Male/Female EnergyBy SHEPHERD HOODWIN
Each soul has a certain percentage of male energy and female energy, regardless of the gender of the physical body. For example, a man or a woman might have thirty-three percent male energy/sixty-seven percent female energy. The exact complement is a partner with a ratio of sixty-seven/thirty-three. All else being equal, you have more balancing sex with someone whose male/female energy ratio complements yours. Finding balance, of course, is very satisfying, but you might still be satisfied with a partner whose ratio does not balance yours.
Understanding Male-Female Energy
Male energy is directed, focused, goal-oriented, productive, and outward-thrusting or positive-charged (as in a magnet). It corresponds with linear, left-brained thinking, and with doing. Its positive pole (as I channeled it) is exertion and penetration; its negative pole is intrusion. Female energy is creative, process-oriented, unstructured, and inward-drawing or negative-charged. It corresponds with circular, right-brained thinking, and with being. Its positive pole is expansion and generation; its negative pole is chaotic destruction. Female energy conditions the environment, whereas male energy structures it. The male body is designed to put male energy forward, and the female body is designed to put female energy forward, so there is a masculinity just from being in a male body, even when the soul is high in female energy, and vice versa. All else being equal, a man with seventy-five percent male energy is more focused and has more “drive” (not necessarily inappropriately) than a man with forty-five percent male energy, because there is more male energy there to put forward. Of course, the reverse is true regarding female energy and women.
Our male/female energy ratio remains constant from lifetime to lifetime. Although there are those who have a very high percentage of either male or female energy, most of my clients are fairly balanced in their male/female energy ratio, having no less than about thirty percent of each, making it easier to have a fairly complete experience of both sides of the creative process on earth. However, I’ve never run into anyone having precisely fifty percent of each. This suggests that our essence almost always likes to have at least a slight emphasis one way or another. Perhaps this is because a little imbalance promotes movement; a ratio of exactly fifty/fifty could create an internal stalemate. However, the universe itself contains a balance of male and female energies.
I sense a subtle “shift” when crossing the line from forty-nine/fifty-one to fifty-one/forty-nine. In other words, it is significant which energy is dominant, even if that dominance is slight in terms of percentage. This doesn’t imply, however, that if female energy is dominant, one is a female soul, or vice versa; the soul is without gender.
Societal Concepts About Masculine and Feminine
Male/female energy has little to do with societal concepts about masculinity and femininity. Male energy is defined as how much of the soul's energy is goal-directed (focused in outer world productivity) and how much is process-oriented (more concerned with generating inner world atmosphere and possibility). A man can be masculine, in terms of how most Americans think of it, and have higher female energy--he will likely be more laid back and less career-oriented than if he had higher male energy. Warriors and kings are action-oriented by nature, so even a high female-energy warrior or king will need to be productive. It can hard to differentiate the focus of male energy and the action orientation of warriors and kings. Higher female energy suggests that the warrior or king will be more inclined to be productive in a lot of different directions, such as in puttering around the house, whereas higher male energy suggest more focus on one project in the outer world.
Warriors and kings have more trouble with their feminine sides, although they can be just as feminine as anyone else, in the true sense of the word--it just doesn't look like our society's picture of that, and if they are trying to conform to it unsuccessfully, they will reject it.
People with very high male energy tend to be workaholics, to the exclusion of the more internal and home aspects of life.
Having high male energy doesn't necessarily look like our culture's definition of masculinity. One can be gentle and sweet and have high male energy. In general, the expression and inspiration roles look more feminine, so a higher male energy priest might look less masculine than a higher female energy warrior, according to our societal stereotypes. Imprinting also plays a part in how someone looks. The ratio specifically applies to the extent to which one's energy is directed. There is a subtle feeling about these energies that you pick up after a while that is different from our stereotypes; for me, it is like an emanation from our center that is focused to a varying extent, like a piece of pie that can be narrow (more male energy) or wide (more female energy). Theoretically, total female energy is radiant in all directions at once, and total male energy is laser beam-like, completely focused, but we are all a blend of these two to some extent. Someone not being career oriented because he wanted time to write could still be validation of higher male energy if his true career was his writing, and he was focusing himself in that one direction when he could. He might be at home but directing his energies out of the home through his writing--his actions were not home-oriented.
Priests have a paradox, in that they are very powerful and concentrated in a fluid (feminine) way, yet our culture has assigned the concept of power to the masculine.
In a male body, the male energy is usually forward--the lessons are predominantly about male energy, no matter how much there is. Also, imprinting can affect how that manifests.
Many people are at least somewhat bisexual, and everyone can at least receive sensual pleasure from either gender; perhaps true bisexuality might be defined as the ability to be orgasmic with either sex. One Michael channel I trust got that 100% of females and 25% of males are bisexual, although I'm not sure how that was defined there. It depends partly on the role and male/female energy ratio of the soul and its past-life frequency of being either male or female, plus imprinting.
