This post was written for The Concsious Goddess Festival which is happening June 26-28 in Parson, B.C.
When I reflect on the Divine and Sacred Masculine, I immediately think of celebrating the return to my self, my nature, my essence and my connection with all that is. In modern day society we have very little in the way of formal initiation for boys as they become men. In the absence of initiation, we intuitively create circumstances in our lives that will challenge us to grow. These challenges are always calling us home to our selves. This cycle of transformation repeats until lessons are integrated and learned.
In my experience of this journey, there was always an emptiness that I could not seem to understand. I filled that emptiness with distraction, food, alcohol and drama. While travelling the road of self awareness a teacher told me, "You need to grow up!" I didn't really understand at the time what that meant. I really felt like I had been doing my emotional work and was growing as a person.
I now know that filling that emptiness, was work that needed to be done in the company of other men. I experienced a modern day initiation, a descent into my inner darkness. When I emerged from this journey I saw the world with new eyes. The emptiness inside me was filled with an awareness of the gold that I bring into this world. That gold, is a strong connection with my unique mission and purpose on this earth. I now have a connection to myself that I had not experienced until this experience. When I look back on this experience, I view it as Divine. There was a magical energy at work under the surface. So magical in fact that I felt I was not just doing my work, I was doing the work of the generations of men that came before me. I also feel like the healing that occurred will impact the generations to come. I had grown up.
The quote below reinforces why a Man would want to go to a Goddess Festival and the invitation and opportunity for healing that the Goddess brings to the Divine and Sacred Masculine.
“Your woman knows your weaknesses better than anybody. She knows where you will falter and give up. She knows the degree of mediocrity you will settle for. And, she knows your true capacity as a full man, a man of free consciousness and love. Her gift, if she is a good woman, is to test you with her darkest moods, over and over and over, until your consciousness is unperturbed by feminine challenge, and you are able to pervade her with your love, just as you are here to pervade the world. In response to your fearless consciousness, she will drench your world in love and light.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man
Although I am actively engaged in Men's Work, I deeply believe that the true work being done is genderless. We are healing for each other and for the earth. Events like The Conscious Goddess Festival provide an opportunity to co-create a unique healing experience. We each hold a piece of this healing for the other and when we come together and do this work it creates a space for magic to happen.
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