In your vulnerability is your strength.
This is the secret of the feminine. As women, we may not realize the POWER of our position. We have been taught to fight like men do, but we cannot win well this way.
The masculine has a power in his own right, of course, and this is well known and understood. This has been the primary energy in the world for many millennia. Up until now. The times are changing, and now is the time for the re-emergence of the feminine principles - of compassion, peace, and inclusion. These feminine principles are what the world is so desperately in need of.
The feminine is not masculine. Our power is in our Yin, not our Yang. We can literally soothe the savage beast and we can help heal this helter-skelter world.
In my workshops on masculine/feminine spirituality, one of the teaching stories I tell comes out of the ancient lore of the Celts.
"It was said that when the men came home from battle, bloody and wounded, and full of fight and rage and death, the women would meet their men at the outskirts of the village with their breasts bared."
In this one simple and singular act, the women broke the spell of their men's war-ignited bloodlust and savagery. The returning soldiers were met by all the women of the village, young and old. For each age, from child, to maiden, to mother, to grandmother, has a power of her own. They did it to make their homes and hearths safe, their tribe civilized, and to effectively keep their community healthy and successful.
This instinct to be vulnerable, to literally expose the most sensitive, heart-centered part of themselves, returned their men, in one elegant gesture, back to their families and their community.
This gift of vulnerability is highly underestimated, and generally misunderstood for weakness. And this is a great loss to us all. For in baring our hearts, our souls, our feelings, our tears, we help heal our world, our men, and even the masculine within us - for we are all of us, a mix of both.
When we kill the feminine aspect, the masculine will rule. The masculine without the feminine is unbalanced. It can be too brutal and coarse. The feminine brings heart, and love, and tenderness to mankind's most mortal wounds.
Do not be ashamed of this tenderness. It is your gift. Let yourself fully embrace and embody the power of your touch, your understanding, your compassion, tending this power like a holy flame. In this way, we can heal ourselves, and we can heal each other.
This means to lead with your heart and to stand in the strength of love, in the power of compassion, and the clarity of truth.
This is not weakness. This is strength.
We can create a new world that heals our lives, our men, and ourselves.
So, when next you find yourself with the opportunity to open your heart - Let love rule - in truth, in simplicity, in authenticity, and in power. Simply love -heart on your sleeve - in the power of vulnerability, and watch what happens!
Diana Lang is a spiritual teacher and author of
OPENING TO MEDITATION - www.DianaLang.com