A Shamanic Perspective
on Balancing Male & Female
Energies with Many Knives
By Celeste Allegrea Adams
Many Knives, (Bvshpolawa), also known as Boe Glasschild, is a Choctaw Shaman whose father was Blackfoot, African and Cherokee. His mother was Choctaw, and he is aligned with that tribe. His first initiation was with Kitua Nighthawk, of the Cherokee Medicine Society, then he became a Turtle Island dreamer and worked with The Deer Tribe. His true calling is as a Lightning Dancer, which is the medicine of the Plains Indians.
Many Knives is the author of “The Shores Within,” a wonderfully insightful collection of personal experiences and teachings set forth by the author’s spirit guide, Laughing Dog Red Feather. Each teaching strikes a deep chord of truth, and includes guidance on realigning the dreams of our physical world, with the greater reality of dream-time, and a roadmap for leaving behind the bondage of consensus reality and the drama of human existence through creative response over automatic reaction. It is for those seeking a pathway to personal mastery through shamanism.
Over the past few years, I’ve spoken to people in fields as varied as physics, archaeology, history, mythology, psychology and feminist studies, and most agree that we are moving from an age where masculine energies dominate towards a new cycle of feminine emergence and a balance between male and female energy. I was interested in a shamanic perspective on this subject as it relates to both the personal and planetary level, and met with Many Knives who explains that in this Aquarian Age, we are returning to a time when feminine energies are emerging because the planet is sick and in need of healing.
Celeste: Why did male energy become dominant during the last cycle?
Many Knives: Female power is nurturing and, as I’ve been instructed by spirit, it allowed the male energy to run dominant. It exposed generations and generations of people to the male mindset, the aggressive side of us, the sun that burns us.
Celeste: Can you describe the differences between feminine energy and masculine energy?
Many Knives: The feminine quality is receptive. It is a quality of bringing in. The male quality is aggressive and conquering. We have both Yin and Yang in our bodies, but there is also the other side. There are three sides to the coin: the head, the tail, and the edge, which is that overlooked potential.
If you notice, the human body has three primal structures. We’re a microcosm of the planet. We have the brain, the heart, and the marriage basket, which is our reproductive area.
In the male, the male energy lies in the head. The sun energy is his aggressiveness. That is why he thinks the way he does. In the female, the head holds the moon energy — that’s why she is receptive. In the heart space we have both energies in balance; to love, create harmony and balance. In the reproductive areas, the male has the moon energies; therefore his body is like the moon pulling the oceans. When that energy is aroused he expands out. The female in her reproductive areas has the sun energies. She is like the desert. She heats up with the sun.
The planet is like that too. It has those three basic things. It has the sun, moon and earth, which is like the heart center. At this time we’re moving into the heart center and the moon is a big influence. It teaches us the rhythms and the cycles. And as we learn these things, we become more balanced in a feminine way. We do not desire to conquer, but we desire to share.
Celeste: What can nature teach us about balancing the male and female roles within a relationship?
Many Knives: Mother Nature is the great teacher of harmony and balance for female and male energy in relationships. The Grand Mother allows each gender to evolve and complement each other as a team, this is the natural way. When both genders are awakened to the fact that each is a microcosm of the Universe (one verse), the competition between female and male energies for leadership and/or control within the relationship ceases as the individual strengths come to light. Both the female and male energies begin to experience growth together.
It appears that the relationships between female and male energies are/were more harmonious in indigenous cultures as these societies are not as externally influenced and dysfunctional as those of today. More stressful living conditions exist in modern-day societies, for relationships as concepts of standards, materialism, and social prestige influence and refocus the direction of the relationship. Once the relationship begins to identify with these external icons and images of “successful unions” the relationship becomes less of the unique bond it began as, opting instead to emulate the successful examples. The square peg now seeks to enter the round hole.
Celeste: In this new cycle we are entering, how do you see the roles and relationship between men and women evolving?
