Following some much-needed quiet time during the winter break, the podcast is back and for the next few months, the Sunday sermons from our Wild Soul Sunday Services are going to be at the heart of the episodes.
In today’s sermon, we explore the interplay between masculine and feminine energies, celebrating their unique and fluid nature within all of us. Throughout the episode, you are invited to contemplate these energies, with whatever language you use to describe them, as they transcend conventional gender associations and embrace the principles without limitations. We discuss how to allow The Divine to guide you in embracing your multifaceted self at all stages of change, healing, and growth and contribute positively to our world’s artistic interconnectedness.
In episode 450 of the Embodied Podcast we discuss:
- (10:32) Understanding language limitations as we explore dynamic masculine and feminine energies
- (12:58) How we all balance doing and being for survival and personal growth, regardless of gender
- (17:02) Embracing our unique gifts and truths, recognizing no singular soul is inherently better than another
- (18:25) The importance of having an openness to The Divine’s influence on your creativity
- (19:35) How shifts in your personal and cosmic principles are tied to seasons and cycles
- (22:35) Releasing attachments to limited perceptions and rules
- (24:08) A prayer for embracing your uniqueness and receiving gifts from The Divine
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- Wild Soul Sunday Service
- Light Work by Autumn Skye Morrison
- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Quotes from this Week’s Episode of the Embodied Podcast:
- Doing can come from a place of being. Our being can really fuel and feed our doing, and our doing can really fuel and feed our being.
- There’s really no order of operations and healing. We each encounter things on our journeys and the order in which it makes sense by what’s relevant in our lives, or depending on where we are.
- We each carry seeds through our own gifts, our own souls, and our own truths to create the whole. We’re each one thread in a dynamic, magnificent tapestry.
- There’s an art in every job, in every task. How we live is art; the energy we bring to the world, how we bring it, how we express it, that’s all art. The energy we have in the world is art. And what is art but a singular expression of aliveness?
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About the Embodied Podcast with Elizabeth DiAlto
Since 2013 I’ve been developing a body of work that helps women embody self-love, healing, and wholeness. We do this by focusing on the four levels of consciousness – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
In practical terms, this looks like exploring tools and practices to help you tune into the deep wisdom of the body and the knowing of the heart, which I believe are gateways to our souls. Then we cultivate a new relationship with our minds that allows the mind to serve this wisdom and knowledge and soul connection, rather than override it, which is what many of us were taught.
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Transcript for Episode 450 “Your Unique and Dynamic Masculine + Feminine Energy“:
Elizabeth DiAlto 00:00
Language is limited and imprecise. And because of that, and also people’s attachment to identity, not even just their own but other peoples as well. There’s a lot of stuff we really miss out on and I mean really miss out on the wild and the sacred, mystical truths deeper, deeper, deeper below the surface of things, simply because certain language is used to express things.
Elizabeth DiAlto 00:30
What’s up everyone? Welcome to episode number 450 of the Embodied Podcast that has a lot of episodes. We’re also approaching our ninth year in the podcast, May 2024, will be the nine year anniversary sort like the the eight and a half ish year mark, which is exciting. And I was thinking about this morning, how much has changed since we started the podcast. We’ve been through many iterations on the show a couple different names. You know, we go through seasons of interviewing people and not interviewing people. The podcast was up on YouTube for many years, I stopped posting it on YouTube. I’m thinking about putting it back on YouTube. We’ll see. In 2018, I was doing two episodes a week, I started doing Sunday sermons. And I stopped doing those because doing two episodes a week was just too much for me. But then this fall on October 8th, which I had planned weeks before the events of October 7th took place, I started offering Wild Soul Sunday services. During the service we do a sermon, a prayer and a wild soul movement session. Sometimes we do a fusion session, which is a mix of wisdom and flow. Other times we just do wisdom or just to flow. And if you’re not familiar with wild soul movement, it’s a suite of healing movement classes that I created. The wisdom class is an alchemical session that uses gentle movement and breath to learn to connect within listen to your body mantras to reprogram the mind and meditation to cultivate inner peace. So you can think of wisdom sessions like work ends rather than workouts, where the mantra is both an invitation to embodiment, and something to express and help you transform as you move with it. Flow class is a place to reclaim and redefine your connection in relationship to your body, your sensuality, and how you move, express love and respect yourself. So during flow classes, music is our guide. Each playlist is carefully curated to a theme that lets you experience your body in loving and liberating ways. And so flow classes part guided sensual movement, part intuitive free movement. And it’s really kind of like if yoga and pole dancing had a delicious but laid back love child. That’s a flow class. And then again, fusion is a combination of the two. And all of our classes are always open and welcome to anybody of any fitness level, body shape, size or ability. No one needs to have dance experience, we offer plenty of modifications. And we’re into body inclusivity and body love around here. So if you want to join us for a Sunday service, please do. They’re always free. We do them on Sundays at 11am. Eastern. And the recordings are available for everyone for 48 hours after that. And then for our members, they’re available for the duration of their memberships. So you can find the link for that at untamed yourself.com forward slash links.
