Women, the Feminist Movement
and the Need for Balance
There is now a situation where women are in danger of turning against men and seeing themselves as rivals rather than partners and co-creators with them. The #MeToo movement could run the risk of this. Maintaining the balance between the Yin of the Feminine Principle and the Yang of the Masculine one both within women and men and in society as a whole is essential if women are to move beyond their anger and men beyond their defensiveness against it.
But before this balance can be achieved, there is the huge task of raising woman’s awareness of her intrinsic and unrecognized value and, more specifically, the heart values she has carried for millennia. Even now, the ‘unskilled’ work of women carers who look after the old and disabled is not valued as highly as the ‘skilled’ work of women who work in journalism, politics or publishing. Even the title ‘unskilled’ is grossly offensive to women since their skill consists of the care they give to others.
In our society in general, woman’s voice has not been listened to or valued for thousands of years, so putting her head above the parapet is a risk and a challenge. Women need the support of other women and the support of men who are in touch with the feminine aspect of their own nature and are able to give expression to it in their work and their relationships. The Feminine is about holding the caring values of the heart and the importance of relationship with all forms of life; the Masculine is about bringing these values into manifestation in the world. Ideally, these two archetypal principles need to be balanced in both men and women. This was one of the meanings of the alchemical work of squaring the circle.
Selected Excerpts from Chapter 10 of my book: The Dream of the Cosmos
The Resurgence of the Feminine Today
The theme of the lost Feminine Value weaves like a golden thread through the mythology, poetry and literature of Western civilization, waiting to be redeemed at this present time.
The Emerging Power of Woman
Woman through her struggle to articulate the highest values of the feminine principle will begin to make the moon shine so that it can balance the solar brightness of our present consciousness.
The human heart cries out for the return of beauty, for a place of sanctuary, for community and relationship, where the inner life is seen to be as important as the outer.
The Awakening of the Soul
The recovery of the Feminine may be the key to the transformation of our world culture from regression into mass uniformity, banality and brutality into something longed for and extraordinary.
I would like to offer a meditation on the body, to restore its value and its preciousness as a temple and as the physical manifestation of the soul—the vital connecting intermediary between nature and spirit.
Long Journey to a New Story Part 4
A New Awakening at a Time of Profound Change (Talkworks)
Soul Power (Saavedra)
Reconnecting with the Feminine Part 4
The Origins of the Divine Feminine and the Soul
Awakening to the Deep Feminine and the Soul (Schumacher)
The Roots of the Ecological, Cultural and Spiritual Crisis of Our Time (Talkworks)