In recent conversations and classes, Marion Woodman’s words about the “Three Ps of the Feminine” have come up. They are:
PRESENCE. Be here, be now, herenowness. There’s a meal in front of me right here, so don’t think about the dinner I was eating last week or the one I’ll prepare tomorrow. What you’re currently experiencing is what IS. Show up!
PROCESS. The journey IS the destination. How we get somewhere is just as (more?) important than arriving. The path is fluid, winding, meandering. Like walking the labyrinth, process sometimes takes us close to the centre, then away from it again, dancing between the two. Let’s detach from specific outcomes and allow what needs to be to emerge.
PARADOX. This AND that. Light and dark, up and down, fear and love, certainty and surrender, stillness and agitation — all of these can co-exist in one being, one space, one room, one mind, one body, one gathering, one heart, one life. To be able to hold the tension of both or all perspectives is a holy and powerful act. To be able to contain paradox, even for a moment, is wholeness-making.
I asked the tarot, “How can we best live the Three Ps of the Feminine?” The card is the 10 of Wands, reversed. This suggests:
- get out of our own way
- step back from our personal stuff
- temporarily extricate ourselves from isolation
- take a break from self-centredness
Then I asked, “What happens if we live in that way?” The card is the 3 of Cups, upright. This suggests:
- an ability to clarify emotions
- the promise of greater connectivity
- an awareness of the factors that go into healthy relating
- we’re prepared to celebrate life with others
How do YOU live the Three Ps of the Feminine? What happens for you when you do? Please let us know.