Elizabeth DiAlto 03:34
So over winter break, I decided that I was going to use the sermons. This is why I brought up the Sunday services. I was going to use the sermons from Sunday service as the focal point of our podcast episodes, at least for the coming season. And by season, I mean for the rest of the winter. And this choice came from a sole desire of mine to not be over producing and doing too much, especially during the winter season, which is a lot slower. And especially now also that I’m writing fiction, I need more space to be in that creative process, which means I need to streamline some of my output elsewhere. I have my first little novella, it’s a collection of stories, but it’s a novella because they’re they’re connected stories, themed stories coming out in February, which I’m really excited about. We can talk more about that on another day. But before I share this first Sunday sermon of 2024, which was about unique and dynamic, masculine and feminine energy. I need to make a side note about that. If you’re not into gender to terms, you’ll dig it because neither am I. And we talked about that in the sermon. But also if you are into the gender terms, that’s also cool. One of the biggest things that I talked about in the sermon is relating to the energies and your own unique way as a multifaceted, miraculous and energetic being words can be really imprecise, and so we kind of have to go with what works for us. As long as we’re not pushing what works for us on people for whom it does not, you know, I also want to elaborate on something I mentioned in the sermon, which you’ll hear shortly. I was reflecting on this yesterday after I did the wild Soul Sunday service. And I wrote this in my journal. One of the things when people talk about masculine and feminine energy that the often associate is doing with the masculine and being with the feminine. And I talk about that breakdown, and how it can be a little more fluid than that in the sermon. But I also wanted to add that doing can come from a place of being, our being can really fuel and feed are doing and are doing can really fuel and feed our being. And so, you know, for example, we work on ourselves, we do our interior, we do our internal our self work, or our healing work, so that we can be better receivers, right? In some cases. And why do we do that receiving work, so that we could receive not just things from people or money or whatever, but also guidance from the Divine or from our ancestors or from our soul. And that allows us to do more, that’s in alignment with our souls. And when we’re in that place, when we’ve done that work, we’re able to do with much less effort. So it doesn’t feel so forceful. So there’s degrees to doing and there’s degrees to be right.
Elizabeth DiAlto 03:47
And the reason why I wanted to talk about this in January, is because this is a month where people feel like, they need to force things where, you know, New Year New you everyone, people are setting intentions and picking words and resolutions and proclaiming how different this year is going to be or how different they’re going to be, which is beautiful and great. And I’m neither for nor against that right, do your thing. But it doesn’t have to be forceful. It can be guided, and it can be assisted. I wanted to add that little elaboration for when you get to that part of the sermon. And then I also wanted to add something else that is tangential to that point that I was just making. There’s really no order of operations and healing. We each encounter things on our journeys. And the order in which it makes sense by what’s relevant in our lives, or depending on where we are, what kind of relationships we have, where we are in our careers, what we need, what we don’t have capacity for. There’s so many factors that go towards what makes sense. And what’s most appropriate and perhaps most urgent, if it is even urgent to heal any given time in your life. And while it’s true that everybody needs healing, that doesn’t mean we need to be obsessed with it, it doesn’t mean we need to make it a full time job. It doesn’t need to be another compulsion or thing to apply perfectionism to because out of the gate, that’s a lose lose approach. That was the little intro I wanted to give here. Now for the sermon. And as always, you can find the show notes. If you want to see references to anything I mentioned in the sermon, especially that beautiful image by autumn sky Morrison which I know you’re listening, so you can’t see it when I was pointing to it because I was on video for the sermon, you can go to untamed yourself.com forward slash podcast for the show notes. This is episode number 450. So as always, thanks for being here. Thanks for listening, please enjoy the sermon,
Elizabeth DiAlto 08:41
