Can there be a Divine Feminine without the Divine Masculine? If we cherish balance, ‘no’ is the only acceptable answer. Ponder: Is a Matriarchy better than a Patriarchy? Indeed, overemphasis in any direction still creates disparity, hierarchical social construction and a power imbalance (whether subtle or extreme).
My partner and I have been in conversation about what constitutes the Divine Feminine and the Wounded Feminine as well as the Divine Masculine and the Wounded Masculine.
Divine, as I am playing with the term at this juncture, connotes a connection to Spirit, over and above the egoic selves, perhaps also called ‘Essence’ or ‘Enlightened Self’’.
The Wounded are those parts of us still identifying with the egoic self as ‘truth’ rather than ‘perceived’ and ‘me’ as different than ‘you’. It’s the part of us that believes that what we think and feel defines us, rather than simply witnessing the thinking and feeling as impermanent states merely passing through us.
Clearly, we are not speaking about male versus female or man versus woman. Each one of us has the masculine and feminine within us – perhaps some parts wounded, others Divine. We are composite expressions with multiple layers of understanding and being.
We’ve created this chart as a co-creative brainstorming dance. Will you join us with your thoughts?