Masculine & Feminine Principles

The expressions of masculine and feminine energies are what we must look to when we lose ourselves or encounter troubled parts of our being. When the Anima and Animus or soul is disconnected, we devalue ourselves and become subject to all sorts of self-limiting beliefs and painful emotions. Unfortunately, the systemic root within our modern culture is to look outside of ourselves for the answers to our inner dilemmas. This attitude often takes us into the realm of relationships where we expend vital energy for achieving wholeness within ourselves to outwardly seek for the perfect companion. Although, relationships are one of the most fulfilling aspects of life because they mirror what we must learn about ourselves through another, they also promote co-dependence when we look to them for our wholeness. Using a relationship as a crutch or distraction from self always stifles growth. Instead, we might guide each other to connect with the authentic self, the wise inner being that nourishes and frees us from attachments.

Regardless of gender or sexual orientation, we each have a feminine and a masculine part of our being. True femininity, is connected to the masculine and true masculinity is connected to the feminine. Bridging and maintaining balance between these two compelling forces of energy or the archetypal aspects of our selves, the aggressive masculine quality and the receptive feminine quality, is a fundamental part of our personal development. Too often, we refrain from fully animating the masculine side of our nature because we believe it will harm or violate others, especially if our experience has proven it so. In reality, power is neutral and depending on our intent, power can be used either to harm or to help. We equally equate the feminine counterpart of our nature erroneously with weakness and accommodation. However, we are most powerful, effective and free when we can animate both our masculine and feminine energies from a place of love and openness as opposed to fear and defensiveness. The result of inner fusion produces a shift in consciousness as a state of sovereignty within us. Sovereignty allows the soul that is whom we are to achieve with ease its true purpose, which frees us of co-dependency so we can relate to others in an authentic way that is not sabotaged by neediness of the bifurcated personality.

The feminine and masculine archetype represents through the right and left halves of the brain and the corresponding sides of the body. It is always interesting to note the side of our body where our will, injury and pain originate. Are they limited fairly to one side of the body or are they evenly dispersed in different areas? Taking note of this pattern and where we hold our tensions or dis-eases, our strengths or weaknesses in body and character, is just as important as to which side of the body the imbalance is dominated. Essentially, the left side of the body is the receptive side of the body with a negative ion (-) and therefore, feminine, which relates to emotions and intuition. The feminine half provides the nurturing, inner awareness and vision we use to guide us through life. The right side of the body with a positive ion (+) is action oriented and therefore, masculine, which relates to logic and focused mental pursuits. The masculine half provides the action and the will we need to take us where we want to go. If the introspective feminine is underactive and the active masculine is overactive we may lack a clear, soulful sense of where we are going. Conversely, if we envision an appropriate direction of where we want to go in the feminine, but the masculine is underactive, there is no will and we thus find it difficult to ignite ourselves into action and accomplish our goals.

Overactive masculine energy is characterized by tough love, being very mental and achievement oriented. In this overactive state, we expend a lot of energy in a circuitous mental pattern that keeps us unfulfilled after months or years of effort only to feel burdened with a backlog of unfinished projects and unfulfilled desires. This often relates to people married to their job or see value in life only in terms of materialism. In turn, underactive feminine energy often becomes an “inability to do” that relies on relationships as a substitute for self-development. Internally, masculine and feminine energies need to be working in tandem to protect mutual sovereignty. This means that when the relationship between the masculine and feminine self is non-communicative our energies are not working together in harmony and we are vulnerable to internal and external invasion. While the feminine is most vulnerable to the controlling masculine and saviorship patterns, the masculine is equally responsible for the pattern of invasion of its feminine counterpart and others. If the male cannot trust and surrender to his inner feminine he will find it difficult to trust and surrender in his relationships or use his fear and mistrust to seek power over others. If the female cannot trust and use her masculine edge or inner phallic to defend both she and her children and support herself wisely, she will use this energy negatively to her detriment. She will either mistrust or hurt others with it unable to trust or surrender in her relationships or she will give her energy away on a silver platter and render herself victim to masculine power. She is unable to stand in her presence and fortify boundaries to feel safe, which is masculine energy.

