We are meditating on the sacred masculine and the divine feminine.  We have called upon Nicolas Cusa who gives ample evidence of having married the divine feminine (wisdom) with the sacred masculine (prophetic warriorhood).  Indeed, he wrote a book called “On the Hunt for Wisdom”—talk about hunting and gathering, a sacred masculine archetype!  He is hunting for wisdom, thus the divine feminine! 

Hunting with wisdom and compassion: wildlife photographer Kim Wolhuter explains the secret behind his unique relationship with cheetahs and wildlife. Clip introduced by Julz Braatvedt, cameraman. Learn more HERE.

We have also seen how committed Cusa was to deep ecumenism and to the marriage of religion and science.  We have also considered how the current crisis for our species, climate change and all that entails (including the coronavirus and other deadly pandemics that may await us) may come to a head at the COP26 event unfolding in November when all nations gather to commit to serious movement against this existential threat. 

And how the event at the Vatican on St Francis Feast Day, bringing together 40 leaders of different faith traditions, urged humanity to “radical” change and urged religions to work alongside science and also young people who will, of course, inherit a threatened earth system. 

“Drought.” Photo by Joanna Král on Flickr.

Let us probe deeper into the eco-crisis and its relation to spirituality.  Hear how the prophet Joel lamented centuries ago “over the ruin of the country.” 

Stand dismayed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers, for the wheat, for the barley; the harvest of the field has been ruined.  The vine has withered, the fig tree wilts away; pomegranate, and palm, and apple, every tree in the field is drooping.  Yes, gladness has faded among the sons and daughters of the human race. (Joel 1:1-12)

This lamentation over the pain of Mother Earth is followed by a Call to Repentance and Prayer (Joel 1:13-2:17).

Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 3f. 

And Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. 43-76.

To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.

Banner Image: The center third of “Education” (1890), a stained glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios, located in Linsly-Chittenden Hall at Yale University. It depicts Science (personified by Devotion, Labor, Truth, Research and Intuition) and Religion (personified by Purity, Faith, Hope, Reverence and Inspiration) in harmony, presided over by the central personification of “Light·Love·Life”. On Wikimedia Commons

Queries for Contemplation

Do you see a relevance between Joel’s lamentation over the fate of Mother Earth and humans and the fading of gladness happening in our time?

Recommended Reading

The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance

In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.

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

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7 thoughts on “The Sacred Masculine Hunting-Gathering for Wisdom”

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    Yes, our collective soul needs to become more aware in general. Hunter-gatherers are more in touch with reality because it is necessary for survival. Hunter-gatherers know that we are all related. As was generally stated, they are more heart orientated, have keen intellects, are expanded in awareness, must employ great willpower, and need great memories. God speaks through Nature.

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    Patrcia G. Ferrari

    Good morning, thank you so much Matthew and the whole team for your emails. I am 80 yrs young and still learning thank to all of you. I pray daily for all . Bless Matt I pray for long healthy life for you. This is my school now. Read the Original Blessing in 1985. I am now reading the mystic meditations. I am grateful. Peace Pat Ferrari

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    Lamentations can lead to a fading of gladness, but lamentations can also lead us to a deeper compassion, that inspires mercy… a contemplative active response which unifies suffering with love.

    St. Clare, St. Francis of Assissi, and St. Bonaventure called this cruciformed love. Lamentations can lead to the transformation of heart, mind and soul… experienced through the union of suffering and love.

    We cry lamentations for the Earth, sharing in the suffering She is enduring, which transforms us to awaken from our apathy, to begin to love the Earth as She loves us, to contemplate ways in which we can do something to alleviate Her pain, in Her time of need.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Jeanette, thank you for your words on St. Clare, St. Francis, and St. Bonaventure–“cruciformed” love, is loving through the lamentation.

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    Hunter gatherers have a depth, a quality, and a freedom in their lives, that were lost when people began to be tied to one place in farms and cities. In his brilliant book “Sapiens…”, Yuval Noah Harari calls the agricultural revolution, “History’s Biggest Fraud”.
    And thank you for the beautiful video featuring Kim. Would it not advance lovingkindness and peace in the world, if we treated all animals, including one another, the way that he treats the cheetahs? With respect and dignityl

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    We have reached the ultimate “tipping point”, and our species must embrace the ultimate paradigm shift from blatant over consumption to wholly (holy) ecological mindset, or perish. }:- a.m.

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