posted by Eivind on February 8, 2012, at 11:30 pm
Brett Churnin of www.mensgroup.info wrote me some time back and told me about his website. I checked it out and loved it. It is professionally done and offers lots of great resources on how to start a Men's Group.
They've even gone to the length of compiling a Men's Group field guide. Click here to get to that.
On their site, I read
Men in Men’s Group hold each other accountable to live a life at the edge; to us, this means being committed to a fulfilled life consistent with your unique purpose, and to be held accountable for what it takes to live that life.
I'm in a men's group myself. In fact, I spent last weekend with a majority of its members on a men's workshop in Sweden. I really enjoyed it. We are such a diverse group of men – many are guys whom I would likely not have connected with outside of the context of a men's group.
But having been in a group with them for over six months, I'm feeling ever closer with them and am really enjoying the expanded horizon for what kind of men I want in my life. It's a real blessing to me.
So it's clear that Brett and his partner in crime Mike Britton are onto something here. I suggest you check out their page now.
posted by Eivind on February 3, 2012, at 9:23 am
For the first time ever (so I'm told), there will be a Mankind Project event on Scandinavian soil this weekend. I will facilitate at it and I'm looking forward to it with anticipiation.
I did my New Warrior Training Adventure last summer and the Primary Integration Training in Edinburgh shortly after. Many of my NWTA-brothers didn't have that chance and several of them will have the opportunity this weekend. I enjoyed my PIT and I'm looking forward to facilitating it this time around. MKP-work features some amazing tools that I will be glad to revisit and integrate more fully.
The NWTA is still one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
The Men await. I wish you a weekend full of joy and truth-telling.
posted by Eivind on January 2, 2012, at 8:32 am
Recipients of my newsletter, please respond in the comments below:
Some snippets of what I wrote you:
It's been a while since I wrote you! That's why it feels good to sit here in the dark of a early January morning typing out these words.
I spent the New Year in the woods with a group of 12 people, facilitating what was to many the best New Year of ther lives. There is a hunger in Norway growing for authentic interpersonal connections, dropping the social masks and just being real with one another.
I think that's the real challenge for men as well in 2012. So many of us are still stuck in roles. It often takes some form of "I can't show how vulnerable I really feel inside on the outside, because then I won't be a man and everyone will reject me and think I'm a loser and then I'll be lonely".
But it's those exact thoughts that make men lonely and weak.
In that way, 50s male stereotypes still live on in modern men. But I see signs that a tidal wave of change is coming. I look forward to us men becoming truly powerful in 2012 by dropping our masks and stepping into our true, authentic power.
One of the most important things in 2012 will be that more men of consciousness enter into the public's awareness. I expect that men's issues and authentic masculinity will be larger themes than ever before.
I challenge you all to start manifesting those wonderful visions and dreams you carry deep inside of you in the coming year. The world will need them.
posted by Eivind on December 2, 2011, at 7:26 pm
There's not enough of me to go around. That's the feeling I've been having lately. I'm involved in many activities and they're all rewarding. And as long as I work a normal job four days a week, time is limited.
The big thing for me this fall has been my involvement with Authentic World. Bryan Bayer visited Oslo at the beginning of October to attend the Morten Hake Summit. The following Monday, Bryan and I put on event together following their Authentic Games Night formula which took off. A third of that group signed up to Authentic World courses on the spot and pretty much everyone there seemed to love what was going on. The room was on fire.
In the wake of that, Bryan and I realized there is so much interest here that we should start up some sort of activities. And all of a sudden I was the head of Authentic World Norway. So that's taking time - particularly facilitating the currently ongoing Authentic Community Leadership course. We're a group of more than a dozen Norwegians who meet up every Sunday to learn how to facilitate and inspire authenticity in our respective communities. It is very rewarding work.
Just this last Wednesday, we had our first trial run of an all-Norwegian Authentic Games Night. Everyone seemed to love it and we're all hungry for more. I was facilitating with my buddy Pål Christian Buntz, who I will be working more with in the time to come. We're a good team.
All of this means that I haven't had as much time as I'd like to work on Masculinity-Movies. No time at all to be honest. But for me personally, it's all part of the same "energy". But I don't think that's necessarily the case with you readers.
Let me tell you that I was incredibly inspired to hear a man tell me the other day that reading my reviews had served as some sort of defining moment on his own personal journey. That reminded me of why I'm doing this. And I'm still committed.
In 2012, I will take more of my work into the world in the form of talks, workshops and media presence. In May, I will be speaking at a conference in Frankfurt (Men and the Future: Sex, Authenticity And Power). Maybe all these activities will mean that I can start making a living from this at long last. Too early to tell, but it feels good.
I'll be with you with more material soon. I've been happy to see that the site has lived on just fine without my ongoing contributions to it. That makes me inspire to think what may happen if I start working hard on it again.
Have a great weekend!
posted by Eivind on October 31, 2011, at 8:40 pm
I was in the UK in September for a rollercoaster ride of deeply transformative work. One of the things I did while there was to hang with my buddy Simon Anderson in Brighton (lovely town by the way).
I've had issues with tensions and imbalances in my body for many years now and have tried so many forms of body work to improve on the situation that I can hardly count them. Working with Simon is probably the most powerful body work I've done so far.
I was so fascinated by the profundity and simplicity of Simon's method that we recorded a video about it when I was there. His method is very wholistic and I was inspired to find that it included mind, body, emotions, breath and spirit. If you want to learn more about how activating your body by dearmoring the emotional traumas stored in its tissue can improve your life, I recommend you check it out.
Some weeks later: Having been in the world for some weeks after working with Simon, I can feel a huge difference and that there is still work to do. I'm working on the trigger points that Simon gave me and that seems to be helping. And I'm walking quite differently, with a much more open hip region. So while there are still tensions left in my body, the difference before and after Simon is very clear. I also feel well equipped with tools to improve the situation on my own.
And if you've seen the whole video and are interested in how this work affected my relationships with women, I can tell you that they have transformed. What I can't ever know is how much of the transformation came from working with Simon and how much came from all the other transformative work I've been engaging in.
Looking up Simon may serve you well if you just want to improve your general body performance or if you have problems and have tried everything – and without success.
I want to see you run Simon's door down