My opinions

I offer a deep bow of gratitude to Baba Ram Dass on his 80th birthday today.

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He has been one of my inspirations since 1973, when my dear friend Eric gave me “Be Here Now“. Despite his stroke a few years back, he is still offering his soulful presence online. Namaste, Babaji!

I love this photo of him [on the right] with his then-mentor Bhagavan Das, who led RD to find his guru,  Neem Karoli Baba in the 1960s.

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What is “21st Century Masculinity” anyway?

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“what our planet needs now”

What kind of men does the planet need now?

“Man must love man, or war is forever.”— James Broughton

 

  • Men evolved in tribes to compete and be strong…to protect our tribe…to compete for sex and survival.
  • Fear is still often present between men…a residual, primal fear of competition and/or sexual predation (often clothed in anger or being super-cool) .
  • Now that our species is nearly 7 billion on a small planet, competition and conquest MUST be replaced with cooperation and building trust.It’s no longer “us” versus “them”.
  • It’s all US.In doing the work of Manology – Men’s Work – we ask: what about sexual energy and attraction? If I open up and let down my guard, will I be seen as sexually available or making an advance?  An open heart is not the same as an open groin. It is possible to be open to brotherhood AND have clear boundaries.

“True courage is the product of tenderness. It arises when we let the world touch our heart, our heart that is so beautiful and so bare. We are ready to open ourselves up, with no resistance or timidity, and truly face the world. We are ready to share our heart with others.” Chogyam Trungpa

How can we learn to lay down our arms as competitors and open our arms to embrace our brothers, maintaining our sense of self and our masculinity?

Join us to explore brotherhood at Manology ~ http://masculinity21st.wordpress.com/

Please share this PDF: Manology-Brotherhood-1010

Beyond “Masculine”/”Feminine”: Expanding our understanding of “gender”

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The media have taken notice: Teens are being bullied and committing suicide because they do not fit our culture’s narrow, binary definitions of  “masculine” and “feminine”.

This oppression, which has been going on for eons,  hurts us all and limits  our ability to embody and express our full humanity, which is not   “either/or”.

We are all BOTH masculine AND feminine, regardless of what kind of plumbing we have.

Here are two authors whose writing expands beyond the binary:

1] Genia Pauli Haddon has written a brilliant essay enlarging the view of gender: Haddon-graphic

Her book is listed here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1881311139?ie=UTF8&tag=theascentofhu-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1881311139

2] Charles Eisenstein has drawn on Haddon to articulate a new view of human evolution emphasizing the ascent of the Yang Feminine and Yin Masculine:

http://www.ascentofhumanity.com/the-testicular-age.php

“Sacred Activism” by Andrew Harvey

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Two different friends whose opinions I trust highly recommended Andrew Harvey to me this week.

I feel stirred, inspired and motivated after viewing his video 7-clip series:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgK_pywP-84&p=677B9DAEE1034234&playnext=1&index=36

He articulates a dilemma I have felt for decades: how to be both “spiritual” [by committing to practices that center and ground me in connection with the sacred], and also involved in a more active way in relieving suffering in our world. His vision is profound: acknowledging our shared human predicaments and the suffering we are both creating and enduring. He offers a compassionate and deeply hopeful call to arise to our highest destiny: to be active agent’s of  The Divine in furthering our own and others’ evolution. We are all in this together.

Church was never like this!

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Deva Preal, Mitten and Manose brought a whole theater full of souls together in sacred sound in North Vancouver last weekend.

For a taste of the experience, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d63COahIpVM which was recorded at a similar event.

They really are masters of  Nada Yoga: the practice of using sacred syllables and mantras to transform consciousness.

This chant is the ancient

GAYATRI MANTRA

AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT.

Gayatri Mantra (the mother of the vedas), the foremost mantra in hinduism and hindu beliefs, inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that “May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path”. The mantra is also a prayer to the “giver of light and life” – the sun (savitur).

To learn more about Deva and Mitten: http://devapremalmiten.com/cdsdvds/in-concert

High Flight

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Today, remembering a poem that touched me back in my aviating days, I was even more moved to learn that the author, John Gillespie Magee, composed it as a 21 year old RAF pilot just months before his death in combat during the early days of WWII.
I am struck by the seeming paradox that we humans are capable of using technology to experience both the sublime and the savage in us all.
May we learn to choose more wisely.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.