiding us. Each of us have our own guides. We know who they are.

We have chosen this path out of our love for humanity, the planet, and all living things. As intense as it is, it is a beautiful path. I have never, and will never regret choosing it. It is my honor as a warrior Priestess to serve. Blessings, Judith