The healing process begins when we develop a relational dialogue between the masculine and feminine energies, one at a time. This means we must get to know these energetic expressions that exist within and how they play out in our lives. To grasp that men and women are equal in value, but different in function. This way we can develop both sides equally, rather than only one side. For example, the feminine vision may be clear, but the masculine heads off in another direction for lack of inner dialogue that prevents us from understanding and/or achieving our true purpose. In such states of imbalance, the expression of the inner feminine is thwarted and we fear rather than trust our wisdom and intuitive guidance. When knowingness and common sense of the masculine is confirmed by the feminine intuition, balance is found. We need to be both strong and sensitive, to dance without being polarized.

Awareness produces an ever-increasing dictum of how life exists in polarity or dual nature. When the masculine and feminine self becomes an integrated composite of highly creative energies or sovereign, spiritual forces flow throughout the body and we experience our lives more fully and move forward on our path. When these energies are out of balance, progress is generally difficult, if not impossible.

Cultivating spiritual ethics, a set of values mediated not by thinking, but by feeling truth is a path of action that takes us from awareness to presence to bring us in touch to  become loving, that does not harm but protects.

By Alisa Battaglia, BD, EFT, CHT, TH

 

 

Alisa Battaglia©2008-2019

 

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All of Life is in Polarity

All of Life is in Polarity
By Alisa Battaglia

All of life is in polarity-that is, in relationship to its opposite or polar energy and our level of connectivity in relation to it. For instance, our relationship in opposition to the social structures set into place. The disconnection or division comes from having to labor our living at the expense of our creative soul urge. Life demands that we work and pay taxes for our keep and yet this causes a drain on our life force creating exhaustion, dis-ease and aberrations. The balance, of course, between the two polarities would be to find right livelihood…in so many terms, to “Live our Bliss.”

The second opposition that we struggle with is our relationship to our environment. With the first opposition in concretization, there is little time for connection with nature outside office buildings. In cars, we come and go to the workplace, the mall, grocery stores and so on. We pass by what is left of nature around us. We are disconnected because there is no real connection to the environment. This lack of connectivity to nature causes us to disengage from vital life preserving forces that through connection would align us by default to the greater rhythm of our planetary body and the Kosmic circuit in which it resides. Harmonizing with nature whether by walking through a park, gardening, or even honoring the moons monthly cycles puts us in touch with the greater rhythm that has become so elusive in our busy lives.

The polarity continues as we move within because what we see that is not right in society is actually a reflection of the collective mindset in a particular area. This points us in the direction of looking at that which is not right within us. Inner conflict runs between extremes. On one end of the polarity spectrum there is total withdrawal expressed as narcissism in the personality complex. The narcissistic defense mechanism is one that detaches emotions from intimate forms of connectivity with a need to control life, people and circumstances. Functioning from the head, the focus is most often on material gain or position while the emotions are withdrawn from the needs of self and others. Sensitivity and inner sight of the authentic nature is lost and life is superficial and myopic. However, for every control freak there is a counterpart to play out the role of victimhood or supplicant. This is best expressed in the co-dependent and addictive mindset whose intense emotional grasping to things, people and circumstances causes them to lose sight of their deepest needs and desires as a human being. Again with the focus powered onto the object of ones attention-things, people, drugs and alcohol, money and gambling, clothes and glamour, thoughts, and so on, the fulfillment of the immediate need causes the mind to skim only the surface of self, others and life. Both expressions, one overly mental and one emotional, produce disjointed human beings. When time is not taken to examine what is right and not right within us, we live miserable, lonely and loveless lives. Passion for life’s gifts, mysteries or energy to investigate them is lost, as life energy is disconnected from the Kosmos, nature and self…and slowly the spirit within is asphyxiated from lack of connection to the wellspring of life. The spirit within is the nexus of our existence – it is the force that animates our body, the Promethian Spark that gives life and substance to an otherwise lifeless body.

The next polarity and perhaps the most vital, as it moves to the very core of our existence is between the human being in relation to spirit – the polarity between resistance to living our inner light and fully embracing our divinity. The question is “Who are you in relationship to this borrowed body whose name you call yourself?” “Are you the body or the dweller within the body?” This apparent disconnection to the source of our being is the very peril that binds us from liberation. Our mental constraints take the lead setting parameters when the soul is timeless and without human boundary. The soul’s limitless space reflects the potential of our human capacity. Our connection to the source of our divinity is the stuff that all of life is made. In this space or void, the boundaryless fairway of existence is the opposite spectrum of our human struggle – the brain that divides, bifurcates, separates and sections off with an attachment to ways of perceiving and living. Finally, the polarity of the soul in relation to Spirit – between the souls urge to immerse back into Sources spiraling well of energy as One Life or attachment to the souls sheath.

