When we are centered, before we chose to think, like the place we create when we meditate, both hemispheres of our brain are working together. The male side, left hemisphere and female side, right hemisphere are joined in mutual function, a one brain, balanced condition. Under stress the male side takes over and our entire energy goes into a survival mode to protect us from pain, fear and the fear of more pain to come. Our energy goes to our arms and legs, so we are prepared to either fight our way out of, or run away from, what appears to be a threatening situation that we are faced with. When you feel stress it’s advisable to refrain from eating, because the energy needed for digestion, isn’t available and you will experience indigestion. Also when we are experiencing stress, our belief system takes over and goes into survival mentality. Under stress we function with survival tactics that we developed as a child, we don’t think, we react. Understanding how strong our stress reactions are, we can practice breath control, that is an effective way to re-`establish the balance in our brain, our body, our energy and restore the equanimity of our energy. It helps a lot to get a better understanding of our male, female energies and their functions, so I’ve added an extensive explanation of their functions.
BALANCING OUR DIVINE FEMININE AND DIVINE MASCULINE
One crucial thing to know when talking about about the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine is that these energies are not the exclusive purview of any one gender. Au contraire! Each one of us carries the Divine Masculine and Feminine in us all the time. And we can call on these energies to support us at any given moment.
Another important thing to know before we launch into this discussion has to do with patriarchy, and how it has warped nearly everyone’s ideas of the Divine Masculine and Feminine, precisely because it has co-opted the Masculine and denigrated the Feminine for millenia. It is very clear from the Records that the oppressive system of patriarchy has wounded every human on Earth, not simply women, as is often implied by feminist teachings.
While it is true that the Masculine + Feminine energies are represented in the dualities of up/down, out/in, light/dark (ideas spread by patricarchal forces) the duality of good/bad has nothing to do with this pair!
Courage and strength are energies of the Divine Masculine.
Protection is Divinely Feminine.
Wisdom, intuition, and inner knowing are Divinely Feminine.
All kinds of expression and action are Masculine.
* Allowing and surrender are Feminine.
How did you do? Let’s recap: all the expressive and active energies are the Masculine side of you, and those parts of you that where allowing, surrender, wisdom, and intuition occur are Feminine: this is the counterpart to the Masculine activity. We often define the opposite of activity to be passivity, implying that nothing is going on, but if you’ve ever tried to be still to meditate or to allow your Guides or Intuition to speak to you, you know that this is hard work, at least at first! So let’s think of this in terms of outward vs. inward rather than active vs. passive.
Have your ingrained notions of gender kicked in yet? Remember, patricarchy strips men of their essential Femininity and women of their Masculine side–or tries to reduce us to one or the other, anyway. But it’s never true. Patriarchy is based on fear and control, and the Divine Masculine and Feminine are pure Love. Don’t forget that stepping out of the oppressor/victim paradigm to embrace our full selves is the prerequisite to manifesting!
You might also be surprised to know that courage, aka inner strength, is Feminine! Patriarchal culture teaches us that courage and strength are the purview of men, but the Records tell us that this is definitely our Feminine side expressing itself. Everything that is “in” is Feminine and “out” is Masculine. Inner strength, inner knowing, the protective circle are Feminine. Expression, action, and the ever-expanding spiral are Masculine. (I’ll admit that that one caught me by surprise–I had always considered the spiral Feminine!)
Think of them as the receiver and the transmitter: neither one is better and both are essential.
To get back to this essential question of balance: it behooves us to use a mix of Masculine and Feminine energies in everything we do. Balance your expressive energies with receptive ones (talking vs. listening). Use your head and your heart. Go inside to learn essential reflection.
If you’re a parent, or in any kind of relationship, I encourage you to consider how can you use this balance of inward and outward, creation and reflection, transmission and reception to improve your connection with your child, partner, or colleague. Take a minute right now to think of ways you could employ (DM) this new wisdom (DF) today to make your life easier.
And if you’re in business–traditionally the purview of men (that we often conflate with the Masculine)–I encourage you to reflect on how consciously employing the Divine Feminine energies might help you be more successful. You already know that inner strength is necessary if you’re still in business! But surrendering “control” (read: the illusion of control!) and allowing your intuition to guide you are keys to creating a prosperous business that most people either reject or ignore. This has become a “soapbox” issue for me because I want change-agents to thrive and prosper, so that they can utimately make this world a much better place.