What is ‘The Feminine’?
“Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods.
Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power.”
Dan Brown; American Author
Just as there is physical gender, there is an energetic gender to things. Even our languages, crafted over time, reflect this. From the Orient “Yin and Yang”. From tribal and pagan wisdom “Father Sky and Mother Earth”. The Sun is a “he” and the Moon a “she”. And some languages actually genderise everything – such as French and Arabic. Energetic gender exists, we all know it instinctively, but many of us have been unaware of it consciously as it was eradicated from western culture. Understanding this empowers our lives in practical ways.
Important to note here, this is not about men and women, or sexual gender; this is on the energetic plane of reality. So, men have a “Feminine” component and women likewise have a “Masculine” component. The following table illustrates through comparison:
The most powerful, effective and whole any entity can be is when both aspects feature in balance:
Too much doing leads to burn out. Too much inaction leads to stagnation.
Too much giving leads to emptiness. Too much taking/receiving leads to someone else’s emptiness; often someone close and loving.
Too much control leads to suffocation. Not enough control/too much allowing and passivity leads often to being dominated.
Too much focus on outer achievements can lead to a lack of fulfilment and truthful action. Too much focus on inner life can lead to a feeling of frustration or even paralysis to prosper in the world.
And the list goes on.
“Until recently, few have noticed how utterly the masculine hero myth has neglected the feminine way of Eros, the way of being instead of doing, the caring, feeling, receptive, nurturing, life-affirming way of the heart that values relationships and a meaningful inner life. While our patriarchal society has given lip service to the feminine principle, in truth Eros has been considered inferior to the masculine way of logos, and its true importance to the human soul has been largely disregarded”.
Jean Benedict Raffa, Ed. D from “The Bridge to Wholeness – A Feminine Alternative to the Hero Myth”
Girls and women are a physical manifestation of the Feminine, and to those who have suffered a disconnection it is important to understand that they are part of a bigger picture. In her miraculous book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom Dr Christiane Northrup explains:
“Western civilization has rested for the last five thousand years on the mythology of patriarchy, the authority of men and fathers. If, as Jamake Highwater says, ‘all human beliefs and activities spring from an underlying mythology,’ then it is easy to make the connection that our culture is totally ‘ruled by the father’, our view of our female bodies and even our medical system also follows male-oriented rules”.
The core personal power that comes from understanding this is an ability then to work towards balancing ones Masculine and Feminine aspects out. The most powerful any entity can be is when both aspects are in balance, be it a person, a family, a business, a community, a country or the planet. The most powerful a woman can be is when she is living with both Feminine and Masculine aspects featuring equally in her life.
Unveil Programs will help empower the Feminine components in you through an eight step experiential journey into various Feminine aspects of day to day life, grounding the work in very practical and simple methods of learning that every woman can incorporate into her moments with ease.