Whether you are male or female, gay or straight or transgender, we all have both masculine and feminine energies inside us.
Chinese medicine calls these yin (feminine energy) and yang (masculine energy).
The iconic yin and yang symbol shows these energies in perfect balance:
In modern culture, these energies are out of balance (on both a social and individual level). Because we live in a patriarchal society, most organizations, governments, systems and processes are built on masculine energy.
Feminine energy is typically characterized by qualities like nurturing, openness, creativity, devotion, and intuition.
Masculine energy is typically characterized by qualities like action, reason, logic, efficiency and strength.
All people need both energies to thrive.
But masculine energy is more praised in our culture in both men and women.
We are always “on.” We overschedule our lives so that we never have a moment to breathe. We only use our heads when making decisions, using logic and reason always and above intuition and emotion.
This causes stress and yes, dis-ease in our bodies, minds and spirits.
I was go-go-go in my life and career for over 20 years. I was getting messages for 8 years to slow down.
And then I got cancer.
Cancer was certainly an invitation to look at how I was going about my life … and make a significant shift.
At one point in my cancer journey, I was in the hospital for 7 days. I was losing liquid, I was underweight, and the 5 specialists I was working with couldn’t figure out why.
I was so weak that I was forced to slow down and get into my body and my heart. Back into my feminine energy.
When I entered into stillness - one of the characteristics of feminine energy - I started receiving guidance.
The guidance was to leave the hospital. I believed that being there was more harmful than helpful. I was on plasma IV, amino acid infusion, and array of meds (Some of the tests they were doing were 24-hour tests, so they would wake me up every hour to draw blood, and take all sorts of samples.)
I signed about 100 pages of legalese to be allowed to leave the hospital against medical advice.
At home, I called a friend who’s a naturopath. She asked, “What do you think is wrong?”
I said, “I think it’s adrenal-related.” Even though the endocrinologist insisted that my adrenal function was within normal ranges. My friend sent me several supplements to support adrenal function and cellular hydration.
Within two weeks I started gaining strength and weight again.
(I’m not telling you to ignore your doctors and check yourself out of the hospital. You that you are responsible for your own health!)
What I am sharing is that a return to feminine energy can be incredibly healing - and can provide guidance for what to do next in our healing journey. It will also balance the emotionally charged activities that come with treatments and array of the appointments that have been added to your busy life.
Find ways to enter stillness. Use your creativity. Tap into and trust your intuition. Get into your body and heart and sense the next right step.
Tapping into that feminine energy can lead you where you need to go, whether you are a woman or a man.
And the more we are able to amplify feminine energy, the more healing we can bring to the world. Because men and women - and our world as a whole - need masculine and feminine energies to be in balance.
Be still, and know.
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