My only way in & through our current planetary crisis - the Great Turning - is to see the Opportunities to practice our highest selves, especially within the current dying immature masculine era.
The political divisions in the US and around the world brings us ever growing awareness of our golden opportunity to practice your Healthy Masculine, and to co-mentor each other. It starts with everyone's own inner work, encouraging the light, energy & awareness of your own healthy practice, and moves outward.
With any crisis comes opportunity for shifts in awareness. I always wonder why it takes a crisis, but here we are, witnessing increasing political divisions, and this is our opportunity to stay connected.
Join a Healthy Masculine group to encourage the awakening awareness in your community. This is another call to remember & practice your Healthy Masculine.
See the Healthy Masculine Resources page for support, and start/continue to co-mentor each other in this awakening within you, within us.
Obama's thank you to, and honouring of, Ellen DeGeneres is a top example of the Healthy Masculine. Regardless of your politics or whether you feel/think Obama was a ‘good’ president or not, we need more leaders like Obama who show up in their fullness - within their position of authority - and mentor us to do the same, simply by gracefully being in their fullness (Sovereign, Warrior, Magician and/or Lover).
I shook Obama’s hand at a rally in 20012 in Boulder Colorado, and I felt - and was in awe of - his presence. When society witnesses a mature leadership model like Obama, it shifts the way we are, how we act, and who we become; we all gain by being in the presence of mature leadership role models.
Unfortunately, the upcoming US presidency demonstrates classic signs of the immature masculine (the tyrant, the detached manipulator, the know-it-all trickester, the impotent lover, and the bully, to name a few). This is an important time in human history, and it is the best moment to listen, find, and practice your inner Healthy Masculine, while co-mentoring with each other.
The immature masculine within western society will get very loud as it is in its final hours of adolescence, before it matures as we birth into a new age of Healthy Masculine.
Join your deeper selves, and join others in an exploration of your Healthy Masculine. Re-member, re-skill and co-mentor each other. Practice your Healthy Masculine. Learn to be keenly aware of its immature sides within you. This will guide the healing that is coming to western society, as we create more positive presence in our families, friendships, and communities.
As I witnessed more and more the immature masculine in recent US news, I came across an editorial from US based Voice Male magazine, “Donal Trump and the Crisis in Masculinity” that captures a sentiment I have been feeling:
“…By running for president, Mr. Trump gave citizens an unexpected opportunity to begin a serious discussion about contemporary masculinity. Imagine a curriculum developed in classrooms in all 50 states; dialogues on our sports fields; heart to heart talks among faith communities— a nationwide, multigenerational summit about manhood, about boys becoming men. Donald Trump’s ultimate contribution to the 2016 election may turn out to be the teachable moment before us. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we can ill afford not to begin the conversation..."
I feel too that we can ill afford to continue the conversation. Here is our opportunity to practice our Healthy Masculine. Come explore in circle.
Intact cultures have many elders teaching by doing. Others witness the genius and emulate it, respectfully knowing that it took generations to acquire this knowledge. As Jon Young notes, Western society does not have an intact culture. I see that we do have elders, but there are not enough elders in our “villages”, our neighbourhoods, and many elders have not been taught the ancient ways of knowing, in community. So if it is up to us to relearn, co-mentor each other, how do we learn the ways of the Healthy Masculine?
Moment by moment. With patience, in community.
For me, I need to celebrate the small victories as they give me an opening that I need to awaken my Healthy Masculine. By celebrating the small or “easy” moments where I notice when my Healthy Masculine is present, I begin to remember my practice through my felt sense experience so that when my shadow sides arise, and they do (especially when I don't even know it!), it is in that millisecond moment where I recall my felt sense that I noticed in my practice.
One way to catch your Healthy Masculine when it arises, is to know how it feels, and what it looks like to be in your healthy masculine. Another way is in the responses you get from others: children will adore it, ask for more of it, and your lovers will soften and trust you. When you experience this, your exploration has got roots, and your ability to pull yourself, your heart, your mind, your body back into healthy alignment in the millisecond you have to notice, before old patterns take over. Some call this your reptilian brain of fight/flight/freeze, others call this your Loyal Soldiers who kept you safe when you needed it most. In that millisecond moment, know that You are alive, you made it, and don't forget to thank those human survival traits that kept you safe, but they are no longer needed, you have choice now to practice thriving through your Healthy Masculine.
Practice your healthy Masculine - in community - and your inner knowing with become louder, and more obvious, in those millisecond moments, that awakens your exploration.
What a wonderful experience of the Masculine & Feminine Reunion Ceremony on Dartmoor-Autumn Equinox. It is excellent to see and experience the ancient journey continuing, and we are remembering – in community. What a joy to feel met, in my exploration, and to witness others’ in community, in circle, on the Moor, on this ancient land.
Arriving from Canada, I can feel the Devon community hungry for these deep explorations, the ancient ways of knowing that have been forgotten. Being on this ancient land that helps us, she guides us to our remembering.
And with Schumacher College inviting Pat McCabe and Charles Eisenstein to hold these conversations and courses on the The Co-Creation: Future of the Masculine and the Feminine, this continues to inspire the field towards Healthy Masculine and Feminine ways of being.
Explore your Healthy Masculine, practice, feel into it, and share your experiences to grow the field, in your community.
I can hear calls of the Healthy Masculine howling. More and more I see and hear gentle conversations in cafes, more and more circles gathering, and the seemingly increasing destructive politics around the world and social media’s constant barrage of opinions. There is a yearning, a hunger, for an awakening of the Healthy Masculine, as many have been asking and searching for this ancient knowing, and a new awakening their whole lives, especially as humans are in a state of “Great Turning”.
The door is open. Everyone is Welcome.
Come and explore in a multi-gendered safe space – with trust built over time, in a gently held Circle. This is a deep personal spiritual journey, in a safe, respectful reflective, community exploration.
As a foundation or a map from which to explore, readings/excerpts from the “Archetypes of the Mature Masculine” are shared and discussed, but ultimately, understanding of masculine archetypes are 'caught' through ones own experiential life. It is in the exploring, the community sharing, the listening and the practicing that we begin to 'know'. Learning is caught, not taught, and this is an exploration, not a workshop.
Welcome, the door is open.