If I had come upon this book at a book store, I probably wouldn't have given it a second glance. The feminine colors on the cover and the words "feminine principle" would likely have not appealed to the yang in me, i.e., the male energy. However, since a friend gave me the book, I felt somewhat obligated to pick it up and read it after passing it up for other books for a month or two. So much of what the author wrote resonated with me that once I got started I found it difficult to put the book down. And while I had read a little about the yin and yang of things over the years, I didn't begin to grasp it all until author Jenny Jones put it in perspective for me.
I always highlight key passages in a book when I am reading and in this case I found myself highlighting almost every word. What I found especially interesting is how the author sees the balance of masculine and feminine energy in almost everything in our lives. "The creative and active masculine principle allows us to move forward with all our ideas, projects and relationships while the feminine principle (yin) balances this with intuition and common sense so that we have the greatest chance of success," she explains in the early pages, adding that the feminine energy also brings a much greater feeling of interest and compassion toward others.
As the author sees it, so much of the turmoil in the world today appears to be the result of an imbalance between the yin and the yang. Basically, it seems that the masculine energy - that includes the masculine energy of women - is significantly outweighing the feminine energy in all of our pursuits, resulting in the removal of much common sense from our activities. "Management roles and better paid careers and jobs are still dominated by men and masculine energy," she gives an example. "If a woman does penetrate a male enclave she is usually obliged to bring much more masculine energy to the way she performs if she is to retain her position or move upwards. Some women find this acceptable but many more have to split their lives in two: the feminine principle plays a greater role in their personal lives while the masculine energy drives their professional careers." As a result, the two halves might become confused and cause certain tensions that manifest in negative ways.
If I understand author Jones correctly, the feminist movement has added much masculine energy to the mix without a corresponding increase in feminine energy among males, thus further adding to the imbalance. "There has always been tension between the genders but it has become much more open and aggressive since the feminist movement took off," she offers. "The transition period of any change is always difficult, but bringing more feminine energy into the workplace and family lives might speed up the transition and bring greater compassion into all our relationships."
The imbalance has further frustrated our spiritual lives, which requires more feminine energy to what is responding in the material world. The feminine energy helps us understand that we are all from the same Source and all equally entitled to tolerance, love, and compassion.
Much of what Jenny Jones writes in this very interesting and captivating book seems like common sense, but when the masculine energy dominates the feminine energy, common sense is lost in the process. Therein, is much of the chaos in today's world.
The bottom line in all this is that healing - whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually - takes place when the yin and the yang are in balance. This applies not only for individuals but for groups, societies, cultures, and nations. Clearly, the dynamics of the yin and yang balance are complicated and do not lend themselves to an easy or quick fix. However, the first step in fixing anything is recognizing the problem and its dynamics. Jenny Jones really gets to the root of the problem.