How do we align our lives with the Divine Feminine?
How do we do that on a day to day basis?
Is it as simple as shooting off a prayer to her in the morning or does it go deeper than that?
Much of our life and culture today is based on the inspiration of the masculine archetype. We live in a masculine culture with masculine ideals. We value masculine things and do things in a masculine way.
Personally I hate dividing stuff into masculine and feminine as I feel that it can promote limitation and unjust pointless gender stereotypes, but in this instance I am talking about the Archetypal Masculine and the Archetypal Feminine. It’s bigger than this-is-what-women-are-like-and-this-is-what-men-are-like. It’s the archetypal, cultural, divine blueprint behind it all. Think Yin/Yang, Shiva/Shakti. So, back to masculine culture. Culture today, created for and by dudes to empower dudes (at least in theory) is overtly masculine and dominant and aggressive, and it’s called the Patriarchy. Basically it takes the good bits and the bad bits of the Masculine Archetype and runs with them.
Key features of masculine, patriarchal culture include an emphasis on linear, logical thinking, thought over feeling, hierarchy, things being put neatly in it’s place, labels and caste systems.
In the chakra model, we can align our masculine and feminine traits with the upper and lower chakras. So the archetypally masculine chakras would be the upper chakras – the “higher” chakras, the ones located around our head, primarily concerned with thought and idea and spirit, and this results in spirituality that emphasizes transcendence and out-of-this-world ness.
Our world values these masculine traits above any other things. If I say to you, this results in a culture that values logic and rationality, you would probably think, of COURSE, because those things are the most sane important things! That’s what I mean by it being ingrained into the culture we live in.
What would feminine culture, eminine values look like? Well, for all of our great advancement in gender equality in the last fifty years, we haven’t made a lot of progress in this section culturally.
The Feminine is cyclic: it doesn’t work in a linear way. It begins, continues and ends, over and over again. It’s very changeable – whereas the masculine ideal would be, pick an idea/career/person and stick with it till the end, the feminine would be, pick an idea and see how it develops and changes. The Feminine is more about feeling and intuition, the unconscious and the chaotic.
The Feminine is embodied as it creates new life through itself in a very earthy messy way, so it is very concerned with earth, the real world around us, base primal instincts, chaos, and desire. Feminine spirituality would honour the cycles and the primal earthy quality of being alive.
Our feminine chakras would be the “lower” chakras: the one that create physical form, the ones that deal with the material world and our place in it, the ones located around our womb and reproductive system. If the upper chakras are the Seed, the Shiva who has all the
If you look at these two different archetypes, you can clearly see which one is exalted and which one is denigrated in our culture.
So, how are we to live our lives in a way that it more aligned with the Divine Feminine? Well, it starts with approving of and valuing those Feminine traits.
Honouring the cycles of the earth (the moon, the seasons) and honouring the cycles within ourselves too. Not pushing to be constantly productive, to be constantly the same output all the the time and instead honouring our own energy cycles: respecting the times when we are introspective and thoughtful and when we are proactive and full of beans.
Valuing the earth and recognising our connection to it. The Feminine is earth and primal and root chakra-ish – through Her we are deeply a part of the material world we experience.
The Feminine is much less concerned with transcendence and hierarchy and much more into immanence and connection. It wants to connect with other people emotionally and physically – it wants to connect with the earth emotionally and physically.
Approve of our desires, our need for security and sex and money and all the dirty animal stuff that comes with living in the real world. Stop sacrificing our lower chakra selves in favour of our idealistic upper chakras. Femininity is rooted in our material world and the ability to create within it.
Living our lives according to Feminine Principles, according to the Feminine Archetype, is truly revolutionary in today’s world. Goddess men and women living their lives in a Feminine way are showing the world that there is more to life than dominance and logic and rationality – there is ease and love and empathy and connection too.