When it comes to the left and right brains, the equation is simple
An artist and creative thinker, Daniel Pink claims in his book A Whole New Mind, that the future belongs to those who use their right brains to create rather than typical left-brain professionals such as accountants, lawyers, and computer programmers. He asserts that, with the introduction of the Information Age, left brain thinkers (logicians) dominated the landscape for a significant portion of this century, as evidenced by the creation of the internet and other technologies.
What does this mean in the broader scheme of things? Pink asserts that jobs that require the use of the left brain have been shifting overseas in recent years to nations with lower labor costs than the United States. Jobs that previously necessitated analytical processing are now being outsourced to nations such as India and China, where they may be completed for far less money than in major countries. Creative jobs, on the other hand, have witnessed an increase in demand as a result of the specialization of the creative process, which means they cannot be automated.
On a lot of levels, I find this topic to be really interesting. For starters, our culture has traditionally been dominated by men for a number of centuries. The heads of state and government of major countries continue to be men, notwithstanding recent progress in gender equality. We traditionally place a high value on masculine vitality, as demonstrated by a recent documentary broadcast on television in conjunction with the World Cup. There is evidence to support the claim that in impoverished areas of Brazil, parents have two wishes in life: that their children are born to be boys and that the boys are capable of kicking a soccer ball.
The Optimal Use of Energy
You might be interesting to know that in Eastern philosophy, the body is divided into two half, known as polarities, which are regarded to be energetically balanced – male (right side) and female (left side) (left side). This is also referred to as the Yin (female) and Yang (man) energies in Chinese philosophy. The anima and the animus, as described by the eminent Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, are the two unconscious archetypes that each gender possesses.
What are the distinguishing characteristics of each of these energy, and how do they interact with one another? The male energy, on the other hand, is protective, logical, analytical, and founded in reason. It is action oriented and establishes limits. This energy is represented by the elements of air and fire. The female energy, on the other hand, is caring, listening, emotional, intuitive, perceptive, peaceful, sensitive, and compassionate, to name a few characteristics. This energy is represented by the elements of earth and water. Please keep in mind that I am not discussing the disparities between men and women. These characteristics are related to the energy link that exists between both sexes.
We all possess both male and feminine characteristics, which combine to form a harmonic union of balance. By choosing one type of energy over another, we place ourselves at the mercy of Mother Nature. Nature, on the other hand, thrives when there is a sense of balance and equilibrium.
As previously said, our society places a high importance on left brain thinking from an early age. The world is examined and deduced by children in school, and they are taught to do so using logic and reason. The Steiner education concept, on the other hand, encourages students to use their right brain thinking while directing their attention toward creative endeavors. Despite the fact that this approach of education has been criticized, Steiner children mature with extremely high levels of emotional intelligence, according to research.
When Daniel Siegel published his book Emotional Intelligence in 1989, he was credited with coining the term EQ (emotional intelligence). His research on emotional intelligence (EQ) has revealed that it is not one’s IQ that determines one’s level of success in life, but rather one’s EQ. Because feelings are something that only women have, men are trained to ignore or’stuff them down’ when they are experienced by a woman. As a result, males have unwittingly equated strength and power with reason and logic, to the cost of emotional intelligence (EQ).
Integration is preferable to separation
As with gender roles, they have become increasingly blurred in recent years, as seen by a variety of groups that have sought to liberate the sexes from eras of oppression. Women are increasingly finding themselves competing with males for high positions in the workplace, which is putting a strain on their family life. For working women, juggling a professional and personal life has become a major struggle.
One would have expected that the feminist movement would have freed women from the necessity to compete on an equal footing with their male counterparts. As a result, women have felt driven to compete with men by adhering to their set of standards in order to further their careers in the workplace. Despite the fact that this is a modest example, it serves to illustrate the disconnect that may be seen when there is a split of masculine and feminine energy.
Similar to this, males are pushed to suppress their intuition for fear of connecting with their emotional selves, which is a dangerous prospect. Intuition and feelings are considered illogical by men since they are not supported by scientific proof. Women, on the other hand, are well aware of the significance of intuition. They are aware of the location of intuition in their bodies and have a strong sense of trust in it. When you consider that women have worked hard to cultivate both male and feminine characteristics while in leadership positions, it’s no surprise that they make superior leaders.
The future rests in integrating rather than separating our masculine and female energies, i.e., merging our male and female forces. The emphasis will be on the integration of our male and feminine energies in a holistic way, in accordance with the Eastern notion of yin and yang being equal.
In his book Spontaneous Evolution, Dr. Bruce Lipton PhD observes that humanity is moving forward towards a new paradigm known as Holism, which is defined as the merger of spirit and matter. As stated in the introduction, “the new science of holism emphasizes that in order for us to transcend the parts and see the whole, we must first gain an understanding of Nature and human experience.” If we want to find happiness and fulfillment in our life, we must be willing to work in harmony with nature, or else we run the risk of being at the mercy of the environment.
Our ability to unite with our masculine and female energies will enable us to seek balance in order to maximize our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. When we take a swing in one direction over the other, we begin to notice the problems that arise. In order to maximize our male energy, the female side must be minimized, resulting in a disruption of our life-force and the development of physical and emotional illnesses.
The goal is to view both male and feminine energy as integral parts of your overall existence, which will help you to combine them. Mental, emotional, and physical well-being are all dependent on the ability to harness each energy force at the appropriate time during one’s life.
At the end of the day, men and women can live together – even under the same roof!