The Feminine is not a woman. The Masculine is not a man.
A signature of Yin (femme) energy and Yang (masc) energy qualities display in various ways in nature and so too in every human body. The feminine is a word we give to the energetic signature of the great mother qualities of existence, masculine is the word given to the energetic signature of the qualities of the great father. Mother Father as One (Yin Yang) lives in all creation and all humans.
As many of our theatrical offerings debut on public stages, it is a much needed conversation to address why our ritual theatre group focuses so strongly on the feminine expression inside the music and performance. Art that truly aims to re-write a current culture narrative about how a woman should appear to us in public and what role she plays to our world. There is an intentional narrative presented in our art to interact with the feminine not merely as a gorgeous icon of sexual desire but invite the audience to explore a living breathing human vulnerably open with emotions, embodied wisdom, who has a message to share in hopes to assist in the re-awakening of the balance of the feminine & masculine essence in our societal western view.
In our current western culture we are redefining how femme & masc qualities are “allowed” to be publicly expressed in a human body. It has been custom in the western world to promote and praise the male body to display alpha masculine qualities and for the female body to display beta feminine qualities. These extremes were considerded “norm”and any displays of behavior outside those archetypes would lead to public shaming and display itself in separatist behavior with harsh judgment, ridicule, and even violence. This person could be deemed as “un-normal” if one displayed masculine traits as a woman or feminine qualities as a man. In some eastern cultures these extreme western world categories of a-typical male behavior and female behavior were not the “norm”. In certain eastern cultures feminine qualities are openly permissioned in society to be displayed in men’s bodies. In Japan for example, men portrayed women publicly in artistic theatrical offerings, celebrating the mastery of a male body portraying the feminine qualities in the most beautiful and honorable ways. This tradition is still upheld in many theatre houses in Japan and Indonesia.
As a western society we are slowly learning that extreme categorizing of gender roles within a male or female are not necessarily healthy standards for the individual or our society. The more we respect the fact that both feminine and masculine qualities reside in all human beings, we can begin to deconstruct our taught beliefs around how that expresses itself in the human body. We are learning that giving such biased demands is a form of oppressing human expression and therefore causing illness in the collective western psyche.
The feminine nature of existence has been oppressed as a means of control and domination over the human species for a very long time. In men the oppression started as a young boy when he was taught that in order to be a respected man meant he was not to cry and that he needed to “toughen up”. He was taught any sign of showing an emotion was a sign of weakness. In other words being connected with his feelings and his connection to his body was seen as weak. He was never encouraged to develop his intuition, his connection to his feeling body as a way to be a healthy human being but instead repeatedly instructed to develop his mental will to suppress his emotions. He was conditioned to value intellect as superior above all else. These teachings have prevailed as the norm for thousands of years. In women it was conditioned to be subservient to the desires and pleasures of the male in order to gain love and status in society. In the current day societal narrative, a woman’s only value is predominately dictated by her physical appearance and how sexually desirable she is by alpha male standards.
In many cultures, the his-story of women was to be obedient in the full service to men, primarily her husband and family. The act of servitude to them was seen as the ultimate honorable duty and the sole focus of her existence. In social settings she was considered her husband’s property and was to be treated as such. No other man was to look at her or converse with her especially in the presence of her husband. He was to be the one who spoke publicly on her behalf and would be the only one to speak openly on his thoughts and opinion. The woman however was to keep her thoughts to herself and only add to the conversation if her husband asked for her to speak. In which case she would then choose her words wisely and only speak in favor of what her husband believed or stated as fact. Men generally did the thinking and women were to keep to the daily acts of house keeping, meal preparation, and childcare. Laying all this out, we still as modern society hold some of these conditioned images and unconsciously uphold these submissive behaviors as normal for women in our modern day society. It is up to both men and women to address and reframe these conditioned belief systems and re-template how both men and women are to be respected, valued, and equally empowered in a societal context.
This conditioning to disconnect from the body, devaluing our own feminine essence, connection, and intuition is displayed as illness in the western collective. The oppression of the feminine displays in women as a need to connect to their masculine in a healthy and empowered way vs repeating oppressive conditioned behaviors to ones own self that have been unconsciously passed down from generation to generation. Unconscious self oppressive behavior can be any self harming behavior/addiction, negative self talk, unconscious beliefs aimed at hatred or fears around the body and emotion, which reinforce core beliefs of inadequacy & low self worth.
These unconscious beliefs are preyed upon in modern society by selling consumer products that promise to rectify these unconscious feelings of hatred towards the body. The constant narrative is ” you are imperfect and need products to make you valuable to others”, reinforced daily by mass media. Physical illusory ideals are highly valued, then tied into the story that these ideals can be achieved by becoming rich , staying attractive (by societal standards) by any means, which will promise a prestigious status to insure feelings of value and above others in stature. Disconnection from feeling the insanity of this vicious mental loop with the constant onslaught of outrageous standards of illusory body perfection aimed at women all culminate in an all out war with the human body. The truth is even when wealth and outward standards of perfection are met, the person is incessantly scrutinizing every imperfection habitually which is why they may appear outwardly perfect, but internally feeling empty and no true sense of self worth. Men are effected by this narrative as well as they are trained to scrutinize the female form and fall into an illusory promise that by having a female partner who is valuable by societal standards will ensure their happiness and ultimate satisfaction. The women inevitably fall short of these unrealistic ideals as they reveal the truth that they are indeed mortal. Ideals become shattered for both men and women whom are kept striving for these unrealistic expectations. much like chasing a mirage. In general, men tend to express this cultural narrative externally and women internally. But the symptoms have become not only normal in our everyday world but have become a commodity for monetary gain keeping this modern mania alive. This entire inculturation obsessed with illusion is screaming for us to take a deeper look within ourselves.
Can we break the current social narrative to value both Masculine & Feminine internally as two halves of the same one?
Can we as a society learn to see both the masculine and feminine living within us all?
Is our mind in balance with our hearts and emotions? Do we suppress our emotions and only value our intellect? Do we use our bodies to attain a perceived sense of power over others?
How do we value our mind, our body, and heart as one interconnected experience? How unconsciously conditioned are we in conforming outdated ideals ? Are we awake to our unconscious daily experiences with the western world and each other? Or do we play into them?
A concept has arisen in various forward thinking communities that the ” Rise of the Feminine” is afoot after thousands of years of oppression. Most mistakenly consider the feminine rising means women rising into a place of power in which they will dominate over men. When discussions around the rise of the feminine are brought up, men often say “what about men?” pointing to the fact they have been oppressed too. Women often feel that yet again, that men are bi-passing the listening to the feminine voice of her needs of equality by taking the focus off centuries of female oppression and returning it back to yet again the story of men. Maybe the question should be “what about us?” including both men and women in the rise of feminine. This world has forgotten what a balance of both feminine and masculine looks like, that it would not mean the domination of one over the other but instead a balance within every human.
The Rise of the Feminine is the rise in the feminine within ALL humans.
A re-connection of the Mind with the Heart in balance.
To value our sensitivities, our feelings, our connections to one another, to all living creatures, to the earth, and our connection to our inner knowing or intuition that speaks in the most soft voice deep within.
Whether man or woman to celebrate the feminine essence and in by so doing exploring the depth of profundity of healthy human expression, operating from a place centered in the wisdom of the heart, the body, mind as One.