All The World's A Stage
Spiritual growth is not linear. It is cyclical. Becoming
more spiritually aware, you are in an uptrend, so to speak, but it has
its setbacks. There are many moments when, despite what we know, we act in opposition to what we know. This is just part of the process of transforming our knowledge into understanding.
It isn't a one-time event either. Sometimes we respond to life
circumstances with keen awareness. Then the next time we fail to be
mindful. That's okay because as my husband loves to say, "Earth is the
planet of lesson." As long as we don't continue to be oblivious of the
spiritual learning curve that is our journey, our setbacks will be
Shakespeare wrote: "All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts..." This is true in our individual journeys and in the journey of the human race. As humans, we often accept knowledge as the goal and fail to assimilate it beyond our intellectual center into the emotional and moving centers from which it can morph into understanding. If we observe knowledge from all sides, that is, think about what we think we know, we awaken the Emotional Center. We can begin to experience emotions that are not our usual fare. It enables us to step outside what we've accepted as our truth into a new understanding.
In our world today, there are many situations that are giving us the opportunity to step back and apperceive or comprehend new ideas by assimilation with the sum of one's previous knowledge and experience. As we think about what we think, we begin to see the forest of change rather than the trees of discontent. Here in the United States, we are experiencing a global change in our own unique way through the current political scene. If we step back, we can observe that as Shakespeare said, the players here are only fulfilling their roles. We have for centuries manifested a society that reflects a dependence on the masculine energy rather than the feminine energy. As individuals we have both energies within; however, one tends to dominate over the other as it has with our nation. It is time to embrace the change toward a healthy balance.
These few examples can help you understand how the two energies can be contrasted, masculine versus feminine. Differentiating/integrating; individual/collective; external focus/internal focus; competitive/collaborative; speaking/listening. If you're willing