Matriarchal and Patriarchal Concepts


and How They Will Shape the New Culture


by Richard Kieninger


My Teachers informed me that we are to combine characteristics of both patriarchal and matriarchal cultures to form the best that culture can offer. James’ comment, in fact, was, “The new nation you are to help found must recreate a balance of the patriarchal and matriarchal world views, just as the great Lemurian culture had.” We are to combine the best of each in order to create an atmo­sphere most conducive to individual Egoic growth and cooperation. I asked James to delineate some characteristics of both:


The patriarchal attitude leads a society to pursue high spiri­tual and intellectual goals; however, patriarchal societies, like the ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish, perceived a separation between God and the world and between spirit and flesh. Western Civiliza­tion derives its philosophy of life primarily from those three cul­tures; and so Western man conceives of himself as divided within himself—separated from God and in contention with Nature, which threatens to overwhelm him. He places high value on his mind and spirit as being sacred, whereas his bodily needs are regarded as base and dangerous. He molds his environment and exploits it for his own purposes. He’s ‘realistic,’ intellectual, finds dignity in work, bases his self-worth on wealth and the power it gives him, and hems in his life with laws and boundaries to keep order. He glori­fies a strong, disciplined character by which he can subdue his emotions and hold to his ambitious drives. His culture is practical, rational, war-like, aggressive, and authoritarian. He has a hard time just being and enjoying.


On the other hand, matriarchal societies, which are earth centered, regard the human mind and body as a unity and see God in every aspect of Creation. A man living in such a culture regards the universe as a continuum of intelligent orderliness, and he feels himself to be a drop in the cosmic ocean of life. He believes he should enjoy the caprices of life; and for him, dignity resides in mysticism, fantasy, play, and love. He allows his emotions and instincts to guide him, and he avoids ‘egocentric,’ purposeful be­havior toward others. He believes that to allow his head to dictate to his body is insane. The virtues of trust, nurturance, and surren­der are highly valued by him. There is a natural democratic sharing of decision making in his society, and everyone tends to flow with the stream of events of Mother Nature and human nature. He can enjoy pleasure without having feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, matriarchal societies are not inclined to strive toward Egoic aspira­tions and building civilization.


One is not better than the other. We have become largely patriarchal in our ways of being in the Western world. Some of those ways we will need to retain for the future culture. The Brotherhoods are quite patriarchal in their hierarchi­cal structure—this is how They’re able to get things done. There is room for discussion on some levels, but members of the Brotherhoods on the lower levels are not privy to information by which members on the higher levels operate. A Brother of a lesser degree respects the authority of the Brother of higher degree. Brothers are asked if They are willing to take on certain tasks, and They can agree or not agree. If a Brother does agree, He is given latitude to accomplish the task in His way, to the best of His ability. A Brother of equal rank does not interfere or offer unsolicited advice as to how the former could better accomplish His task. Elder Brothers are always available to offer Their wisdom, should He ask, however.


In a matriarchal society, there is no hierarchical structure, little organiza­tion, and hence, no progress. As a result, such a society will have no tactically structured military force, so it can easily be taken over. Each member tends to be an independent thinker to the extent that he/she is not accustomed to function in a hierarchical structure. In the coming Nation, companies and the government will have hierarchical structure, so that some people will answer to others. And as the Tenth Lemurian Law states, “If no violation of Natural Law is involved, the majority rule will apply and will be subject to approval of the Brotherhoods’ direct representatives whose decisions will be final.”

Members of a matriarchal society are more trusting and respectful of one another. But trusting completely can lead people to an attitude of indifference toward the directions their government leaders are taking. The structure of the Lemurian form of government in the Nation of God will be far simpler than we have today; and Adepts will oversee its function. By the time the Nation has existed 1,000 years and Melchizedek returns to rule, there will be little, if any, divergence from custom in the established system, so the Citizens will not have to deal with a continual flow of bills to be decided or Executive Orders being issued.


The accepted traditions established by a matriarchal society allow for a system of few laws. Each participant knows by long custom what is expected of him, and he understands he must do his share and not buck the system. If he does become dissatisfied with a custom, he brings it before the group and pur­sues change in a democratic manner rather than the prevalent present-day man­ner of politicking, criticizing and insisting on one’s way. As James further instructed me, “The advantages of technology and practicality must be blended with a care for Nature and with the elimination of antisocial aggressiveness.”


