Mother’s Day is a great time to celebrate divine feminine energy. It is a powerful force that all women and men possess. To be able to use it to enhance our health and happiness, it is important to first understand what it means.
The divine feminine is a symbol of a universal concept (or archetype) that has come to symbolize “traditional” female characteristics of:
- Being intuitive
- Using feeling vs logical thinking to make decisions
- Being nurturing
- Letting things happen rather than forcing your own agenda
- Empathy and sensitivity
- Putting relationships before money.
Other examples of archetypes are the divine masculine, the hero, the wounded warrior, the victim, and the teacher. Another way to describe archetypes are non-judgmental stereotypes or “perfect” versions of what these terms generally mean. They are unrelated to gender or sex.
Divine feminine energy can also be described as mother energy. Early civilizations revered, worshiped, and even feared women and feminine energy because they are linked to the Earth, which provides life, nourishment, and is a source of both positive and frightening natural events.
To fully understand and utilize divine feminine energy, it is helpful to understand divine male energy. Ideally, we are usually happiest and most productive when we have a balance of both. Male energy is generally accepted to mean:
- Taking action
- Being assertive and aggressive
- Being more self-focussed and independent
- Using logic over feelings to make decisions
- Risk taking
- Leadership and taking charge
- Setting clear boundaries
- Considering money before relationships.
Here are a few ideas to help you nurture and celebrate divine feminine energy:
Embrace your creativity, which can be expressed in many ways. You don’t have to be able to draw, paint, or dance to be creative. Arrange your closet or drawers by colors, plant and nurture a garden, think out of the box when you are faced with a decision or problem, or rearrange your furniture.
Spend time in nature. Listen to the birds, watch a colony of ants as they gather scraps and bring them back to their mound, stare up at the clouds and try to find shapes or just walk barefoot in the grass. These are just a few ways that you can ground to Mother Earth.
Practice self-love and self-acceptance right now. Don’t wait until you are “perfect”. It will never happen. Pay attention to possibly giving too much of yourself and your time.
Spend time alone with yourself and your feelings, even if it is frightening. You don’t always have to be busy, striving for a goal, “performing” or trying to improve yourself. Allow yourself to be proud of what you have achieved and to enjoy the present moment.
Let the women in your life know that you love and appreciate them and tell them why.
Try thinking about the natural functions of the female body differently. Rather than dreading that time of the month and considering it a messy annoyance, which can increase uncomfortable symptoms and contribute to poor body image, send love and gratitude to your womb and ovaries. Thank them for giving you the power to create life.
Work on letting go of control. Control is often a fear-based response to not feeling safe because you don’t trust yourself or a spiritual force to take care of you. Trying to force your own agenda often leads to even more anxiety and a feeling of powerlessness when things don’t go your way.
Work on connecting to your intuition and being in your body.
Ask for help rather than trying to fix every problem you have on your own.
Enhance your empathy for others by trying to put yourself in their shoes and learning more about their situation before passing judgment. It has been said that if world leaders embraced their feminine sides more, there would be far less war.
Appropriately share feelings and thoughts rather than pushing them down or setting up an excessively protective emotional wall.
Katie Beecher, MS, LPC is an Internationally known Medical and Spiritual Intuitive and Licensed Professional Counselor. She creates an extensive report and symbolic painting for her clients, people and animals, knowing just their name and age. Katie is featured in many publications and blogs, including Poosh, Well and Good, Lyme 360 and Goop, who calls her “eerily accurate”.
Heal from Within: A Guidebook to Intuitive Wellnes, is her book about connecting to intuition, healing and wellness and how she healed from a severe eating disorder, depression and anxiety. She shares the exclusive techniques she uses in her readings and knowledge from her intuitive guides and Jungian psychology.