In 2010, the Dalai Lama proclaimed, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” He understands that women have a critical role to play in shaping the future, and he believes that when women come into power, it will catalyze a momentous shift in culture, which will evolve our world.
We’ve been dominated by a masculine culture for millennia. In order to compete in the world, women and men alike had to master a logical and linear (left brain) power system. This power system gave us a great deal of protection and allowed us to create new technologies at an unprecedented rate.
But we’ve been so busy developing our logical and linear masculine sides we’ve forgotten to develop our feeling and compassionate feminine sides. Because of this imbalance, we are in a time of worldwide economic meltdown, our planet is ecologically imperiled, and violence and war are a way of life. We’ve convinced ourselves that we need to crush the competition, that only the strongest and the fittest will survive, and that killing others is not only justified but also necessary. (We’ve even convinced ourselves that killing innocent children while they play soccer on a beach, go to school, or shop in Gaza is necessary and justified, too.)
We are a world completely out of touch with its feminine side.
If we want to live in an enlightened world where we understand deep in our hearts that cooperation is necessary for our survival, that compassion, kindness and empathy are critical skills for the future, and that dropping bombs on others and killing children through acts of war are forms of insanity, we need to reintroduce the feminine to our world.
This, in fact, is starting to happen. Recently in Ontario, Canada, a record number of women ran for office in June and a record number of female Members of Provincial Parliament were elected.
Donna Dasko of Equal Voice Toronto, a national non-partisan group dedicated to electing more women at all levels of government, says the increase from 30 women at Queen’s Park (28 percent of the legislature) to 38 women (35.5 percent of the legislature) is “a really significant jump.” It translates into eight more seats – eight more women at Queen’s Park.
While we still have a long way to go to see women equally represented in politics, Social Justice advocates are calling this a “breakthrough.” Some are even calling it a “tipping point.” Dasko says it’s the largest increase ever seen and that “something really significant happened.”
Perhaps the “something really significant” that happened in Ontario politics is the early stages of the Dalai Lama’s 2010 proclamation. Perhaps we are becoming fed up with the daily atrocities we see on the news, we are beginning to recognize that our masculine culture is no longer meeting our needs, that it’s out-dated and detrimental to our survival. Perhaps we are beginning to realize that we desperately need to rebalance the world by flooding our culture with the feminine.
Women, along with men, have a critical role to play in shaping our future. When men and women work alongside each other in cooperative and balanced teams, each accessing their feminine sides more deeply, we’ll catalyze a momentous shift in our culture and we’ll completely evolve our world.
The feminine, viewed as a luxury in the traditional world, is now essential for our survival.
Debbie L. Kasman
Author Lotus of the Heart: Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul