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Friday, June 17, 2016

Masculine and Feminine

Balanced Energies

Nature is not dumb. Humanity is dumb when we can't hear or when we forget how to communicate with nature. Nature is very much alive. Intelligent, living beings and vibrant energies are all over this planet.”
Sun Bear (Walk in Balance: The Path to Healthy, Happy, Harmonious Living)

Sun Bear, the Ojibwe teacher from the White Earth Reservation in Washington state, wrote several books on Native American spirituality. He always ended his writing by saying, “It is good to have spoken.” Most of his work had to do with earth energies, with the medicine wheel, and with the balancing of masculine and feminine energies. I do not mean men and women, male and female humans, I mean the energies of the feminine and masculine that exist within all humans. We have lived in a predominantly masculine energy driven world for a couple of millennium now—in fact, since the dark ages. Don't hear this as a terrible criticism. Humanity needed the linear thinking of the masculine to advance civilization and to inform and direct its evolution. Masculine energy, if you look at it geometrically for a moment, goes from point A to point B to point C and so forth. It moves in straight lines and angles. It gets things moving from one level to the next, from stone age to iron age, from hunter-gather to agriculture, from oral tradition to printing press, from hand-picked to harvester, from leeches to MRI's. We needed that kind of energy to move forward, and we still need it today to be innovative and progressive.

But masculine energy is not relational. It contains no curves or swirls. For that we need the feminine. To have deep and sustained consideration for the effects of the robust masculine, feminine energy is required. It is first and foremost relational. It weighs consequences, considers equality and justice; it nurtures and sustains. Feminine energy moves only in curves, and circles and swirls. It brings color and nuance, moisture and lushness, it is expansive, egalitarian and creative. Without the masculine, however, feminine energy is irrational and ungrounded. United with masculine energy, it brings compassion, depth and wholeness. Masculine energy without the feminine is hard, harsh and inconsiderate of impact; it is shallow and driven, it takes without giving. But together, and in equal measure, masculine and feminine energies bring balance and wholeness to this planet. We need both. Right now, we especially need the balance of feminine energy. It is good to have spoken.

                                                             In the Spirit,


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