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Mirroring Jesus and Rosa Parks

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical

dualism. But, in fact, they are perpetually passing into one

another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There

is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

—Margaret Fuller

The preceding quote points out the intermingling of energies that Jesus and Rosa Parks so beautifully illustrated in their lives.

As portrayed throughout history, Jesus appears to have been a sterling example of a man who lived from his heart even though residing in a patriarchal era and raised in a male-dominated religion. He reportedly liked and respected women, helped all those who needed it, taught and modeled love and acceptance for all, and forgave under the most extreme circumstances. I imagine him as friendly and outgoing while also requiring silence and solitude to refresh his soul. And he must have been tremendously charismatic and purposeful to impart teachings that still influence millions today. To me, he is the perfect example of unconditional love.

I’m so thankful to my Sunday School teachers who portrayed Jesus as someone to trust rather than fear, and as a result, I’ve been enamored of him since I was a little girl. To this day, I often feel his presence especially when in need of comforting. To me, Jesus epitomizes integration of heart and head and masculine and feminine energy.

In a very different way, Rosa Parks is also a great example of integration (accidental pun). Although she was actually the second African American woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, her peaceful yet resolute refusal and arrest led to the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. As a result of the thirteen-month boycott, important changes were made in the existing laws, and Rosa Parks’s part in that caused the U.S. Congress to call her the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement.

Even if the examples of Jesus and Rosa Parks don’t resonate with you, I imagine there are people in your life who have the wonderful ability to combine heart and head energy in complementary ways. Maybe one of those is you.

During your day...

  • Be aware of opportunities to use both your heart and head in dealing with simple occurrences.

  • Think of people you know who blend masculine and feminine energies wisely and effectively.

  • Congratulate yourself when your heart and head are in sync.

Allow your life to reflect all aspects of your being.

Excerpted from The Woman's Book of Strength by Sue Patton Thoele. Available on Mango and Amazon.

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