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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.

"But what about the Sacred Masculine?"

  Matthew Fox,
The Hidden Spirituality of Men
, Part 3

But what about the Sacred Masculine? Here we have far less evidence of an awakening. We need to search, we need to dig -- and we need to let go of images of Male Godliness that are damaging and destructive. What good is it if the goddess returns and men refuse her presence? What good is it if the goddess strives to blossom in both women and men, but men offer her no home? What good is it if Sophia wakes women up but not men? 

This will not do --not in personal relationships and not in cultural institutions, all of which need a healthy gender balance of masculine and feminine, male and female, yin and yang. As Meister Eckhart put it seven centuries ago, "All the names we give to God come from an understanding of ourselves." If men and women, girls and boys, cannot receive a balanced sense of the gender of God (any statement on God is always a metaphor), then it follows that we are not living with a balanced gender sense of ourselves.

Of course, not too long ago, a men's movement emerged that seemed to inaugurate the redefining of the Sacred Masculine described above. But for various reasons it has been only partially successful. One reason for this may be that the mass media ridiculed many of the efforts of the movement; another may be that certain representatives of the movement seemed bent on defining masculinity in a crazy macho way -- for example, Robert Moore in his book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, spends far more ink citing General Patton than Gandhi, Jesus, Malcolm X, or Martin Luther King Jr. In an interview with Christian de la Huerta, a leader in the gay spirituality movement and author of Coming Out Spiritually, I asked him what he felt about the men's movement. Had it accomplished much so far?

I haven't been personally impacted by it. I think for the most part the men's movement impacted the straight men's community, so in that sense I think it did a lot of good as far as it could take it. But for some reason it seems to have stalled or petered out, and I'm not sure what that's about.

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