“Gender Neutrality” and the Red Tent

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

gender balanceMy work with the red tent (Moon Lodge) and Feminine Spirituality and how it supports my current gender balanced life style. I am realizing that this needs clarifying.

Since the 60’s, thanks to my father, I was trained in skills normally attributed to boys only.

From navigation and directional awareness, to learning how things work, spatial awareness and mechanics, carpentry, sailing and paddling etc. I had a natural creative pull and was always dreaming and imagining.

This upbringing gave me confidence to leave my familiar western life style and jump into a completely new environment. Living simply and roughly from a knapsack for a quite a few years I explored the world and cultures unfamiliar to me.  However I had no female role models to inspire me and admired more the adventurous life style open to men. At that time in the 60’s and 70’s it was so. I knew little of the feminine nature and felt the lack of respect for it. I began the search for creative art with a level of deep feeling, emotion and powerful presence. It led me, during my travels, to the jungle shaman and their way. Little did I know it was leading me to discover The Feminine Principal long hidden!

From there I came to the realization that the powerful prime experience of creating life within our wombs was the original shamanic path, and that the path of the blood masteries, that only women hold, is the way for women to reach enlightenment. The only way… and the way most hidden. Is it any wonder few women hold world leadership roles?

How was it possible for a healthy male/female balance within a woman or a man to occur, when the inspiring and pure qualities of one half, the female half, is totally missing or distorted?

The two alchemical processes are polar opposite, totally sacred and necessary in order for the world to thrive.

I came to terms with the fact that, women can more easily learn the skills of the masculine virtues because they are “held up to the light” and glorified in our society, but for women to learn the skills of the feminine virtues is almost impossible, because they are hidden or twisted. The negative attributes are of course clearly highlighted and held up for scorn.

We all know that the patriarchy that is enforced by both genders has not only silenced the Divine Feminine creative force but often demonized it. This is crippling for both women and men today.

We all desire balance within. It is in our DNA at our source, for in the beginning we know that we were not separate.

So how was I to find a true balance, now that I was listing heavily to my male side?

It was pretty obvious, I had to dig up and untangle the true feminine powers and free them to blossom, eventually into my life and hopefully into others. Then I would be able to find the balance myself and hold both precious qualities in my soul equally. There is such a powerful and moving sense of truth and beauty in some people of “two spirits.” So this inspired me to begin my search for the true feminine. And I had a lot of help. Dreams and follow up clues began to surface.

What an exciting ride. While I delve into the alchemy of the purpose of the Moon Blood and the Womb Chakra and even the Virgin Birth mystery, I live my life more balanced than before: slowly bringing my feminine qualities forward to match my over developed masculine ones.

Painted on the ceiling of my ceremony room is the great Sri Yantra; a perfect example of the interlocking of Masculine and Feminine polar opposite qualities.  They are indeed not neutral or blended! Here is what R.Steiner said “the masculine principal cannot create, for it is the end result of all that is born from the sacred feminine source.”

The Masculine is Divine Order, the Feminine is Divine Creation.

The Feminine is the beginning of all, the Creator, the principal of abundance, forever unfolding in all directions, outpouring in vibrancy and joy.

 The Masculine brings structure and finishing to that all the Feminine creates. We constantly move from creation into ordering or from femininity into masculinity in our work….Like loam into crystal. For me, this endearing metaphor allows me to embrace both equally, as I sense how they work together inside of me.

Can you feel these qualities within you? Can you feel how vital they both are to be recognized, in their differences, within you? (If you desire a healthy balance.) If there is too much masculine there comes a lack of feeling and soulfulness and too much hard, linear insensitivity, a brittle dryness. If there is too much feminine there comes a lack of rationality and common sense and too much circular repetition, a moldy decay.

The Sri Yantra says it all in the visual language and from our ancestors. Here are the seven downward pointing triangles of the feminine, and the seven upward pointing triangles of the masculine. They are tightly interlaced and inseparable; yet each holding their own form and purpose, vibrating and ready to create, forming a starry perfection together. But each can be clearly seen as individual perfect aspects of Life: the feminine direction of “soul creation into the illusion” and the masculine direction of “transcendence into spirit.” My musings on the virtues are below.

Feminine virtues

Creation energies
Enduring strength
Meditative
Past, present, future awareness
Inner world
Descending
Soulfulness
Feeling/emotion
Egalitarian/sharing
Dark (nurturing/warm/gestating)
Wisdom
Will

 

Masculine Virtues

Ordering energies
Power strength
Prayerful
Focused, present awareness
Outer world
Ascending
Spiritual
Logical
Dominance/light (transcendence/clarity)
Knowledge
Control

                                    

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Musings on the Need for Balance

Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Siberian ShamanThere is a view, it seems that pits white culture against indigenous cultures that live with reverence towards nature and therefore towards the feminine principal and women themselves.

The white culture is extremely patriarchal and so we have all, men and women, indeed lost touch with the feminine within, and so subjugate nature based cultures, and label them undeveloped.

The positive aspects of the masculine are mostly buried today and the negative aspects have gone wildly destructive, without positive feminine qualities engaged, to sustain balance.

What I feel both types of societies have forgotten is that this white culture too was once nature based, one holding great reverence for nature and the feminine and was thus balanced and more harmonious than now.

