One Reason Every Man or Woman Should Read A Manifesto for Conscious Men by A. Ardagh, G. Hendricks
A manifesto is a public declaration. In A Manifesto for Conscious Men Arjuna Ardagh and Gay Hendricks take on the challenge of…
- apologising to women on behalf of all men for men’s historical attitude and behaviour towards women, and
- ushering in a new era of mutual worship.
In this article I shall point out that regardless of the intention, requirement or effectiveness of the apology there is an important point contained ‘between the lines’ about how each individual – be you a man or woman – can heal the relationship you have with yourself.
As you grow in conscious awareness, that is to say as you manmanifesto become conscious of some truth that you were not conscious of before, you spend more time looking inwards for the source of external disharmony, and less time sticking to your guns saying that the problem is elsewhere external to your own consciousness.
My point in writing this article is to tie in the historical attitudes of women with the corresponding attitude we have towards our own hearts. As men we have valued logic, left brain, analysis, scientific discovery, the mind while for the most part ignoring right brain, intuition, feeling (which does not necessarily mean emotion, but rather feeling life force), the heart.
Each has its place in the balanced life of the human being, but how often does your heart space, the actual physical location of your heart, get your attention? Why is this important? Because if the heart is feminine and the heart is repressed, oppressed, subjugated, or even simply unacknowledged by us in favour of our masculine mind within ourselves, then the same pattern is going to be replicated in the external world. In other words, the heart is considered inferior to the mind, and hence we get the same relationship in the external world between women and men.
The bottom of the seventh paragraph says…
I commit to respecting the arts of feeling, intuition and wisdom of the feminine heart, so that together we can integrate them into a balanced view of life, that honors and includes all wisdoms.
It is easy to get lost in debate and philosophizing about historical events and whether an apology is warranted. Some people will no doubt focus on that and it will have some value, but if personal growth, higher consciousness, harmony and balance shapes your behaviour I strongly recommend giving the feeling of your heart your own attention for even a few seconds many times throughout the day. Soon it will be a habit and soon your external life will reflect the harmony and balance within between heart and mind.
Afterall, when you say ‘this is me’ and accompany that statement with a hand gesture where does your pointing finger naturally go? It doesn’t go to your head it does it. It ALWAYS goes to your heart.