“Reconnecting to the sacred feminine”?


The state of the planet and the periods of confinement that we have experienced recently have accelerated the trend of returning to the earth, but this fundamental movement is not new. Concerned by the urgency of the ecological crisis, many young people (and not so young) are showing a real enthusiasm for “Mother Earth”, reconnecting with nature and the body. Whether through permaculture, yoga, meditation or dance, we want to put down roots, rediscover the sense of time and interiority. We feel the need to reconnect with the “archetype of the wild woman”, with the “living” and with the “sacred feminine”.

But what readjustment is this great movement of the collective unconscious revealing? In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang express these two antagonistic and complementary aspects of reality. Yin is associated with the feminine, with the woman, with the earthly, with darkness, with what receives. The Yang in the masculine, in the man, in the celestial, in the light, in what gives. François Cheng beautifully evokes this polarity that inhabits each of us and which symbolically corresponds to the feminine and the masculine: “What is at stake is a whole series of relationships between the particular and the general, between the interior and the exterior, between the affective and the rational, between passion and reason, between the need for the imaginary and the experience of the real, between the inexpressible and the expressed, between buried memory and the dominated present, between the intuition of the infinite and the consciousness of finitude…”

By extension, we traditionally attribute to the masculine what is of the order of consciousness, action, spirit, rational thought, science, culture, and to the feminine what comes under the unconscious, of contemplation, of the body, of feeling, of intuition, of myth, of nature. Magazines advise leaving your mind and “to listen to your body, to develop a relationship of care with it, by walking through nature, by seeking calm, by skipping the hectic world. » Behind these practices, there seems to be a deep aspiration to give back a full and complete place to the feminine. And we consider that awakening the “sacred feminine” also means connecting to one’s intuition, to one’s perceptions, to one’s deep essence.

The “sacred” side of the affair may seem excessive, but it seems to me that it expresses the importance of what is at stake, and that’s good. Hasn’t our culture abundantly valued masculine values, rationality, speed, competition, productivity? The problem of masculine and feminine, like that of men and women since the dawn of time, is to live happily together. The question of difference and the recognition of the other is what the first chapters of Genesis speak to us about. Today, all the difficulty is to give full and complete place to feminine values ​​without falling into a well-known dynamic of domination or submission. Reconnecting and revaluing the feminine so that with the masculine, these two poles of reality can play their part in a well-tempered otherness, isn’t this the “sacred” challenge that is offered to us?

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