YOUR TRUE ESSENCE IS A GIFT
In the previous episode, I said one of the best ways to bring about abundance is to tap into your essence. Today I am going to share, from experience, how understanding the importance of masculine and feminine energy has had a huge impact on my growth.
I grew up in the country, where hanging out with my brothers, male cousins, and friends were more fun than doing “girl” chores. I couldn’t always escape my mom’s to-do list, but I preferred being outside playing hide-and-seek in the cornfield or watching the older boys doing stunts with their banana seat chopper bikes. Of course, I couldn’t ever participate in their stunts, as I was a girl!
In my late teens, I found myself so attracted to the bad boy, male-driven energy of the ’80s: long hair, rock music, and the smell of Azzaro. I wanted to be one of them.
In my 20s, I started taking care of myself financially and became career-driven. During that time, society, in general, was promoting being a Wonder Woman, like fighting for the corner office with the bay window. Working late hours on top of taking care of house chores and seeing to children’s needs was not only normal, it was expected.
ARE YOU DISCONNECTED FROM YOUR TRUE ESSENCE?
The sad truth is that a woman’s body is not biologically and hormonally designed to handle a man’s stress. There is now a shift in society. Many women have learned the hard way that emulating men is not their strong suit.
In each of us, we have male and female energy. The key is to know where your healthy balance is. If you find yourself always feeling unhappy, stressed, or overwhelmed, these are signs that you may be disconnected from your true essence.
Now, I know there are times when we have deadlines to meet. But that shouldn’t be our norm for the next 20 years.
Although I have more often been male-energy driven, cooking and raising my son with my naturally loving and cuddling mother instinct has kept me in balance.
FEMININE AND MASCULINE ENERGY
In 2016, I met author Morgan Wonderly, who wrote "Simply Feminine: Surprising Insights from Men". I learned for the first time about the importance of understanding how male and female energy works. I also learned about the side effects of a relationship when it’s out of balance, meaning when a man is too much in his feminine energy and when a woman is too much in her masculine energy.
John Gray describes Morgan’s book best by saying: “Simply Feminine is a cutting-edge exploration into how women can rediscover their femininity from the viewpoint of men who behold and adore them.” 
Morgan’s book explains how women have lost touch with their femininity and what the effects are of losing it. Morgan says:
“Western media and society have suggested that femininity is, for the most part, weak, insignificant, and subordinate. Due to this negative social conditioning and devaluation, we have come to view femininity as undesirable. The beauty of these fine qualities has been dulled and diminished. And so, we have largely stopped expressing our authentic feminine core for fear of being ostracized or judged.
Ironically, we women have been the toughest critics of these softer qualities, while men have quietly continued to adore our feminine qualities all along.”
“Though we have been conditioned for decades to believe that the masculine persona is worthier and more valuable than the feminine, the reality is that shifting into predominantly masculine energy only serves to weaken us. Our feminine bodies aren’t biologically and hormonally designed to handle the type of stress masculine men can handle.
A masculine man thrives on the energy of being mission-driven. He’s pumped when he’s tackling large-scale problems, being heroic, physically protecting loved ones and tribes, and inspired by radiant feminine energy to overcome challenges and break through to a sense of freedom.
A feminine woman, on the other hand, thrives on relating, connection, compassion, empathy, radiance, and softly influencing others (especially men) through her inner and outer beauty.
There is no “superior” or “inferior” in our different qualities and strengths. And so shunning our innate nature has not been without major consequences like:
- Feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
- Being alone and lonely.
- Losing our sense of trust and intuition.
- Experiencing adversarial energy with men rather than cooperative and inspiring energy.” 
Another point Morgan brings up in her book is a question I’ve also asked myself. Morgan says:
“Women often ask, “Where have all the real men gone?" Unfortunately, as we move farther away from our femininity, masculine men move farther away from us. Femininity is like an elixir that intensifies the lifeblood of masculinity. Masculinity truly thrives under the influence of the feminine. If we want masculine men to be attracted to us, we must first be feminine for them. Another thing to note here is that men will naturally become more masculine in the presence of feminine women. In the absence of masculinity in us, they will step up to fill that role”. 
