The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine

Meanwhile, many men are looking for images of healthy masculinity to emulate, but finding nothing.

The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine

by Matthew Fox — 

It is no secret that men are in trouble today. From war to ecological collapse, most of the world’s critical problems stem from a distorted masculinity out of control. Yet our culture rewards the dysfunctions responsible for those problems.

To Fox, our crucial task is to open our minds to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine. 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 are looking for images of healthy masculinity to emulate, but finding nothing. To awaken what Fox calls the sacred masculine, he unearths 10 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. These are archetypes that can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to reinvent the world.

$24.95 hardcover — New World Library, 14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 27, Number , December 2008/January 2009.

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