With, what some people are calling the end of the Mayan calendar, on October 28, 2011, and other believe is just the beginning of a three-fold process of change, unity consciousness is supposed to be the result. And, to thrive in the coming years, people will need to be strong and heroic.
Often, people associate strength with heroism. And yet, what is strength? Is it the power of love and understanding? Is it muscular strength? Or, is it the firmness of purpose to purify and eliminate the unnecessary debris floating around in the internal currents of our personality and essence? Is it highly structured and analytical thinking. Is it passion? Or is it detachment?
Personally, I believe strength to be all of these things. It is that which integrates the personality and enriches the essence. R. Buckminster Fuller might describe this as synergy -- the power of the whole as exceeding the power of the individual parts of the whole, much the same way the outcome of a recipe is more important than any of its one isolated ingredients. As anyone knows, a structure is only as strong as its individual components, so there is another concept called potentiation -- the strength of each individual component is augmented by its relation to a unified whole. This is because one strong part cannot make up for a predominantly weak whole.
There has, in the past, been an inherent flaw in the idea of what constitutes heroism.By practising a very one-sided philosophy, whole component parts atrophied, and heroes fell prey to a common misconception. This misconception was that masculine qualities are wholly the province of the male physiognomy and feminine qualities resulted from the lack of male physical traits. Heroic cultures of the past failed to realize that masculine and feminine qualities are the properties of both sexes. Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist/psychoanalyst wrote extensively on this, eventually formulating his theory of the anima and the animus, the feminine and masculine qualities of the personality, respectively.
I would go so far as to say, a man is one in whom the masculine is greater and the feminine is lesser; and a women is one in whom the feminine is greater and the masculine is lesser. In the past, heroes had their scops, or bards, such as Homer, who lionized the qualities of fighting men and, since battle strategies are something the masculine part of one's personality is better equipped to construct, and masculine qualities were sorely needed in such dangerous times, feminine qualities in those keeping order in such chaotic times could be fatal.
In the long run, however, this produced an uneven and lopsided development in which many societies refused to acknowledge both sides of the coin as it were, which, paradoxically, led to more intolerance and more wars. So we find that in order to preserve a society in the midst of reigning anarchy (a heroic feat in itself), a people stress the personality development that best promotes immediate or short-term survival (understandable). But, in so doing, ultimately stagnating their development as human beings.
With the new energies unleashed by the end of one of the Mayan calendars on October 28, 2011, the disruptive interpenetration of those waves into our consciousness has ended, and we have the opportunity to balance out our consciousness and create a new heroism based on the balance between the masculine and feminine qualities that reside in all of our psyches.