The crisis in masculinity that we face today can be remedied in part by awakening to cosmology, to something awesome and greater than ourselves. Awakening to Cosmology is awakening to Father Sky.
Consider, for example, this testimony from a male undergraduate in an English University whose major was chemistry and management when he came across two books by Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth and The Great Work:
The deep ecology of Tom Berry was difficult to comprehend at first because it took me out of my ‘scientific’ comfort zone. It required me to connect with my spiritual side and this was not something I have ever had to do before. In all honesty, I greeted Berry’s perspectives with initial skepticism for it was not until I began to ponder his ideas in my mind more deeply that I began to connect with the spiritual side I did not know existed within me.
This in turn led me to questioning whether or not I truly appreciated the spirituality and the beauty of our planet…. I began to remember those precious occasions when I have marveled at, or simply been in awe of the wonder nature of our planet—times when I have just sat silently and gazed in amazement at the beauty of a snow covered Bath landscape, or the beauty of a star-filled night sky. At the time I did not realize the importance or significance in feeling these emotions, now I understood that these are valuable moments we risk losing forever.
This confession from a young man is most revealing—and also quite scary. How many other young men have never connected with a “spiritual side I did not know existed within me”? And how many, unlike this one, will never be exposed to Thomas Berry or other writers who will challenge them to get connected?
How deeply have our schools and our religions truly failed us? Psychologist Marion Woodman observes that “most young men in our culture have no spiritual heritage into which their elders are going to welcome them.”
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. xf.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Is it your experience that most young men in our culture have no spiritual heritage into which their elders are welcoming them? What follows from that? How does cosmology and the work of people like Thomas Berry fill in that dangerous gap?
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