The Resurfacing Partnership Between Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine
(Note: this is my longest blog entry. I usually keep them under 400 words. I guess I have a hard time containing this material not to mention containing myself about it!!!)
For the past fifty or so years there has been a huge renaissance of interest in the feminine aspect of the Divine. After millennia of vicious repression by the patriarchy, the Divine Feminine is again resurfacing. This may be the single most important spiritual development of our time.
The Divine Feminine has needed to assert itself in its own way in its own time and often did so apart from men so that its future could be self-determined. It has blossomed beautifully over the years and has become increasingly open, confident and powerful in affirming the feminine in life and as a reflection of God itself. During this time there has also been a significant process going on with men reclaiming the masculine from patriarchy, superficial machismo images and demands for special power and privilege. The masculine and feminine within all of us is being refined and matured. There are increasing avenues for the development of these two central forces of the Self and of faces of God in each of us. And part of that development is that they are increasingly seen as co-creators and partners.
One of the authors who speaks most clearly and vibrantly about this is Sera Beak in her wonderful book Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story. This is a book which pulsates with life and vibrates with Spirit. She compares the two qualities in the following 10 ways. (Note: She refers to the Divine Masculine rather than Sacred Masculine. For her DM is short for Divine Masculine and DF is short for Divine Feminine.)
1. DM feels still; DF feels like movement
2. DM feels like no thing; DF feels like everything
3. DM feels impersonal; DF feels personally invested
4. DM feels cool and collected and even a bit chaste; DF feels hot
and bothered and more than a bit salacious
5. DM looks clear; DF shimmers like a rainbow
6. DM works it out on a yoga mat; DF prefers a claw foot bath tub
7. DM drives a Prius: DF drives a convertible and fast
8. DM fasts; DF feasts
9. DM sits cross legged under a tree all day; DF dances around a
fire all night
10. DM feels more spiritual; DF feels more natural
One of the things I truly enjoy and love about this list is that there are no subtle or not so subtle digs toward either side. I also think as I read it that the girls are having more fun than the guys!
From my own perspective the Sacred Masculine has three major qualities or functions. First, the Sacred Masculine is the space keeper for the Divine Feminine. It takes on this protective function not because the Divine Feminine is weak but because the Sacred Masculine knows how much the patriarchy hates the Divine Feminine.
Second, the Sacred Masculine takes a responsive stance to the call for more vibrant life from the Divine Feminine. Third, the Sacred Masculine takes on the role of mountain energy, that is, of stability, fairness and strength seeking the universal truth enclosed in all personal energy.
Finally, this is not simply an excursion into gender differences though that plays a part. But rather is a way to explore the Divine, to make the ineffable concrete, personal and approachable. This uplifts the ordinary to the Cosmic and brings the Universal into the individual human.
In the upcoming workshop we will have a very lively discussion of these ideas. If you’d like to register for the program please go to www.truenorthholisticcenter.org. The cost of the session is $25.00 per person.