One of the best-kept secrets of our time:
although many men don’t care
a whit/a hoot/or a fig about spirituality
many other men deeply value their spiritual side.
By himself a man is not capable of success
when it comes to battling the assaults of evil
and so, many men today feel
they are in chains/powerless.
The need for boys to have heroes who slay dragons
symbolizes the male struggle
to gain consciousness and adulthood
rather than lapsing back into the bliss of unconsciousness
and being dominated forever by the mother.
Males must break with their mothers
and identify with their (hopefully mature) fathers
or they become mummy-boys not men
they never grow into adulthood
whereas girls can identify with their mother forever –
there is no need for a radical break.
Part of boys becoming conscious and adults
is learning mindful speech –
a man’s talk can bring true love
or kill the souls of girlfriends and wives.
Boys also need to learn to live in the NOW
for the present moment is our perfect teacher
who is always with us. In meditation men learn
how to tap into their present experience as it is –
insightful or not/scary or not –
they learn to face reality with courage.
The famous preacher Jonathan Edwards wrote
“It is the Spirit/Sophia/Wisdom working in men
that makes them see the beauty in the present moment/
the unity of all things/
makes them tender-hearted toward others/
and gives them a well-ordered and disciplined life.”