This afternoon (it is Thursday morning), I speak in the afternoon to a group based in Iowa where I speak once a month about one of my books. So when you read this it will be Friday morning and the talk will be behind me.
The book I am sharing today is on the sacred masculine and called The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
As I woke up this morning, I realized anew how important that topic is, how distorted masculinity has become at this time in history, how the reptilian brain is on full display and unleashed and how unhinged our species is becoming. The headlines tell the story every day. Wars. Invasions of sovereign countries. Putin and Kim Jong Un getting together to discuss more efficient ways to deliver nuclear weapons and to invade Father Sky and carry on a perverse war in Ukraine.
The war on Mother Earth. Matricide. Ecocide. Misogyny everywhere evident. The killing of the mother, the killing of compassion therefore. Wisdom and compassion and the divine feminine sidelined.
So much evidence of what Adrienne Rich calls the “fatalistic self-hatred” that accompanies Patriarchy everywhere. Psychologist Erich Fromm, taking the lesson from Naziism and the Holocaust, said that the origin of fascism is self-hatred.
Fascism on display everywhere including in the bowels of the American political system.
Fascism as power and control and violence and the reptilian brain unleashed. A perverse and distorted masculinity unleashed.
Power-over vs. power-with which is what community and justice and love are all about. And compassion. Meister Eckhart: “There is no love where there is no equality.”
Yet there is progress too. Women coming into their own more and more and with men as allies at their side. A growing consensus and awareness of what I am talking about.
How needy we are for a new understanding of masculinity.
To be continued.
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
And Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Post-denominational Priest, pp. 417-420.
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Queries for Contemplation
Do you agree we are needy for a new understanding of masculinity? What evidence do you invoke for that opinion?
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
Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest (Revised/Updated Edition)
Matthew Fox’s stirring autobiography, Confessions, reveals his personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey from altar boy, to Dominican priest, to his eventual break with the Vatican. Five new chapters in this revised and updated edition bring added perspective in light of the author’s continued journey, and his reflections on the current changes taking place in church, society and the environment.
“The unfolding story of this irrepressible spiritual revolutionary enlivens the mind and emboldens the heart — must reading for anyone interested in courage, creativity, and the future of religion.”
—Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self