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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

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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).

    #8 | From Mother to Lover Earth - Charles Eisenstein

    #8 | From Mother to Lover Earth - Charles Eisenstein

    I’m pleased today to share my conversation with visionary philosopher Charles Eisenstein. He is the author of numerous books, including the recent Climate: A New Story.

    I first came across Charles’ work over 10 years ago with his book The Ascent of Humanity, where he articulates the deep story of separation that lives at the heart of modern civilization. From there, he wrote Sacred Economics, which inspired me to reach out to him and collaborate on a short that to this day remains one of my most popular films.

    Since then, I’ve been privileged to call Charles a friend and ally in weaving the story of re-union - what he calls: the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

    A few years ago, Charles developed his own interview series exploring the new story of masculinity. In this episode, I learn what he brought back from his journey, how he understands the role of the true king, and humanity’s coming initiation to cross the threshold from Mother to Lover Earth.

    A technical note: the lower quality of my audio recording becomes better about halfway through the episode.

    LINKS: 


    Charles Eisenstein - Official Website
    Sacred Economics - short film 


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    • 58 min
    #7 | Thriving Life & A Prayer for All Men: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

    #7 | Thriving Life & A Prayer for All Men: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

    Today I’m happy to share my interview with Pat McCabe, an indigenous grandmother, activist, artist, and ceremonial leader.   She is an international voice for global peace, and someone I seem to continually cross paths with at new paradigm gatherings around the world. I suppose we’re following the same song lines.

    Recently on Facebook, I asked others to speak about the value of men’s work, and Pat wrote an intriguing response where she named her own explorations into a “thriving life” paradigm - and a new narrative for the sacred masculine that is longing to be born.

    In this episode, I learn more about her personal journey with spirit, how she integrated her rage as a woman on this planet, and the deep prayer she holds for men to connect once again as functional members of the Hoop of Life.

    By the end of our conversation, both of us are in tears.  I wish the same for you.

    LINKS


    Pat Mccabe's Official Website
    Support the Mythic Masculine


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #6 | The Boy Hero Must Die: Eamon Armstrong (Life is a Festival)

    #6 | The Boy Hero Must Die: Eamon Armstrong (Life is a Festival)

    Eamon Armstrong is the host of his popular podcast Life is a Festival, promoting adventure and personal development through the lens of festival culture.

    I first met him as the Prince of Parties when he worked for Fest300, where he got to travel the globe and report from world’s best festivals. It was at Rainbow Serpent in Australia where he happened to attend one of my first talks on masculinity and love. We bonded soon after, and kept in touch after returning to our home places.

    A year later, Eamon and I returned to Australia where we offered a series of talks on the subject of mature masculinity - we were a great combination.  I brought my experience and knowledge and he offered his playfulness and vulnerability. Plus, he made me just a little more fabulous.

    More recently, he has experimented with stand-up comedy, exploring the conversation around men’s work with a poignant irreverence. Up next, I’ve included a short clip before we dive into our conversation.

    LINKS: 


    Life is a Festival - Podcast


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    #5 | A Culture of Love Beyond Patriarchy: Benjamin von Mendelssohn (Tamera)

    #5 | A Culture of Love Beyond Patriarchy: Benjamin von Mendelssohn (Tamera)

    Benjamin von Mendelssohn is a longtime resident of Tamera peace research village in Portugal, which for the last 5 years has been the focus of a documentary I’m co-directing titled Love School.   Benjamin is co-leader of the Global Love School, as well as the director of The Grace Foundation which aims to heal our collective relationship to money.

    I first met Benjamin actually in my own kitchen, back when a friend asked on his behalf for a place to stay for a stop on his North American tour.  At the time, I didn’t know much about Tamera, though we said hello and I continued on with my day.  It was a year later in 2014 when I encountered Benjamin again at the Findhorn community in Scotland for The New Story Summit- he was attending as a speaker along with a few other Tamerans from his community, and it was then I recognized they were carrying an entirely different field of being.

    I was invited to Tamera to make a short film about their research in healing love and sexuality, and in 2015, after my marriage ended, I knew it was time to visit.  That journey began a love story with the community and a deepening relationship with Benjamin who I am now grateful to call a friend and a mentor.

    In this episode, we discuss his first experiences coming to Tamera, what he had to unlearn as a man, and why truth in love is the foundation of a healed culture.

    LINKS


    Tamera - Official Website
    The Grace Foundation



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    • 58 min
    #4 | The Grail, The Dragon, and the Wild Men: Sharon Blackie (This Mythic Life)

    #4 | The Grail, The Dragon, and the Wild Men: Sharon Blackie (This Mythic Life)

    Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, teacher and speaker, aimed at cultivating the mythic imagination.  She is the author of numerous books, including “If Women Rose Rooted” and the host of her own podcast This Mythic Life. Sharon specializes in the myths, folklore and fairy tales of the Celtic nations and the British Isles.

    In today’s episode, I’m excited to speak with her about her historical and psychological insight into the masculine: from understanding the role of myth and re-examining classic stories like the quest for the Grail.  Finally, we touch on the limitations of the hero’s journey and what may come next.

    LINKS:


    Sharon Blackie - Official Website
    Sharon Blackie on Facebook



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    • 59 min
    #3 | Shiva and the Mystic Path of Inner Integration: Zamir Dhanji

    #3 | Shiva and the Mystic Path of Inner Integration: Zamir Dhanji

    Zamir Dhanji is a longtime friend and ally in our mutual exploration of emerging culture. He is trained in Hatha yoga in the lineage of Swami Gitananda. His spiritual guru of the last eight years is the Buddhist wisdom master Maticintin, lineage holder of the “Mind Treasure Teachings” which are aimed as a direct means of cultivating the mind of enlightenment. This path includes the study of Buddhist teachings and applying oneself as a bodhisattva, dedicated to the benefit of all sentient beings as a servant of life. He serves as a lead instructor for the Langara College Yoga Teacher Training program. Instructing in yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy and meditation. He weaves a long-time love of music, poetry and movement into his workshops and sessions, and continues to play with the Vancouver-based world music collective Naad. In this episode, Zamir and I discuss the masculine cosmology of India, what human love taught him about the divine, and his own journey into healing the relationship with his father. Ultimately, we explore how the mythic archetypes of the past could provide us with a model of healing the current conflict between the masculine and the feminine. Links: Official Website Zamir Dhanji


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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

ZMistri ,

Thank you

I’m Appreciating the depth and nuance of these conversations which hold the complexity within masculine identities in a much needed way. These kinds of conversations inspire me to reckon with both the pain and the Beauty within masculinity, and to be more whole as a man.

kaiamaeve ,

Relevant and Well Produced

This show talks about things we need to be learning about. As culture changes, the men’s movement needs a modern, measured voice. Ian provides this well. With his experience in filmmaking and culture change tracking, the topics he chooses and the experts he interviews have been top notch so far.

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