READ: More pressing than the threat of nuclear war or environmental collapse is the battle of the sexes. I know this might sound like a tall claim, but when I heard that expressed in a talk this week by authors, Paul and Patty Richards, the truth of it struck me immediately.
So many ills in our world can be sourced back to the fact that our relationship to the forces of Masculine and Feminine within us is all out of whack. The Feminine is procreative and wants to be seen. The Masculine pays attention and wants to serve. To the extent that we ignore or neglect these forces and needs within us, we suffer. Our relationships suffer. Our society suffers.
My dear friend Kelley introduced me to the Richards’ body of work recently and their book,Wild Attraction, arrived yesterday. I began deep diving into it immediately and I can already tell it’s going to be a game changer. We all need this medicine if we’re going to survive as a species.
“People ignore Wild Attraction at their peril, as most of the human race rediscovers and immediately forgets, every day. But this living amalgam of the male and female gender essences is probably our most powerful friend in the struggle to create ever greater, more capable human beings.”
WATCH: Here is a brilliant little taste of Paul and Patty’s perspectives while discussing the issues of fidelity and the battle of the sexes in an interview with Miriam Knight. One notable quote from Patty, “What is possible, when the genders are working together in a complementary fashion is so extraordinary…and any time you see someone as your opponent is that you’re losing what you get when you seen them as your complement.”
LISTEN: One key practice of the Masculine according to Paul is to provide “admiring, undemanding attention” to the Feminine. I find the sense of that attitude captured so beautifully in the song “Extraordinary Magic” by Ben Rector. Thanks, Chloe, for sending that record my way!
Make this week magnificent!