WHAT IS “FEMININE/MASCULINE ENERGY” ANYWAY?
I’ve gotten into some discussions with people recently, clients, potential clients, colleagues, and friends on this whole subject of “feminine/masculine energy” and what does that mean anyway.
To be sure, these terms feminine and masculine energy that are thrown around a lot in the personal & spiritual development community, are less about energy and more about gender characteristics. As a result, this confusion often perpetuates the already difficult and divisive situation between genders relationally and psychologically it makes energy balance difficult for the individual.
The gender neutral or non-binary emphasis we are seeing in the younger generations, I see as an effect of the “gender war” of their elders. They are sick of the fighting between men and women and mostly unconsciously realize the unity of these yin/yang forces that their parents have long forgotten.
The word Energy itself is vague enough and to add these two, gender loaded terms to it adds to the confusion. Positive/ Negative would be slightly better, yet these terms are Morally charged. Who wants to be the Negative? Yet try starting your car with only one battery cable connected. I won’t matter which one. Energy itself is nondiscriminatory. I much prefer to use the terms Yin/Yang. Although there are many specific types of energy, the two major forms are Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy. YIN/YANG
Kinetic energy is the energy in moving objects or mass. Examples include mechanical energy, electrical energy etc. (YANG)
Potential energy is any form of energy that has stored potential that can be put to future use. Examples include nuclear energy, chemical energy, etc. (YIN)
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. In Chinese cosmology, the universe creates itself out of a primary chaos of material energy, organized into the cycles of Yin and Yang and formed into objects and lives. Yin is the receptive and Yang the active principle, seen in all forms of change and difference such as the annual cycle (winter and summer), the landscape (north-facing shade and south-facing brightness), sexual coupling (female and male), the formation of both men and women as characters, and sociopolitical history (disorder and order).
There are various dynamics in Chinese cosmology. In the cosmology pertaining to Yin and Yang, the material energy, which this universe has created itself out of, is also referred to as Qi. It is believed that the organization of Qi in this cosmology of Yin and Yang has formed many things. Included among these forms are humans. Many natural dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang. This duality lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, as well as appearing in the pages of the I Ching.
The notion of a duality can be found in many areas of philosophy. In Taoist metaphysics, distinctions between good and bad, along with other dichotomous moral judgments, are perceptual, not real; so, the duality of yin and yang is an indivisible whole.
The term “dualistic-monism” or dialectical monism has been coined in an attempt to express this fruitful paradox of simultaneous unity and duality. Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts. According to this philosophy, EVERYTHING has BOTH yin and yang aspects (for instance, shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation. (Not the gender of the observer). Individually this means where You are putting Your energetic attention or expression.
The gender characteristics of feminine/masculine or more specifically female/male are not interdependent as in energy. In fact, they are independent. You cannot be (biologically) be both female and male. Characteristics are not inherent qualities as in energy, they are descriptive and therefore are greatly influenced by cultural and other differences. For example, a female dog is not the same as a female human 😉. Or a woman from South America is not the same as a woman from North America. We can argue all day about which is right or better.
This is why I prefer the Yin/Yang terms. Humans, like hydrogen atoms or trees, are comprised of both. If you wish focus on your Yin, BE allowing, receptive, still, open and accepting. If you wish to focus on your Yang, be penetrating, giving, active and deliberate. The criterion of the observer is critical. Like Schrodinger’s cat, we’re all live/dead till someone looks.
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