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The Man in the Mirror, Part II
March 8 @ 1:00 pm - March 10 @ 2:00 pm
MARCH 8-10, 2019. There is so much more to your life than you’ve known. You realize this now, because you have spent so much of yourself creating an identity – of who you thought you should or need to be – but which you’ve begun to realize is not truly you. It is more than a realization. You’re wanting to discover your True Self, which instead is searching for a deeper meaning that can be fully lived as your own authentic life. To know your True Self is to know your true and unique gifts that were given to you to offer to others. It may be your calling now, to do something lasting and worthwhile for the world. Something perhaps… only you can do.
This is the second of a two-part intensive that invites you to identify and develop your True Self. Your guide will be the natural world. Like a man in a mirror, it is in the wilderness where our true selves can be reflected back to us, and where revelation and transformation can in turn emerge. We will engage in practices outlined in Bill Plotkin’s Nature Based Map of the Human Psyche (From: “Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche”) to recover the true and whole person we were meant to be: fully alive; fully empowered.
We will examine what the True Self looks like in terms of the human psyche authentically connected to Soul and Spirit. We will explore the disconnected False Self that leads to the egocentric worldview that has become all too normal and pathologic in Western culture. The template for our work is the four cardinal directions of the Earth, derived from Native culture. In Part I (Nov 16-18), we examined the North and South – the directions of generative love and deep belonging. In Part II (Mar 8-10, 2019), we will examine the East and West – the directions of enlightenment and deep meaning hidden within us. There will be ritual, ceremony, small and large group council work, wilderness wandering, teaching and dreamwork. This intensive is deeply experiential, which of course is the true nature of the Journey of Illumination.
“The gift we carry for others is not an attempt to save the world, but to fully belong to it. It is not possible to save the world by trying to save it. We must find what is genuinely ours to offer the world before we can make it a better place. Discovering our unique gift to bring to our community is our greatest opportunity and challenge. Offering that gift – our True Self – is all we can do to love and serve the world. And it is all the world needs.” — Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft
What is the most profound and meaningful conversation your Soul longs to have with the world?
What is it that you are really meant to do while on this Earth?
What are you waiting for, to live this life…?
Other details: All men are welcome to participate in Part II of Man in the Mirror, whether or not you attended Part I. In addition, please make sure you attend Man in the Mirror, Virtual Council. The next session will be in March (TBA). Please email John Lew if interested.
For the Part II intensive (Mar 8-10), if you plan on tenting, participants supply their own tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other smaller camping-related equipment, which will be listed in the participants information package distributed at the time of registration. Participants must be in good physical condition. Submission of medical and liability release forms will be required prior to the event. The Man in the Mirror is a wilderness/nature -based spiritual experience. It is not religious, although there will be practices that refer to various spiritual traditions of the world, particularly Native aboriginal and the Mystical traditions.
For more information contact John Lew at email@example.com or 805.453.6945 (tel. and text)
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