I have to say that it wasn’t easy for me to be vulnerable and admit that I needed help. As much as I complained about not finding “good men,” I knew why I couldn’t find them. In moving away from my femininity, true men moved away from me.
WHAT MEN LOVE MOST
And Morgan has another valid point. Why do we not take what men love into consideration? Here is what she says:
“After all, what do men know about femininity anyway? They’re just guys, right? Well, I discovered that they actually know a lot. Whether or not they verbalize it, men know what’s feminine. They do not consciously analyze, choose, or decide what’s feminine; instead, their biology tells them. Men do know what’s feminine because they know what attracts them. Mother Nature made our femininity for their masculinity. In other words, it’s our femininity that makes a man feel masculine.” 
Men know what’s feminine, just as we know what is masculine.
Men are the beholders of femininity; it’s the basis of their attraction for us.
Good men respect our femininity; we have gifts they appreciate, value, and need.
Men see women as more precious than they see themselves.
Men are less critical of us than we are of ourselves.
Men who choose us aren’t looking to change us.
Men are starved for our femininity.
Men adore the little things we do.
Our femininity brings out the best in men.
Men are saddened by our media-induced insecurities.
Good men will protect us at any cost. 
If you’re curious about what men love most, here’s what Morgan has discovered: the sexiest thing for a man is a woman’s smile.
“Our smiles top the list of attractive features because, from the perspective of men, a smile is the most important visual first impression.
We women underestimate the power of our radiant, feminine smile to attract men. Few of us comprehend what this kind of beautiful smile means to men. We can dress to the nines, but where men are concerned, if we don’t smile, our allure and magnetism are canceled out. Men perceive unsmiling women as unattractive, unreceptive, and unavailable. Our smile can light up a man’s world and send a warm welcome. Our smile is inviting to him and implies our openness to a conversation. Our smile makes him feel masculine and admired. It also makes us appear much more beautiful and youthful.” 
"It takes courage to smile at men; it can feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. We may hesitate in smiling at men because we fear it will seem like a come-on. But most men don’t take it that way. Most men see our smile as a compliment, and most will simply smile back.” 
The next thing after the smile is eye contact.
"In addition to our smiles, one of the first things men notice about us is our eyes. Our eyes can mesmerize men— especially when we silently speak positive messages such as I like you, I’m attracted to you, I admire you, I trust you." 
“Eye contact is such an intimate gesture. We don’t need to say a word because our eyes speak the truth. Through our eyes, a man can see our warmth— or lack of it. They can see if our eyes are blank, empty, or evasive. They can tell if we’re happy with them by the way our eyes dance and sparkle. Men find mystery and magic behind our eyes. If you want to attract a man, look into his eyes and don’t be afraid to let him see the real you.” 
“Men love dresses and skirts on us wherever you go if you want to stand out in the sea of women, wear dresses in feminine colors.
Men will notice! When it comes to women’s clothing, men say they miss seeing us in dresses and skirts. Many of us have resorted to wearing pants or jeans most of the time, but when we do so, we lessen the difference between men and ourselves. The contrast of wearing a dress while our man is wearing pants makes him feel more masculine when he’s with us.” 
I will say, I have the eye contact and the smile; however, I’m still happier in jeans than in a dress. I relate to Wonder Woman in the scene where she arrives in England and she’s trying on some clothes. She’s not too excited about the clothes that limit her body movement. I think my preference for jeans is out of convenience.
HAPPINESS STARTS WITHIN YOU
All that said, I learned that true power is to simply be yourself. Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, having the strength to show up as who you are is powerful. It allows you to feel calm and assured. Nothing is more attractive than when a person lives with confidence and is willing to stand up for his or her values rather than what society or others dictate.
About seven months ago, I decided to go on a dating site for the first time, just to see. Now, mind you, I haven’t dated in more than 25 years.
I need to add that what brought me to the site was that my girlfriend was actively searching for the perfect man to marry. Every time I saw her, she shared how hard it was to find the “right one.”
