There are two sides of the creation coin – the Masculine and the Feminine (Yang/Yin). They are both essential aspects of creation, and one depends upon the other in order for there to be a truly harmonious and effective desired outcome. These forces play out in infinite ways across the planet, of which all life forms and natural patterns are subject to some kind of configuration in order to be sustained. The meaning of masculine and feminine go beyond our physical anatomy and personality types. They are creative forces we are wielding daily, and we all embody them to some degree physically and energetically. They are complimentary opposites, and each of them have their own qualities of production.
Creating through the balanced masculine and feminine energies within us is more and more a concept emerging out into the new age mainstream mindset. We have been bred to think the way to create in our lives is to “go-go-go”, and that only constant action creates our desires to manifest. This way of being may have had its place in our collective history at one time, as a way to create desired outcomes in life, though I feel that as we evolve our creative potentials we are finding this previously adopted way of creating to be more limiting than liberating.
Over time we humans grow into new levels of awareness, desires, needs, values, and the ways we create in our lives need to be able to adapt and reflect the progressive operating system that is most appropriate. Otherwise, staying in the old operating system ends up back firing on us in various ways – one being that it can subconsciously create beliefs that we must sacrifice our health and happiness in order to hold our career goals afloat. This can often lead to burn out, deficiencies, anxiety, depression, doubt, fear, and in general a less fulfilled life.
There is a natural cycling between these two energies, and it is important for us to develop our inner technology to gauge when it is the most appropriate time to be working in one mode rather than the other, and how to harmonize between them, creating union – leading to alignment with optimal health and well being while progressing in life goals in a way that actually requires less active effort. This union is perfectly symbolized by the ancient Chinese symbol, Yin/Yang – the white and the black halves of the circle, spiraling around each other, with each one carrying a small piece of the other within it.
The masculine creative energy is the side we are most familiar with, experientially, even if not yet conceptually. It’s the action part of creation. It’s the leg work needed to get things done, and make a system operate to be supportive in the ways we desire. It’s our efforts that we put out into the world through speaking, acting, doing. A balanced Masculine creative energy has clear direction and aims all efforts towards it, from a point of origin within oneself that desires to contribute to the highest good through joy, service, and purpose.
It has the strength and perseverance to gracefully adjust with obstacles presented, and keep on track with all needed steps along the path of manifesting. It seeks out training, education, and guidance as needed along it’s path. It shows great dedication to it’s craft and service, and above all is humble in it’s desires to create for common good. It tends to be geared more towards creating structure or channels for some kind of energy or intention to flow through. The balanced masculine knows that all sources of inspirations, guidance, and ideas, come from a source greater than just one’s own personal desire, and that the ego is merely a personality vehicle to drive the creation into being in this world, for the benefit of the whole.
An imbalanced masculine creative output leads to ‘burning the candles at both ends’, ‘hitting a wall’, and potentially anxiety and depression. It will struggle with obstacles and resist unexpected limitations, even to the point of becoming angry or violent in communications, emotions, or physically to oneself or others. It will rigidly stick to a vision or outcome, even if that vision clearly has needs to be adjusted – as is the purpose of life’s unexpected limitations that naturally come into play with our endeavors. The imbalanced masculine can be often up at all hours of the night, as a lifestyle, slaving away to the work to be done, and further depleting the feminine forces within oneself. This type of person wakes up in the mornings and goes straight to the phone and or computer to begin working, where he/she will be until late in the evening, with very few breaks or self care throughout the day. A person of this energy also tends to lack consistent meaningful connections that they allow themselves to enjoy in person.
The imbalanced masculine will have a point of origin in all it does which focuses on one’s ego being the reason and source of the work/projects/service being created, therefore they tend to seek solutions that are mainly focused on how one’s ego can gain without care or consideration of how they truly effect the whole. I say truly here, because I have seen how even in communities of spiritual and personal development, people who boast a certain talk fall short in walking the walk to back it up, and still unconsciously choose to progress in some way at the expense of another person. The ego is very sneaky in our thoughts and choices. Be aware!
Imbalanced masculine can also come up in the personality types that are always caring for others yet rarely care for themselves, to where the outflow of energy is far greater than the inflow of energy. The imbalanced masculine struggles with the unknown and will relentlessly spin out in mental processing that continually leads to the same points of clarity, even to the effect of not being able to sleep through the night, because the mind is so active, searching for answers that aren’t meant to be found at that time.
This typically leads one into sheer exhaustion and giving up, which quiets the over active masculine and allows the feminine force of creation to come forward, offering insights, guidance, and answers. It is useful to learn how to be tuned into the internal gauge within us so that we can come to that openness and clarity of when to shift into the feminine mode of creation willingly rather than through defeat from maxing out our masculine creative energy.
The feminine is the aspect of creation that many in the world are beginning to open more to at this time, I feel. It is the aspect of creation that is mysterious, still, silent, intuitive, insightful, being. It is the great mystery, the void, the unknown. It is an aspect of creation that is uncomfortable to many people, because it includes a paradox of creating a desired outcome through stillness, receptivity, the unknown, and letting go. It requires a deeper sense of trust than the masculine does, I feel, because it’s based more on energetics than it is actions, so it’s more experiential and less tangible.