Very exciting announcement, I really took some time to winter, and I’m still going to be you know, we’re back to work back to work tomorrow. But slow winter work kind of I got a and those of you are new to me that you know, whatever, whatever is your language. I have been operating this school and developing the school using all of our own frameworks that I’ve created since 2013. And in the original framework, the wild soul liberation framework. The first couple pieces of it are surrender, release and trust. And I have created all of this from that place, right? So I’m always like listening, tuning in tapping in and just listening for what needs to emerge, what wants to come next or how something wants to evolve. And so I was very excited. Several things landed this morning, of course, like right in time for recording the Sunday service this week. And so the sermons from these services are going to be the podcast from now on. So it’s kind of cool because those of you that are here live, are basically getting the podcast before it happens. And then the sermons will be the main part of the podcast. I might record little intro or outro. And then obviously the full class, those of you who stick around for the movement, that is still going to be available for 48 hours for everybody, Amy rode Virgo efficiency, you know it, the Virgo in me was very excited about that of the recordings will be available indefinitely in the wild. So sacred body membership, and the new membership that we have coming along, at some point later this month in January, maybe even early February, which I was playing around with the name illumination for it for a while, but it’s actually going to be called relief. I don’t need to get all into that here. But the reason I share that is because what we’re talking about today, our unique and dynamic masculine and feminine energy, all of this weaving all of this stuff that emerges and comes through, comes through because I’m always dancing with those energies, and open to those energies and allowing those energies to move through me, in my own my own unique and dynamic way.
Elizabeth DiAlto 10:58
So I want to begin by saying that this talk this sermon has nothing to do with gender identity, which is not a dismissal of how significant identity work is. It’s simply an acknowledgement that language is limited and imprecise. And because of that, and also people’s attachment to identity, not even just their own, but other peoples as well. There’s a lot of stuff we really miss out on and I mean really miss out on the wild and the sacred, mystical truths deeper, deeper, deeper below the surface of things, simply because certain language is used to express things. But at the same time, if gender language resonates for you, and doesn’t create or exacerbate any inner conflict or distraction in your life, by all means, go with it. But please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t demand that other people share your approach, right? Because we all have these animating energies within us yin and yang, masculine and feminine structure and flow Shiva and Shakti, god and goddess linear and nonlinear chaos and order. The banks and the river, the shore and the ocean. The Serpents is a symbol of the feminine because it moves like this. Right? And that staff if you’ve ever seen, it’s called. It’s not the kudu says it’s I might be butchering this Asclepius, the staff of Asclepius, which is which has just one staff and one snake twirled around it or boiled is the better word not twirled around it, the staff is masculine, and it’s straight, singularly directional line, and then the serpent with its what is the word I just use coil, that is considered to be more feminine, right? Same if we look at genitalia, the penis penetrates the vagina receives and yet coming as pleasurable for everybody. So there’s also doing and being. And I want to pause on doing and Bing. So you see what I’m doing here, right? I’m listing out all these different ways, all these different terms, all these different opposite ends of the spectrum of animating energies, right again, because we are not talking about gender, we are talking about the energetics here, doing and being I want to pause on, because this is something that gets people really twisted in the conversation around masculine and feminine energy. Because when it’s too tightly associated with the genders of male and female, first of all, most obviously, this excludes non binary and gender fluid folks who also all have the same masculine and feminine or whatever the hell you want to call those energies within them, too, right. But this messes with people’s abilities to do and be because the world we live in requires a lot of doing, so shaming women, about all they’re doing by telling them they’re masculine or like too masculine, when some of the stuff that women need to do is for survival. And also a lot of it comes naturally to us, right? I think this is a ridiculous premise. And the same goes for, I’ll get to that in a second. But what I mean by that, and what some of you can probably relate to is for any woman who identifies as feminine or like, wants to be in her feminine, but has to get things done and do things every single time you have to get things done and do things. There’s a potential there if we’re overly attached to these gender identifications of our energy to be like, Well, I don’t want to be masculine. It’s like okay, but you need to do things. So is it really true that all doing is masculine, and also who cares? But so this is what I’m talking about this this inner conflict, these labels these polarities that some people really pedestal eyes, really gets people twisted up on the inside. So that is silly, and it’s the same. Likewise, even getting to a place of being Know, where we could just be sometimes, right requires a lot of doing. In order to even sustain the level of doing that many of us have to do, we need being though, we need receptivity, we need for us, we need stillness. So again, these qualities, some are considered to be masculine, some are considered to be feminine. And if you’re a masculine identifying person, and you need to rest or just be, or maybe you like doing things that are considered feminine, like, why should you feel, regardless of your gender?
