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It’s rare that I see a movie in the theater, but after hearing a few comments made about the new Wonder Woman movie, I knew I had to see it. I had gotten hints that this was not your ordinary superhero movie, that this Wonder Woman was different. Thankfully, she did not disappoint.
From the beginning of the movie, we learn that the Amazons, a society of superhuman female warriors, were created to influence men’s hearts with love and restore peace. They are a bridge to greater understanding between all men. Here is our first hint at the divine feminine theme in Wonder Woman. For those not familiar with the concept of the divine feminine, you can check out this article for a basic description.
This divine feminine theme continues throughout the movie as we follow Princess Diana of Themyscira on her hero’s journey to restore peace. We come to learn that Diana is THE god killer, the force who will defeat Ares, the god of war. She is no less than the embodiment of the divine feminine force, the force that will save the world.
Nowhere in the movie is the essence of the divine feminine seen more clearly than the scene in which Diana crosses No Man’s Land, leading the soldiers to victory and the liberation of the town of Veld. The scene starts with her companion, Steve, explaining how it is impossible to cross No Man’s Land, how anyone who steps out of the trenches and on to the battlefield will be swiftly killed by the Germans.
He says, “This is no man’s land, Diana! It means no man can cross it, alright? This battalion has been here for nearly a year and they’ve barely gained an inch. All right? Because on the other side there are a bunch of Germans pointing machine guns at every square inch of this place. This is not something you can cross. It’s not possible.”
Diana, however, is insistent that they try, that they cannot simply allow the continued slaughter of innocent people. She says, “So… what? So we do nothing?” Steve responds, “No, we are doing something! We are! We just… we can’t save everyone in this war. This is not what we came here to do.” And Diana responds, “No. But it’s what I’m going to do.”
In that moment, her compassion and desire to save others compels her to step up out of the trench and onto the battlefield in full view of the Germans. Quickly the bullets start speeding towards her, but she deflects them with her cuffs and continues moving forward. At one point, there are so many bullets flying at her that she braces herself, simply remaining still as her shield deflects the bullets. Her presence on the battlefield allows the British soldiers to follow her as they realize that she is taking most of the fire from the Germans. Once the town is liberated, Steve looks at Diana and says, “You did this.” Diana responds simply, “We did.”
Victory was achieved through the perfect combination of the divine feminine and masculine forces. In simplest terms, the feminine force is about being, connecting and integrating while the masculine force is about ‘doing’ and getting to some outcome. Diana is present on the battlefield; she is not actively DOING but simply BEING as she deflects the German fire. Her mere presence there allows the British soldiers to move in behind her and achieve victory. Diana is the bridge, the divine force leading the men to a victory that would have been impossible without her.
This scene, so incredibly powerful and beautiful, touched something in me that left me sobbing both times I saw the movie. Diana, the embodiment of the divine feminine, leads the way to victory simply by being present. Diana, or this divine feminine force, is rising in our time, in both the collective and in individuals. The rising feminine is the bridge leading us to deeper understandings, to a joining of the head-centric masculine with the body-centric feminine. She is leading us to connection and integration, to wholeness and love, to the spiritual truth that ALL IS ONE.
You can see the divine feminine rising in efforts to protect wildlife and our planet, in the move toward local, sustainable economies, in the rise of local farmers’ markets, in the move away from agri-business and toward organic farming and humanely raising the animals we eat, in the rise of movements practicing kindness and unconditional love. You can see it in the rising popularity of yoga and somatic therapies that encourage us to move out of our heads and into the divine intelligence of the body. You can see it in a grounded, embodied form of spirituality, a spirituality that does not seek to detach and transcend but to connect, integrate and embody as exemplified in the work of brilliant teachers like Jeff Brown, Robert Ohotto and Philip Shepherd.
You may be thinking, “Uh-huh, interesting but what does Wonder Woman and the divine feminine really have to do with me? I’m a woman. I already AM feminine. Or I’m a guy. This feminine stuff has NOTHING to do with me.” But here’s the truth…We ALL have the masculine and feminine forces within us. Yes, ALL of us, but our head-centric, patriarchal culture has taught us, even women, to devalue the feminine, to repress our emotions, to detach from the intelligence and intuitive wisdom of the body.
I’m urging us to embrace this feminine force rising, to connect the mind with the deep intelligence of the body, to integrate and move toward wholeness. Embracing this force within us leads first to our being kinder, less judgmental and more loving with ourselves. And the more we love ourselves, the more connected we are to our own wisdom and the truth that ALL IS ONE. The more connected we are to the spiritual truth that ALL IS ONE, the more each of our daily choices reflects this truth. Wholeness on the inside leads to wholeness on the outside – to a kinder, gentler, more connected, loving world. Wonder Woman is inside ALL of us. Do you have the courage to embrace her?
If this post has resonated with you, I highly encourage you to check out the work of the teachers I’ve mentioned above. You can also reach out to me to learn more about how to allow this feminine force more fully into your every day life. This has been my journey over the past 18 months – a deep surrendering to the divine feminine rising within me and a journey to wholeness.
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