We don’t learn the things that we think we learn; we learn what we are, foremost as woman or man, and then, through the inner unfolding of gender we attain to innumerable achievements that only Spirit understands. Beyond our worldly realizations however, gender leads us through an obstacle course of ordinary impulses into realization through a very defined path that in no way depends on the actions of the other gender.
Socially, culturally, physically, and professionally, conditions may be the same for a man as for a woman, yet inner faculties call forth the awakening of unique energetic characteristics that lie encoded within. This is yet another device that Life offers us to compel us to learn management of faculties in two different and parallel ways. Our inner faculties as gender forces come with the package of karmic characteristics we chose. The path of women and men through life consists in pursuing different inner routes.
A woman’s journey begins with an honest evaluation of herself as a person and ends in embracing expansiveness. She begins with the particular and the concrete, and ends as the universal attribute of Love that lights the heart of humanity invisibly from within. She attracts in order to entice the heart to love. A man’s journey is almost the reverse. Contrary to his impulse to construct and thrive on definitions, his actual journey begins with inner acceptance of himself without frills. As Intelligence, he becomes the chalice for a presence that illumines the world without.
A woman must, first of all, learn emotional discernment and discrimination. Instead of projecting herself and her needs outwardly, as she usually does, Consciousness requires that she learn how to administrate perception and expression of emotional force without diminishing it. Sometimes she never goes beyond her receptive and often tragic conception of herself as centre.
A woman must learn to love herself for what she is rather than for what she represents. Life permanently frustrates her when she seeks to do this through others, until she learns to love herself as an emanation of sentient-intelligence, without a target or an object of affection. Eventually, she comes to honour herself as she incorporates the sensitive mechanism of “feeling herself feeling” the world.
A woman who knows “what” she is spontaneously respects herself and knows who is worthy of her respect and her sacred trust. Then a woman becomes an “Inner Woman”. At the end, she incorporates the irradiating presence of Love everywhere within the many outer expressions of life.
A man’s journey starts when he acknowledges his innate capacity for physical and mental projection, his creativity. His task begins by a simple yet difficult revelation: he “knows” and must discover himself “knowing”. Instead of searching endlessly for knowledge and information, he must centre on himself without any specific label or certification added onto it. This gives him a true sense of inner power, the direction towards his own realization.
A man’s challenge is finding someone to love. Not just physically and not just anyone. His journey consists in the state of loving he becomes, and in the nobility that arises within him. He becomes his own Holy Grail and must win the love he strives for from this other one. Beyond affection, a greater call comes forth to earn this person’s respect. This will reflect the measure of his worth.
The greatest task is the last, learning to cherish the trust that his loved one and others deposit in him as an “Inner Man”. Only then may he be deemed worthy of being loved, respected and cherished by everyone, forever. A man’s journey begins with knowledge and ends in Truth.