A major quality of the Sacred Masculine - of God, Tunkashila, Father Sky, Dharmakaya, Sunyata, the Great No-Thing - is BEYONDNESS, transcendence, otherworldliness. The Masculine is meant to remain wild and undomesticated, not in a selfish, narcissistic manner that is dangerous to others, but in the sense of having his origin in another world. While the Goddess is all about immanence and this-worldliness, God energy is ever BEYOND - the sky-like backdrop, the lake-like expanse, the transcendent ground of being on which all creatures, together with the Goddess herself, can arise, thrive and find protection.
This means that a man - and a woman in her masculine - is not meant to become mired in lame and tame substitutes for wildness: in alcohol, drugs, TV, video games, spectator sports, obsessive sex, or in a citified, domesticated existence. Rather, masculinity frequents the wilderness, either externally - in the wide-open landscape - or internally, in the domain of a vast and open mind and heart where God dwells forever in spacious, ecstatic, self-emptying bliss, lost to himself in love for a world which is nevertheless able to manifest itself upon the vast backdrop of his steady and loving Gaze.
Above all, a man is meant to have the sky in his eyes . . .
Photos: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, January, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.