A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson
When I first heard of A Woman’s Worth, I was incredibly excited by the prospect of reading a book that delved into the true essence of Woman, rather than an angst-driven tirade over how women have been pigeonholed and repressed by patriarchy over the centuries. Yes, we have had a right to feel angry (and I have often felt the stabbing indignation at how women have been mistreated), but now we need to channel the energy that fuels our anger into positive, healing, and momentous change.
What is at the root of gender inequality is a lack of understanding, by both men and women, of the grace and power of Woman in all her glory. Like a tigress, Woman has been feared for her strength and power, and thus held captive in chains. But a tigress will not be compliant, or restrained. What will solve this awful imbalance is the reemergence and total acceptance of ALL the aspects of Womanhood, by both men and women the world over. From understanding comes acceptance, and finally a celebration.
What is the essence of Woman? Well, there is no simple answer. To me it is a great many things, like a shimmering, multi-faceted jewel. It is gentleness, tenderness, sensuality, wisdom, intelligence, playfulness, ferocity, strength. The essence of the Feminine is distinctive, with great power and great complexity; but, as Marianne Williamson points out, we have been cut off from our own self awareness through years of repression and social conditioning. We have forgotten how great we are, and we too have spurned the parts of ourselves that have been deemed ‘unacceptable’, ‘weak’, ‘hysterical’, and ‘illogical’.
A Woman’s Worth delves unabashedly and fearlessly into the very heart of Womanhood. It questions many premises of feminism, just as it questions the premises of patriarchy. Marianne Williamson’s ideas, put into print over twenty years ago, are profound, intuitive and forward-thinking. Empowering ourselves is not about acting like “men in drag”, and imitating the masculine to achieve status and power. Nor is it about denigrating the masculine which, in its truth, is an incredibly beautiful, powerful and inspiring thing in its own right. Williamson says:
We have the opportunity to forge a marriage between masculine and feminine, more potent and more vibrant that any we have experienced on the earth for ages – more beautiful, perhaps, than any the earth has ever known.
But, before that can take place, us women have got to truly get to know ourselves again. The fact that we forgot ourselves in the first place is due to the treacherous acts of patriarchy, but the past is the past, and now we have to forgive, accept ourselves, and no longer feel ashamed. There is no shame in being unpredictable, untamable and unfathomable; they are all divine parts of our feminine essence (and our charm!). Embrace that! Embrace those parts of our beings that we were taught are not OK. In my opinion, it is the parts of woman that have been considered hysterical and frightening that are going to be a huge factor in saving our planet.
No one doubts the power of a mother grizzly defending her cubs. Woe betide the fool that ends up facing her head on! The nurturing part of us will tend to this planet and its people with gentleness, understanding and compassion; but, it is the part of us that roars like a lioness, screams like a banshee and creates destruction like Kali that will cut through all the bullshit in this world first. Out of destruction comes rebirth, and there are aspects of our current society that need to be routed, burned to the ground and birthed anew with integrity, honour, kindness and love. We will play a pivitol role in this, but only when we harness and accept all aspects of ourselves.
What I garnered from A Woman’s Worth is a new realisation that there really is as much strength in our delicate, gentle aspects as there is in our feisty and tempestuous aspects. And that, when all those parts are united, we are a force to be reckoned with! We need to believe in ourselves again, and in what we can achieve. And even though there will be people who cannot understand us in the beginning, soon they will see. We cannot condemn those people for their ignorance, only show them what a true, authentic woman is.
A Woman’s Worth does a great job enlightening you about the true essence of Woman, and why she deserves to occupy her rightful place on the dais: a queen on her throne sitting side-by-side with the king, equal, accepted, loved and honoured. Woman should be rightly acknowledged for the life-bearing, wise, creative and powerful Goddess that she is! For any woman who is trying to figure out her place in the world, and reconnect with herself, (and for any man who would like a little insight!), this is a very good and thought provoking read. I urge you to give it a go. It shows you just how vital it is that us women reconnect with ourselves now. I would go so far as to say that the future of humanity is depending upon it.
If you have read this, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