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The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculineby Matthew Fox
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Many men, especially young men, are looking for images of healthy masculinity to emulate. But according to Matthew Fox, today’s culture rewards reptilian behaviors like domination and aggression and represses men’s natural desire for spirituality. To develop what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he offers here ten compelling metaphors and archetypes, ranging from the Green Man to the multigenerational Grandfatherly Heart. He also includes models of sacred marriage, showing how partnership becomes the ultimate expression of healthy masculinity.
"The prolific Fox (Creativity; Meditations with Meister Eckhart), best known for his treatments of a variety of themes within spirituality as well as works on the great mystics, this time urges men to connect 'with a spiritual side they do not know exists within them.' As Fox mentions, the word 'hidden' in the title refers to an undiscovered, buried, even intentionally suppressed quality — the 'Divine Masculine' — among men. The author tackles such spiritual themes as the body, sexuality, creativity, and fatherhood, exploring how these areas of human experience are also gateways to the Divine Masculine — often explaining how the Divine Masculine relates to the Divine Feminine within these areas as well. Fox's ideas about men's spirituality are complex, unlike the broth-thin prosperity spirituality sold by the likes of Rhonda Byrne. Fox deserves to find his true audience — thinking men (and women as well) who desire a rich exploration of 'male spirituality' by a thinker who can draw as easily on Thomas Aquinas as he does on Greek mythology and the work of the Indian saint Swami Muktananda." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
It is no secret that men are in trouble today. From war to ecological collapse, most of the worlds critical problems stem from a distorted masculinity out of control. Yet our culture rewards the very dysfunctions responsible for those problems.
To Matthew Fox, our crucial task is to open our minds to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine than we receive from our media, culture, and religions. Popular religion forces the punitive imagery of fundamentalism on us, pushing most men away from their natural yearning for spirituality and toward intolerance and domination. Meanwhile, many men, particularly young men, are looking for images of healthy masculinity to emulate and finding nothing.
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 Grandfatherly Heart to the Spiritual Warrior. He explores archetypes of sacred marriage, showing how partnership becomes the ultimate expression of healthy masculinity. By stirring our natural yearning for healthy spirituality, Fox argues, these timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to reinvent the world.
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