WisdomWomen is entering a new phase where actions can be taken to bring the vision into form. To me, this is an example of right relationship between Feminine and Masculine principles. The Feminine principle holds the vision and the Masculine principle executes in service to that vision.
I have been in a much more ‘masculine’ space of execution lately, while focusing on the technology platforms, the accounting and the practical aspects of bringing WisdomWomen into fruition; and I have been thoroughly enjoying being in this space. Yet even as a left-brained being who loves problem solving and organizing, I have found myself struggling at times to reconcile my embodiment of traditionally masculine traits. While I understand the sentiment of honoring the masculine, it has been another things to embody and utilize masculine principles and tools after spending so much time re-learning feminine wisdom.
For instance, throughout the process of birthing WisdomWomen, I have had a struggle with the idea of hierarchy. After coming to a place of honoring feminine wisdom, I thought hierarchical systems were non-inclusive. Without being balanced, I believe hierarchy can lead to destructive outcomes. However, I have come to experience that when hierarchy is used in service to a holistic vision and in communion with feminine principles, it is an efficient system for getting things done. It has been a long road to begin trusting in a masculine system like hierarchy, and has meant staying committed to the visions and feminine principles that WisdomWomen holds as equally important.
Another example is related to the online learning platform that I am exploring. As you all know, WisdomWomen is quite radical in its events approach that is not based on a speaker/audience relationship. The basic vision for the learning platform is to invite aligned teachers and our Visionary Members to host courses (and community practice spaces). I have questioned whether having a teaching environment is hypocritical to an organization that embodies the importance of non-hierarchical gatherings and wisdom. This approach also involves strategic partnerships, marketing potential and more technological infrastructure – things I have judged at times as being ‘the old way’. However, this platform would offer our members ways to share their unique wisdom to a greater audience and allow for WisdomWomen to partner with aligned teachers and communities. Again it seems that the methods are not an issue when they are being used of service to a greater vision.
I could share many more paradoxical examples about how I have questioned the use of technology, silos, organizational infrastructure, and more. Through it all, I am experiencing that after spending so much time visioning and re-learning how to create with feminine wisdom, I am now better prepared and stronger to co-create with masculine wisdom (both within myself and with men). More and more I see that the very things I shamed and judged for being ‘masculine’ or ‘the old way’ are turning out to be some of the brilliant tools that could support us in bringing our visions into the world. When balanced and of service to a greater vision, the two are a powerful pairing. That being said, I also feel there is a need to be continually vigilant about reverting to the ‘old ways’. This is a learning process that I am grateful to be in through this community.