Feminine Shame: Fearing the Transient Parts of Ourselves

Feminine Shame is an intense and deeply held resistance, aversion, resentment, and fear towards anything that is soft, transient, cyclical, fluid, passive, nurturing, intuitive, an/or emotional in nature. It is a shame towards that which is natural in a world attempting to get us on board with what’s “normal.”

Since so much of our world in its natural state is meant to encompass these qualities (our physical bodies, the cycles of the Earth, the stages of life, growth, and aging, and more), it’s an unfortunate truth that we’ll all experience this feminine shame at some point our lives to varying degrees. Always striving to fit into a rigid, external measure of “normal,” willing ourselves to continue the quest when what would truly bring us back to wholeness is embracing our natural state and our Spirally essence.

Living in Feminine Shame is a constant fight against that which is natural. There’s a disconnection from our InnerSpark as we continually seek cues and validation externally. This wreaks havoc on us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and contributes to dis-ease on a massive scale.

Spiral & Triangle Principles

Let’s start by defining some concepts. Spiral and Triangle are terms I created to help us go beyond the use of “feminine” and “masculine.”  Because those terms are widely used and tend to mean subtly different things to different people, I wanted to create concepts that still captured what I believe “feminine” and “masculine” are trying to capture at their core, without the loaded connotations that “feminine” and “masculine” bring into a conversation.

Think beyond gender, beyond sexual identification, sexual orientation, and anything having to do with that for a moment, I’d like for you to think about “feminine” and “masculine” in deeper senses.

The Spiral Principle, just to help us understand, could be thought of as the “feminine” and The Triangle Principle could be thought of as the “masculine.” The Spiral Principle is all that is transient, shifting, passive, and cyclical, like the moon. The Triangle Principle is all that is fixed, structured, active, and linear, like the sun.

They are polarities, they are the opposite ends of the spectrum of creationThey contain the necessary substrate for creation. Everything is in a fluid dance along this spectrum: action and rest; lunar and solar; sleep and awake; quiet and sound.

Danger lies in only recognizing the binaries and failing to see a whole way of existing in the middle that is dynamic. There is also danger in trying to label everything as either/or, and when we begin to paint one way as better or worse than another.

The Programs That Keep Us In Shame

We’ve been taught to celebrate structure, outward expression, productivity, and action; to view it as safe, while anything that is transient, passive, and changeable is deemed unsafe and something of which to be wary.

The root cause of feminine shame is in the programs that have taught us to shun our naturalness and to view it as wrong, bad, sinful. Womxn may feel the brunt of it because of the very cyclical nature of their bodies, however, no one is exempt.

The learned disconnection from that which is natural leads us to be in a perpetual state of “not enough.” We feel wrong, bad, unworthy, fundamentally flawed just for existing. We’ve lost our taproot and have learned that it’s best to sever and ignore the innate naturalness of our being (that is, the innate Spirally essence), lest we be shunned, shamed, scrutinized, judged, or worse.

What we’ve learned and emulated across many generations, largely due to Puritanical programming, isn’t “natural,” although we’ve come to certainly view it as “normal.”

Feminine Traits

Feminine, or Spiral, traits typically involve emoting, expressing, nurturing, connecting, befriending, mothering, gentleness, sensitivity, creating, empathy, intuition, acceptance, and more. Again, ANYONE may have these traits. We’re not talking gender or physical anatomy here. One’s gender may make them more prone to these traits, however, it’s not entirely connected.

Aside from behavioral traits that may fit into these categories, things that are spirally are the body itself and the Earth.

Somewhere along the way of our evolution, things like cooperation and sensitivity were shamed out of us… and we, too, shamed it out of each other in the name of conquering, strength, force, structure.

What is Feminine Shame

Shame is a painful emotion. Shame is tricky, insidious, and mysterious, yet it’s at the root of most human suffering and dis-ease. It’s responsible for the “there’s something wrong with me story” and is responsible for creating the things we dislike in our lives, our bodies, our relationships, and our health.

Shame is caused by resisting some part of ourselves and in that resistance, we live in a state of inner conflict and turmoil and are constantly ashamed of the part of ourselves we’ve been programmed to believe is unworthy or invalid.

