Each of us carries both masculine and feminine archetypal energies within our psyche. When our masculine and feminine energies cooperate within us, we become powerful thinkers.
The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that men have a feminine inner personality called the anima. (Men sometimes jokingly call this their “inner woman.”) Jung also believed that women have a masculine inner personality called the animus. Men and women are born with both aspects, but as we progress through life, we tend to disconnect from one of them. When combined, anima and animus represent wholeness and completion and the combination brings great power.
Einstein, one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, brought illumination to the world when he announced his theory of relativity. More than 300 years of scientific certainties were swept away with his revolutionary discovery.
Contrary to popular belief, Einstein was not endowed with superhuman, supernatural or even exceptional powers. He knew how to combine the masculine and the feminine in his thinking, and this combined perspective gave him access to his genius potential.
Einstein was keenly aware that wisdom is often felt and perceived rather than intellectualized. He knew that we place far too much emphasis on the rational mind, the masculine, and not enough on the intuitive mind, the feminine. He used creativity, inspiration, imagination and intuition (all feminine attributes) to help him solve problems. He often felt he was right before he knew he was; he rarely thought in words and often thought in music. He understood the power of daydreaming – he daydreamed in music – and he understood deeply that curiosity, play and creative imagination are the main sources of all technological achievements. When he had a feeling about something, he listened to the feeling. Then he went looking for evidence to prove the feeling. That’s why he said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Einstein put the feminine first – he called it a sacred gift – and he listed the masculine – the faithful servant – as secondary.
Look around you. Do we honour the servant? Have we forgotten the gift?
Developing a harmonious and balanced relationship between the masculine and the feminine is a critical next step for humankind. It’s through the combining, integration, and harmonization of both the masculine and the feminine that we will reach a higher, more integrated, holistic and balanced awareness as well as a higher, more integrated, holistic and balanced world.
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Debbie L. Kasman
Principal Newcastle Public School and Author of Lotus of the Heart: Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul