Originally Posted by rei
But I think folks would be doing themselves a disservice, perhaps, to view spiritual exploration as something counter to their own gender. If anything it seems like it would be about correcting imbalance, since social conditioning tends to lead males to withdraw from and ostracize their innate yang. The yang doesn't disappear just because the culture says it's counter to being your biological gender.
If someone dismissess something because they are afraid that it might be effeminate or something, that's their baggage. Whether it is "correcting imbalance" is a value judgement based on if one thinks that there is some imbalance to begin with. Masculinity and femininity are concepts that are hard to define without any vagueness, and at the same time assert that there are any person that are employing them almost exclusively. If one thinks of masculinity as doing and action, one would have to be in perpetual motion physically/mentally or something to say that one is almost exclusively masculine. Noone does that, and noone emasculates anyone for not being like this.
In my value judgement, new age spirituality is heavily biased towards a feminime approach, and I don't know if that is a good approach or not. But from my own worldview, this approach seems imbalanced. Abraham-Hicks is perhaps the only school of thought that might employ both masculine and feminime traits. Abraham is "on the other side", but that doesn't mean that they are "ascended" and nearer the ultimate goal of coming back to a oneness soup of hugs and kissess. Being as focused as we are was chosen by us, not because we need it to get back to Source and we need this experience to learn a bunch of stuff that has been prepaved for us with karma and reincarnation and all that jazz.
No, because it is fun to be where we are, a different kind of experience than that of having a more broad focus (like Abraham). And it is about experiencing new things and creating thoughts that go beyond where thought has been before. And without us taking thought beyond where it has been before and expanding the Universe, then there would be no Source to go back to anyway, because it would seize to exist. We need adventures like this to expand ourselves, because if we don't there would be no mother womb to go back to anyway. It isn't about learning 1000000000000000000 lessons and then attaining bodhi and going back to a state of perfection (and they lived happily ever after...). there is no perfection because perfect gets improved upon all the time, and this expansion never ends. One could conceptualize beingness as feminime and consciousness as masculine. Without beingness, there would be nothing for consciousness to experience. Without consciousness, there would be noone to experience beingness. Without consciousness, there would be noone to focus and thereby take thought beyond where it has never been. Without Source, there would be no life to be borne from this expansion.