As we enter the new cycles of spiritual evolution, the evolution of the roles of female and male in relationships will be relative to the relationships themselves. This appears to be because not everyone will experience the same shift as we move into the harmonic concordance. It’s all so arbitrary. For some females, there will be an emphasis on the masculine self, and vice-versa. The level of the individual’s personal enlightenment will facilitate any and all spiritual shifting.
Celeste: What does an imbalance of male and female energy look like within oneself and on the planet?
Many Knives: One needs to view the world through awakened eyes to see the imbalances around them. There are lacks of passion and commitment. There appears to be a “Me First” philosophy prevalent, there is little or no concern for the connections between the worlds of the human and those of the stone people, the plant people, and the animal brethren. There are both abuses of the individual by the individual, and abuse of the planet by the collective.
It appears that the consensus is becoming anxious and zealous in its struggle for survival and progress while at the same time drifting backwards as it attempts to force itself forward. But this has been the nature of man’s most advanced societies — it is a parasitic creature that seeks a host to feed on so that it may progress.
Celeste: Among Amerindians, did women have the same opportunities to learn shamanic traditions as men?
Many Knives: Female energy has always been the medicine keepers and the first healers on Earth Mother. It is the mother energy that nourishes, caresses, and initially guides the newborn, so the mothering energy is shamanically healing on all levels. In the earliest societies of Amerindians [First Nations People] the female was totally honored and highly valued as the one to carry life forward. Amerindians had no derogatory words for female energy until the arrival of the Europeans. The word “squaw” was first introduced to the Eastern nations by the French.
Today there appears to be a return to the esoteric traditions by women in our societies. This is very good (not to imply that male energy has been negative for the shamanic arts, this has not been the case at all). Once the arts had an abundance of female practitioners, but between 1600 and 1900 an estimated nine million women were prosecuted as witches worldwide. This female holocaust may have stymied female participation and initiation into shamanic sects at one time, but there has been a welcomed return of female mystics.
Shamanism is one of the most natural ways of relating to Earth Mother, totally transcending gender, race, and age. When committed to a shamanic path of heart, the student gets the medicine (lessons) needed for their individual path to enlightenment. The teacher is nothing more than the vessel, the cup bearing the water. A teacher in the moment of truth totally transcends issues pertaining to gender to move the student through the maze of life (this is walking “impeccably” by the teacher). The student gets the needed energies to facilitate growth as they answer their calling.
Celeste: How do you honor the feminine energy in ritual?
Many Knives: I do it by paying respect to Grandmother Moon. In all of her cycles and changes, she is a microcosm of the cycles of life. She has the new Moon, which is not visible — the sky is black. That is the beginning. She has the waxing Moon, which is growing. That is the growth. She has the full Moon, which is maturity. That is when everything comes full circle. And she has the waning Moon, when she starts decaying and dies to become the full Moon again.
I honor those cycles because life begins like that, ends like that, and continues like that. The planet does that, the universe does that, and the galaxies do that. The whole microcosm or macrocosm has that same cycle. You can see it in insects. They are born as eggs or larvae, they become adult, and then they die. It happens every day.
Celeste: Can you describe a Lightning Dance Exercise to bring balance to male and female energies within oneself and the planet.
Many Knives: The pathway of Lightning Dance Shamanism is a movement towards balancing the female and male energies on all levels, beginning at the personal level of the practitioner. As we are each a microcosm of the Universe, to balance these energies within us rebalances the energies within our space on the web of life, which in turn begins to reharmonize the realities around us. The pathway of the Lightning Dancer empowers both the female and male as it transcends all concepts of gender and other limiting parameters.
On March 21, Many Knives will be conducting a Rites of Spring retreat in Los Angeles which will acknowledge the closing of the West and Winter, and greet the Awakening of Spring and the East. Please e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on his workshop and to obtain a copy of “The Shores Within.” You can also visit www.CreatrixStudio.com/manyknives.html
Celeste Allegrea Adams is a prolific writer on metaphysical subjects and author of “Keepers of the Dream,” a mystical tale about the return of the sacred feminine.
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