We think of masculine and feminine as polar opposites, but the truth is they are two complimentary parts of the same whole.

These two forces of nature are portrayed in Chinese philosophy as yin ad yang and in Hindu mythology as Shiva and Shakti, archetypes representing the divine masculine and feminine that are part of everything in life, including all of us.

Shiva is absolute reality or consciousness and is known as the Lord of Yoga. He represents the highest, most inspiring and truest expression of masculinity.

The Divine Masculine is powerful but does not abuse that gift. Where there is conflict, he resolves it with decisive, peaceful energy. He is strong, but gentle and takes appropriate action without the need for praise or ego-stroking. The Divine Masculine is confident but never arrogant, adventurous but not reckless, he turns away from greed and conflict and instead stays in a space of honor, honesty and diplomacy. He makes others feel safe, supported and protected physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. He honors all human emotions and is never afraid to feel sadness, pain, joy, or love.

We all have the Divine Masculine and Feminine within us. Our job is to figure out how each of these energies are at play in our lives and then to constantly seek a delicate and peaceful balance between them.