The Path of the Feminine: Desire, Part 1
by Nirmala Nataraj Dec 17, 2013
If the path of the feminine—which holds passion, love, sexuality, motherhood, acceptance, and inclusion in the same hemisphere—sounds too esoteric to you, take into consideration that it was recognized and revered by ancient cultures around the world.
Kali decimated illusion and struck terror into the hearts of the oppressive and power-hungry with a single glance, right before lovingly taking Shiva’s lingam into her yoni and fucking the universe into existence. The fertile body of Sumero-Babylonian goddess Ishtar was, itself, the body of the cosmos. While Isis was worshiped as the ideal wife and mother, she was also the patroness of nature, magic, and elemental wisdom. All in all, the oldest goddesses of our collective pantheon were infinitely creative, decisively embodied, and unsullied by the false Cartesian dichotomy that severs body from mind, sexuality from spirituality.
The inescapable truth of being on the path of the feminine is that enlightenment doesn’t take place in some protracted future time, when we’ve learned to transcend the purported limitations of the body—as so many doctrines have taught us. The path of the feminine is about owning our desires, dwelling in full custody and acceptance of our bodies—paradoxical mechanisms that are both pleasure engines and harbingers of the most agonizing maladies. But to claim our bodies, to claim our desires in the name of all that is authentic and holy, is to experience the full spectrum of human experience without compartmentalizing everything into narrowly rendered categories of “right” and “wrong.”
The path of the feminine is always lit by the guiding star of your deepest desire, but it’s true that the road is forked with detours and shadowed by uncertainty. It’s—you guessed it—the path that the Turned-On Woman unhesitatingly opts for. Unlike the ascetic mo of denial, renunciation, and linearity, the Turned-On Woman is subsumed by something much larger than herself and worked by it. The feminine is not provincial and finicky; it is expansive and inclusive. This is why it’s okay when her original goals fall by the wayside and she is summoned by some mysterious force to turn her attention to other matters. The particularities of the path she’s on aren’t really relevant; weather conditions might fluctuate, but the North Star of her desire is still shining bright amidst the meanderings.