In the search for a Sacred Masculine, we inevitably encounter a God-like ability to train our inner gaze clear THROUGH the difficult surface aspects of life in order to find the sacred core - the true self - hidden there. This is precisely what I experience in the wilderness, where the sunlight, spaciousness and silence of the landscape pierce through my quirks and flaws into order to uncover my truest self. In the West, this kind of energy is often called the "gaze of God" which is able to bring us to life in fresh ways. "We exist because You GAZE upon us with love" is the revolutionary principle of Renaissance mystic Nicholas of Cusa in his book "The Vision of God."
True to a sacred Masculinity, this loving gaze is steady and unwavering, and is thus incredibly powerful in its ability to empower others to become who they really are. We might, in fact, call this gaze "penetrative," and in so doing, uncover the true meaning of male phallic energy. Unfortunately, because our culture is so literal and our males so unspiritual, we tend to interpret sexual drive in its most unenlightened way. Thus, young men often may think that bedding as many women as possible is proof of real manhood. But unbeknowst to them, what they are REALLY seeking deep within their spirits is a capacity to incarnate the lovingly penetrative Gaze of God - one that is able to see through to the divine core in all of life, and especially to find the Goddess dwelling within each and every woman they encounter in the course of daily life. When a man learns to embody the Divine Masculine in THIS way, he will treat all women with the utmost respect and awe.
I pray for a renaissance in our time of this powerful and liberating aspect of the Sacred Masculine. May it be so. Aho :)
Photo: The sun, ice formations and open water on Horsetooth Reservoir, Larimer County, CO, January19, 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.