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As women have struggled with limitations regarding the feminine, they have also found solutions born of these struggles. A prime example is Dr. Christiane Northrup. As an OB/GYN, she had difficulty balancing a career in her male-dominated field with her own feminine perspectives and roles.In her book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, she relates the story of how she maintained a heavy workload as a nursing mother, even with a severe breast infection. She needed to rest but feared her peers would think her ineffectual, so she did not allow herself healing time and she lost her ability to produce milk in that breast. This experience motivated her to create her own women’s clinic. Dr. Northrup based the mission of this clinic on the way she wanted to practice medicine for her own health as well as for the health of her clients.
Northrup’s book describes her practice of women’s healthcare, which incorporated a holistic approach that was atypical for mainstream medicine in the early nineties. She published her book in 1994, despite her fear of being mocked by more traditional colleagues. However, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom was well received and now serves as a textbook in several medical training programs. Northrup provides an uplifting example of a woman bringing change to her field by honoring, rather than denying, her feminine self.
Renewing the feminine spirit means that we, women and men, will bring forth our powers of reception, nurturance, creativity, and intuition—the essence of our feminine selves—into the workplace and our habits of daily living. Then, together, we will be able to work for change in the structures which presently serve monetary objectives rather than human needs.
Exercise: Inviting the Feminine into Everyday Living
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