“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” – Dalai Lama
As odd as it may sound, these two simple sentences are extremely significant for reclaiming balance. First, the act of sharing connects us. This is very important to the feminine principle, an aspect of humanity greatly undervalued in the patriarchal cultures of today. Connection creates a sense of unity instead of separateness, also important to the feminine principle.
Sharing among people elevates the good of the group rather than the status of a single individual. It also establishes a back and forth exchange that leads to relationship. Shared knowledge weaves us together to create common understanding. This, in turn, reinforces equality and generates an upward spiral of enlightenment that strengthens and enhances the group. Emphasizing the greater good and relating are additional values that sit within the purview of the feminine principle.
But as the Dalai Lama points out, sharing is also a way for the individual to claim success and achieve immortality, important values for the masculine principle that drives patriarchy. Because group and individual goals are enhanced, shared knowledge feeds both the feminine and masculine principles. It’s a win-win in the balance game!
Wise man, that Dalai Lama!
Seek Balance: How likely are you to share your wisdom with others? Do you appreciate it when others share their knowledge with you?