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Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculine archetypes. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie, co-director of Amplify Her (2018) and the forthcoming Love School (2020).

The Mythic Masculine Ian MacKenzie

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculine archetypes. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie, co-director of Amplify Her (2018) and the forthcoming Love School (2020).

    #27 | The Law Is In The Land - Tyson Yunkaporta (Sand Talk)

    #27 | The Law Is In The Land - Tyson Yunkaporta (Sand Talk)

    My guest today is Tyson Yunkaporta, an academic, poet, and carver of traditional tools and weapons. He is a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne, and the author of the book ‘Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World’.

    Since its release, Sand Talk has received many glowing reviews, and offered a crucial indigenous perspective on the areas of history, education, money, power and sustainability - using traditional wisdom for a livable future.

    I first learned of Tyson from the Melbourne based men’s group Warrior Within, and with the surprising success of his book, have observed Tyson being ushered into a growing spotlight.

    For our conversation, I was excited to explore his take on masculinity - and he offered a raw and personal dive that touched some deep places in us both.

    We speak about the importance of relationship as the truth of our being, where the term “toxic masculinity” came from and why it’s a bad story, how a man’s relationship with the land mirrors his intimate relationships to others, and why tracking the mystery of emergence invites us to look to the wisdom of the outliers.


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    #26 | The Big Epic One Year Anniversary Episode - Ian MacKenzie + Elisa Spring

    #26 | The Big Epic One Year Anniversary Episode - Ian MacKenzie + Elisa Spring

    Greetings dear listener. This is a special episode of the podcast, where I reflect on the year since launching. It’s been hugely satisfying for me, and based on the feedback, for many listeners as well. I thought to record this anniversary episode to share about the journey of The Mythic Masculine. But rather than be a solo-cast, I invited my friend Elisa Spring to conduct the conversation, with some questions gathered from members of The Mythic Masculine Network.

    In our conversation today, we explore the intersection of eros, emergence and village, the problem with personal growth, the poverty of location independence, and how to intentionally pollinate the noosphere - that is, the realm of interconnected consciousness unites us all.


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    • 59 min
    #25 | Rebuilding Men's Culture Through Song - Murray Kyle (Talisman)

    #25 | Rebuilding Men's Culture Through Song - Murray Kyle (Talisman)

    My guest today is Murray Kyle, a mystic troubadour from Byron Bay, Australia. Over 15 years of of writing and touring his music has built him grassroots audience from all over the world.  His songs have become anthems of the heart, inviting reconnection to each other and the wisdom of the earth.
    I first met Murray while touring Australia back in 2016.  I attended a singing circle he led with other local men - I still remember how rich and healing it was to raise my voice in soulful brotherhood.
    In our conversation today, we speak about awakening to his soul’s purpose as a musician, the cultural beauty of men coming together in song, and the power of music to beckon forth our service to the world.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #24 | The Anthropocene is a Motherf*cker - Jane Caputi

    #24 | The Anthropocene is a Motherf*cker - Jane Caputi

    My guest today is Jane Caputi, a professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University.  Dr. Caputi’s primary research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including pop culture, gender and violence, and eco-feminism.  She is the author of many articles and four books, including The Age of Sex Crime; Gossips, Gorgons, and Crones: The Fates of the Earth; and Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture.

    Her most recent work is Call Your Mutha: A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene, which does fierce and mythic battle against the techno-hegemony of The Age of Man.

    In our conversation today, we explore the roots of patriarchy from a mythic lens, we illuminate startling perspectives on ancient stories, from Gilgamesh to the Garden of Eden, and we wonder what might it take for civilization to come back into right relationship with the life force of the Earth Mother, lest she turn away, forever.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Special Episode: Launching The Mythic Masculine Network - Daniel Robert (Community Manager)

    Special Episode: Launching The Mythic Masculine Network - Daniel Robert (Community Manager)

    This is a special episode of the podcast, the first of its kind. It's a conversation with my good brother Daniel Robert, who is also the community manager of The Mythic Masculine Network.
    With our official launch happening last week, I thought it would be a supportive offering to share more about the origin and intention behind the network, as well some of Daniel's story, and how it came to be that we are collaborating on this growing community of artists, activists, scholars, and mythopoets.
    In our talk, we speak about how he found his way to men's work, our showdown in the brotherdome at the sacred sons convergence, and understanding men and the current crisis of meaning in our culture.
    Finally, we share in depth about the Mythic Masculine Network and why you might join us, and many others building this community.
    Enjoy my conversation with Daniel Robert.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #23 | The Divine Path of Intimacy - Jack Zimmerman (Flesh and Spirit)

    #23 | The Divine Path of Intimacy - Jack Zimmerman (Flesh and Spirit)

    My guest today is Jack Zimmerman, an elder in the realm of relational intimacy.

    He is the co-author of The Way of Council (with Gigi Coyle), what I consider to be a key book on teaching the foundations of functional community.  He is also the co-author of Flesh and Spirit: The Mystery of Intimate Relationship, which he wrote with his life partner Jaquelyn McCandless.

    In our conversation, we cover the origin and foundations of the council practice. We explore the mystery of partnership: from understanding resonating wounds and the nature of projection, to how to tune into the consciousness of the Third - that relational space between you and another person.

    And finally, he speaks how walking the path of radical intimacy is to partner with the evolutionary intelligence of life itself.


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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Ryan Van Lenning ,

Vital Spelunking!

I only last week discovered the gold treasure in the dark cave that is Ian's podcast! I have been devouring and digesting the immeasurable insights from his guests and the stellar spelunking they undertake to explore vital issues of masculinitiy, cultural transformation, and healing.. I especially have the powerfully words and images of Pat McCabe and Martin Shaw percolating through me. Thank you! I’ll definitely be spreading the word and joining the new network. I can't recommend this podcast medicine enough!

Jubilee Brown ,

Transformative Space

I’ve been here and have no hesitation in saying that Ian’s podcast continues to grow better and better and was great to begin with! Tune into this utterly beautiful transformative space Ian has created for all of us and hear the voices of men and women from all over the world as we reclaim the right to be human and perfectly wonderful beings at that! Marcia Bedard, PhD

AlisonJF ,

Gratitude

Thank you for your podcast, Ian. I’ve already listened to every episode since I discovered it about a week ago (which is saying something because I’m not historically a podcast person). You and your guests have a deep and nuanced insight into our culture and listening to your conversations, knowing they are occuring, has nourished a thirst in me I was not even aware of. Thank you for this healing and unexpected medicine.

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