As a mother of a young child who identifies as male, I am regularly on the lookout for positive role models who embody a healed and healthy Divine Masculine. Rather than socially constructed binaries of gender, I see the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine as polarities that exist in each of us and that are meant to coexist in balance. For this to occur, both aspects need to be in a state of health. As a teacher of ascension, the Sumerian Goddess Inanna underscores the need for this balancing in actualizing our highest potential. To do so we must heal the impact of a long history of misguided treatment of women at the hands of the patriarchy. The wounded masculine is at the root of patriarchal subjugation which attempted to bury the Divine Feminine, destroyed her temples, usurped her force, and vilified her for thousands of years.

In her most well-known myth, The Descent of Inanna, Inanna insists the wounded masculine undergoes extensive healing. We see this in the example of her husband, King Dumuzi. When she ascends from the great below, Inanna finds her beloved lost in his own self-aggrandizement rather than mourning her death, excitedly assuming his reign without her. Understandably, she is hurt and angry, but she also knows that Dumuzi’s behavior and tendency towards self-centeredness defies the expansiveness and wisdom required of his role as king. Inanna responds by creating the circumstances for her beloved to go through a personal initiation to heal the wounding that is the cause of his egoic attachment, enabling him to become integrated and balanced, and to match the work she has just completed herself.

What Constitutes Healed Masculine Energy?

In the face of our current global conflict, it is crucial to identify antidotes to masculine aggression. Exemplars of the sacred masculine offers such an antidote. Allies of the Divine Feminine share a number of generous and generative attributes including:

  • Embodying balanced yin and yang.
  • Understanding that collaboration and unity is necessary for progress.
  • A commitment to doing one’s own work.
  • Being in service while employing right speech, thought, and action.
  • An ability to actualize the wisdom of the heart.
  • Maintaining a relationship with power that is in alignment with the highest good.
  • Assisting others in accessing their own empowerment.
  • Strong sacred boundaries.

How to Identify the Sacred Masculine:

Felt Experience

In part what make the sacred masculine stand out is the way their teachings leave me feeling expanded, motivated, empowered, and connected to the vast army of other lightworkers around the globe. These individuals embody genuine and palpable love for humanity, a commitment to uplift, and a tireless drive to teach others how to liberate themselves. Humble and honest, I can feel the love, sincerity, and pure kindness that comes from the sacred masculine.

Right Speech

The sacred masculine deeply respects the impact of language, carefully choosing words to ensure they are in alignment with the highest vibration, showcasing discernment without judgement, egoic attachment, or a need to be right. Their approach is not dogmatic but encouraging and supportive.

Sacred Boundaries

Masters of sacred boundaries, these individuals might use social media and technology to promote their work, but they do so in the spirit of accessibility versus attachment to personal recognition or fame, using these mediums only to spread love. They remind us of the importance of sacred boundaries in part by honoring their own and showing us what that looks like. With sacred boundaries in place, they are clear conduits for truth and as such, teach personal sovereignty.

Divine Feminine Allies

Exemplars of the sacred masculine continuously honor the feminine through collaboration and a commitment to showcasing her contributions. They value reciprocal exchange and support Divine Feminine lightworkers in their overall message and through their influential platforms. They prioritize balance—they have done their personal work. That is what a healed masculine looks and feels like.

Inanna Sets Balance in Motion

Inanna celebrates the healed masculine by prioritizing Dumuzi’s initiation alongside her own evolution. Inanna knows that we must work together for planetary balance and for the collective to rise. We must integrate a healthy Divine Masculine both internally and externally. Inanna’s message of balancing polarities can be seen in her dual epitaph of Goddess of Love and War. By embracing and reconciling these two polarities we unify and transcend separation consciousness. The sacred masculine supports Inanna and all the goddesses, as they walk their unique paths, living a message of love and unity consciousness, and helping to transmute the impact of destructive patriarchal dominance, into healing.

May each of us have the courage to heal and balance all aspects of self so that we can embody congruence, diffuse conflict within and without and resonate at the frequency of love.

*Inspired by the wisdom of the Sumerian Goddess Inanna, this blog is an invitation to live as she does, like an Unapologetic Heroine.

Seana Zelazo, LICSW is a psychotherapist, spiritual coach and intuitive channel committed to helping us live unapologetically, by restoring balance within and without through the wisdom of the Sumerian Goddess Inanna. Look for her upcoming book The Return of Inanna: The Unapologetic Heroine in 2022.