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Getting Started in "Men's Work"

The "Basics"

Articles, MP3 WebCasts, and Recommendations on Books to Start You Down the Path

"The world needs a man's heart" -- Joseph Jastrab, Sacred Manhood, Sacred Earth

 

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Mythopoetic? Robert Bly prefers the term "expressive men's movement." Some call it Jungian. At any rate, this "Men's Work" or "inner work" is at the heart of the "men's movement" and Menweb.

The real "Men's Work" happens in men's groups and men's gatherings, when men begin to share stories about things that are important in their personal lives. In some areas there are Men's Councils that have monthly meetings, open to newcomers.

All around the country -- all around the globe, from the e-mail MenWeb gets -- men are gathering in small groups to share their stories. Some are facilitated, some are "leaderless," some are connected with churches -- but all are places for men to find their vioces and speak their Truths in a "safe space." Ask around. If you can't find one, you can always start one. We can give you lots of help, with our interview with George Taylor, author of Talking With Our Brothers, our section on Men's Groups with excerpts from that book, and our review of books about men's groups.

And on this page we list articles, MP3 WebCasts of from men's events, featuring people like Robert Bly, Michael Meade, James Hillman and Malidoma Somé and a basic reading list of "classic" books that tell you what "Men's Work" is all about.

Good luck on your journey of exploration! It's an exciting and enriching one. And keep coming back to MenWeb for a "recharge." There's a lot here beyond the "basics," and more is added all the time.

This section was created at the suggestion of Ed Nickson, Seattle, member of the Snohomish Gathering of Men.

Articles

 

Authenticity, Character and Destiny, An Interview with James Hillman, Copyright © 1998 by Bert H. Hoff.

No two Robert Bly events are alike, but all are similar in their aim and intent: to awaken the soul from its animal instincts. Here is an account of one Bly event in drawings and words. A Weekend with Robert Bly.

Men’s Work and the Media, An Interview with Robert Bly and Robert Moore, by Bert H. Hoff.

Sam Keen on Men, Women, Sex and Spirituality, An Interview with Sam Keen by Bert H. Hoff

Wild Man, Wild Woman, An Interview with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés by Bert H. Hoff

An Interview with Robert Bly, by Bert H. Hoff

An Interview with Marion Woodman, by Bert H. Hoff

Ritual and Community, An Interview with Michael Meade by Bert H. Hoff and Halim Dunsky (Parts 1 and 2)

Inner Man, Inner Woman, An interview with Marion Woodman

Poetry and Personal Passion, by David Whyte

Midlife and the Shaman/Trickster, an interview with Alan Chinen, by Bert H. Hoff

Gang Youth, Art and Soul, An Interview with Luis Rodruíguez by Bert H. Hoff

Ritual and Spirit, an interview with Tom Daly, by Bert H. Hoff

Men's Groups, an interview with George Taylor, by Bert H. Hoff

MP3 WebCasts
from Men's Events



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Men and the Life of Desire, with Robert Bly, James Hillman and Michael Meade.
This landmark performance captures the energy and fire of an extraordinary men's gathering. Along with the Firebird story and poetry from Yeats to Rumi, topics include the hunger for the father, male initiation, and the differences between need, want and desire. Live music accompaniment.
4 tapes, 4 hours. $29.95.
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Facing the Shadow in Men and Women, with Robert Bly and Marion Woodman.
Oral Traditions' best-seller
There is a mystery around the word "shadow." We throw out part of ourselves in childhood, or put them in a bag; it is those abandoned parts that become the Shadow, which can then act destructively and independently of our will. If we can reclaim these parts much of our vitality and passion returns. Therefore Bly and Woodman challenge us to face the shadow in all areas of our lives. With live music, poems, and a moving Norwegian tale of love, The White Bear King Valamon.
4½ hours, 4 tapes. $29.95.
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Character and Destiny, featuring James Hillman and Michael Meade. Recorded live at Seattle Art Museum, October 1996 and based on James Hillman's book The Soul's Code.

Each of us has felt the pull of destiny and the longing to answer our particular calling, a desire rarely nurtured by our families or society. How can we cut through the noise of contemporary culture to respond to the call of our soul?

Hillman and Meade propose that this "inner nobility" often announces itself in the struggles and pathologies that confront us, as well as in our deepest passions. What if we could learn to view our "dysfunctions" in a new way? Could they be messages from our soul--calling us to a more authentic life? Can we, individually and collectively, learn the language of the soul, and live in accordance with its intimations?
3 hours, 2 cassettes. $18.95.

 

Review - "I have no hesitation in saying that James Hillman's The Soul's Code is one of the most influential books I have read in my life. His underlying message is that true authenticity is being authentic to one's self, one's character and destiny. ... I didn't believe it was possible, but the workshop had even more impact on me than the book! ... the wisdom, the insights and the startling and refreshing views presented on this tape. I urge you to get it and find out for yourself. It's well worth it."     
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Images of Initiation, with James Hillman, Michael Meade and Malidoma Somé.
Through stories, poems, song and lively dialog, psychologist James Hillman, mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade and initiated West African tribesman Malidoma Somé connect our lost rituals of initiation to the challenges that men are now facing. Together they explore where initiation begins, how it is denied and devalued, the role of mentor as distinguished from the father, and the importance of the grandfather and ancestors.
2 tapes, 2 hours. $19.95
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Classics

Iron John
Iron John: A Book About Men
by Robert Bly
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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover
by Robert Moore and Doug Gillette
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Knights Without Armor
Knights Without Armor: A Practical Guide for Men in Quest of Masculine Soul
by Aaron Kipnis
Still has my vote as one of the best classic introductions to Men's Work.
Review
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The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Poetry for Men
edited by Robert Bly, James Hillman, Michael Meade
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Fire in the Belly
Fire in the Belly
by Sam Keen
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Owning Your Own Shadow
by Robert A. Johnson
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Michael Meade, Men and the Water of Life
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Interview with Michael Meade

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Malidoma Somé, Of Water and the Spirit
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