A Vision of the Sacred Masculine
I had intended to write this blog about the importance of being willing to be unbalanced but life interrupted my plan by presenting a marvelous vision of the Sacred Masculine in (of all things) the Major League Baseball All Star Game.
I do not know Derek Jeter and what kind of man he is, or friend or neighbor. But what I saw at the All Star Game was the essence of the Sacred Masculine appearing not just in him as an individual but in the process of the game. Jeter has played professional baseball for twenty years and been an all-star for thirteen of those years. He has played with enormous reliability and integrity. For example, there are no drug controversies. He has come to play each day and won several championships. In interviews he presents as a talented and humble man who knows who he is and what he does. And truth be told, he is not as good an athlete as he once was. He has trouble hitting a fastball.
But he is what many athletes aspire to be. And for heaven sakes I can’t hit slow pitch soft ball the way I did twenty years ago. And, as for base running I need a golf cart. We all slow down.
He has announced he is retiring at the end of the year and so was honored at this game. He batted first and when he came to bat the other players on the field, his “opponents” cheered him. Several of them took their gloves off (symbolically dropping their shield and sword) and clapped. It was a process in which opposition, division and antagonism was seen as superficial. Enmity was transcended. In an interview, he said of the experience, “It was an awesome feeling. I’ve been playing this game for a long time and to be appreciated by fans from all the teams and players on my team and against me makes me feel good.”
There was even a silent commercial in which many famous people tipped their hats to Jeter including Michael Jordan, Rudy Giuliani, Jay-Z, Billy Crystal, Spike Lee, New York Police and Fire Departments, Tiger Woods, Phil Jackson, players from the New York Mets. Elders recognizing a new elder. There is no more intense rivalry in sports than between the Red Sox and Yankees and so the commercial starts with Red Sox John Lester pitching to Jeter. And during the commercial several Red Sox Fan tipped their hat to him. Yes, we can compete, and do battle but in the end we are all one. The game and commercial was a wonderful image that was as USA today proclaimed “dignified and not excessive.” The competition and battle are only a game. It is a way that we play.
The competitive is transcended in the midst of a competitive game. Masculine energy has always been involved in sports and competition but in this setting the competition is both transcended and embraced. It is seen as not our essence. It is seen as the superficial. And as part of us at times. It is the way some skills are honed, strength is developed and talent used.
One of the things I love about Sera Beak’s book is that she finds the sacred in the midst of her life, a dinner with a friend, defending her Master’s thesis, a relationship with her boyfriend or being told off by another spiritual writer (Andrew Harvey). And so in today’s posting I am finding it in baseball.
I think the Sacred Masculine plays this sort of baseball. And the Divine Feminine plays …….. ???????
Come on representatives of the Divine Feminine, what do you think? What do you play?
In our workshop we might develop a thought or two about this. Perhaps we will develop some additions to Sera’s list of comparisons between the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine. If we do that I’ll send them to her and see what she thinks.