People of the future will tend toward concern for the individual’s freedom and natural rights rather than the current entrenched power of the coalition between the clergy and the wealthy elite. Church doctrine promotes obedience to authorities and uses guilt to make people accuse themselves when their lives go wrong rather than question the present system, which is designed to suppress the general populace. But in our efforts to learn to examine what actions our present-day authorities are taking and thus pull away from this suppressive patriarchal facet, we mustn’t swing the pendulum so far the other way as to defy authority altogether. We must be careful to retain the matriarchal concepts of love and respect for one another so as not to create conflicts. As stated previ­ously, without a system to organize human effort, there is no order and no progress. Determination to succeed gives one a will to cooperate with others and to work in an organization under authority. The mature person exemplifies the twelve Great Virtues alloyed with the wisdom to adapt and compromise flexibly if necessary in the face of inimical outside pressures. Eventually, all Egos will know the best way cooperatively to accomplish a task.


As our culture matures and adopts more of the Lemurian way of doing things, we will rid ourselves of some technology but still retain enough to allow more time for education, being with our loved ones and spiritual development. Computers will still be used to a large extent. We will have a militia, so a military and armed weapons will still exist. And we will learn to love better, but still be willing to take a stand and to fight for our nation. Proposals will be brought before us for referendum vote, so each of us will need to be well versed in concepts of healthy government and thus be able to vote wisely. We must be willing to voice our well-thought-out opinions in a mature manner and take responsibility for the direction our nation is going. We won’t blindly follow those in positions of authority, but neither will we interfere with their right to perform their job as they think best. Instead, we will give them room for learn­ing from their errors and encourage them, as is the matriarchal way. The oppor­tunities for being in positions of authority will be drastically reduced since the institutional church will no longer exist, and government as we now experience it will no longer exist. Emotional maturity involves the ability to stick to a job, to struggle through until it is finished; and maturity gives rise to one’s attitude to give more than is asked or required in a given situation; it is this quality which enables others to count on one—it is reliability. We will be reliable. Rather than farmers attempting to overcome Nature by the use of chemicals, poisons and artificial means, we will work with Her by using only what we need and return­ing the rest to be recycled again. We will learn to convey to our mates our love needs better rather than having pets as a substitute. We will know our bodies so well that we will provide the food they need to enjoy maximum health, and we will be raised with love and dignity from infancy so that we won’t be carrying around psychological armorings that lessen our ability to be healthy. We will be well-adjusted persons, exercising moderation in everything we do—eating, drink­ing, working, playing. We will keep in close contact with the things that stimulate and inspire us, such as beautiful music, art, literature, love and spiritu­ality. Our forms of entertainment will not involve unjustified violence or sensa­tionalism, but will still be exciting and stimulating. In the Nation of God, Ad­epts, Who are master psychologists, will determine the content of all the public entertainment media, since that will be the most potent influence for uplift of mankind. We will cultivate sound living habits and constantly strive to develop techniques of self-improvement to attain healthier thinking and peace of mind. We will provide our children with the mental, emotional, neurological and nutri­tional stimulation they need in order to contribute positively to society. We will be playful yet practical, sociocentric rather than egocentric, trusting yet discern­ing. We will be tolerant, tactful and not argumentative. We will obviously be glad to be alive, and this will be reflected in our radiant joy and self-confidence. We would not think of dominating another although we will be dynamic and self-assured. We will not be goody-goody but will be just daring enough to be fasci­nating. We might even enjoy an off-color joke, but our tendencies toward adven­ture will not be foolhardy.


Much discernment will be required as we leave behind the facets of soci­ety which we’ve learned do not lead to positive development of Egos and incor­porate those that do. This will necessarily involve frequently testing the scales of balance so as not to swing the pendulum too far either way toward patriarchy or matriarchy. We will likely never again face the challenging tests we now face in preparing this advanced culture, but our adventure will be daring and fascinat­ing.


If you feel you are up to this task and ready for such an exciting adventure, join us in building such a society. The effort will be well worth it!