Elizabeth DiAlto 15:42
Why should you have to feel any kind of conflict about that, right? That was a little bit of a rant, other language that people might use, focused and dispersed. But did I already say left and right brain, I was gonna say that too, that’s probably further down. Being human is an ongoing dance between these animating principles and energies, it doesn’t matter what you call them. And it’s not about woman and man or male or female. Right? Again, there’s the left brain logic, this is associated with the masculine, the right brain, creativity is associated with the feminine. And still, there’s just no separating these things from each other, you have one brain. And when we want to ascribe these qualities to a gender, rather than an animating force or a principle, so much has lost so much as diluted, so much is missed and so much as desecrated. Women are made to feel less than when they’re in their masculine energy. Men are made to feel weak or inadequate when expressing in a feminine way. And we have to ask ourselves, why, and according to whom, always we have to be asking ourselves why, and according to whom, we have to challenge the attribution of these energies to gendered people, and just allow ourselves to embody and engage with both always, all the time in our own unique way.
Elizabeth DiAlto 17:02
And there’s a difference between uniqueness and individuality. Individuality can plumbing us into the shadow of specialness and superiority, where as uniqueness invites us into infinite possibility, and asks us to contribute what is ours to contribute to creation, and evolution, none of us are better than any other one of us. And I mean that even the crappiest people that you can think of, at a soul level, in our deepest humanity. No one is better than anybody else. people’s behavior might be better than others, or more desirable, or acceptable, kinder, right. But human to human soul to soul, no one’s better than anybody else. But we do all have unique relationships, to our gifts. And we do all have unique gifts that come from our souls, we do have unique truths, that we’re here to bring and be an embody and model. And we each carry seeds through our own gifts through our own souls that our own truths, create the whole, were each one thread in a dynamic, a magnificent tapestry. I got this, I’ve been loving this image forever. This is by the artist. I’m Scott Morrison. And this is what I think of I think this, each one of us is one of these little threads. So beautiful, what it what it makes up as a whole. When we are interwoven, right.
Elizabeth DiAlto 18:25
We are each one thread in a dynamic and magnificent tapestry, our expressions, environment and evolution, what is needed, what is useful, what is relevant, what is desired through us by the Divine. And just to note for anyone listening to this and an audio version, I pointed to an image, a piece of art by an artist named autumn sky Morrison. And on her website, I believe it’s called light work or light worker, if you want to see what I’m talking about, we’ll also put a link to it in the shownotes if you’re listening on the podcast. So we each carry seeds through our own gifts, our own souls, our own truths that create the hole. And we get to tap into our expressions embodiment and evolution, what’s needed, what’s useful, what’s relevant and what’s desired through us by the Divine. And these ultimate animating principle shifts happen with seasons and cycles, both the seasons and cycles of the earth, sun, sky stars, the waters all of the elements, right, as well as our own personal seasons and cycles of death and rebirth, which we’re all always cycling through. So this is where our uniqueness comes from.
Elizabeth DiAlto 19:35
Think about artists and art that is created during periods of an artist’s life, or some significant life event that has influenced their thoughts, their perception, their mood, the way they sense here, feel, taste, touch and move. Some of you might be artists, whether you’re a professional artist, or you just love engaging with some kind of art, creativity, whatever it is some kind of craft, right your art might change. during different times in your life, what comes out and what comes through is painted by what’s going on with us. We’re all conduits for the divine, and through our unique expressions of, again, masculine and feminine or whatever you want to call it, coming through us. The difference between any kind of artist or creator or maker of things that is prolific, and one who was blocked, is willingness and availability to be used to be that conduit, and to always be trusting that whatever wants to come through, regardless of how it’s received by others, or even the quality that it needed to come through.
