“The material world is all feminine. The feminine energy makes the non-manifest, manifest. So even men are of the feminine energy. We have to relinquish our ideas of gender in the conventional sense. This has nothing to do with gender, it has to do with energy. So feminine energy is what creates and allows anything which is non-manifest, like an idea, to come into form, into being, to be born. All that we experience in the world around us, absolutely everything is feminine energy. The only way that anything exists is through the feminine force.”
― Zeena Schreck https://www.zeenaschreck.com/
Mystics of the world throughout time have often declared that the same.
Nipples on men’s bodies are there to remind us that Life emerges from the feminine aspect of God, the Divine Mother.
Life on earth began in the Oceans, the great womb of the Earth Mother, and only evolved the penis once it moved onto land.
Ancient cultures honoured this truth through their mythologies of Mother Goddesses and her lovers and sons, Horned Gods who roamed the land, channelling the sexually charged male aspect of the earth spirit.
Horned God Dionysus/Bacchus visited Cybele, the Mother of the Gods in Anatolia, to learn the Mysteries and went on to teach humanity liberating ecstatic rites, involving intoxication, gender-fluidity, sexuality and dance that removed social constraints and inhibitions, liberated the ego to enjoy the primal, animal self – and also, over time, as the Mysteries of Dionysus developed, the mystical, transcendent Self. Also practised by the wild, frenzied, erotic rituals of Cybele’s priestly class, the Gallae, and other Goddess worshippers, this kind of liberating behaviour attracted the ‘underclasses’, who could forget their life situation for a while, and it really bothered and threatened the elite, who feared disorder in society. Bacchic rites were banned in the Roman Empire in 186 BCE, but continued in secret for centuries, leaving an indelible imprint on the collective consciousness. Roman writer Livy recorded that among the many revellers attracted to bacchanalian orgiastic rites were “men most like women.”
Horned God Pan brought the music to these parties and deepened the connection to both nature and to sexuality. Christian Church Father Augustine said of the flamboyant and loud Gallae priests of the Great Mother of the Roman Empire, Cybele (who castrated themselves to be like Attis, her lover): “They are the sons of the earth. The Earth is their mother.” https://rainbowmessenger.blog/2019/02/07/cybele-attis-and-the-gallae/
HINDUISM honours the feminine nature of the divine, shakti, equally with the masculine, shiva – while he represents the Self, the sense of I Am, shakti is the presence of the divine in all material Creation, including our bodies. An ultimate symbol for the divine in Hinduism is SHIVA ARDHANISHVARA, who is depicted as one side male, one side female.
Zulu Sangoma and High Sanusi Credo Mutwa explains, in the YouTube video below, the African wisdom that we each have inside us a warrior mind (which is the male god, the rational individualised sense of self), and the mother mind (which we all share as the portal to collective consciousness, which reveals our oneness with all life). He expresses in this video the simplicity of how we can know the Mother, saying “We must awaken the mother mind within us. We must feel what is going on in the world. We mustn’t just listen to newspapers. We must ourselves, feel.”
“She [The Goddess] is the body, and the body is sacred … Womb, breast, belly, mouth, vagina, penis, bone, and blood — no part of the body is unclean, no aspect of the life processes is stained by the concept of sin. Birth, death, and decay are equally sacred parts of the cycle. Whether we are eating, sleeping, or making love or eliminating body wastes, we are manifesting the Goddess.” Starhawk, The Spiral Dance 1979
“’Masculine’ and ‘feminine’ are descriptions of experience, not the experience itself…. ‘The map is not the territory’ as philosopher Gregory Bateson said. We end up with a neo-Manichean split if we’re not careful. The basic premise is that we are all, men and women alike, both male and female, biogenetically as well as psychologically.” From Conscious Femininity by Marion Woodman 1993
“…the androgyne may be the archetype that is struggling to emerge in our culture. Androgyny is not unisex, where male and female lose their boundaries and mush together. Magnetic poles must be differentiated if they are to attract each other.” From Conscious Femininity by Marion Woodman 1993
Science essentially, though non-mystically, says the same: “Basically, males and females are all built from the same genetic blueprint, then develop in slightly different directions in utero and particularly after we hit puberty.” Ian Tattersall, a paleoanthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. https://www.livescience.com/32467-why-do-men-have-nipples.html
Science does not study the role of pleasure in human evolution, for pleasure is a subjective experience that cannot be measured. But another indication that male nipples are an indication of the feminine inside/underlying the masculine is the pleasure that (some) men get from them. Sensuality and pleasure are often regarded superficially in the modern world, but once they were seen as the gifts of the Goddess, full of sacred potential to enliven and awaken our divine souls: https://rainbowmessenger.blog/2021/07/11/pleasure/
Science tends to call male nipples a ‘vestigial’ aspect that evolution has not bothered to remove yet, while accepting they have a (minor) function as an erogenous zone. FROM A MYSTIC’S VIEWPOINT men have nipples to help get them in touch with their inner feminine, with the goddess in all things, the Mother Creatrix, so that men, with all their power and strength, might remember to revere and honour the feminine aspect of life. But men forgot what their nipples were for, lost touch with how to use them to awaken the inner (feminine) senses, forgot that the Goddess gives birth to life and foolishly fell into directly opposite belief – that woman was born from man. This insane and impossible belief has twisted life on earth into a form of suffering and inequality that is leading to the destruction of the physical world we live on.