spiritual writings | retreat center directory

You're invited to visit our sister site DanJoseph.com, a resource site
featuring articles on spirituality, psychology, and A Course in Miracles.

Home | Writings | World | Matthew Fox | Spirituality of Men part 1 | next   

Excerpted from The Hidden Spirituality of Men by Matthew Fox. Copyright © 2008 by Matthew Fox. Excerpted by permission of New World Library.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"It was, in the end, a very hopeful and amazing dream."

  Matthew Fox,
The Hidden Spirituality of Men
, Part 1

Recently I had a very powerful and beautiful dream at a place and on an occasion that was very auspicious. I had arrived at night and in the dark at the top of a mountain at a retreat center named Mount Madonna not far from Santa Cruz, California. The purpose of my visit was to lead a day workshop that was part of a larger conference sponsored by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology titled "The Divine Feminine and the Sacred Masculine." The night was dark as I stumbled along the rocky terrain, made my way to my room, and prepared for the workshop the next day.

That night I dreamt that I was on a mountain in rocky terrain. It was daytime, and someone came to me and said, "Come look at this." I followed this person over hills and rocky places and arrived at a dirt road where an entire caravan of cars was moving through the mountain. As far as the eye could see, over hill and dale, something like a grand wedding was taking place -- it was a wedding day parade with newly married couples in each car as far as the eye could see. Only, lo and behold, in the back seat of each car, as bride and groom, was an elephant and a tiger. They were newlyweds, compassion and passion. A sacred marriage revisited!

As one car passed, I saw that the elephant was more or less embracing the tiger, and the tiger had its head out the window and was staring at me. The tiger was beautiful and strong, and in the dream I said, "Look how large the tiger's head is." It was a generous and bountiful occasion. All were happy, the sun was shining, and the four-legged ones, far from going extinct, were intermarrying. Progeny were sure to follow. The return of the Sacred Masculine and the Divine Feminine? The return of the Sacred Marriage of the two? One can hope. It was, in the end, a very hopeful and amazing dream.

I take the dream to mean, among other things, that the elephant represents the divine feminine. It is grand and powerful but also maternal and community-minded. I take the tiger to stand for the sacred masculine -- a tiger is a hunter, it is noble and beautiful, and also intelligent (the large head) and cunning. The animals were getting along in the back seat of the car, though the maternal, the elephant, was essentially holding or embracing the tiger, the masculine. I could not see who was driving the car. Probably a human being acting as chauffeur.

next ->