We continue our meditations on the crisis of the masculine in our times, a crisis that is thousands of years old and that Mother Earth and our species can no longer tolerate.
If we cannot cure our false notions of masculinity that Patriarchy has fed us with, our species will not survive. This latest war, brought on by one disgruntled man, Mr. Putin, with his fingers on nuclear weapons (as he was eager to remind us in a speech last week) is another Wake-up call. Not only will our species not survive, neither will millions of others on Mother Earth. War between nations and humans needs to yield to addressing our common war against Mother Earth. Matricide cannot be addressed if male agendas and wars dominate our consciousness, banishing the divine feminine and our capacities for love, forgiveness and creativity.
We are invited to read these as a poem and a prayer and a Litany.
November 27: More Gratitude to Robert Bly
November 29: Prophetic Gifts from Robert Bly
November 30: Hildegard of Bingen on the Sacred Masculine
December 16: The Opposite of the Sacred Masculine
December 18: On Display Jan 6: Lies, not Masculinity
December 19: Lying vs. Masculinity
December 20: A Litany of Toxic Masculinity
December 22: Father Dominance & Collective Fascism
To be continued
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: A man prays at the shrine of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, activists killed in the 2014 revolution for Ukrainian independence. Photo by spoilt.exile on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
What further awakens you and lights a fire for you on reading and contemplating these themes?
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