Are you interested in big change or do you want things to go back to the way they were?
There is a natural desire for order and stability to be restored – to return to the familiar. But are you sure that what we were used to was working? This year will forever be defined by the current crisis, and part of the symbolism of it happening in 2020 is that “twenty/twenty” is our reference point for seeing clearly.
In my opinion, one of the things we are being asked to bring into focus is that patriarchy, like a virus, is systematically destroying the collective body.
I have often addressed the problem of the imbalance between masculine and feminine energy in our culture, and it has never applied to a situation more than now. Just to quickly review: I’m in no way saying that male energy is bad, but almost anything can become dangerous when it goes unchecked for too long; and in this case, it is particularly true.
Without the harmonizing influence of the feminine, we have overprioritized external action and achievement. Until now, we have gone out of our way to make sure that there were as few impediments as possible to a single person amassing an unlimited amount of wealth and resources no matter the cost to others. The idea of sharing, or responsibility to fellow humans, has been easily rejected by complaining that they hadn’t earned it and it might make them unmotivated and dependent. We have collectively found it acceptable for there to be institutionalized poverty and homelessness.
These are not masculine values; they are the result of underrepresented feminine values. Fire is not inherently bad, but fire in the absence of water for too long becomes an annihilating force.
There might have been little chance of their political success, but the ideas of universal basic income, free college and child care, the right to healthcare, etc., got a surprising amount of traction in the last year. Coping with the virus seems to have only increased our receptivity to the idea of collectively caring for each other.
We have been given the opportunity, in some ways forced, to pause, turn inward, and reflect on what is most important. We have been reminded of how important it is to connect with one another and how interconnected the world is. We have been communing with our loved ones more than many of us are used to. There has been a massive immersion in a feminine energy state.
In addition, many of the governmental, economic, and social structures we are used to have been temporarily abandoned, with the possibility that many will not survive. Is this scary and destabilizing? Absolutely! But, if you’re actually interested in significant change, that will be necessary – because out of balance masculine energy does not yield, or power share, or change easily. Not without a fight. It’s why change has been so slow and hard to accomplish up to this point.
This is a creative opportunity where we get to have the experience that things could actually be different. Almost no one ever wishes for destruction, but it is part of the process of remaking our reality. And the reason this shift has had to come in such a frightening form is that we have repeatedly ignored the fact that continuing down the old path, the one so many of us are in a hurry to get back to, threatens to destroy us all.
What I am suggesting is that it takes something this big and powerful to shake us up, finally get our attention, and open our eyes so we can see clearly: What is true. What can be true. And what we need to do.
This is the kind of Spiritual terrain that I help people navigate. If your Spirit is prompting you to have a conversation about energizing significant change, I encourage you to get in touch with me.