White women and men, of power and influence, were part of a thriving European nature based culture. Yes even white women had moon lodges and birthing temples and Witches were held in high esteem for their beautiful healing and midwifery skills.

Yes even white women were landowners and farmers. White men were not seen as weak to shed a tear and to honor their emotions! There was less pressure on them to be “superior and hard hearted”. It’s difficult to believe that white men, in the past, shared equally with women in business, property ownership, decision making, prophecy, philosophy, higher learning etc.

Yet it is true. We have been steered away from remembering our true history.

Many white women today are reaching out to learn from all who are in tune with their inner feminine, no matter the gender or culture, to remember who they are!

In Europe it has been at least 3000 years since this balance existed, at least in pockets! …it is long lost, and difficult to access. Most recently, its worst state of fear of the feminine was in the middle ages, during the 300 years of witch burnings, led by our white brothers (and supported by some white sisters).

This newly blossoming search for the Inner Divine Feminine is being eagerly sought by women, and some men, of many cultures today.

Now I realize I have omitted the other patriarchal cultures that oppress the feminine spirit, such as the Middle East, and India and China. I am focusing this musing to, white verses “colonies” because the white culture went out to conquer, convert and destroy other nations. So as a white woman healer, artist and spiritual feminist, I do not align myself with my white brother’s history and feel estranged from them.

I am rejoicing to see this trend coming, of the return of the Divine Feminine and to see white men being attracted to it, even though in small numbers! This movement knows no boundaries and embraces all and everyone as equal and that is why it feels right. The Feminine principal in women holds the direct link to pure Soul energy.

Creations of profound beauty cannot be birthed on earth without a deep connection to a purified Feminine Soul, together with a loving heart.

There are two qualities within the Masculine and Feminine principals, which are confused on a “popular” level I feel. The Masculine principal holds divine and not so divine qualities, as does the Feminine. The patriarchal culture makes the mistake of holding up to the light the positive aspect of itself and the negative aspects of the Feminine.

In this way the positive, or rather divine aspects of the Feminine, have been lost, silenced or distorted.

For example in our current culture, the sun is seen as life giving and the moon is seen as destructive. If we lived in a Matriarch (which would be just as awful in reverse) the moon would be life giving and the sun destructive, both are wrong.

In a balanced view, the moon would be known to cause things to grow round and full and low, and gather in and magnify all the beauty. The Sun would be seen as what forms and finishes and give divine order to all the beauty that the Feminine creates. In our coming Egalitarian culture (as prophesied by the Mayan) this will come to be realized and lived.

I am not denying the destructive aspects of the sun and moon. The sun and its light can burn, overexpose, dry up and kill. Without the gentle, quiet, protective Darkness, to reflect in and restore oneself in, we would die. The Moon also can attract negative energies and magnify that! So we have four active aspects to show the contrast in life.

I am grateful to the Indigenous people for preserving, against all odds, the Feminine Soul Wisdom, within their heritages, and in sharing it with those who seek truth and in helping us remember where it lies…in our wounded, shattered souls.

I am grateful for the re-discovery of the Sanskrit Palm Leaves in India and of the Inca tradition of the Womb, kept sacred and hidden until the 1970’s.

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Marysville Red Tent Spring Equinox 2013

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: | No Comments »

 

With the Equinox marking the time of perfect balance, between night & day…Masculine & Feminine, I thought I would share with you my musings on the virtues in both polar opposites. With these qualities more defined & clarified, we can discover our own inner balance/or not!

 

Feminine – will
F – descending energies
F – darkness
F – creation energies
F – inner world
F – Soul
F – diffused awareness
F – enduring strength
F – organic flow
F – receiving (meditation)
F – wholeness
F – past, present, future
F – feeling
Masculine – control
M – ascending energies
M – light
M – finishing energies
M – outer world
M – Spirit
M – focused awareness
M – power strength
M – fixed stable
M – sending (prayerful)
M – specialization
M – present
M – logic

 

 


 

The Red Tent: Lonsdale Chapter

Posted: March 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

 The Red Tent

Lonsdale Chapter (Marysville, Ontario)

Also called the Dark Lodge or Moon Lodge…an ancient global practice

 Feminine Retreat Women's Murals | Red Tent Wyldwood Sojourn

See the; Red Tent Movement (founded in 2008 by Alisa Starkweather)

There are many such new moon gatherings for women; blossoming all over the world as we begin to re-member what has been dis-membered…to begin to see the world through the female lens!

Our little lodge (a Mongolian yurt) has been afloat since 2009. Coming & going in waves of between 3 & 10 women. I wish to share the studies I have pursued of newly surfaced wisdoms, of the inner feminine world. There is so much information coming to me that I have decided to begin to present this as a study group for women who are ready to delve deep.

Each leader of a Red Tent may take it in any direction they wish as long as it is not connected to any religion. It may simply be a woman’s’ circle to share & drum & relax.

There is one aspect that is universal. From the new moon to the full moon is the most potent time to gather in good energies. To call down the moon , as they say .Therefore the Moon Lodge is a place of creating joy & abundance. As women, we are masters of manifestation.

The Moon Lodge is the opposite to the Sweat Lodge and holds the necessary balance. The sweat lodge is for releasing issues & is held from the full moon to the new moon. The moon lodge is for gathering visions.

Lots more to share . Feel free to share with me!

Maureen  of Wyldwood Sojourn