Saturday, January 2, 2021

January 2--Seeking Balance

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice. 
--St. Francis de Sales

    I am so grateful to be alive at this time in evolution. There is an energy shift happening on the planet, bringing more feminine energy into play, seeking balance between the masculine and feminine energies. The reference to "incarnation" in the following passage means (to me) the presence of Spirit/God/Universe coming alive within each of us. This is from Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation:
No incarnation can take place without a very real feminine presence and polarity. We’ve forgotten that reality for far too long, which is why we are witnessing such an immense longing for relational, mutually empowering feminine qualities at every level of our society. Left primarily in the hands of men for most of history, our politics, our economics, our psyches, our cultures, our patterns of leadership, and our theologies have all become far too warlike, competitive, individualistic, mechanistic, and non-contemplative. 
    I would add that our planet has also suffered from extraordinary abuse "in the hands of men." This poem is from the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179):
The earth is at the same time mother,
she is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
for contained in her are the seeds of all.
    Please note that I am not "anti-men." Men and women both bring good to the world. Both energies are needed in moderation and balance. Such "true progress" will be good for all. I do, however, like to remind those men who continually attempt to abuse the feminine and take away women's rights, that if it weren't for the generous efforts of a woman, they would not be here. 
    Yes, progress is slow. It may seem like it is "two steps forward, one step back." Evolution, however, is unstoppable. 

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