In failing to acknowledge and enter into a relationship with its own inner masculine, the radical feminism so prevalent on university campuses these days unwittingly ends up acting out the very thing it claims to be fighting. Carl Jung called this "animus-possession," a condition in which the shadow, untransformed side of the masculine possesses the one who represses and denies it.
Accordingly, the shadow masculine has a habit of engaging in black-and-white, either/or thinking. Statements like "masculinity is the source of the world's problems," "the masculine love of feminine beauty is inherently sexist," and "masculine emotions are almost completely off-base" are - ironically - instances of the shadow, untransformed aspect of the masculine. So is the idea that men have no inner life or the notion that if they do, it is inferior to that of women.
For the record, I love my own core masculinity, and I am proud of it. It causes me to love ALL aspects of the Feminine, including beauty, which I find just as intensely present in the world of nature as I do in women. It is my core masculine that causes me as well to fall in love with feminine or Sophianic wisdom, which draws all things - including both masculinity and femininity - together into a single, wholistic web, and which enlivens my body, mind and emotions with the elation that accompanies each and every spiritual insight and epiphany.
Masculinity causes me to love and defend women, who are - I am convinced - the most amazing beings ever created by God. The masculine also causes me to keep my word and to honor my commitments, regardless of the cost. And it is masculinity that makes me into a "Green Man," one who loves and defends the sacred Earth.
Yes, I am proud of my core masculine AND I am proud to be a man!
Photo: Fremont Culture petroglyph (A.D. 1 - 1300) near Moab, UT, April 25, 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.