6.22.2007

Partnership

Sometimes, I am just in my joy. Today is one of those days.

My sweet partner supports my work in the ManKind Project. She helps me set up my week so that Thursday night I can make off to my iGroup. I hope she knows how grateful I am for that effort.

The fruits of that labor is the strong, compassionate, loving, courageous Warrior she gets to experience in her world.

Today, I am sitting in the joy of my partnership with my sweet women, Dancing Wolf.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

6.20.2007

Fallen Firefighters

Thank you men, for your service and sacrifice.

Top row; L to R: Bradford 'Brad' Baity, 37, Capt. Mike Benke, 49, Melvin Champaign, 46.
Middle row; L to R: James 'Earl' Drayton, 56, Michael French, 27, Capt. William 'Billy' Hutchinson, 48.
Bottom row; L to R: Mark Kelsey, 40, Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34, Brandon Thompson, 27.

This touches a place in me that, had I not chosen to sit in a circle of men, I would not have access to. Their place as public protectors is an honorable occupation. I feel deeply saddened at the loss of these men.

One of the men that sits in my iGroup is a firefighter. I honor him, today, for his service to the community and me.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

6.11.2007

Sacred--Not Secret

Today, I sat with a man who completed the New Warrior Training Adventure over this last weekend. He attended a ManKind Project open house that I hosted a few weeks back and has sat in my iGroup twice since the open house.

It was joy to hear one thing in particular. He was very pleased that I had not told him anything about how the weekend would go. He went in with his own notions and not any of mine. He told me that he found this one thing to be very important. Had I told him what to expect or some of what happens, I would have polluted his experience; hence it would have been partially based on my experience.

The weekend processes and ways are not a secret; we don't hold them as secret. We do hold them as sacred, and that is very different. Sacred is, as define by Merriam Webster, highly valued and important. We hold that your weekend is yours and not for me or any other man to decide how it should go.

If you decide that the training is right for you, don't ask another man who has been through the training to tell you about what goes on there...he won't tell you.

And it should be that way.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

6.04.2007

Meeting in the Long House

"Since the dawn of time, men in every culture have met alone together to approach their gods and find their collective magic. Every young boy knows this instinctively - ‘No Girlz Allowed’. The women in our lives are now getting to appreciate, not be threatened by this. Because, all along, women have historically always gathered together on the most sensitive levels of Anima. Men have lost their true Male Spirit and have bought into substitutes - and are just now slowly regaining this sacred sanctuary. They come home to their families after men’s group as better spirited men.”

Aaron Kipnis, From Knights Without Armor, ISBN: 0-87477-704-6

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When I sit in a circle of men, I come to know what I am and who I am.

What I am is a man and who I am is so multi-faceted that there is no room to begin to write it down. All men are this way; simple as that, really. We all carry the same luggage and we are all infinitely different; and yet we can sit in circle and support each other in our journeys.

What the ManKind Project and the New Warrior Training Adventure bring to the table is a place for men to be who they are; not what they do or what their job is, just who they are.

There is no substitute for sitting in a circle of men; simple as that.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf