Gary Z McGee, Contributor
“The Hindus say that without Shakti, the personified feminine life force, Shiva, who encompasses the masculine ability to act, becomes a corpse. She is the life energy that animates the male principle, and the male principle in turn animates action in the world.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The personified female life pressure (Shakti) reminds the personified masculine life drive (Shiva) that we’re a drive of interdependent nature first and unbiased people second.
What does this imply, precisely? To place it into Darwinian phrases, it signifies that we’re, first and foremost, social creatures. We’d like one another to outlive. As such, competitors has all the time been secondary to cooperation; in any other case we wouldn’t have survived as a species.
If we want to proceed our survival as a species, it’s important that we permit cooperation to be superior to competitors. This implies cooperation with the setting as nicely (Shakti as Gaia). Shakti is right here to remind Shiva of this reality. To revive the stability. To ensure he isn’t “pretending to be asleep.”
The issue is that many individuals, intellectuals and nonintellectuals alike, have confused Darwin’s discoveries by focusing totally on competitors, and ideas like “might makes right.” Just like the best way the Nazis hijacked (and falsely portrayed) Nietzsche’s Overman idea, the fashionable warfare machine has hijacked (and falsely portrayed) Darwin’s “might makes right” idea.
This has created a dangerously lopsided view of actuality: a type of conquer-control-destroy-repeat mindset that has permeated our tradition to such an extent that it has falsely satisfied those that conflict is important to maintain the peace and that violence is the reply to the issues we face.
Nothing might be farther from the reality.
May does not make proper. War is not peace (as a lot because the warmongers and weapons producers need you to consider it). Ignorance is not power (as a lot because the uneducated egoists and xenophobic nationalists need you to consider it). Freedom is not slavery (as a lot because the brainwashed statists and fear-filled status-quo junkies need you to consider it).
Women (and males who’re in contact with their anima) have a direct line to the sort of deep knowledge that’s needed to show the tide of the overreaching, violent warfare machine that outflanks us all. What Clarissa Pinkola Estes calls the “Deep Knowing.”
Shakti is Shiva’s wake-up name:
“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it’s finished; no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons.” ~Cheyanne proverb
Shakti is right here to deflate the weak and overweight (but violent) masculine ego and construct a strong and versatile male precept to take its place. However the course of goes to harm like hell. Going from a culturally conditioned male rising up in a profoundly sick society to a totally awake Shiva in contact together with his divine masculinity is not any stroll within the park.
Typically reaching true floor means being uprooted. Ache have to be delivered to the floor to be able to be labored by way of successfully lest it flip into aggression, numbness and dissociation. Uprooting the ache of the previous and digging it out of its shadowy repression opens every thing up for genuine therapeutic.
Because it stands, armored masculinity is a bloody tangle of weaponry and bloated egos glued collectively by myopic one-upmanship. Our hypermasculine tradition is overly aggressive, numb, and dissociated. It’s a shadow tradition that feeds off its personal repressed ache, violence, anger, guilt and grief. As R.D. Laing stated, “We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.”
Unbalanced and dangerously lopsided with overweight masculinity, our tradition wants the therapeutic powers of the sacred female, in addition to the sacred masculine, to stability it out.
Shakti is Shiva’s purple flag:
“It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time promote or permit the global arms trade. Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems? Or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade and so that the merchants of death can get rich?” ~Pope Francis
Shakti is right here to rework weaponry into livingry; to remind everybody that weaponry ought to all the time be secondary to livingry. And, even then, solely in protection of it.
Shakti’s purple flag is a logo for righteous anger. It’s compassionate anger, looking for justice and a more healthy system. It’s weak anger: intimate, genuine, resilient and transformative. It’s ethical anger, measuring injustice towards the Golden Rule, the Nonaggression Precept and the Common Legal guidelines that dictate wholesome survival. It’s aware anger, honoring the injuries of the previous within the alchemical current in order that they could turn out to be the knowledge of tomorrow.
This kind of anger is turned, full-flame, towards violence, rape, misogyny, tyranny and struggle. Burning them in a brave nonviolent hearth.
Such anger breaks the guts open even because it turns outdated militarism into ash. Because it ought to. The place we are likely to go mistaken just isn’t permitting our coronary heart to interrupt all the best way. As Rumi stated, “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
As an alternative, we’ve got the tendency to repress the unhappiness. We swallow the grief. We resist the heartbreak. We smother the ache away with out ever actually feeling it. So it simply lingers within the shadows, however it grows stronger. It festers. It magnifies and manifests into an aggrandized model of itself that we name the Shadow. On this case, it’s a cultural shadow.
However once we let our coronary heart break absolutely, it opens-up. The Shadow turns into self-actualized. It’s lastly allowed to be part of the entire. An excellent unhappiness gushes out in order that self-improved which means can pour in. It hurts, nevertheless it’s a joyful ache. Our unhappiness lastly has a resting place, a sacred area the place it may be transformative and therapeutic as an alternative of crippling and violent.
Shakti is Shiva’s drugs, and vice versa:
“When the Sacred Masculine is combined with the sacred feminine inside each of us, we create the ‘sacred marriage’ of compassion and passion in ourselves.” ~Matthew Fox
Shakti is right here to rework the congealed rage of a profoundly sick society, clinging to security and safety, into the targeted insurgence of a wholesome society, defending love and freedom.
When our cultural mythology is certainly one of dominance and management (overly masculine), we grow to be violent and onerous, and closed off to the underlying essence. We turn out to be offensive and overreaching with our energy, clinging to safety out of worry.
When our cultural mythology is certainly one of passivity and stagnation (overly female), we turn into fragile and fragmented, and unable to include the underlying essence. We turn out to be submissive and weak, clinging to security out of worry.
However when our cultural mythology is certainly one of equilibrium and stability between these polar energies (the union of Shakti and Shiva), then the underlying essence could be tapped into and the overarching theme turns into strong and versatile and related to the guts of creation –what Nietzsche known as the “Primordial Unity,” which revives and balances each our female and masculine energies.
Such a sacred union creates braveness within the face of worry. It creates a billion ladies rising regardless of the powers that be and regardless of the violence they’ve been subjugated to up to now. Women who’ve the braveness to rise-up as a pressure to be reckoned with (a Unified Gaia Precept). Women who say, “Fuck the war machine!” on behalf of males, ladies and youngsters the world over. Women who not take the violence unleashed upon them mendacity down, however empower one another by way of schooling, the #MeToo Motion, Codepink, and the Women’s March on The Pentagon (happening October 20th-21st, 2018).
It creates self-empowered ladies with the tender but spirited wherewithal to empower males, to “animate the male principle so that it can in turn animate healthy action in the world.” To create a New Man, Shiva incarnate, who has the power to faucet into his inside Shakti, thereby awakening the divine power from its unconscious state right into a state of acutely aware consciousness. The type of man who creates moderately than destroys, catalyzes somewhat than militarizes, heals somewhat than injures, and empowers fairly than oppresses.
However first, there have to be upheaval. First, there have to be surfaced ache. There have to be fierceness. There have to be the power and the braveness to name out misogyny and rape, regardless of a tradition numb to each. There have to be audaciousness and the braveness to talk fact to energy, to name out the pointless violence of wars waged for revenue. Backside line: the ache brought on by the bloated misbalance of hypermasculinity should first be addressed and labored by means of earlier than the true Shiva can rise.
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Concerning the Writer
Gary Z McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned thinker, is the writer of Birthday Go well with of God and The Wanting Glass Man. His works are impressed by the good philosophers of the ages and his conscious view of the fashionable world.
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Shakti Lifting Shiva: Women Inspiring Men Against Violence and War was final modified: October 17th, 2018 by WakingTimes
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