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What Is The Divine Feminine & How To Awaken Her Power Within

By Shani Jay

The Divine Feminine lives within you, within me, within us all.

For the past few thousand years, she has been repressed, cast into the shadows, and left without a safe place to fully express herself and her gifts.

But she is on the rise. She is slowly waking up and returning to us all. Women (and men) around the world are hearing her call.

If you found your way to this article, chances are you have heard her call, and you are ready to explore and embody Her.

What is the Divine Feminine?

The Divine Feminine is an energy, which means she can’t be seen or heard, but she can be felt.

She is the feminine that exists in all living beings on earth, including the ocean, moon, and trees.

She is sometimes known as Yin energy, Shakti, Kali, or Gaia.

In her truest nature, She is nurturing, motherly energy, and affection. Beauty, sensuality, and attraction. Creativity and inspiration in their purest form. Peace and harmony. Abundance and the knowing that the earth will always provide enough. Intuitive and fully open to receive. Empowered within. Honored and respected. And she is divinely connected to mother earth.

The Divine Feminine within you is wild, free, and untamed. She ignores the unwritten rules and boundaries that society has constructed for her, rises above, and paves her own way. She is unafraid to speak her truth, embrace her sexual nature, and show up fully and authentically. She trusts her intuition, allowing it to guide her. And she lives in the cyclic rhythm of the moon, the seasons, and the wheel. She understands the sacredness of life and trusts that all her needs will be met.

This is your true nature as a woman. And even if this doesn’t resonate with the woman you are today, the Divine Feminine is still there within you, waiting patiently to be embraced.

How we lost our connection to the sacred feminine

The Divine Feminine is one half of the whole; the Diving Masculine is the other half.

Together, they create a world of harmony and balance.

But this is not the world we find ourselves in today.

The Divine Masculine we see today is a toxic version of his true energy and light, sometimes known as the shadow side. This can be seen in the patriarchal systems and societies that run our world, which we have not only passively allowed to continue but have actively encouraged.

He has become aggressive, controlling, abusive, and egotistical, on a rampage for power and dominance.

We can see this in the way women have been oppressed and violated, similarly to the way our planet has been raped. We also see this in war, conflicts, and bombs that have plagued our people in the attempt to make everyone either a winner or loser. And we see this in the way that land, ancient traditions and rituals, connection, and freedom were stolen from our ancestors, replaced with capitalism, hierarchy, and modern religion.

And the feminine has been forced to match his shadow with her own. She has become the victim, insecure, passive, inauthentic, co-dependent, and often manipulative.

But in his truest, lightest form, the Divine Masculine has integrity. He is courageous, intellectual, and grounded. He is non-judgemental, independent, and mindful. And He matches Her in her lightest, truest form.

Awakening the divine feminine

Deep down, we all feel an imbalance in our lives. But most of us don’t know what that is or what the solution looks like.

We’ve been fed the belief that more equals better. Exhausting working hours and stress have become normalized. And we’re stuck in our minds, disconnected from our bodies and our emotions.

We’re missing that connection to Her, the Divine Feminine.

Over the past hundred years, the women’s movement has sought to address these imbalances; by putting more women in leadership positions, managing the wage gap, and holding men accountable for their abuse of girls and women.

But these surface-level changes will only go so far in creating real transformation in our world. If men (and women) still do not welcome in or respect the feminine archetype, then the imbalance will remain.

Much education is needed to awaken us all to the chaos we create and live in and guide us back to our true nature as living beings on earth.

Despite the resistance to change, she is still rising. She does not care if we are ready for her or if she will be welcomed with open arms. She has been reflecting, learning, and growing in the shadows all this time. That strength is what we’re beginning to feel as a collective.

That strength is causing huge disruption to our world, a breakdown of systems, and archaic beliefs turned inside out. It is that strength that is fuelling feminism, equality, more compassion and rights for animals, ethical and sustainable fashion choices, and practices like meditation and yoga to become mainstream.

Oh yes, she is rising.

Are you ready to rise with her?

Activating the Divine Feminine within you

As I mentioned, the Divine Feminine has many sacred gifts to offer you in your life, regardless of what gender you are.

These are just some of the ways awakening her within you will benefit and enrich your experience here on earth:

• Increasing your self-love and appreciation

• A deeper connection with your body and sensuality

• Being in tune with your rhythms and how they mirror Hers

• Strengthened inner guidance and trust

• More creative energy

• Being fully open to receive

• Creating a deeper sense of community and partnership with others

• Being able to be fully present in the moment

• The ability to relax and let go

• A feeling of wholeness

If any of these are speaking to you, and you want to call them into your life, it begins with awakening the Divine Feminine within you.

Because she is energy, you might be a little confused about how to do this. So here are some practical ways to awaken Her:

1. Healing the Divine Feminine begins with examining your wounds surrounding femininity

What are your current beliefs around femininity, and what it means to be a woman or man?

And what traits did you see in the women and men around you that informed your beliefs?

You might have learned that women should be pretty, quiet, and “lady” like. That women should be submissive, run the household, and have the perfect body. You may have lea