We Need the Yang of Yin


In the vernacular of doing versus being, the masculine principle is wired for doing and the feminine principle is wired for being.  My usual litany in this blog is that our patriarchal culture needs more of the feminine principle; more love, more compassion, and more acting for the greatest good.  However, today I’m going to suggest we zig to zag.  To reclaim balance in our culture, I think the feminine principle needs more masculine principle.  What?

Our world has been stuck in a patriarchal mode for millennia.  By definition, men and masculine tendencies are valued more than women and feminine tendencies.  Even worse, in many cases feminine tendencies are demonized and suppressed.  Clearly, that needs to change.  But as we know from Oriental philosophy, when yang is out of balance, it is yin that balances it.  Yang has been out of balance for a very long time in our culture and yin is what is needed to reclaim balance.  But how?

Joan Baez has it right.  Rather than be in despair about the state of the world and the overwhelming need for more of the feminine principle, yin needs to take action.  We need more feminine principle, and that means women need to keep stepping up as a group.  The power of yin is in the power of the group.  We need to take every action we can and be a bit more yang in bringing on the yin!

Seek Balance:  How can you help manifest more of the feminine principle in your life and your community?

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About Vicki Matthews

Award-winning author, naturopath, and teacher who is passionate about establishing balance in our world.
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