One of the reasons I am here in this lifetime is to awaken myself, and to be one of the new spiritual leaders. To recognize that freedom is not something given to us from the outside, but it is our choice, in every moment, to see ourselves the way we want to. From that choice, to love ourselves and see ourselves as magnificent and perfect just as we are, springs our freedom.
It’s heartening to see how so many women are awakening. They are starting to see themselves through their own eyes, and not the eyes of the world they live in. As we awaken we no longer identify ourselves as just a woman or a man, yet we find ourselves wanting to express aspects of ourselves in terms of our sensual joy of being in a physical body and interacting with our environment with the enhanced perspective of our soul.
One of the biggest obstacles to women’s freedom is their fear of standing out. It’s their fear of owning their sensuality, and of owning their own spirit. They have been accustomed to making the rest of humanity comfortable. Of taking on the issues and the emotions of others. But their freedom depends upon letting that role go.
Embodied enlightenment requires us to be in our bodies, and for both men and women, it’s been a struggle. We live in such a mental world. But it is easier for women because they are generally more at home being in their bodies. But the physical body and it’s sensual nature has become a huge issue.
Women and girls are taught that their identity rests heavily on being beautiful, and alluring, and at the same time are punished for expressing their sensuality. They have been punished and even killed for standing out. For claiming their sensuality for life. They have been misunderstood as luring or seducing men, when all they wanted was to enjoy their own body, or were just being open and friendly.
Dress codes can tell us so much about our world’s view of women. From the burka to spaghetti straps at school, girls and women are given the clear message that their bodies are, at the very least a distraction to the male students and teachers, and at the very worst, they are told that ‘respectable’ girls and women dress ‘appropriately’ and too much skin can lead to male attention, molestation or even death.
In certain countries women are punished or even killed for showing too much of themselves, easpecially if it ‘appears’ they are trying to seduce a man. Under some religious laws, a father has a right to kill his own daughter for ‘disgracing’ the family for what is considered inappropriate behavior.
So the onus falls on the woman for the inappropriate, brutal and even homicidal behavior of men.
Even in more liberated countries women are given the message that they must control their sensuality, which includes how they dress, lest they be labeled a whore, or a slut. And when you think about it, those labels themselves have an entire hoary netherworld of problems.
Both girls and women are told that the inappropriate advances from boys and men are just a natural part of their wiring. So, knowing that, the female must protect herself. And if she doesn’t, if she wears something that others may consider too revealing, then she is ‘asking for it.’
They are given the message that ‘boys will be boys.’ Hasn’t that sentiment been echoed loud and clear by our own current commander-in-chief? (USA)
Is it any wonder women have felt shame and guilt?
At the same token, women have used that same sensuality and ability to nurture as a way of gaining some control over her male counterparts. But she ended up prostituting herself and her freedom yet again.
Women no longer need to do that anymore. Her Divine Masculine and her Divine Feminine are coming back into balance. She is beginning to understand that her sensuality and her femininity are part of her Divinity. That it is sacred and need not be compromised or prostituted for any amount of support or safety.
Meanwhile, if a woman is comfortable wearing clothes that show cleavage, or her thighs, she need not feel labeled or that she is eliciting unwanted attention.
I enjoy wearing different outfits, but just for myself, not with the intent to distract or to impress anyone. I go more for the organic, casual look. I enjoy feeling sensual, and will wear certain more feminine, form-fitting clothes from time to time. And, even at my age, I will get the occasional stare or comment, even from someone I know, that feels inappropriate.
Back in the day it was both offensive and even considered a compliment…you know, when the construction crew guys cat-whistled at you and referenced various body parts as you walked down the street. When I visited Athens, Greece in 1972, I was surprised that I could barely get down the streets without the men folk ogling me, tugging at my long hair and trying to proposition me. Some days I wore loose-fitting blue jeans and tee shirts. Other days I wore short dresses. Yet it shouldn’t have mattered what I was wearing.
Getting back to the states felt liberating in that those types of advances are not as overt. Yet the message was still there.
WOMAN AND AGING
The aging process has a way of extracting out of most humans the power games they have been playing, at least when it comes to their bodies. Women tend to be devalued, and especially as they age. Unless of course, she ‘looks good for her age’ or steps up her nurturing role.
Yet, ironically, a woman in her elder years has the advantage of no longer being so distracted by the unwanted advances of men. It’s why in part, a woman begins to realize her full potential later in life…she has unburdened herself of kids, husbands, and body image issues.
So is it any wonder as women we stopped allowing ourselves to enjoy our femininity, and our sensuality? It became a liability. Of course it’s not limited to just women. Both men and women are put down for wanting to experience and express their own sensual nature.
Yet, I will say that without doing that, without embracing our sacred sensuality we have no chance of integrating our soul into our body. This ascension is not a mental endeavor. It is called EmBODIED Enlightenment for a reason. It is about allowing the most dynamic presence into our body. It’s about feeling life from the inside out. Many of us have been experiencing just that, and we know how delicious it is.
And yet it goes against everything we have been taught is spiritual and holy.
But our soul has no intention of holding back its joy for life. As both men and women in the forefront of this major transformation, it’s our responsibility to ourselves to allow this dynamic presence into our body and our life. Then we begin to feel things for the first time, with all our human senses and with our divine ones. And after a point we no longer need the approval of anyone else to do so. When women get to the point where they embrace their Divine Sacred Sensuality, which includes an unbridled joy for life….. not necessarily having anything to do with sexuality….. without concern for what the rest of humanity thinks of them, they have come a long way in releasing their history, and they have arrived at true women’s liberation.***
***You may also want to read my post, He Said, She Said, for a historical overview of the conflict of the masculine and the feminine.
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