By Suma Varughese January 2003 “The world is undergoing a distinct genesis. With women coming into their own, sublime feminine values of selflessness, surrender, empathy, peace, love and harmony will mend a world dangerously out of whack”Strength and honor are her clothing ;And she shall rejoice in time to come, She openeth her mouth with wisdomAnd in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children shall arise up and call her blessedHer husband also, and he praiseth her. Woman is the Creator of the universe. She is the very body of the universe; Woman is the support of the three worldsShe is the very essence of our body. There is no other happiness as that which woman can procure. There is no other way than that which woman can open to us. When you have been a man long enough, when you have suffered enough through your own foolishness, when you have inflicted enough pain through the calamities of your own creation… then you may become a woman. Anima TypesAccording to Carl Jung there are four major images of the anima: Eve, Helen, Mary and Sophia. Eve – symbolises physical attraction, sex, motherhood; the image of an ordinary attractive female. Helen – represents a more cultivated woman, with whom one shares spiritual companionship along with romantic sex. Virgin Mary – is a bit too lofty an ideal; she lacks the more natural side of the anima. Sophia – represents wisdom, which is closer to life and not too virtuous. It is present when a man knows how to love and relate to a woman, and protect himself from her devouring side. The Anima in YouCarl Jung had coined the terms ‘animus’ and ‘anima’ for the male and feminine principles respectively. The animus stood for the intellectual, rational self and the anima for the mystical intuitive self. For true balance, men and women must get in touch with and integrate the characteristics of the oppo site sex within their psyche. While women seem to have progressed in this task, men are still lagging. Here is a way to help men get in touch with their feminine self. Explore Your Anima In his book The Way of the Dream, Fraser Boa says: ‘‘It has been said that in our society the woman most in need of liberation is the woman within every man.’’ The inclusion of his female aspect effects a change in the male personality, producing a new, better, empowered self. The new self continues to grow—presumably in the direction of greater spirituality and service to others. He also learns to distinguish the positive, profound parts of the anima (spirituality, love, beauty and so on) from the trivial (like promiscuity, vanity). The anima also helps man to understand women, and reciprocating, the woman is able to grasp the nature of maleness via her animus. Befriend Her One of the easiest ways to get a glimpse of your true anima is to think of favorite female characters in stories, movies and TV shows. Go beyond the ones who simply turn you on sexually and make a list of qualities you admire in the character. These qualities generally reflect either the condition or the needs of your soul presently. To further strengthen these qualities in yourself, meditate on the character’s behavior and how you feel towards her. An Exercise • Relax.• Close your eyes. • Take three deep breaths. • Raise your consciousness upwards, out of your body and go to your favorite place of perfect beauty and peace. Take a few moments to get comfortable with your surroundings. • Now ask your Highest Self to join you. • Ask your Highest Self to show you the female aspect of himself: your True Inner Female. • What does she look like? • What message does she have for you? Do you have one for her? • What are her spiritual qualities? • Now ask your Higher Self and your True Inner Female to help you look at your ‘personality level’ or Programmed Anima. Keep this anima at a safe distance so you can explore her without fear. • What does she look like? • What message does she have for you? Do you have one for her? • What spiritual qualities does she embody, if any? • Ask your female and male Highest Selves if there’s any advice they have concerning your Programmed Anima. • Does she have a name? • If she seems frightening, can they show you a less intimidating (maybe a ridiculous) side of her? • Ask them questions you may have about her. • When you are done, thank your Highest Selves, come back into the room, back into your body, and open your eyes. • Write down what you feel is important about this exercise. • Share anything about your True or Programmed Anima with a group. —Dr Dayal Mirchandani and Sanmeet Kaur This is woman`s hour,“ said Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, in 1885. Today, more would be inclined to agree with her. The rise of woman and her growing success and influence is one of the outstanding successes of the 20th century. Women today have entered every walk of public life. They are in the offices, the trenches, in Parliaments, in schools and colleges, law courts, hospitals and construction sites. Their voices can be heard through art, music, paintings, books, plays, magazines and newspapers. Their concerns can be felt through the pleas for peace, the rising influence of the Green movement, and the struggle for justice for disenfranchised minorities. It`s still a man`s world, but for the first time in recorded history, women are visible in sufficient numbers and with enough influence to challenge that dictum. So what does this mean for the world? If women are going to have a say in how the world will be run, what kind of a world will we see? How about Ram Rajya, Sat Yug, New Age, Heaven on Earth? It is a truism in spiritual circles that women will birth the New Age. The era of peace, harmony, divinity and love will depend largely on the ability of women to achieve enlightenment, create awareness of a spiritual way of being, help change attitudes, and create new systems of functioning whose governing principles are the unity and interconnection of life. Why women? Explains Eckhart Tolle, a well-known spiritual teacher, in his book Power of Now: “To go beyond the mind and reconnect with the deeper reality of Being, very different qualities are needed: surrender, nonjudgement, an openness that allows life to be instead of resisting it, the capacity to hold all things in the loving embrace of your knowing. All these qualities are much more closely related to the female principle.“ He adds: “The number of women who are now approaching the fully conscious state already exceeds that of men and will be growing even faster in the years to come… Women are gaining the function that is their birthright and, therefore, comes to them more naturally than it does to men: to be a bridge between the manifested world and the unmanifested, between physicality and spirit.“ Says Dada Vaswani, head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission: “The woman`s soul (which many men also have) will lead us upward on. Woman has faith and a sense of service.“ Adds the venerated philosopher S. Radhakrishnan, in his book, Religion and Society: “Women as mothers are more directly sensible of the iniquity and injustice of the present order, and can bring about a deep and far-reaching change of spirit, and work it into the new style of life. Then will the New Man be born.“ If the Old Age has been shaped and created by masculine sensibility, the New Age will be feminine in character and approach. Our present civilization, by which I mean the modern technological way of life, is a triumph of the mind. It was created through the deliberate exclusion of spirit, and by the outward conquests of nature. Today, we have a civilization full of dazzling technological marvels, but the environment is degraded beyond belief, nations are at war, the purpose of life is material pleasure and man is isolated from the deepest and best part of himself. At its base, our civilization is riddled with conflicts and contradictions, and problems multiply in their severity. Says Tolle: “The energy frequency of the mind appears to be essentially male. The mind resists, fights for control, uses, manipulates, attacks, tries to grasp and possess and so on. This is why the traditional God is a patriarchal, controlling authority figure…“ The spiritual traditions of all cultureshave always stood squarely against such a rampantly materialistic way of life and emphasized the primacy of spirit. Christ pointedly told his followers: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt… but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…“ Hinduism and Buddhismsteadfastly maintain that the purpose of life is to realize one`s inner divinity by dropping the ego. Oddly enough, the more one plumbs the life of spirit, the more one is conscious of its essentially feminine nature. For instance, Lao Tzu writes in Tao Te Ching: “Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending, the soft can overcome the hard.“ And again: “Yield and prevail. Bend and be strengthened. Empty and be filled…“ All women and most men would agree that this is a pretty good description of a woman`s way. Writer and scholar Dr Amodini Bhagve says: “Consensus, sacrifice, egolessness, and making room for the seemingly outlandish are feminine qualities.“ Jaya Row, a Vedanta teacher, muses: “Women are softer, kinder, yet strong. In the Indian tradition, they are akin to Shakti, the female princ
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