So, I got curious. I’m clueless about the “new ways of showing up.” Not thinking to check what others were doing, I just set up my profile in the most authentic way. No fake nicknames. I just described myself the way I am. Well, a week later, I canceled my subscription. In truth, I wasn’t ready to find my so-called “soul mate.” I also learned that people are somewhat shy about saying who they really are. Some are looking for partners to make them happy. I said it before, and I will repeat it. Happiness starts from within you. Why is it so difficult to be ourselves?
HOW I DISCOVERED MY TRUE ESSENCE
I found true happiness once I tapped into my femininity. I learned how to tap into it when I went to a personal development camp. In a particular exercise, I was challenged to defend myself against someone who was threatening my son’s life. I had to fight without using physical touch or sound, just energy, and thoughts. That was when I discovered my true essence, which is simply love. I believe tapping into your true essence is a gift which carries immense power.
The power is not a force you use against someone to gain something. The power is within you. I thought for the longest time that to be strong meant to be able to lift heavy weight. That’s one type of strength. The mind is more powerful. With one sentence, you can make someone feel good, bad, cry, or energized. It’s the energy of the sentence that conveys its strength.
Morgan says it best in several places in her book:
“Nothing makes a man feel more masculine than being with a feminine woman who recognizes and acknowledges his manly qualities and gives him her nurturing, loving, soft energy. Her femininity brings extra vibrancy and life to his masculinity.
"We inspire men to accomplish more than they might otherwise do on their own." 
“Men are energized by our femininity. Mother nature engineered men to desire us and to feel energetically charged around us. They say they can feel this charge just by thinking about us!” 
A few days ago, I experienced what Morgan says. I invited my new friend, Mick, for lunch.
Mick is a confident, purpose-driven, hero type of man. Knowing his birthday was coming up, I went out of my way to make this day extra special.
He arrived early and greeted me with a balloon printed with butterflies. I thought it was cute coming from this masculine man.
Looking back on the event, I was surprised to see myself catering to him in my most feminine way—with grace and confidence.
I paid attention to the details, from mixing an exquisite salad to serving him samples of the food that just came out of the oven, giving him a preview of what lunch would taste like.
As we were getting to know each other, I could feel mutual respect. We took turns sharing our past experiences. When he talked, I looked into his eyes as well as at his handsome features, thinking in my mind about how I admired him.
At one point in our conversation, I shared that I wasn’t a competitive person, meaning that I thrive on collaborating with people. And he wholeheartedly disagreed with my statement. We went back and forth on this. I added that I don’t jab people in the ribs to get what I want; I focus on being kind.
After a while of having this discussion, he went straight to the core and asked me, “What do you think of the status quo?” To that, I had no word. He was right; he saw right through me. I’m competitive, as I always seek to progress forward. And he added that he knew I would go to any length to get what I wanted in life. I flushed and smiled at him, acknowledging his wisdom.
"GOOD MEN WILL WANT TO WIN WITH US "
Well, a man has to win a debate; a good man will want to win with me. So he added, “It doesn’t have to be ‘or,’ it can be ‘and,’ meaning you are competitive and collaborative at the same time.” He added that it can be a good thing to sometimes “jab” people in the ribs. You move them into action. If they get jabbed, it’s because they were not moving. I gave him an admiring look.
After lunch, I served him a birthday cake. I had planned for the candles but I hadn’t planned to sing, as I do not have a singing voice. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and chose, just for him, to sing a French version of the birthday song. He gracefully received the song with a smile and a hug.
We continued our talk while enjoying the cake. My vulnerability gave him space to share his personal views on life. To crown this special day, I recited a poem I wrote:
The cake now is gone, and my balloon is a little deflated. However, the memory of this day will always be fresh in my mind. For the first time in decades, I experienced what it means to be in my “true essence.” With him around, I became a woman of substance.
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Thank you, Morgan, for taking the time to compile this lovely book and share it with us. I know it took you over ten years to bring this project to us and I truly appreciate the wisdom you put into this book.
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