That's why I'm puzzled when I hear that the feminine principle is rooted in the experience of embodiment -- or is embodiment itself. From a certain point of view, my value as a woman in patriarchy has only ever been about my body or my capacity to have sex and to bear and nurture children. Women's souls and spirits are shaped to be nurturing vessels and to exist in relationship -- which makes this our deepest level of conditioning, one that is almost completely unconscious. Resorting to traits that have developed in women, by virtue of our capacity to give birth and nurture life, over the thousands of years in which our primary value has been to reproduce doesn't seem to get us beyond patriarchy. How, then, would bringing forth the feminine principle--if it is rooted in this most conditioned aspect of self--take us to a new culture?