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Ways of Knowing:

Intellectual: Reason, logic, and formal education’s response to truth; preferred form of Western people.

Volitional: when truth is known by choices and commitments we make; tied to time, memory and struggle of ongoing, refined decisions.

Emotional: when the great emotions (anger, fear, hatred, desire, ecstasy grief) are able to open us to truth; eventually necessary to fully “know” (underplayed by intellectuals).

Bodily/Sensory: when the actions and movements and five senses of the body themselves teach us truth.  Despite supposed sacramentalism of the church, it has deeply mistrusted “corporeal theology”.

Imaginative: When the truth of the larger unconscious is known usually through pictures, stories, myth, images and fantasies as unconsciously operating archetypes that are operating are awakened in our consciousness giving coherence to life and knowledge. “Ego-consciousness” resists its scary power.

Aesthetic: When matter and form come together to create the beauty or ugliness of truth.

Epiphanic : The peak experiences and breakthrough moments that reveal Big Truth. “The Grail Experience” that cannot be orchestrated or manufactured. Always grace! This way relativizes all other forms of knowing and all other systems. The individual needs a strong inner lover to be able to fully experience it, a well-developed inner warrior to not indulge it, a wise inner magician to learn what it is really saying and what it is not saying, and a powerful inner King/Queen to hold it together in “reality”…(which is nothing more than a collective hunch).

 

Taken from Richard Rohr: Quest for the Grail (page 50)

 

 

 The New Macho

He cleans up after himself.
He cleans up the planet.
He is a role model for young men.
He is rigorously honest and fiercely optimistic.

He holds himself accountable.
He knows what he feels.
He knows how to cry and he lets it go.
He knows how to rage without hurting others.
He knows how to fear and how to keep moving.
He seeks self-mastery.

He’s let go of childish shame.
He feels guilty when he’s done something wrong.
He is kind to men, kind to women, kind to children.
He teaches others how to be kind.
He says he’s sorry.

He stopped blaming women or his parents or men for his pain years ago.
He stopped letting his defenses ruin his relationships.
He stopped letting his penis run his life.
He has enough self respect to tell the truth.
He creates intimacy and trust with his actions.
He has men that he trusts and that he turns to for support.
He knows how to roll with it.
He knows how to make it happen.
He is disciplined when he needs to be.
He is flexible when he needs to be.
He knows how to listen from the core of his being.

He’s not afraid to get dirty.
He’s ready to confront his own limitations.
He has high expectations for himself and for those he connects with.
He looks for ways to serve others.
He knows he is an individual.
He knows that we are all one.
He knows he is an animal and a part of nature.
He knows his spirit and his connection to something greater.

He knows future generations are watching his actions.
He builds communities where people are respected and valued.
He takes responsibility for himself.
In times of need, he will be his brother’s keeper.

He knows his higher purpose.
He loves with fierceness.
He laughs with abandon, because he gets the joke.