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Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculinities. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie.

The Mythic Masculine Ian MacKenzie

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Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculinities. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie.

    #41 | The Journey of Soul Initiation - Bill Plotkin (Soulcraft)

    #41 | The Journey of Soul Initiation - Bill Plotkin (Soulcraft)

    My guest today is Bill Plotkin, PhD, a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute.

    Bill has led thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, and is the author of number books, including Soulcraft, Nature and the Human Soul, and Wild Mind.

    In our conversation today, we discuss his recent book The Journey of Soul Initiation, which distills decades of his insights into human development and the mythopoetic relationship between humanity and ecology.

    We explore the Five Phases of what he calls The Descent to Soul, including Preparation

    Dissolution, Soul Encounter, Metamorphosis, Enactment. We compare his model and the significant differences between Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, along the challenges of navigating through each stage of development.

    And finally, Bill names the blessing and burden it is to take on one’s own unique ecological niche, and how this invites us to become visionary artisans of cultural evolution.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #40 | Before The Patriarch, The Trickster - Allan Chinen (Beyond the Hero)

    #40 | Before The Patriarch, The Trickster - Allan Chinen (Beyond the Hero)

    My guest today is Allan B. Chinen, a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Clinical Professor Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

    He has lectured extensively and presented numerous workshops on the role of myths, fairy tales and legends on our life stories. He the author numerous books, including In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life, and Beyond the Hero: Classic Stories of Men in Search of Soul.

    In our conversation today, we explore the relationship between the Hero and the Patriarch, and men’s initial fear and fascination with the Feminine. We unpack the tales that may guide men’s roles at mid-life, after the Hero has come home. And finally, we reach further back into the time before civilization, wherein lies the deep masculine wisdom of the Trickster.

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    • 58 min
    #39 | What the Hand That Dare Seize Fire - Matthew Stillman

    #39 | What the Hand That Dare Seize Fire - Matthew Stillman

    My guest today is Matthew Stillman, a dear friend who has been obsessed with how modern humans fit into an ancient world since, forever.

    He has a wildly eclectic background, from highlighting the connection between food and culture as a programming executive on the Food Network. He co-produced an acclaimed documentary on The End of Poverty.  He even created a traditional skincare company, called Primal Derma, delivered from his home in Harlem, New York.

    I first met Matthew as a scholar in the Orphan Wisdom School with Stephen Jenkinson, and we have spent many hours wondering about many things, from love, to poetry, and beyond.

    In our conversation today however, he shares about his upbringing in the world’s most mystical bookstore. He tells the tale of sitting at the feet of Robert Bly in the time just before his book Iron John would ignite the mythopoetic men’s movement. Matthew also speaks of the divine presence in the art of improv comedy, and the rules that govern finite and infinite games.

    And finally, he shares the ancient myth of Phaethon and being undone by his own awakening into fatherhood.

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Bonus: Reflecting On 'A Gathering of Stories'

    Bonus: Reflecting On 'A Gathering of Stories'

    Happy Beltane! In this bonus episode, Ian MacKenzie and Zamir Dhanji reflect on the inaugural 'A Gathering of Stories' held during Imbolc 2012. This magical weekend brought together a global feast of storytellers, musicians and poets to explore The Soul of Masculinity.  The entire journey is has just been released as a self-directed course on The Mythic Masculine Network, available to all members.  As well, Ian & Zamir hint at the future event to come.  Stay tuned. 

    Music: Naad https://naad.bandcamp.com

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    Learn more about A Gathering of Stories http://agatheringofstories.com

    • 32 min
    #38 | We Shall Dance With Chaos - Ramon Parish (Naropa University)

    #38 | We Shall Dance With Chaos - Ramon Parish (Naropa University)

    My guest today is Ramon Parish, an assistant professor in Naropa University’s department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

    Ramon has been synthesizing mindfulness, embodiment, social justice, the environment, and ritual & ceremony for over a decade, and has helped usher hundreds of young people through contemporary threshold experiences.

    In our conversation today, we explore a dazzling array of themes, including: the impact of comics as modern mythologies, the power of healing personal and ancestral trauma through movement, the spiral dynamics of emergence, and how these uncertain times ask that we become riders of chaos.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #37 | Last Stand for the Ancient Forests - Yogi Shambu (Fairy Creek Blockade)

    #37 | Last Stand for the Ancient Forests - Yogi Shambu (Fairy Creek Blockade)

    This is a very special episode, recorded only a few days ago, from the front lines of the Fairy Creek Blockade - a peaceful 8 month occupation to prevent the logging of some of the last remaining old growth forest on Vancouver Island, Canada.

    I have been allied with effort these last few months, including releasing a short film ARISE in collaboration with The Mama’s Movement, which weaves voices of indigenous elders like Bill Jones, of the Pacheedaht Nation, alongside activists and children.

    On April 1st, the courts granted an injunction to the logging company Teal Jones, which means they are legally able to have the forest protectors arrested so they can continue their destruction. Luckily, the movement continues to grow exponentially, with creative and positive support pouring in from around the world.

    This past weekend, I joined the blockade for the first time, and experienced the beauty within the old growth trees, as well as the human community that has taken root.

    I sat down in the midst of a clear cut to interview Yogi Shambu, a musician, healer, and longtime member of the Rainforest Flying Squad, who were the initial catalyzers of the blockade.

    In our conversation today, he shares of his spiritual upbringing in rural Ontario, being surrounded by powerful women in his family. He speaks of his journey into Tantra Yoga, as well as becoming a professional mystic offering healing wherever he was called.

    Shambu reflects on his mythic models for masculinity, including the joy of coming into right service with the Great Mother, and how spiritual practice can best prepare one for generative conflict.

    And finally, we reflect on the stories that seeded us with an environmental consciousness in our youth, and how these flowers might bloom in our time of ecocide and evolution.

    Support Fairy Creek Blockade http://laststandforforests.com/

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Alex Pardhy ,

A must listen for those in the hero’s journey of healing their inner masculine

Really great. Have learnt so much. Very grateful for this podcast.

HazaUK ,

Thank you

Ian, just a very warm thank you from my depths. What you have created here is very impressive. I myself have explored hosting a podcast and been a long time listener, and the space, and conversations you have manifested here is sublime, really. As Campbell said, authenticity is key, and you have truly embodied this here and brought it to the wonderful guests you have welcomed. I am soaking in all of these wonderful new and old insights of the forever, and due to my current situation I have been able to listen to episode after episode after finding you a few weeks ago.
Although these compliments of course fade into the abyss of the temporal, know in this moment Ian, that you are sharing your gift in this wonderful game of creation.

Thank you thank you

Be happy 🙏

lususluce ,

refreshing, thought provoking and touching

so far listened to three of these podcast and feel so moved by them. really good listen, deep insightful conversations. Boe 💜 Martin 💜 and Day - morning alters - wow, i feel this so much - courage, my companions in the world 🙌
luce (they/them)

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