Desire as the Path of the Feminine: Part 2

by OneTaste Living Library  Aug 9, 2012

Our second installment in a series of the three posts about traversing the feminine nature in ourselves, our sex and our relationships.nnnnBy Nirmala N.nnIf the path of the feminine—which holds passion, love, sexuality, motherhood,nacceptance, and inclusion in the same hemisphere—sounds too esoteric to you, takeninto consideration that it was recognized and revered by ancient cultures around thenworld. Kali decimated illusion and struck terror into the hearts of the oppressive andnpower-hungry with a single glance, right before lovingly taking Shiva’s lingam into hernyoni and fucking the universe into existence. The fertile body of Sumero-Babylonianngoddess Ishtar was, itself, the body of the cosmos. While Isis was worshiped as thenideal wife and mother, she was also the patroness of nature, magic, and elementalnwisdom. All in all, the oldest goddesses of our collective pantheon were infinitelyncreative, decisively embodied, and unsullied by the false Cartesian dichotomy thatnsevers body from mind, sexuality from spirituality.nThe inescapable truth of being on the path of the feminine is that enlightenmentndoesn’t take place in some protracted future time, when we’ve learned to transcendnthe purported limitations of the body—as so many doctrines have taught us. The pathnof the feminine is about owning our desires, dwelling in full custody and acceptance ofnour bodies—paradoxical mechanisms that are both pleasure engines and harbingers ofnthe most agonizing maladies. But to claim our bodies, to claim our desires in the namenof all that is authentic and holy, is to experience the full spectrum of human experiencenwithout compartmentalizing everything into narrowly rendered categories of “right”nand “wrong.”nn**nnThe path of the feminine is always lit by the guiding star of your deepest desire,nbut it’s true that the road is forked with detours and shadowed by uncertainty. It’s—nyou guessed it—the path that the Turned-On Woman unhesitatingly opts for. Unlike thenascetic m.o. of denial, renunciation, and linearity, the Turned-On Woman is subsumednby something much larger than herself and worked by it. The feminine is not provincialnand finicky; it is expansive and inclusive. This is why it’s okay when her original goalsnfall by the wayside and she is summoned by some mysterious force to turn her attentionnto other matters. The particularities of the path she’s on aren’t really relevant; weathernconditions might fluctuate, but the North Star of her desire is still shining bright amidstnthe meanderings.