The “perfect” or “finished human being” is thus not a “man” or “woman”, it is neither a specifically “male being” nor a specifically “female being”; it is on the contrary a being in whom both the poles, the masculine and the feminine, are equal. (Livets Bog, vol. 4, sect. 1134)
The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. When you study Martinus’ analyses, however, perhaps you feel that the question of what constitutes “male” or “female” qualities, or differences and similarities between men and women, is not that relevant any longer.
As quoted above, Martinus’ analyses tell us that all living beings go through an eternal development, where the “male being” and the “female being”, i.e. one-poled beings, belong to a stage that we are now leaving behind. According to this world view, both men and women are heading towards a double-poled state where masculine and feminine qualities will be combined in a third gender, the real human being with a perfect capacity for neighbourly love.
And nowadays many women are perhaps tired of being reminded of the qualities traditionally ascribed to “femaleness”, such as motherhood, caring about relationships, taking care of children and homes, taking a great interest in clothes and make-up, and so on. This is history, we may think, at least in the Scandinavian and Western countries. Everybody knows and sees that women and men are equally capable of holding all sorts of leading positions in society.
But as the #MeToo movement has shown, there is still a need for a critical analysis of what remains to be done in society when it comes to equality between the sexes. And I think that we also need to reflect on the fact that people, including those who study Martinus’ analyses, look at these texts from different perspectives, with qualities, talents and memories gained by experiencing life from either a mainly feminine perspective or from a mainly masculine one.
In a wonderful podcast about #MeToo and cosmology (unfortunately only available in Swedish) with the Martinus lecturer Solveig Langkilde, we discuss the fact that Martinus often uses a male one-poled being as an example in his texts in order to illustrate the general development of all living beings through the spiral cycle. Being a woman myself, this has not really bothered me that much, since I know that Martinus describes general principles valid for everyone. (In literature written by men in general, I am used to identifying with male characters anyway, when female examples are lacking.) But as Solveig points out, the feminine perspective on the cosmological analyses is an area worthy of closer analysis and consideration. Martinus’ written work is just the starting point for us, and many interesting fields will open up to further research in the future.
In the meantime, I think there is a need to remind ourselves to recognize and respect the growth of the opposite pole in both genders and in all people. Today, on International Women’s Day, I would like to recognize and celebrate all the work that women do within Martinus’ cosmology.
You have accomplished intellectual, pedagogical, cultural, administrative and organizational achievements within so many areas: Women give lectures and teach Martinus’ cosmology in several languages, women lead courses and study groups in different places all over the year, women write books and articles about his analyses and their application to our lives, women edit the magazine Kosmos in different languages, women translate and proofread Martinus’ texts and secondary literature relating to the analyses, women work at the Martinus Institute and at the Martinus Centre in Klint as employees and as volunteers with many different responsibilities, women are members of the Council of the Martinus Institute, women record and edit podcasts, women make music and art, children’s books, and many, many other things.
You are a huge inspiration to me and many other people.
Of course, we do this together with a number of wonderful men who are also in the process of developing their opposite pole. Together, we cannot but support and teach each other about what we need to develop on our way towards becoming more balanced and more competent human beings. Sometimes we may fail, since we are imperfect beings, thus involuntarily teaching each other other things by not being able to give the support that we wanted to give. Overall, I think there is no better environment to work together in than in these contexts where people study the cosmological analyses.
But as modern, partly double-poled women today, we can finally trust in ourselves and in our own intellectual abilities.
Take pleasure in working with whatever you wish to develop!
Enjoy being creative and don’t pay too much attention to men who react in an insecure way or perhaps even signal that they don’t like what you are doing! You don’t have to be liked by everyone, since you have a much better companion in your inner voice and your inner conscience.
You don’t always need to smile on photographs and when people want to take photos of you in relation to your work, it doesn’t have to be outside in front of flowers (= a piece of advice from a colleague at work).
Be confident about the path you are taking. Be free!
In the photos above, we see only a few examples out of many women in cosmology. It would be literally impossible to mention everyone. I have the privilege of knowing some of you personally, but there are so many more great women working publicly as well as silently in order to promote Martinus’ works in theory and practice in so many different ways. This blog post is in celebration of you all.
Anne Külper: lecturer and teacher of Martinus’ cosmology in Swedish, English and German, course and study group leader, editor of the magazine Kosmos (Danish/Swedish), article writer, photo editor, dancer, choreographer, film maker, Qigong and Tai Chi teacher, runs the Martinus Centre Ekerö in Stockholm together with Rune Östensson.
Mary McGovern: lecturer and teacher of Martinus’ cosmology in Danish and English, study group leader, main translator of Martinus into English, proofreader, article writer, former editor of the English edition of the magazine Kosmos, member of the Council of the Martinus Institute, editor of the Martinus Cosmology Podcast, Alexander Technique teacher, violin teacher, contributing to this blog with articles, inspiration and proofreading.
Solveig Langkilde: lecturer and teacher of Martinus’ cosmology in Danish, Swedish and English, course and study group leader, former member of the Council of the Martinus Institute, Alexander Technique teacher, health coach, elite athlete in high jump (1972 Summer Olympics), runs the clinic “Dynamisk balance” (Dynamic Balance) together with Sören Grind.
Anne Pullar: lecturer and teacher of Martinus’ cosmology in Swedish and English, editor of the English edition of the magazine Kosmos, article writer and novelist, translator, proofreader, member of the board of the Martinus Cosmology Foundation in Stockholm, relaxation therapist, stress and mindfulness coach.
Trine Möller: law expert and member of the Council of the Martinus Institute, chief editor of the magazine Kosmos (Danish/Swedish), article writer, member of the edition group of Martinus’ works at the Martinus Institute (Sproggruppen). Since 1993 she has worked as a lawyer in The Appeals Council in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Charlotte Anderson: manager of the Martinus Centre in Klint together with Eigil Kristensen, responsible for the restaurant Terrassen, for the instruction of the voluntary staff, for interior design as well as for rental of accommodation, organising courses and working weeks, and many other things.