Love is the Thing

My spiritual teacher, Colette, made it clear that women are more highly evolved than their male counterparts and are here to teach men to change the will to power to the will to love. The Egyptians captured this in the myth of Isis and Osiris.

            Osiris was the god-king of Egypt who ruled the world between the living and the dead. He weighed the souls of the recently departed to see to what worldly realms they would be sent. His wife Isis was the goddess of wisdom.

Seth, Osiris’ brother, was envious and wanted to wrest power from him. He murdered Osiris and cut him into fourteen pieces, burying each of the pieces in different parts of Egypt. Isis, upon hearing of the deed, set about re-collecting the pieces. After re-collecting him, she sought to put him together again by re-membering him, by putting the members of his body back together.

            In the myth, Isis holds out the fourteenth piece, the penis, the symbol of power, lust. She is holding the key to the man’s ultimate purpose for living on Earth, to replace the will to power – domination, subjugation, greed, and murder – by the will to love.

As a result of this lack of wholeness, man must search for his missing member. For the ancients, that member meant knowledge. Man must search for knowledge to become whole, and Isis, the goddess of wisdom representing all women, is the teacher. She, like Eve, has the woman’s role in life: She is the teacher of man and leads him into life. She re-membered Osiris and by doing so restored him to life. She resurrected him.

            It’s the woman’s requirement to teach love to men. In spiritual terms, she cannot abdicate this responsibility and become like “one of the guys.” As the great jazz singer Maxine Sullivan intoned “love is still king, love is the thing.”