We are continuing our meditations on renewing God talk by focusing on the divine feminine and its relationship with the sacred masculine.
This is important work, for Meister Eckhart teaches us that “all the names we give to God come from an understanding of ourselves.”
If we can move from God as “punitive Father” (which is the basis of religious fundamentalism and its political expression in fascism) to a celebration of the Divine Feminine in both women and men, it means our inner selves are getting healthier and more balanced.
As I pointed out in my book on the return of the sacred masculine, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, one of the signs of a healthy masculinity is to welcomes the return of the goddess or the divine feminine in oneself as well as in the women in one’s life. This is part of exploring the deeper meanings of masculinity than our culture currently offers us. A toxic masculinity can readily poison culture including education, religion, politics, economics and the media if we are not aware and awake.
Many women have told me over the years that it is meaningful to them to hear men speak out on behalf of the divine feminine and speak out we should. After all, all humans are called to be prophets–see Jesus’ Beatitudes that end with three invitations to be prophetic and with warnings of the price you may be called to pay for being true to your prophetic vocation and therefore strength or spiritual warriorhood it will take to be prophetic.
Women and men are both called to be 1) mystics (lovers of self, creation and others) and 2) prophets (the spiritual warrior interferes with injustice whether eco, racial, gender, social, economic.)
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: The University of Central Arkansas Interfraternity Council (IFC), UCA Police Department, UCA Athletics, and Division of University and Government Relations organized an “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” march to bring awareness to rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you agree that healthy masculinity welcomes the divine feminine in oneself and in others, especially the daughters and partners close to one and that men should be speaking out about and celebrating the return of the divine feminine?
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
Join Matthew Fox as he offers a free Hildegard lecture hosted by The Shift Network: Discover St. Hildegard of Bingen’s Alchemies to Heal & Evolve Your Soul: The 12th-Century Mystic’s Insights on the Healthy Masculine & Divine Feminine, Botanical Remedies, Celtic Mysticism & Angels. Saturday, 9/25, 11:00 am PT (GMT/UTC-7). Learn more HERE.