Chelle recently left a comment on this blog, and I’ve now had a bit of a chance to have a look through her really interesting blog. Today I want to link yesterday’s Richard Rohr post by referencing a book review by Chelle. She review’s Rohr’s On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for
Men (pub. 2010).
Here’s an excerpt from her review. You’ll find the complete review here.
‘Authentic masculinity is the other side of feminine energy. It’s the complement, the balance, the counterpoint, the needed energy to create a lovely whole. Together these two energies are always new life and new beauty. Separate they are overstatement, imbalance, sterility, and boredom.’
Richard Rohr believes that there is a unique masculine spirituality that has been lost in western men. (David Tacey also writes about this brilliantly in relation to the Australian male – will post on his books eventually.) The masculinity we see in culture is over-cooked, from the shadow of the human personality, an ill-fitting suit of armor. Our culture does not encourage men to take the time for self-reflection nor does it offer enough diversity in the expressions of masculinity honored. If consumer media culture has created problems for women in regard to body image, our media has created problems for men in regard to ego and the inner life.
So how does Rohr define masculinity?
‘By the ‘feminine principle’ I mean everything vulnerable, interior, powerless, subtle, personal , intimate, and relational. By the ‘masculine principle’ I mean everything clear, rational, linear, ordered, in control, bounded, provable, and hard.’
I am aware of a discomfort in myself each time I read this quote. It’s a discomfort I am keen to befriend because it is a guide into further understanding of myself and the constraints of culturally constructed notions of sexuality. Its a post-it-note from my soul to explore further!...”