NOTE: This weekend we at DM are altering our meditations slightly. Instead of the seven days a week of meditations in print with pictures and video, we are going to try a new format on weekends: A short, one paragraph meditation in print with a banner image; and a longer than usual meditation/commentary by video (roughly 5-7 minutes). It seems that YouTube has now made it possible for this to happen even on email messages, so we thought we would give it a try.
And this for two reasons. One is just to offer an alternative manner of communicating; and the second, to offer Matt an opportunity for more spoken-word creativity.
We hope you like this refreshed version of the daily meditations—it is just for weekends—the other five days a week will be as before.
The theme of the “royal person,” so richly developed by Meister Eckhart in today’s video, as well as other mystics, is foundational in the Jewish Scriptures. It is about our dignity but also our responsibilities.
It seems to me that it is foundational too in our time when masculinity is in so much confusion and pseudo-masculinity such as authoritarianism and fascism and notions that “only I can fix it” are spreading so swiftly in Hungary, Brazil, Poland, Russia and the United States.
Fascism is patriarchy on steroids. It is contrary to a Biblical view of the world because it is contrary to justice.
See: Matthew Fox, Passion for Creation, pp. 518-530.
Also see Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
Banner Image: “Meister Eckhart/Unio Mystica: A monk at whose center is a symbol uniting ratio and eros, heaven and earth, the male and the female energies in himself – thinking and feeling.” Image by Hartwig HKD on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
How does “the nobility inside” or “the royal person” speak to you especially regarding healing men and a healthy masculinity in our time?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
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