Discover The Path of Initiation
THE CORE OF RECOVERING MAN IS IN WALKING THE PATH OF INITIATION TOWARDS THE INTEGRATED, AWAKENED MAN
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THIS JOURNEY IS ENCAPSULATED IN THE 9-STEPS OF RECOVERING MAN
Every man who embarks on the journey has his own reasons for doing so.
Some men walk the 9-Steps to walk the ancient path of initiation and to discover who they truly are…
…some men walk them to conquer inner demons, compulsive behaviour, anger, anxieties and to destroy existential angst…
…While others walk them to build their inner mastery, find inner peace or to clarify their life purpose and to build a powerful plan for long-term success.
Many do it for all of the above reasons.
WHAT ARE THE 9-STEPS OF RECOVERING MAN?
1: CLEAN OUT YOUR SOUL
2: THE SYMBOLIC DEATH
3: HARNESSING YOUR HIGHER & LOWER POWER
4: REFRAMING YOUR EXISTENCE
5: UNDERSTANDING YOUR VALUES & CULTURE
6: YOUR GOAL HIERARCHY
7: INNER MASTERY, OUTER MASTERS
8: THE NETWORK OF FATHERS
9: THE LIFE OF THE AWAKENED MAN
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Men today are moving further and further away from their natural core of mental fortitude, confidence and inner peace and the Recovering Man 9-Step Programme is here to restore the balance.
By walking 9-Steps of initiation into integrated manhood, you will clean out inner fear and anger, discover the purpose in your soul beyond your ego, understand value frameworks and ultimately embed yourself within the Network of Fathers.
The Recovering Man Programme functions on the basis that men today have had a lack of initiatory processes to embark them into the journey of integrated, awakened adulthood.
It has often been said that one of the characteristics of the modern world is the disappearance of any meaningful rites of initiation.Mircea Eliade
Throughout the last few decades, men have seen a move away from tribal, familial and societal structures that aided a man-elect in taking the necessary steps and facing the deepest fears he had on his journey to being a man, a leader, a powerful and capable force.
This has culminated in the loss of the authoritative male father figure in our lives as boys – sometimes this is literal and sometimes it is metaphorical – yet is always breeds insecurity, anger and anxiety.
Further, many men have also lost touch with the deep value set at the root of their being that informs who they are, how to act in tough situations and how their very make-up is embedded deeply within a rich framework of culture and meaning.
This lack of understanding means many men struggle to make clear decisions, have issues with being assertive in work and with women, and are prone to impulsive behaviour that satisfies short-term gratification, yet causes long-term pain.
Finally, we have also lost touch with our deepest self; our connection to the universe, to the divine, to the symbolic and to the source of life – to that which gives us harmony in the pit of our souls and courage in our hearts.
Collectively, Recovering Man terms this as the loss of the Three Fathers:
- The Earthly Father
- The Cultural Father
- The Universal/Divine Father
By dusting a man down and pulling out his inner anger/pain/resentment, the 9-Step Recovering Man Programme sees us embark in deep shadow work, experience a ‘symbolic death’ and reintegrate ourselves into the world via reframing, values, goals and ultimately, by taking our place in the ‘Network of Fathers’.
It is a fact that we as men have lost ritual process in our culture and the age-old transformation marking the journey of boy to man has all but disappeared.
When you add in the present confusion, anger and rage about and towards masculinity, you’re left with a generation of men who’ve never been introduced to the tools to grow psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
Instead, we’ve unknowingly embraced safe, comfortable environments, where every need is at the click of a button.
Whack the switch and you have light.
Click the button and you have heat.
Order online and you have pizza, beer, even sex.
Open up a new tab and watch endless amounts of powerfully addictive porn.
All of the above are ‘nice’ things to have, yet each of them erodes your soul and character, grinding away over the years, making you more sedate, more complacent and more trapped.
Further, when danger strikes, be it in the past, present or future, we are simply not prepared for the brutal realities of life.
Then what happens? Trauma.
The Inner Lost Boy
The above is how a Lost Boy is born.
Without the ritualistic path to guide him, and without wise elders and experienced men who’ve been through the storm, he is helpless.
For many of us it can go in different ways from here:
- You may get more resentful towards people – such as family members, an ex-girlfriend, or toward the world itself
- You may carry an underlying sense of angst, depression or dis-ease around with you
- You may be without purpose and direction
- You have no real idea of who or what you really are
- You may have bags of potential, but haven’t discovered how to unleash it
- You may be a sheltered, harmless ‘nice guy‘, confused as to why you can’t get your needs met with women, work or other men
- You may pretend you’re not lost inside and read all the self-help and pick-up material you can to make out you’re confident, yet this persona is just a mask
- You may have issues with booze, porn or sex
- You may have a distance from your father
- You may have had no one to truly confide in and guide you forward
Whatever your situation, the above are all inherently linked.
The Solution: The 9-Step Transformational Programme
After my own VERY intense and transformative symbolic death my life changed forever.
For the first time in my life, I had inner peace, and though I didn’t understand why then, via a mixture of wise guidance, deep inner transformation, men’s work and deep dynamic spiritual work I started to understand the dynamics of how my life became aligned.
These dynamics have become the 9-Step Recovering Man Programme.
Since developing the programme, I’ve perfected it and modelled it on various men, enhancing it each time as I’ve seen it give men freedom from inner torment, providing them with a backbone, a purpose and an emotionally compelling meaning to life.
This programme sets you on the path of life as a man aware of his history, his heritage, his inner power and his soul.