The balanced feminine creative awareness realizes when there is no more effort to be done externally. From this position, one releases the need to take action on the project at hand, and they choose to replenish their creative well with activities like self care, play, and enjoyment. The balanced feminine knows that stillness is essential to productivity and accomplishment, and makes time for silent inquiry and listening. This person is healthy and well rested, vital, present, connected to their joy in life. This person acknowledges a flow of life guiding their way, and knows when to conceal or contract their energy inward. There is a strong connection to intuition and guidance, and a deep knowing without needing to be in control and clear of all details – the why’s and how’s.
Imbalanced feminine is tired from too much energy output and not enough sufficient energy input. This person lacks health and vitality, presence and fulfillment, trust and faith. Imbalanced feminine feels disconnected from the web of life, because the link of communication is not being activated and exercised (which come with the fruits of intentional silence and stillness). There is too much focus and control given away on the external reality to determine one’s inner state of being, which leads to doubt, despair, anxiety, fears, and depression. Typically, a person will have an imbalance in both of these creative forces at the same time, since it tends to be more of a chronic issue that over time will be excessive or depleting in both energies, in one way or another.
I know in my own experience how I have felt both of these energies, and how I have learned to refine my inner guidance to let me know when it is most effective and appropriate to create through one or the other. I am a person with a lot of drive to “make it happen” and manifest in my world. I’m blessed to have the problem of having so much drive and creativity within me, that I’ve had to learn how to slow myself down and know when to be still. I have gone through so many cycles of tapping out my masculine energies, leading me to great points of doubt, fears, despair, hitting a wall from which there’s no where else to go, and experiencing the anxiety that floods in from that place of feeling stuck and disconnected. In that place I am frantically asking myself, “What more can I do?”, while at the same time feeling that I’ve done all I can do, and feeling frustrated that I feel cut off from the stream of clarity of the next tasks to line up and complete.
It took some time for me to realize that my feelings of anxiety and not knowing what more to do, was my inner technology at work, reflecting to me that it’s time to switch my creative energy to run through the feminine channel of creating. It’s in those times where I am to let go completely of the tasks at hand, and shift into what I can be doing in my life for pleasure and enjoyment, that are totally unrelated to any degree of career productivity. It’s in those times that I spend with loved ones, get out into nature, do more creativity and play. Having fun and enjoying life, and self care practices, are powerful and in fact essential aspects of creating.
Above all career goals, we are here to enjoy our lives. In allowing ourselves to do so, we affirm to ourselves, and to our lives that we trust the process, timing, and flow of our creations; enough to the point where we can afford time to let them go in order to allow us time for these other important aspects of a balanced healthy happy human life. I know for me, often times when I am in this Feminine mode of creating and give my projects space, I receive great clarity, wisdom, insight, inspiration of the next steps to come, which will then be the fuel I burn when I flip back into the masculine mode of creating, as they will guide the next action steps to move things forward tangibly.
The feminine position of creating requires more risk taking. One must let go of the old ways of doing things that weren’t actually creating the fulfilled life desiring to be lived. However, when all we know is what we know, it can be a big challenge to let go into a whole other way of creating and being that is completely foreign to us, especially if our point of origin within feels somewhat like: we are an unworthy separate being, disconnected to the web of life, and that it is 100% up to us to figure everything out or we fail.
As one develops their creative capacities further, it will be important and essential to meet processes of personal questioning with gentleness, kindness, curiosity, compassion towards themselves. It’s required for one to dive even deeper into their own sense of self love and care, and to hold their own hand as they walk themselves through this process of awakening. It will likely be scary at the onset of this new operating system, and so it’s needed to give room inside for those times that feel scary and unsure – feel it fully and use it to reflect learn, and strengthen that energetic muscle of trust and self love. This path benefits tremendously from all self care activities, which includes creativity, movement, healthy relationships, time in nature, adventures, among many other forms.
What’s also fun about this whole topic for me, is the way I see it, we are mere children in terms of our creative capacity. We are collectively just waking up now to our inherent nature as powerful creators, and while the action piece of creation will always be present, I am excited to also see how more becomes manifest through the intentional use of the psychic, mental, emotional connection within our beings. I think it is from this place of awareness of that connection, along with intentional use of it to cultivate our inner gardens, to tend our inner altars, that we will more and more see how our external world responds to more effortlessly create our hearts purest desires with less physical active output to do so.
A piece of wisdom that has come to me and keeps me feeling safe, connected, and supported through this creative journey – “I am pure life. I am pure nature. The nature of nature is to thrive, even in the most unexpected places with adverse conditions, nature finds a way. Nature does not go out of its way to screw itself over. The undeveloped ego/will/creative forces will be what lays my pitfalls. Even still, while that is simply a part of being a human, I am always connected to nature thriving, and when I get out of my own way, life will find a way, and all will be well. It may not be the perfect idea of what I originally desired, but it will all be well, and perhaps even better than the outcome I was striving to reach.”
“When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.”