Power is automatically associated with physical control, either direct or implied. It seems natural that men hold it vis à vis the external world and women in the inner realms. The fact that this division has existed for as long as we can remember, reflecting the nature and energetic structure of the genders, does not mean that women and men are not equally endowed for all modalities of power. Still, the physical and mental forms have dominated our world up to now, and for a reason. Women were not equipped to handle it in the manner and to the extent to which it is being wielded today.
It would seem that a certain amount of stability and security is needed before a more subtle expression of power can prevail. Woman stands revealed in her power as priestess, as mother of the race, and ancient sage. Here she is recognised, her influence paramount, although always in the background, allowed or disallowed by the establishment. If we search for notable women in antiquity, we notice that “notability” is invariably related to an activity that may be witnessed and confirmed. In other words, it is subject to the same parameters as prized by men, physical and mental attributes. Importance is attributed to what she “does”; rarely is it expressive of what she “is”.
The greatness and power of a woman as a result of her nature, influence, and ability to impact creation cannot be physically evaluated. A woman’s inner world is a mystery, even to her; its power is unlimited. It is feared by both genders for being uncontrollable and unpredictable.
There has always been imbalance between the inner world of an individual and outer manifestation. Few apart from women know how closely they support one another.
But there are inner worlds and inner worlds.
There is an inner world shared by both genders. This version refers to sentient ability. It is equated with emotions and sentiment, the stuff of symbol, and psychology. It is the storehouse of feeling that relates experiences to one another, each embellishing or diminishing the image of self, and competing in order of intensity.
We cannot say that men do not feel, or that they are not emotional. Their inner world, like our subjective world, is identical. However, the quality of feeling and the emotions is different in women. It is the nature of the inner world itself that is at variance here, and not the feelings that swim through its waters.
There is another dimension to this feeling inner world that is not emotional or abstract. It has to do with the extension and quality of sensitivity, like radar, that a woman possesses by virtue of her gender. What makes women’s emotions so powerful is not the feeling capacity in as much as what holds it together and gives it meaning. It is inbuilt and intrinsic to a woman, necessary to the organic and instinctive processes she embodies, liberally available to gestate, care, and guide humanity.
A woman’s inner world provides a kind of alternate reality irrespective of the ordinary world. It is a realm of simultaneity and movement, where all impressions hold equal value. This inner world has been the same in antiquity as in the modern world. It is connected to the subtle senses and bypasses intellectual categorisation. It is foreknowledge and forewarning, a complex dynamic of impressions revealing fact and possibility, beyond notions of time or congruence.
Women’s inner world to a certain extent lay dormant, secret, and inexplicable as far as the outer world was concerned, for lack of understanding and the intellectual skill to interpret it. Today, when women have acquired the ability to handle mental concepts and abstractions, to reach high levels of prominence and leadership in the world, to follow higher education in greater numbers throughout different cultures, the old justifications for dominance and power no longer hold.
CURRENT REALITY AND NEED
The inner world of women contains the same psychological and intuitional mechanisms as men, but with the added dimensional capacity of her inner gender nature. Whereas in antiquity, only select and very privileged women had the access, understanding and management skills to apply her abilities consciously, today this attribute is available to any woman who takes the time and effort to observe, sense, feel, decode and apply herself.
The inner woman is she who reclaims her true inner world, and she is truly formidable. She is not the intense but contained, passive force of yesterday. Neither is she the hysterical, irrational specimen of men’s fastidiousness, nor the impossibly idealistic model of male poetic or sexual fantasy. She has attained a position she has never previously sustained. This suggests that her potential is not only equal, but perhaps greater to that of men.
THE ISSUE OF EQUALITY
Gender arose in a three-dimensional world model to provide two alternate ways of evolving, exploring, and experiencing life. For each gender, the purpose is the refinement and progressive excellence in the management of power of a special kind, as well as the creation and construction of appropriate reality.
Experience is subject to physical imperatives in a developing world. The priority of order and form delegated children, the home and supportive services to women, and placed men in leadership and defensive positions in our common world. Separate but not so equal.
In a very real but invisible way, and in spite appearance to the contrary, this inequality continues. Many women do not yet live their truth in their relationships with men and his world. They continue to yield, to be ruled by fear and accommodation, by pity, by comfort, and by a need for physical safety and solidity, all of which they call love, patience, and tender loving care. The emotions of the inner world overwhelm and subjugate the inner faculties with which she has been endowed. The real inner world remains out of reach for a woman, until she makes the effort to control her emotions, allows herself the wisdom of her sensitivity, and breaks free of social programming.
The possibility of real equality exists but it is not men who are holding us back.
For the first time in this cycle of humanity’s history the genders are being urged to develop in simultaneous and separate ways, each whole in themselves. This is causing tremendous upset in all aspects of society, and of course in relationships. Neither gender is so very willing to embrace it for the simple reason that it entails a difficult if not arduous resistance to programming and a courageous decision to express inner attributes of soul and gender. A radical shift.