“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” —Kahlil Gibran
Have you ever met a woman who emits so much love and warmth that you just want to stay near her and bask in her energy? It doesn’t matter what she looks like on the outside. Her power is not expressed in the smoothness of her skin or the size of her waist, but in an energy strongly felt, a radiant light that comes from within. This is the expression of healthy feminine energy—what we recognize as inner beauty.
So while the ego tends to seek outer beauty, it is inner beauty that our souls truly crave and is a source of nourishment for ourselves and others.
Granted, most of us have been taught that inner beauty is the most important type of beauty, but it is no secret that our culture encourages a focus on youth and outer beauty, especially for women. And because of this, so many of us have an identity crisis as age creeps in. But there needn’t be a feeling of fear and defeat with each new birthday and newly discovered wrinkle. It’s time we recognize the eternal form of beauty that exists as energy inside of us.
All women possess divine feminine energy. This is an eternal, creative energy that balances and compliments masculine life energy—the yin to the yang. Healthy feminine energy manifests itself as radiance, healing, receptivity, harmony, intuition, wisdom, nurturing and compassion. Although both feminine and masculine energy exists in all of creation and in both males and females, feminine energy is especially abundant in females.
A variety of cultures around the world have recognized this eternal gift of feminine beauty that does not decline with age, but simply develops. For example, in Christiane Northrup’s book Goddesses Never Age she states that “According to Chinese and ancient Ayurvedic medicine, at age 60, women end their householder life and begin to develop their souls. Our fertility stops being about having children and starts being about what we create for ourselves that benefits us and the people around us.”
Similarly, in Native American culture, aging is considered a natural and greatly respected process in life — not something to hide or be ashamed of or fear. There is a balance in appreciation for all qualities and all stages of life, as they believe that everything is connected and will come around again. The elderly are truly honored for their experience and wisdom.
Your body will age. It’s an inevitable process for everyone. But remember who you are—an expression of the divine feminine. As your outer shell begins to reflect the time you’ve spent on earth, you have the option to change your focus to the eternal radiant feminine inside of you, a beauty that never dies or fades. So smile, create, love, and heal. Share with others your radiant feminine energy and bring light into the world. This is the beauty we all possess as women.
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