Elizabeth DiAlto 20:36
Now, prolific is a word that most often refers to volume. And some people are not prolific by volume, but by reach and some by both, right some people are potent by precision, and I think about Lauryn Hill, her one album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and there is another live unplugged MTV album, and she’s collaborated on many projects, but The Miseducation is the album. In Lauryn Hill’s career, people have been jamming out to this album to this one album for 25 years. She packs venues for anniversary tours for this one album 25 years later, at the 20 year anniversary and my 35th birthday in 2018, I went to her concert for that anniversary tour at the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Bowl, holds like 1600 16,000 or 17,000 people that she packed that thing for an album that had been out for 20 years. But the entire decade that I’ve been on Spotify, it’s been one of my top listens every single year. So sometimes we get both, right, I think about Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian author of The Alchemist, which I’m sure some of you have read. The Alchemist is his great and most popular work worldwide. But the man writes a book every year. So what I’m speaking of here are very tangible forms of art. Very consumable, widely recognizable, and famous, well known or revered by the general public types of art. But what about the artistry of parents or teachers, how they show up in navigate a child having a meltdown, or how they get a kid to eat their vegetables, or learn to share or communicate clearly or clean their room or take care of themselves or do homework. Right. And for those who aren’t parents, you don’t work with kids. There’s an art in every job in every task, how we live is art, the energy we bring to the world, how we bring it, how we express it, that’s all art. The energy we are in the world is art. And what is art, but a singular expression of aliveness.
Elizabeth DiAlto 22:35
So to come back to our animating principles, chaos and order, which I mentioned earlier, chaos has negative connotation, and it’s associated with the feminine. But we don’t get growth, we don’t get evolution without chaos. We need friction. This is how they discovered fire. And what would the world be without fire. So in order to enjoy, embody, embrace and express the uniqueness and the potency of our inner animating principles, this masculine and feminine to the fullest, only need to do is suspend and release our needs to be right. Our attachments, to limited perceptions, rules and standards about who gets to be what, where each thing comes from, who it belongs to, or how it should be used. We get to return these things to the infinite connect with our innate knowing about what’s up with us, let ourselves dance and be free to utilize whatever is needed in the moment, regardless of what it’s called. Because the truth is, and I mentioned this earlier, language will always be imprecise. And in terms of where these things come from, nobody has the language to explain that. So loosen your grips. On the words, allow yourself to be moved by the energy. And remember, none of it is separate from any other part, just as we may be unique individuals, but we’re all connected to each other. So to sum up for today, and let us pray. It didn’t write out today’s prayer today. So we’ll just see what it wants to be.
Elizabeth DiAlto 24:08
Ah, Divine Mother, Goddess, us, us, move us and make us exquisite instruments and channels of your infinite love and grace, in whatever unique and exquisite and dynamic and multifaceted way. We are each built and blessed and gifted to do so. Help us to embrace, to understand and to know ourselves as these beautiful inter woven threads in the tapestry, that is life and that is humanity. Help us to feel in our bones and ourselves through all of our senses. How this tapestry also extends far beyond this human earthly realm. That what we you’re weaving in what we are pulling from where we are receiving our uniqueness and our gifts. And our energy. In some cases is coming from places we cannot name. There is no map to point to, to locate. And we may never go there physically. But in our mystical hearts, we just know that it exists. Fortify that knowing, fortify our trust and our faith, our surrender, and our ability to release anything we need to release around allowing ourselves to be these inter woven threads in the sacred tapestry, that is life and the world and beyond. Help us to tune in and tap in to the joy and the delight and the honor. The sacredness and the wildness, the naturalness that it is, to be this multifaceted, and maybe never get so caught up in the language, that we miss the miraculousness of all that’s available to us. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Amen. Amen. And amen.
Elizabeth DiAlto 26:19
And back for a quick second to sign us out of the podcast. I forgot to say, this is the first time you know formatting with the new episode format here where I include the sermon that I also include the prayer for your person who prays I hope you enjoyed that. If you’re not a person who prays you’re always welcome to skip over those prayers. Oh, never in the School of sacred embodiment. Are we out here trying to push our way of being our beliefs or anything like that on others? So as always take what resonates ditch what doesn’t. And again, thank you for being here. Happy New Year, and we will be back next week.