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, that means 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 how? Patriarchal cultures are considered the norm the world over. And they seem pretty entrenched.
I suggest we take a page from the ancient oriental philosophy dealing with yin and yang. These are the two sides of the coin and can be described as a feminine principle (yin) and a masculine principle (yang). The dynamic workings of yin and yang are such that when yin is out of balance in the whole, more yang is added to balance it. The same is true for yang; when there is too much of it, more yin is added. Yang has been out of balance for a very long time in our culture and yin, that feminine principle we all have, is what’s needed to reclaim balance. Now would be a good time. Things look pretty bleak.
So I suggest that Joan Baez has a great point. Rather that letting the state of the world lead us to despair, yin needs to take action. We need more feminine principle, and that means those who carry more yin (usually women) need to step up as a group and let our voices be heard. Speak out! Vote! Write! The power of yin is in the power of the group. People of Yin, let’s get more yang! Let’s take every action we can to bring more equality to the world!
Seek Balance: How can you help manifest more of the feminine principle in your life and your community? Will you do it?
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