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The Nature and Meaning of Masculinity & Femininity

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Sufi Spiritual Practice understands the nature of "Masculinity" and "Femininity" to be a
distinction about the Nature of Reality, as it is typically reflected in Men and Women:

    "Masculinity" primarily reflecting the experience of the Unity of Reality (with its
corresponding dynamic of Unification)

    "Femininity" primarily reflecting the experience of Diversity in Reality (with its
corresponding dynamic of Differentiation).

All Human Beings are capable of reflecting the Nature of Reality in full.   So Masculinity
and Femininity are considered qualities that both Men and Women are capable of realizing,
in various degrees and combinations.   They are not considered to be derived, for example,
from Male or Female physiology, psychology, or socialization.

Nevertheless, certain aspects of Male physiology (and therefore psychology and socialization)
condition the experience of Unity to arise disproportionately in Men . . . and certain aspects
of female physiology (psychology and socialization . . .) condition the experience of
Diversity to arise disproportionately in Women.

Accordingly, the term "Masculinity" is used in Sufi Spiritual Practice to characterize that
experience in which Unity is in the foreground (so to speak) and Diversity in the background
-- as it typically arises in and through Men.

The term "Femininity" is used to characterize the complementary experience: Diversity in
the foreground
and Unity in the background -- as it typically arises in and through Women . . .

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TOPIC: Experiences of Masculinity & Femininity