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Eleusinian Mysteries - Thesmophoria - 06

Identifier

016287

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Step three - Purification

During this time of abstinence and waiting, purification takes place.  Energy gets readjusted, chakras get cleaned out.

Our Higher spirit does the purification, we just have to accept the process and go with the process.  If you chicken out you lose the chance to be a ‘god’ or a ‘goddess’ however unpleasant the process [and it is very unpleasant – hot flushes, pain, strange flutterings and shaking].

So don’t mess with the process and don’t interfere.

The process mostly takes place at night, which is something of a blessing, but still means you wake up frequently feeling awful, covered in sweat, shaking and feeling as though you could cook an egg on your body.

Allegorically, this is described by having Demeter look after the ‘son’  of a person she stays with.  Because she has special powers she purifies the child in order to try to make him into a ‘god’.

Then in the next section Demophoön is symbolically, the energy needed for reunification being developed.  In false pregnancies, the abdomen actually swells as all this invisible energy accumulates…..

A description of the experience

Homeric Hymn to Demeter

She has an only son, late-born, who is being nursed in our well-built house, a child of many prayers and welcome: if you could bring him up until he reached the full measure of youth, any one of womankind who should see you would straightway envy you, such gifts would our mother give for his upbringing.”...........................

Then rich-haired Demeter answered her: “And to you, also, lady, all hail, and may the gods give you good! Gladly will I take the boy to my breast, as you bid me, and will nurse him. Never, I ween, through any heedlessness of his nurse shall witchcraft hurt him nor yet the Undercutter: for I know a charm far stronger than the Woodcutter, and I know an excellent safeguard against woeful witchcraft.”

When she had so spoken, she took the child in her fragrant bosom with her divine hands: and his mother was glad in her heart.

So the goddess nursed in the palace Demophoön, wise Celeus’ goodly son whom well-girded Metaneira bare. And the child grew like some immortal being, not fed with food nor nourished at the breast: for by day rich-crowned Demeter would anoint him with ambrosia as if he were the offspring of a god and breathe sweetly upon him as she held him in her bosom. But at night she would hide him like a brand in the heart of the fire, unknown to his dear parents.

And it wrought great wonder in these that he grew beyond his age; for he was like the gods face to face.

And she would have made him deathless and unageing, had not well-girded Metaneira in her heedlessness kept watch by night from her sweet smelling chamber and spied. But she wailed and smote her two hips, because she feared for her son and was greatly distraught in her heart; so she lamented and uttered winged words:

“Demophoön, my son, the strange woman buries you deep in fire and works grief and bitter sorrow for me.”

Thus she spoke, mourning. And the bright goddess, lovely-crowned Demeter, heard her, and was wroth with her. …

Forthwith she said to well-girded Metaneira:

“Witless are you mortals and dull to foresee your lot, whether of good or evil, that comes upon you. For now in your heedlessness you have wrought folly past healing; for—be witness the oath of the  gods, the relentless water of Styx—I would have made your dear son deathless and unaging all his days and would have bestowed on him everlasting honour, but now he can in no way escape death and the fates. Yet shall unfailing honour always rest upon him, because he lay upon my knees and slept in my arms. But, as the years move round and when he is in his prime, the sons of the Eleusinians shall ever wage war and dread strife with one another continually.

The source of the experience

Eleusinian Mysteries

Concepts, symbols and science items

Science Items

False pregnancy

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

References