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The Feminine and Masculine Principle

Healthy mind – healthy life – healthy environment

„Who are we?“, „What do we want?“ and „How do we want to live?“.
When we ask ourselves these questions and observe our minds, we can see that our minds tend to create a shortage. We think we don’t have enough or think we aren´t enough.

If we observe the movements of our mind even more closely, we can determine what the background to our perceived lack is. We perceive greed, longing and desire, anger, suffering and frustration, cruelty, selfishness and egoism, jealousy, cowardice, fear and doubt, pride, material desires, and various sensory stimuli in us.

 

The male power principle that got out of hand

The alignment with these, albeit deeply human, inclinations has determined our actions for millennia and has led to the primeval male principle – that is, human qualities such as directed power, control, determination, and action – have gotten out of balance. This enabled a system of social relationships, authoritative values, norms, and behavioral patterns to emerge that became a patriarchal, i.e. male-dominated power principle.

The primordial feminine principle – human qualities such as care, compassion, devotion, and intuition – were thereby suppressed, degraded, exploited, and devalued.
The current consequences are a competitive and performance-oriented pursuit of profit and power on an economic, political, and social level, which goes hand in hand with the exploitation and destruction of nature, animals, and personal resources such as (labor) time, and energy.

On a small scale, all of this leads to persistent personal crises (stress & burnout, depression und psychosomatic suffering) and on a large scale to global crises (wars, euro and banking crises, climate crises, refugee movements, oil crises, etc.). Overall to a continuous turning away from our environment and ourselves. We have lost the awe and humility for life and with it our feeling of connection to ourselves, to others, and the world.

 

Opportunities for change – the right and left hemisphere

Many people share the vision of a fairer, more mindful, and environmentally friendly society. And who does not strive for permanent inner peace, joy, trust, and inner guidance? The complete implementation and embodiment of this is certainly an utopia. On the other hand, we have to ask about ways of approaching this new culture within and around us.

Every person already carries within them what we define as „male“ and „female“ energy as qualities and abilities.
In this respect, research into the function and mode of action of our brain is astonishing. The brain researcher Jill B. Taylor describes in her book „My Stroke of Insight“ her experiences after a stroke and shows that our two halves of the brain act like two different „personalities“ with different value systems.

Functions of the left and right hemisphere

Taylors function of the rational left hemisphere of the brain was suspended and with it the ability to have clear thoughts, to form concepts, to act, and to communicate. She got into a state in which sensory stimuli (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling) were switched off. For example, the ability to be afraid, to want to be right, or to strive for something. Only the right hemisphere worked.

Taylor described from a personal and scientific point of view that […] at the core of my right brain’s consciousness there is a character that is directly connected to my inner peace, and that is all about peace, love, joy, and compassion of the world. […] For the right hemisphere of my brain, we are all members of a human family. It doesn’t care about artificial boundaries like race or religion. […] in the right half of my brain it is about the richness of the moment. It is full of gratitude for my life and the people around me. […] It takes things as they are.“

An essential way to get into this state of letting go, of inner calm and connection with everything, and to maintain this state step by step in everyday life is meditation.

 

The mind as a servant

As a rule, our understanding, the left hemisphere, has the lead in understanding and realizing ourselves. We are identified with our body, our thoughts, and our feelings. For example, with what we do professionally, what we have, whether we are women or men, poor or rich, etc. We evaluate, feel and act based on a wide variety of external individual and social influences, conditioning, and conventions.

Our life is not about lingering at the moment lost in thought, but rather being conscious and awake at the moment, i.e. being present. And then, depending on the situation and capable of distinguishing, aligning oneself with qualities such as temperance, self-control, forgiveness, joy and kindness, understanding, trust, and courage. Then our intellect becomes a servant and our „true self“ leads in action.

The „male principle“ in us thus serves the „female principle“ in us. We are in soul awareness and no longer want to be faster, better, stronger, but are freer, more authentic, and more peaceful.

An inner ethic

Destructive tendencies, of course, remain part of our human nature. But we can use our fighting energy such as anger, our physical strength and inner strength out of a genuine interest in the well-being of all people, living beings, and nature. Our actions are then determined by a felt connection and the resulting responsibility and care, instead of greed for profit and power, egoism, and selfishness. This consolidates tolerance, compassion, and respect in dealing with ourselves and with everything around us.

An inner ethic that has nothing to do with commandments, fanaticism, ideologies, dogmas, or religion can arise as a result and be our inner guidance. We are thus independent of externally defined authorities.

 

The „new woman“ and the „new man“

In our western society, we usually seek the salvation of our soul in the ideal of romantic love. We grow up with a music and film culture that markets an image of love in which the other can fill our gaps, complete us and make us happy. This inevitably turns out to be a delusion and we keep being thrown back on ourselves.

In this regard, the psychiatrist C.G. Jung was way ahead of his time when he realized that the woman in love projects the unconscious positive image of her male part (animus / „inner lover“) onto the man, while the man projects the unconscious positive image of his female part (anima / „inner beloved „) onto the woman. Accordingly, we are in love with a more complete ego-based version of ourselves. The person I am in love with could become part of myself.

As an example, women often consciously or unconsciously look for a strong, equanimity man to hold her. Someone who catches her in her feelings and offers space or a framework from which she can develop. While the man then experiences change through her love. At different stages of life, this can be a different type of woman or man. Falling in love and partnership is thus an opportunity to see and feel one’s own mental and emotional maturation potential and to grow personally from it.

Irritations in gender roles

Today men and women are confused about their gender roles. „Strong women“ are, for example, those who are particularly assertive and rational. For example, men are unsure of how exactly their male role can look, if it is not based on old models and clichés. Without doubt, we need pioneers, who courageously allow and try out other versions and concepts. And don’t lose their sense of humor about themselves.

It is about finding a good balance and naturalness. As a man and as a woman, to allow, integrate and cultivate both your feminine and your masculine energy qualities.

Based on this philosophy, women and men do not necessarily need each other. They are both able to hold and self-suffice. Rather, they serve each other as mirrors to recognize and embody their true nature more and more. And that is where benevolence, attraction, and connection arise that go far beyond the ego and the concept of romantic love or performance-oriented sexuality. Sexuality is then an expression of self-perception and self-experience, which is about the conscious merging of female and male energies.

Permanent change happens through our own deep experiences, knowledge, and insights that touch us. And so it is possible to change at any time. If we want that.

 

„A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty“
– Albert Einstein

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