24 Nov Embracing the Masculine
Embracing the Masculine
A Three-Part Men’s Group
January 10, 17, 24
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MT (Colorado Time), 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. CET (Italy/Germany Time)
Taught by Nirodha and Niten
As men in the process of awakening we pretty quickly come up against beliefs and conditioning around what we were made to believe a ‘man’ is supposed to be.
The history of man is often portrayed as being powerful and strong, or through abusive power struggles. But little is said for a man’s internal experiences, his feelings.
Extreme role models are everywhere to be seen, from movies and TV shows, to billboards, fashion magazines and country music. There is plenty of support and permission to posture and be tough and assertive, but this overrides the more whole, human experience that includes our internal world. It takes courage to explore this territory and to be willing to show up just as we are. Complete with confusion, frustration, sometimes fear…and an open heart. The price of admission is courage, along with a little curiosity and humor!
In this 3-part series we will meet weekly for two and a half hours, let down our guards a little, show up for each other and let some light in. This format will create some space to disengage from pre-conditioned ideas and will result in greater self discovery and understanding.
We will share information and tools to support a growing understanding of the masculine and learn skills for deepening our capacities to foster healthy relationships.
Part 1: In this first session we will be exploring the relationship with the father figure, whether present or absent. We often received confusing, contradictory or no messages at all about what it means to be a man. Trying to understand what is expected of us out of this confusion makes it difficult to hear our own authentic voice.
Some questions we’ll explore together:
- What feels safe and unsafe when around other men?
- What creates a feeling of safety in you?
- How do you deal with vulnerability as a man, what supports you?
This week is on understanding and learning ways of cultivating safety, how to support yourself, and how to bring awareness to the resources available to you. You will learn resources which help you to feel grounded, which help you to establish healthy boundaries, and that support your creativity and capacity for co-regulation with people in your life.
Part 2: In this part we will explore the conflict between being connected with what we feel and the struggle of seeking acceptance and approval. We will bring more awareness to the patriarchal conditioning that can aggravate such inner conflict and look at the strategies developed in order to navigate this. How did we need to modify ourselves, create masks or numb our feelings in order to fit into the mold?
In this final session we will be exploring relationships, particularly intimate ones, and how past relationships with caretakers at a young age impact your relationships today. We will look at how we needed to adapt in order to be accepted, respected and loved, and by so doing often disowning aspects of our true nature.
In exploring this we will step into autonomy, embracing what is ours to own and develop a capacity to discern what is not. We will explore consent and some roles that might have overtaken us at times, such as the Victim, the Martyr or the Entitled One.
Our on-line courses have been designed as unique, one-time offerings from our Leaders, and recordings of modules will not be available. Thank you for understanding, and enjoy the course!
Nirodha first dove into the human potential movement in 1982. He become involved in group process work in 1991 and worked extensively with tantra, Primal, the man/woman relational field, trauma, attachment, and substance abuse.
Nirodha leads Awakening of Love workshops around the States and facilitates the Path Retreat processes in America. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, leads his own group workshops nationally, and has a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“This work has given me a medium, support, and the inspiration for my personal inner journey. It’s awakened my passion for the healing that is possible, for myself, for each of us, and for this planet.”
Neil Ferguson, “Niten” is a Registered Therapeutic Counselor (RTC) and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP – Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute). His private practice includes working with trauma, including early developmental (pre-verbal periods), much of which focuses on the early attachment with our parents or primary care taker and how impactful the adaptations necessary to survive the early environment effect our adult lives.
He shares his passion of personal growth through facilitating groups and working privately with clients. His practice integrates Counseling, Trauma Healing (Somatic Experiencing) and Hakomi (a body centered system of psychotherapy). Niten is also a student of The Ridhwan School – Diamond Approach and he takes part in facilitating a weekly men’s group.