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Today’s Men: Are Elders Lost In Our Culture?

A road might end at a single house, but it’s not love’s road. Love is a river. Drink from it.” Rumi
Several weeks ago, I was privileged to sit with a group of fine men at Helix Healthcare in a conversation about what it looks like to be a good man in our culture today. We deeply contemplated The Lover Energy, written about by Robert Moore and Thomas Gillette. The primal energy within us that connects us to all things that are not ourselves. It is the energy in us responsible for our love of art, music, nature and all things aesthetic. All of us shared times in our lives when we were deeply connected with our environment, family, friends and the great beyond.

Ancient initiation was the birthplace of adulthood in young boys that gave rise to them being conscious and connected men.

We talked about ancient and traditional rites of passage. Ancient initiation was the birthplace of the adulthood in young boys that gave rise to them being conscious and connected men. We talked about it being almost lost in our culture today. We’ve lost our sense of village and therefore there are none left to raise our children. Most of us men were lucky to have one functional parent, let alone a village. Even fewer of us were educated into how to be an adult, how to be a husband or how to be a father. We all shared our sorrow at the truth in this.

Most of us have become adult men far too late in our lives.

We wondered about what’s to be done about all of it. For many of us older men in the group, life has been our contemporary version of initiation. And most of us have become adult men far too late in our lives. If we, as conscious men can learn how to be elders for younger men we may just stand a chance for them to become men at a younger age than we did in our lives. To see and feel the freedom in the bigger story that there is for all of us to play. No longer only thinking of ourselves but becoming connected to a source of joy that you never imagined possible. Finding our wild man. Join us in our group and help us learn more about how we can all make a difference for each other.

Michael Strait

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