Masculine and Feminine Form Medicine

All of life is a dance between feminine and masculine energies. These energies are inherent in all of us and are not based on our gender. We can also think of them as Yin and Yang, Prakriti and Purusha if that feels more comfortable.

All aspects of life including the way we think of medicine and how we heal our bodies are engaged in this dance. Yet in the western world we are accustomed to a medical paradigm that is predominantly masculine in operation.

Masculine approaches to medicine focus on enquiries such as: "what is wrong with me?", "How do I fix this problem?", "What pills, herbs or medicine do I need to make me better?" This masculine approach arises from a need to take action, mend and fix problems. It focuses on evidence, science, research and there being a right or wrong answer to such topical questions as: "should I get the vaccine?" Any time you find yourself advising, researching, prescribing or recommending to someone, you are taking a masculine medicine approach.

It is important to note, that even many Ayurvedic and natural health practitioners utilise this approach and also, that it is an approach that is valuable and very much needed. This is not to demonise masculine form medicine, not at all! Good research can inform us of the affect that a particular treatment is likely to have; surgery mends bones and fixes mechanical problems, and the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals can be a source of immense support and good in the world. Each of us have our own balance point where we accept the help and support of masculine form medicine. This is as it should be.

Yet, for a truly balanced and healthy approach to medicine, the feminine is also required. Feminine form medicine by contrast, does not consider our bodies to have problems that require fixing, nor that there are right or wrong answers. Rather it reveres our bodies as sacred ground, with soil that requires tending. Each of us have a unique terrain, a constitution and an inherent wisdom about what is right and wrong for each individual person.

Feminine form medicine invites us to tend to ourselves as if we were a garden; if there are weeds in the garden we gently remove them to clear space for the flowers. As such, feminine form medicine medicine is in part a practice of subtraction rather than addition.

The feminine asks us to consider the sacred enquiry; "what strengthens me?" and "what weakens me?" and to move towards that which strengthens and remove that which weakens us (the weeds). Each of us will have a different answer to this enquiry. To return once more to the earlier question of "should I have the vaccine?" Feminine form would ask you to dive deeply into your own soil, your own sovereignty and your own wisdom and ask "will this strengthen or weaken me?" and it would hold with deep acceptance and reverence the answer that you find within, knowing that it will be very different for each of us.

Feminine form medicine asks us to accept that there is no such thing as ideal health and that we are always in a constant state of flux. Shakti moves, shifts and changes; coming into and falling out of balance. Nature is never still. She encourages us to move away from ideas of perfection and rather, asks us to consider our adaptability, our resilience and our resources in an ever changing world. Feminine form medicine does not ask us to to find or even seek a perfect balance but to find the inner strength and ability to flow with ever changing circumstance.

Try this sacred enquiry for yourself, ask; "what strengthens me in this moment and how can I do more of it? What weakens me and how can I move away from it". Then have the courage to do it. See what emerges...

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