Male, female

 

I had a conversation with a friend about feminine and masculine aspects of reality or God, and we both know that it’s just a play with images and stories. It can be interesting, fun and perhaps even helpful, especially when we recognize it is a play with an overlay of images.

I have images of what constitutes masculine and feminine characteristics, mostly from culture – and many of these are somewhat contradictory. (What’s associated with one or the other tend to make less sense the closer I look at it.) So I may use these as metaphors when I talk about facets of reality. And life, in a sense, use my images, when certain facets of reality appear in my dreams (and visions) in a masculine or feminine form. For someone else, perhaps from a quite different culture, the same facets may take quite different forms.

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My beliefs and images create my whole world. They filter perception, label, interpret and elaborate into further stories.

So I see something in life and metaphorically call it feminine or masculine.

What I see is filtered through my beliefs and images.

And what I see as feminine and masculine is all in my images. It comes from culture, religion, whatever subcultures I may be familiar with, and my personal experiences.

And when I dream or have visions, life will be filtered this way too. An aspect of life may take a feminine or masculine form to me, all depending on my images of it.

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There is “pure perception” and then an overlay of images and stories. These create boundaries, and inside and outside, objects and so on. They also create the story of a me and I, which is then used as temporarily helpful stories or believed in.

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– our beliefs/images creates of whole world (filters perception, labels, interprets, stories)
– make/female – all in our images
– also when put on different aspects of reality – (a) label something, (b) call it male/female
– will also appear that way to us, for instance in dreams, visions etc.

 

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