Developing a consciousness based on the feminine is not about balance. It is about choosing life over death.
The feminine has become a much-talked-about subject. Concepts and ideas, such as ‘the empowering of the feminine’ or ‘the feminine needs to come to the fore’ are thrown into conversations and feminine leadership, feminine ways of working, feminine structures, values and attitudes are topics discussed from the alternative scenes to the boardrooms.
The rise of the feminine seems well under way. It will be a long and exciting journey - not without obstacles, not without resistance from those who would like to turn the clock back, not without certain scenes trying to make it 'fluffy and nice', and certainly not without the interference of market forces, trying to press this diverse movement into formats that ensure its adaptation to the existing structures and thinking.
Nevertheless, as the current global crisis is rooted in humanity’s loss of ‘heart, soul and connection to the wider field’ - all domains of the feminine - which have been replaced by a materialistic view of the world, by lateral thinking, greed and self-centredness, the journey of the feminine will continue. The more we wake up and accept that this loss has brought with it immense destruction in place of the nurturing qualities all of life so urgently needs, the more we will be forced to explore the feminine and work towards its emergence on every level of our existence.
The feminine debate ties in with the consciousness debate and the exploration of the ‘mind and matter interaction’. This is because, in the final analysis, it is a matter of ‘how we think about the world, our planet and human evolution within it’ that shapes the direction we will take as a species. This thinking about the world is changing and, with our growing understanding of the interconnectedness of all of life (on an underlying level), we increasingly realize that our one-sided materialistic and patriarchal ways cannot be sustained.
The Essence of the Feminine
When we try to define ‘the feminine’, we enter hazy waters. It has, after all, been hiding behind the veil, trying to escape the belittling, denying, devaluing and abusive treatment it has suffered through millennia of patriarchal thinking, structures and values. Importantly, it cannot be explored easily when we are stuck in a mind-set that restricts us to the rational and material. Nevertheless, feminine attributes and principles, such as love, nurturing, caring, connectedness, gestating, intuition, natural wildness, embodiment and more are not only named now, but longed for. Whilst this process is ongoing, I feel that it is necessary to begin by distilling the essence of the feminine: the life creating, life gestating and life sustaining force. This aspect lies at the heart of the matter and it needs to break through the hazy veil and come to the fore, needs to penetrate all our thoughts, ideas, values and morals and guide our actions. Without it we cannot love, nurture, care and connect. Without it we cannot achieve a shift in paradigm.
What does this mean? Well, not long ago I went to a talk by an indigenous female teacher, who addressed this subject quite forcefully with focus on our current economic systems, defining them as being rooted in ‘death’ instead of ‘life’. After thinking about this for a while, I couldn’t help but agree with her wholeheartedly. In contrast to all other life forms, which have ‘thriving’ at their core, our world-wide accepted system of production and consumption, is, at its very core, based on 'destruction of life' rather than on 'sustaining of life'. Global capitalism and global consumerism only thrive if we innovate, produce and sell faster and more. To keep up this level of production, we have to plunder our earth for resources, wrecking it in the process, produce and slaughter disturbing numbers of animals, throw away perfectly good products, consume increasingly unnecessary goods, conquer and destroy countries and kill people so that we can seize new markets, produce more weapons and rebuild what we have destroyed.
As far as the value systems that derive from this 'economy based on death and destruction’ are concerned, here are just a few: we have to be trained to value competing - globally over goods and resources and individually over position and income to buy those goods and resources. We have to be trained to value hierarchical structures, rather than connection, because it keeps us on the level of ‘we deserve more than you’ or ‘you are worth less than us’. Above all, we have to be brainwashed into believing that we have to value a growing economy over everything else. To keep this myth alive demands that we consume, that we buy the latest smart phone, the latest fashion, the latest overpriced food stuffs, present ever younger ‘faces’ through spending fortunes on cosmetics and surgery, flaunt ever bigger houses, better cars and so on. This striving for ‘consumption’ – yes, also the consumption now of information - leaves no space for love, caring and sharing, for equal distribution or for coming together as nations to tackle the issues that concern us all, such as the destruction of our planet.
Let’s not kid ourselves. This brain-washing is working. The most successful fear-creating mantra of our times is "our economy is slowing down". When we in Britain hear it, we condemn the EU or the Unions or the Liberals or the migrants and we vote Tory because ‘we can trust them with the economy’. We don’t ask whether we really need all that stuff we produce world-wide, nor do we point the finger at the 1% who own most of the planet’s wealth. Instead, we keep working and consuming and spending. How often have we all spent money on unnecessary stuff instead of giving it to charity, starting a worthwhile project, putting it into sustainable energy devices in our houses or investing in a car that pollutes less?