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Life As A Tree

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There is an odd thing about nature; everything is quite adept at being what it is, except humans.I look out at everything growing so wild and faithfully beneath the sky and wonder why we are the one terrible part of creation privileged to refuse our flowering.(David Whyte)The problem with understanding why we make ourselves so complicated is not…

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Life As A Tree: Free BBQ night on Monday 10th April

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One of the best models for understanding how we connect with and how we avoid our lives is the metaphor of a tree. The problem is, most people believe that we are what we think, say and do, what we know, our attitudes and so on. Although this is where life and energy resides, represented by the branches and the leaves,…

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Living Free of the White Male System

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In 1972, Ann Wilson Schaef, an American psychotherapist, coined the phrase “white male system.” which is a consciousness that she says infects everyone living in western society. It’s a very addictive way of thinking and feeling that imprisons us, but we don’t know it exists because of how clever the system is. Imagine a prison cell with four…

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BBQ night and talk: Living Free of The White Male System

Over the past 500 years, society has constructed a way of thinking and living that now imprisons men, trapping them in cycles of futility. Get good grades, go to university or learn a trade, work hard, pay the bills, raise the kids, wrestle with traffic and hopefully have something at the end of it all to take a few cruises before…

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International Gathering for Men, with Richard Rohr

Every two years in November, Illuman (the governing body for MROP and the Journey of Illumination) holds both Soularize (for initiated men only) and Illuman conference (for all men) near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Several men from Australia and NZ attended the conference in 2014 and reported that it was very powerful.The 2016 conference is now open for registrations…

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One Man’s Journey: A Change of Tides – Church After MROP

Taking stock of the immense changes I faced after doing the Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP), I found the elements in my life fell into three categories:Things either seemed almost new to me as I saw them now with a different set of eyes and heart, shifted in their importance depending on their relevance to me or my place in…

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