Recently, I was in a yoga class where the instructor sauntered into the room commenting on some of the other students’ mats. They were black and he didn’t like that one bit. He continued by saying that he had taken color therapy and black, grey and brown are negative colors that absolutely should never be worn or even used in any way as they will attract negative things to the person. As the others in the class were excited for this new found information he was sharing, I have to admit that my ego stepped in and my anger pursued; for I knew it to be true that black is the color of the Yin Aspect. Keeping that in mind, with every word he spoke he was criticizing the Divine Feminine.
Granted, he was not intentionally trying to hurt me or anyone else. He was simply informing the others of what he had learned. I understand the desire to teach as I am a teacher myself. What annoyed me most is that in that moment, I could see two thousand years of history being replayed in my mind. The Divine Feminine always held equal court to the Divine Masculine until the Judeo-Christian way of thinking took a strong hold on society claiming that Eve was bad and because of this all of humankind is forever damned due to her desire to step out of bounds a bit. This limited way of thinking has encouraged, historically speaking, holding women back from owning property, from voting, from working and so on, because we have been thought of as less than. Furthermore, our innately feminine aspects that are a part of all us have been intentionally repressed for fear of seeming weak or odd.
Even in popular culture, the media has also been unconsciously promoting this idea for a long time. For example, in the old Western films, where the good guy wore white and the bad guy inevitably donned black, this was an unconscious metaphor for critiquing the Divine Feminine aspect we each share, whether we are male or female.
Furthermore, with all the wonderful results that occurred due to the women’s movement of the sixties, there were some unfortunate downfalls too. Women have decided that in order to be in the work place we cannot show weakness and must act like men. When we do that we are not honoring our natural emotional and intuitive Self that is very powerful indeed.
So, what do I mean by this? When we look at the Yin Yang symbol from the Chinese culture, we can see that one white fish is chasing a black fish, which is in turn chasing the white fish. This symbolically represents the Divine Feminine or Yin energy, which is black and the Divine Masculine energy, which is white being in balance with one another. According to this philosophy all things in the Universe has either a Masculine or Feminine quality to it—which of course, includes us.
Each person contains elements of the Divine Masculine and Feminine in varying degrees. The masculine is in charge of our attentiveness, action and outward exploration, among other things; while some of the qualities of the Feminine Aspect are our intuition, our ability to handle many topics and/or situations at the same time, as well as our inner exploration into Self.
When I think of the color black, I immediately see the word creation. When a baby is still inside its mother, he or she is in a fetal position growing in proper order in a dark space. That dark space is needed for this creative process to give him or her time to take shape so that the baby can come out to the light of the world.
The creative process always takes place in the space of the dark—or the void, if you prefer. When we meditate in the deepest space, we are in the void—and when we are there, we are creating, through the Law of Attraction, whatever we desire. It is the Feminine Aspect of darkness, of going within, of understanding our Inner Wisdom, where creativity is brought to the Light. It is an important part of us that we have tended to take for granted for several millennia.
As the planetary shift is making its way through a new era of balance, the old patriarchal viewpoint that men and the male aspect are “better” is diminishing. As we move through this space, we have an opportunity to see the strength in the Divine Feminine and to bring balance between it and our Divine Masculine. Additionally, we can choose to see all the colors as wonderful symbols for what they really are—black being the Divine Feminine, brown as Mother Earth (another symbol for the Divine Feminine) and grey, the color that is both black and white mixed together as the balance between the masculine and the feminine. These colors were created for a reason, not as something to be shunned, but as something to explore. Metaphorically speaking, when we see colors from this viewpoint, we can then honor all aspects of our Being, bringing balance back into our Spirit. It also allows us a fabulous opportunity to take advantage of the balance between our left and right brain abilities.
…What a wonderful thing!
Thank you for reading and Namaste! (The Light in me recognizes the Light in you!)