- SHEPHERD HOODWIN
More About Masculine and Feminine Energy
Each individual also takes on a particular ratio of male to female energy for the cycle of lifetimes. The ratio has nothing to do with male or female bodies, though it may have to do with a preference for being one sex over the other.
Male energy is a highly focused type of energy which puts a defined pinpoint of light on what it is surveying, looking at one thing at a time in an orderly fashion. It is grounded, productive, to the point, and can persevere with monotonous tasks. A person with strong male energy will be focused on the details of how to view the broad, and perhaps changing, perspective. If you have high male energy, it is not hard to miss the forest for the trees.
Female energy is bubblier, more creative and chaotic. It is not focused, but rather very broad in its view. A person, male or female, will appear to have an enormous, fluffy essence or aura and will tend to dress more softly than the tailored, male energy types. If you have high female energy, you will likely be full of "good ideas," almost continually, but may not bother with an organized follow-through, because while generating ideas is fun and easy, focus can be like pulling teeth.
Quite different in scope of vision, these types can balance and help each other, when not making each other wrong.
Hardheaded male-energy minds can appear on male bodies — like Ted Koppel — or female bodies — like Katherine Hepburn or Golda Meir.
The same goes for female energy. Ronald Reagan, for whom facts were annoying little things, has fairly high female energy, as do John Forsythe and Playboy Hugh Hefner. Beverly Sills, Linda Evans, and Marilyn Monroe also exhibit a high female energy component. Albert Einstein, who often could not find his way home from the lab, is an example of an intensely female-energized person. Woody Allen is reportedly aware of his large "female component." It is part of his wild creativity.
Couples usually balance each other out. It is rare to find two extremely high male energized folks in relationship with each other. Somebody with lots of male energy may appreciate that focus on her friends, but for a sexual relationship will generally migrate toward someone more expansive than herself. Thus a person with a lot of directed male energy, like Joan Collins, will generally end up with softer, more airy types for lovers. By the same token, someone with higher female energy, like cartoonist Gary Larson, will most likely become involved with women more anchored and concentrated than he himself is.
Female energized people are often more comfortable in female bodies and may tend to take on many more lifetimes as a woman until the balancing act of the Old Soul period begins. Similarly, male energized people are often easier in male bodies. They can be direct and focused, and no one complains, and they can, in most cultures, jump right into those tailored clothes with nice crisp lines they like so much. But times are changing and it sometimes seems like quite a treasure these days to find a male-energized person, particularly an Old Soul, in a man's body.
Most people display frequencies of around 50, and a 50/50 balance of male to female energy. Others, not wanting one second of monotony, opt for the extremes in one or both, sensing it will be an interesting and exciting thing to take on. It is, and more troublesome, too.
- JOYA POPE
Carl Jung and Archetypes of Male Female Energy (Anima-Animus)
Anima and animus are psychological concepts introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, which represent the feminine and masculine aspects within the human psyche, respectively. Jung believed that every individual, regardless of gender, possesses both an anima and an animus, and that their integration is crucial for psychological wholeness and individuation.
The anima refers to the feminine archetype residing in the unconscious mind of a man. It embodies qualities such as emotionality, intuition, sensitivity, and nurturing aspects traditionally associated with women. The anima serves as a bridge between a man's conscious mind and his unconscious, providing access to creative, spiritual, and relational dimensions. It can manifest in dreams, fantasies, and interactions with women in a man's life.
Conversely, the animus represents the masculine archetype present in the unconscious mind of a woman. It embodies characteristics such as assertiveness, logic, rationality, and autonomy traditionally associated with men. The animus plays a vital role in a woman's psychological development by influencing her aspirations, decision-making, and relationships with men. It can emerge through dreams, fantasies, and interactions with men in a woman's life.
According to Jung, the anima and animus represent the aspects of the opposite gender that are repressed or undeveloped within an individual. They are often projected onto external individuals or archetypal figures, which can lead to idealization or demonization of the opposite gender. Jung emphasized the importance of recognizing and integrating these aspects within oneself to achieve psychological balance and individuation.
The process of integrating the anima and animus involves becoming aware of their presence, acknowledging their influence, and developing a conscious relationship with them. By doing so, individuals can tap into a broader range of psychological qualities and transcend gender stereotypes, enabling personal growth, creativity, and a deeper understanding of oneself and others.
It's important to note that the concepts of anima and animus are not fixed, universal ideals of femininity and masculinity. Rather, they represent archetypal patterns that vary in expression across individuals and cultures. Jung's theories on the anima and animus remain influential in the fields of psychology, gender studies, and personal development, providing a framework for exploring the dynamic interplay of gender and the unconscious mind.
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