Crewed on an event called Embody your Full Power as a Man last night. It’s an introduction to a body of work called Dancing Eros for Men. Surprisingly you do not journey with your male archetypes but with those of the sacred feminine: The archetypes are the Maiden, the Wild Woman, the Priestess, the Erotic Mother and the Slut and they live in all of us in their own unique way: Dancing Eros.
I began the journey in June 2018 with some trepidation as I looked out over the group of men gathered in the room the first night as to what a slightly over the hill 63-year-old would get out of such a program and would I have to dance like a slut in front of 20 other men, not really my bag. This what I wrote when requested to do a testimonial for the intro last night: The intimacy I created with the group of men I journeyed with transmuted to everyone in my life: Lovers, Brothers, Sisters, Parents, Workmates, Strangers in the Streets, see you at the intro. It was like the spirit of humanity sat in that room with me over the eight nights and days we spent together.
My friend Marc Chernoff has created a list which sums up pretty well what I got out of it:
A Silhouette of a human being stands before you. Perhaps a friend. Perhaps a lover. Perhaps a perfect stranger. They need you to connect with them. They need you to share this moment.
They need you to:
1. They need you to smile without hesitation.
2. Give without expectation.
3. Comfort without lying.
4. Guide without misleading.
5. Forgive without resentment.
6. Rest without judgement.
7. Notice without critiquing.
8. Appreciate without comparing.
9. Listen without interruption.
10. Question without objection.
11. Challenge without mocking.
12. Consider without doubting.
13. Discuss without criticizing.
So what have we said about our sacred feminine spirit over the centuries, here are some of the ways we expressed it:
1. As children, we rely on what our heart says to us to be in the world, as our brain kicks in, we forget the purity of this.
2. Just Man up is such a demeaning tool to dissect our full personality: On a Roll.
3. You need to do the work.
4. CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ is a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and author of Hijito, selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize and a #1 SPD bestseller, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House: We’ve Only Just Begun.
5. To take on a transformational shift like Dancing Eros, you need a fair bit of this.
6. We need to have them in a healthy balance: Both Sides Now.
7. From the 18th Century. Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels became classics of English literature.
8. Values can be buried with you and remembered, Ferrari’s can’t: I Gotta Feeling.
9. French-born fashionista Rykiel was also a writer. She wrote several books about fashion, a collection of children’s stories, magazine columns and an epistolary novel with Régine Desforges. Her first book Et Je La Voudrais Nue (I Would Like Her Naked) was published in 1979. In 2012, she co-authored N’oubliez pas que je joue (Don’t forget it’s a game) with journalist Judith Perrignon.
10. This is why it was an honour to be part of the crew who gave the opportunity to 50 men to transform their lives: The Power of Love.
11. Time to walk the Inner path.
12. You can dance if you want to, It’s time: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
13. Or that suffering may take you to a Dancing Eros for Men intro in Collingwood.
14. Listening deeply is part of the deal: Listen to The Earth.
15. What others would you add?
In the end, what all people want deep down is the need for you to be uniquely you – just the way you are, and they need you to respect them – just the way they are. This so fits in with my world ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included.
The playlist contains some of the classic female voices of all time: Unknown pop diva Ashley O begins the journey. Karen Carpenter and Joni Mitchell are the first of our female vocal legends. We return to this century with The Black Eyed Peas before being entranced by Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. We finish with some beats from Listen to the Earth: She Births New Beginnings.
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