Feminine Shame comes from resisting the parts of ourselves that are in flux. Feminine Shame exists because of shame we carry around aspects of ourselves that are transient and cyclical – like our physical bodies and emotions.

Feminine Shame is an intense and deeply held resistance, aversion, resentment, and fear towards anything that is soft, transient, cyclical, fluid, passive, nurturing, intuitive, an/or emotional in nature. It is a shame towards that which is natural.

We shame men for being too sensitive and shame women for being too sensitive… or worse, not being sensitive enough when they’re not being “a good woman.”

Although it seems the collective has tried to dismantle the Spiral, shame us out of any connection to our sacred, pure, whole and holy essence, and create a deleterious affliction of the illusion of separation, it didn’t work. It couldn’t actually work because it’s an as vital part of our existence as breathing. Breathing: also a cyclical, spirally aspect of ourselves.

Frequently Asked Questions About Feminine Shame

What is Feminine Shame:
InnerSpark defines Feminine Shame as an intense and deeply held resistance, aversion, resentment, and fear towards anything that is soft, transient, cyclical, fluid, passive, nurturing, intuitive, an/or emotional in nature.
 
It is a shame towards that which is natural in a world attempting to get us on board with what’s “normal.”
 
This learned disconnection leads us into a perpetual state of “not enough.” We feel wrong, bad, unworthy, fundamentally flawed just for existing. As a species, we’ve lost our taproot and have learned that it’s better to ignore the innate naturalness of our being, unless we wish to open ourselves to scrutiny, judgement, and more shame. What we’ve learned and emulated across many generations now, largely due to Puritanical programming, isn’t “natural,” although we’ve come to certainly view it as “normal.”
 
Living with Feminine Shame is a constant fight between natural and normal and an internalization that there’s something wrong with us. We are disconnected from our InnerSpark and continually seek cues and validation externally. This compartmentalized way of life makes everything harder and wreaks havoc on us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and contributes to dis-ease on a massive scale.

Why Does Feminine Shame Exist:
The root cause of feminine shame is in the programs that have taught us to shun our naturalness and to view it as wrong, bad, sinful. Since so much of our world in its natural state is meant to encompass these qualities (our physical bodies, the cycles of the Earth, the stages of life, growth, and aging, and more), it’s an unfortunate truth that we’ll all experience this feminine shame at some point our lives to varying degrees. Always striving to fit into a rigid, external measure of “normal,” willing ourselves to continue the quest when what would truly bring us back to wholeness is embracing our natural state and our Spirally essence.

Who Does Feminine Shame Impact:
Feminine Shame impacts everyone – regardless of gender or physical anatomy. It’s an abstract, permeating concept that mostly refers to shame towards that which is natural and has virtually nothing to do with gender or anatomy. While womxn do tend to experience it more directly, as a species, we’ve undoubtedly come to a place where the essence of “feminine,” or the Spiral Principle is not held with high regard. We are all impacted, as is our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and the health of our planet.

How Do We Heal Feminine Shame:
We heal Feminine Shame intentionally, compassionately, gently, and lovingly. We do so by embracing what’s natural and letting go of what’s been deemed “normal.” We heal Feminine Shame through befriending the body, managing our energy system (with resources like InnerSpark’s Energy Management Tools), connecting with our emotions, aligning with Nature’s wisdom and rhythms. We do so by reconnecting with ourselves, our InnerSpark, to see the parts of ourselves riddled with shame. We do so in community where we allow ourselves to be seen and witness each other. We come back to a state of reverent balance and holistic living and thriving.

Feminine Shame In the Body

We resist aging, we resist our bodies changing. As women, we’re shamed for having periods. We are ashamed of bodily functions and go to great lengths to hide the fact that we may produce odors, excrete waste, and make sounds we cannot control – like apologizing for stomach growls.

We’re programmed to mistrust and dislike that which is in flux… as women, our very nature is in flux, so even without the added external shame, we’re carrying these subconscious beliefs about ourselves. Our cyclical nature, our propensity to feel deeply, makes us “weaker” and less preferred – even by ourselves.

