Rites Of Passage Archives

Growing men in a culture of cautious masculinity

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(this is a transcript of a talk given by Richard Fay, CEO of the Centre for Men, at the “Amplify” conference in Brisbane, on Saturday 7 March 2020). The Jesuits recently commissioned research in Australia on the attitudes and behaviours of men aged 18-30. It involved an online survey of a representative sample of 1,000 young men from…

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Every Man Should Drum: If not for fun, for his health

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(This article is by Bill Schneider, a certified counsellor with Centre for Men (see details here) and an initiated man. It reflects on his experience of a rarely mentioned aspect of the Men’s Rites of Passage and the power this has had on his life.)The invitation to Men’s Rights of Passage was something I looked forward to with…

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True Self False Self: Discovering our core identity

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The False SelfThere is a version you that you identify with as who you actually are, but it is a complete fiction. It doesn’t actually exist, except within your mind. This is the place of universal addiction, the self-referential, self-defending, self-promoting, self-defeating, self-condemning, endlessly relating-to-everything-from-yourself-as-the-reference-point story you started writing from the first moment you experienced your first flash…

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