Divine union is a term used to describe the coming together of the Divine Masculine and Feminine energies. Leading to a state of balance and harmony as these two forces coming together as an integrated whole. The divine union can be experienced within oneself, as well as within partnerships. It is a sacred and transformative relationship that requires inner work, self-awareness, and a willingness to let go of old patterns and beliefs that create imbalances. When these principles are balanced and harmonized, it can lead to a state of wholeness within the self, deeper intimacy in sacred partnerships, and oneness with the universe.
The Divine Masculine & Divine Feminine
It is important to recognize and value the significant contributions of both masculine and feminine energy. The Divine Masculine principle is associated with traits such as strength, courage, action, and logic. The Divine Feminine principle is associated with traits such as compassion, intuition, creativity, and nurturing. These two energies exist in harmony. If one is out of balance it means that the other is also imbalanced. So if you are too grounded in your masculine energy, you will be deficient in the Divine Feminine and vis versa.
In an ideal world, both men and women would be able to connect with both energies and make conscious choices that blend the best of both aspects in every situation. Each person would be able to embrace intuition and logic. Making decisions with both prudence and inner awareness. Display self-discipline as well as be able to go with the flow, connecting with the structures within the cycles. Show proper emotions while at the same time being rational and even-handed. You get the picture.
If you feel stuck, stagnant or out of balance, I would examine how these two divine energies manifest in your life. A great place to start is to look at the formative and important relationships with the men and women in your life. What did you learn about masculinity? What did you learn about femininity? How did these examples affect who you are and how you show up in the world?
A Great Model
Yin/Yang in Chinese philosophy describes equal but opposite forces that are attractive and complementary. It is a great model to understand Divine Union. Yin and yang are interconnected and counterbalancing. Yin symbolizes the dark, receptive, feminine force, while yang symbolizes the light, active, masculine energy. From this perspective, the universe creates itself out of chaos (the Feminine), and organizes into form (the Masculine). Then the cycle of creation and destruction continues indefinitely.
The symbol itself consists of a circle divided into two halves by a curved line. One half of the circle is black (yin) and the other is white (yang), with a smaller circle of the opposite color in each half. These smaller circles are integral to understanding divine union. They symbolize the masculine within the feminine and the feminine within the masculine. Reminding us that these forces are interdependent and one without the other is incomplete.
The Integrated Whole
This is similar to Jung’s description of the Animus and Anima which describe the masculine and feminine aspects of the human psyche, respectively. The Animus represents a woman’s inner masculine and is often symbolized by archetypal figures such as knights or warriors. The Anima is the feminine aspect of a man’s unconscious mind and is often symbolized by figures such as goddesses, or muses.
To reach our full potential, we must allow these energies to interact and transform our consciousness. He called this the “mysterium coniunctionis,” the synthesis of opposites or the ability to hold opposing forces in balance. Bringing the King and Queen into Divine Union. The Animus and Anima are not fixed or static, but rather exist on a spectrum. Both men and women can develop and integrate these opposing aspects of their psyche to achieve a more well-rounded and balanced sense of self.
How They Serve Each Other
The Feminine without the Masculine exists as pure consciousness but has no awareness of where or what She is. The Masculine has structure and direction but no meaning or purpose. The feminine creates the container for all of creation but without the masculine can never bring form out of the formless. She remains unseen and unknown. Without the instruction or structure for her creative force.
In less esoteric terms, you can be the most creative person in the world, but without structure or self-discipline, you may never see any of your creativity come to fruition. Conversely, you may have may be incredible at getting things done but lack originality or you burn yourself out without taking time to just be.
Beyond just being an integrated whole, bringing together the divine forces in sexual partnership is a powerful experience. The merging of the pure consciousness and pure energy of both the male and female principles allows for the attainment of divine union in Tantra. Tantra, meaning to weave, is exemplified through the active feminine energy of Shakti rising into the passive pre-existing masculine consciousness of Shiva.
In her book, The Heart of Tantric Sex, Diana Richardson explores the importance of slowing down, being present, and connecting with your partner on a deeper level. By cultivating sexual energy, first within the self and then with your partner, this union creates a powerful magnetic field. As we learn to harness the polarity – meaning the positive male pole and negative female pole coming together within the individual and between partnerships to create a ‘magnetic intelligence’. It helps to not only build intimacy but also get the individual in touch with a vast well of creative energy that can be used to manifest in our daily lives. Sexual energy is creative energy whether in love or in life.
Divine union is important for mankind’s evolution. It can lead to a deeper sense of self, more intimacy and catalyze personal growth by allowing us to show up as a whole, integrated human. It is important to understand and embrace both energies to achieve a state of balance and unity within one’s self and in our relationships.