Our times are dire, even apocalyptic. Millions in America today actually are committed to destroying democracy which, though flawed, seems to offer the best hope for survival as a community. The earth is warming up to the point of no return and many corporations we have spawned run essentially on unbridled greed which means all other species are paying a severe price.
(Witness the latest oil spill in the news, this one in southern California. Or the news that mighty AT&T has sunk millions into a radical right station whose goal is to destroy democracy.)
Women and men alike need to wake up and grow up fast as time is running out for homo sapiens, just as it did for all our previous hominid cousins, nine of which we have now named. We are the last ones standing. Will we be standing 100 years from now?
Growing up means, among other things, tapping into our deepest resources such as love and forgiveness, justice and compassion on the one hand; and putting our considerable intelligence and creativity into responding to the moment with useful science and technology.
It also means we learn to balance anew the healthy masculine and divine feminine in our souls and institutions including education, law, economics, business, religion, politics.
How can men in particular grow up and touch what is hidden even from ourselves?
As a species, we can no longer be stuck in our adolescence. Growing up spiritually means we can no longer afford to be stuck in puerile religion or puerile anti-religion.
We need to explore ancient wisdom and deep teachings about the Sacred Masculine and how we touch it and how it touches us and brings us in line with the Sacred Feminine.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. xiii, xv.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you sense that men are eager to awaken their sacred masculine, their deeper selves, in response to the challenges of our times? How best to do this?
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.”
— Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God