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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.
 

"We need a relationship of equality between the yang and yin powers within ourselves and within our cultural institutions."

  Matthew Fox,
The Hidden Spirituality of Men
, Part 2

Of course, tigers and elephants cannot actually mate, and this dream about the masculine and the feminine should not be taken literally. We carry both masculine and feminine attributes within us, just as the tiger family carries both within it and the elephant family the same.

The caravan in the dream is significant. Middle Eastern philosophy pictures history as a caravan with the ancestors leading, rather than bringing up the rear. We are all part of history and this was an ancestral caravan, one that in the real world is seriously damaged, since tigers and elephants and the entire natural world is suffering at this time in history. Why were the elephant and tiger in the backseat? It's an interesting question, but maybe that is another point of the dream: humans (as chauffeurs) have a responsibility to help preserve these endangered but amazing beings. We are here to serve.

Which takes us back to the essence of the dream -- it is time that we gathered our beautiful masculine (tiger) and powerfully feminine (elephant) powers. We need a relationship of equality between the yang and yin powers within ourselves and within our cultural institutions. We are a long way from that situation in our current caravans.

It is widely acknowledged and regarded that the Divine Feminine has made a grand comeback in recent history. This has taken the form of women circles, women scholarship, WomenChurch, women organizing, women leading, women becoming educated and taking their place in science, medicine, politics, business, religion, and more. Far more women go to college today than men. Whether we call her the Goddess, Gaia, God as Mother, the Divine Feminine, the Black Madonna, Tara, Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva, the Dark Mother, Oshun, Sophia, Wisdom, the Tao, Mary, Kali, or the Lady of Guadalupe, she is making a much-needed and much-heralded return. Indeed, not since the twelfth century has the Goddess been so active in Western Culture. At that time she led the charge to reinvent education and worship, lifestyles and architecture.

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