We don’t feel safe or held because it’s shameful to ask for what we need, lest we be labeled weak and be committing the social faux pas and stereotype of being a woman…

This ties in so well with the Mother Wound concept. These beliefs are so deeply ingrained and passed down the lineage creating ancestral shame and trauma. Read more about how shame manifests in the body here.

How Can We Begin to Unravel Feminine Shame?

Stop Participating in Feminine Shame – Don’t succumb to stereotypes and begin to catch  yourself using them and rewire that habit. Embrace your naturalness, your Spiral, and hold space for others to do the same without holding them to the standard of what’s “normal.”

Stop Shaming Anyone For Their Spirally Aspects – Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, etc.; the Spiral Principle exists in all of us. Stop shaming people for dancing along the spectrum of their being! Emotional expression and fluidity is healthy and necessary. Bodily functions are healthy and necessary. Don’t shame a man for doing Spiral things. Don’t shame a woman for bleeding or call her hormonal, hysterical, or blame things on PMS.

Stop Celebrating Triangular Way Over Spiral Ones – We have both Spiral and Triangular principles and we dance along that spectrum. We must stop celebrating the Triangle and positioning it has better than the Spiral.

This looks like maniacal doing and hyperactivity at the expense of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This looks like no rest, no restoration, and lots of outward expression.

This looks like hierarchies and power-over paradigms.

This looks like not addressing your internal systems of oppression and the shadows you carry about the feminine/spiral.

This looks like not honoring and managing your own natural energy flow.

This looks like living in accordance with seasonal flow as a roadmap towards embracing that which is cyclical about ourselves (hint: everything about you is impermanent and cyclical).

On an individual level, we can endeavor to reclaim our sacred spiral energies.

Check out this class on Feminine Shame!

Some practices I offer to my clients to heal feminine shame include:

Seasonal Living – If Nature is allowed to have periods of rest and rejuvenation, expansion and growth, and everything in between, you are, too. Aligning with nature and seasonal and cosmic flow restores our health and vitality on all levels. It gives a sense of validation and permission to our experiences and to our own internal seasons. Getting to know The Wheel of Frequencies: The Eight Cosmic Archetypes helps us get in touch with and work with these energies more intimately.

Healing The Mother Wound within ourselves sends waves of feminine shame healing into the collective! Much of this feminine shame is accumulated through our maternal lineages and passed onto us – both on a cellular level and on a tangible, behavioral one, too. The Mother Wound and the deep pain associated with the forceful removal of The Goddess and the subsequent demonizing of anything spirally is at the core of much of the feminine shame experienced today.

Shadow Work is my favorite way of coming into meaningful relationship with all parts of myself. Through Shadow Work, I’m able to integrate pain and shame and leverage the inherent gifts beneath the surface. Working with the shadow aspects of feminine shame helps to lead to empowerment, liberation, and deeper nourishment.

Breast massage – Breasts are energetic extensions of our hearts, as are our hands. We store trauma, past lovers, others’ energies, and more in this area of our body. Breasts are the subject of a lot of scrutiny and a lot of shame. Massaging them, getting in touch with them, and moving lymph in this area is healing on all levels.

Self-pleasure, especially with crystal wands, is the ultimate way to soothe the nervous system and unravel shame and past traumas.

The Mirror Exercise involves standing naked in front of a mirror and lovingly touching and seeing every part of your body. While moving from body part to body part, say, “I love you because _____ [you help me walk, show up for me, help me digest food and receive nutrients, etc.].”


I’m curious how Spiral Shame shows up in your life and body, so please comment below! If you’re looking for individualized support on your path, let’s work together!

Sweet Soul, it’s time to heal Feminine Shame and tap back into what’s natural, real, wild, and magical: your InnerSpark.

What would life be like without the body image issues, the symptoms, the feelings of being stuck, frozen, overwhelmed, resentful, anxious, hiding, fearful, and filled with shame?

It’s time to reclaim your Truest Self, befriend and heal your body, master your subtle energies, align with Nature’s wisdom and rhythms, and turn your challenges into your greatest assets.

I’ve got you.

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