Prayer to Sekhmet by Temple Founder Genevieve Vaughan
Mighty in your wisdom and understanding
Powerful in compassion and pity for human frailty
Knowing the means of salvation
Knowing how to make radical change
Help us leave aside our doubts
No longer cling to weakness
Help us commit to the true path
Individually and socially
Always remembering the third of humanity
Who do not have enough safety, food and clean water
To live a peaceful thriving life
And the 1% of humanity who have stratospheric wealth.
Help us understand the connection between them,
The great economic wheel of extraction that must be undone if we are to survive.
Give us the rage to protect life against radiation
Against pollution of chemicals and plastic
Against patriarchal ideology
That promotes war as a solution to problems
Pitting one against many
One man or one nation over many to endless destruction.
The capacity to kill, to take life, is not the human Way.
Instead, Mother Sekhmet, the capacity to give and protect life is the Way.
Your lions only take as much as they need. They do not make war against other lions
Or even against antilopes.
Let us learn to limit aggression,
To serve only Life
of plant, animal and human.
The integrity of the environment
Against the manipulation of its tiniest particles and the mayhem it can cause
There is no Mother of all bombs.
Mothers give and nurture life
Bombs are creations of Patriarchy
They do not have mothers and they are not mothers.
May Patriarchy desist and end
As if it had never been.
I who am the fury against destruction
Felt by each human woman who gives and cares for life
And by each human man who allows himself to be liberated
By Me to further the values of life
I who stand at the beginning of time,
Stand against the end of time
Proposed by the war mongers.
I rage against their risk perversion
Their silly gambling
Challenging the Fate that loves Life
That loves the four and a half billion years
Of its evolution, the tiny details that make up the niches
And the delicate ways they fit together.
May each human remember the preciousness of all life and her own.
Honor Me in these desperate times when the world is awry
And all seems lost. Life will find a way. You who love Life will find a way.
Humans must serve Life with all their creativity, heart and spirit.
The destruction of Life on this planet is not an option.