In all these levels of connectivity and separateness are layers and layers of differentiation between them. The balance point always meets at the neutral middle – the center path of heart where there is acceptance in the reflection of the other. It is the point of light within us that is wise, creative, joyful and loving. This sacred point of light that is the true self within is the initiator between extremes, the conjoiner of opposites – the multitude of polarities that exists on this plane. When we arise from the heart of neutrality, the true center of reality we act as the center point between Heaven and Earth.

 

POLARITIES – Part 1


By Alisa Battaglia, B.D., C.H.T., EFT, TH

“That which appears is not always that which truly is; that which rends and disrupts the personality life is frequently the agent of release, if rightly apprehended; that which will emerge when the Forces of Light have penetrated the world of darkness, will demonstrate the nature of the undying human spirit.”                                                                                            ~Ponder on This, A Compilation

 Polarity refers to all the dualities that we are and experience that reflects the need of every human to extend and combine with the polar opposite to create growth. Duality is the relationship between two seemingly contradictory views or emotions, thoughts or dichotomous behaviors that forms a “hole” within the whole. While everything contains within it the essence of its opposite, duality is an illusion of the mind that prevents the integration of opposing parts. In reality, it simply refers to relationships between two bodies of consciousness.

Duality is the illusion that we think we are separate from our source of wholeness. We believe this because we struggle with so much opposition that it seems as if there are only two points of view and that our survival depends upon them. For example, the primary mass cleavage is in the connection between self and planet Earth and the extremes between plentitude and scarcity represented in the world, which is reflective of an inner opposition of acceptance and connection with all that is. In order to be healthy in life we must balance our tendencies with their opposing forces in nature by remaining flexible so that we may attune into the heart of the greater planetary rhythm that rides in tandem with the Kosmic forces of our Universe. When we make this heavenly connection, we are open to receive from the light above, the Will of Divine Grace and begin to function as an instrument along the evolutionary pathway that awakens into the Heart of the Divine Plan.

 When our opposites are brought into balance, we feel a sense of wholeness, unity and completion. With balance comes emotional integration and freedom from inner conflict of what we think, feel, say and do, which means that we have finally brought a sense of peace within the diversity of our nature. Integration of our lower bodies (physical, emotional and mental) means that we free ourselves from the patterned conditionings and ways of acting that are out of balance because they do not support our highest good. When we respond out of love in situations than react out of preprogrammed ways of living life we strengthen our core self. Living a conditioned life deplete of our true expression is a distortion of who we are and is therefore, out of balance with our essential self. This imbalance reflects within our body system, as all unbalanced thoughts and feelings do in acute or chronic situations.

Polarity also expresses as an opposing energy when we want to be other than our selves, different than we are. Here we project how we want to appear to the world. In extreme polarity, we are opposite our self in nature and assume a dominant energy expression or pattern that runs the personality counter to its souls urge. Take for example, the reflection of our selves perceived through a mirror. The effect that we see in the mirror is a reflection that is opposite or inverted. It does not project reality as it is, rather than reflect our perception that appears as reality. These false realities become our projecting patterns that move us through life totally unaware of everything because we are too caught up in ourselves to put the mirror down. Even though energy patterns of expression shift in different areas of our lives, they persist because the emotional body is ever malleable. While the pattern may appear to be subtle in one area of our life, it is often recognizable in another. When we are constantly postured in defense to guard our falsehoods we are unable to hear praise, constructive criticism, be open to affection and quality friendships because we reject taking chances towards fulfillment, of beauty in our lives, money or even to hear the message in our illness. Contractedness from life keeps our field closed from the ability to tap into the flowing circuit of prosperity emanating from the Universal Law of Balance.

The Universal Law of Balance concerns the generative cycle of giving and receiving that flows through the aggressive and receptive energies of the masculine and feminine principle as they fuse together to form the spontaneous compassionate heart. True giving is the expression of our value. It flows easily when we are in fullness rather than depletion.  For instance, we may give to others with obligation or calculation with the intent of receiving accolades or as a way to push us further along in our aspirations. However, this act is grasping because it clings to a need behind the act, which is often compulsory and fueled by an inner emptiness that stems from our feelings of unworthiness. Addictions of all kinds thrive on this attitude of neediness, which does not allow spontaneous giving to occur and therefore inhibits or short-circuits the generative cycle of giving and receiving.

 

Alisa Battaglia©2008-2018