Integral Warrior Blog

Gary’s blog, “The Integral Warrior,” is undergoing it’s third incarnation. Previously nominated for two Blogisattva awards, it was the testing ground that eventually became the book “Awakening The New Masculine.” You can read Gary’s blog by clicking here or the link at the right, or by scrolling down to see what interests you!.


GARY’S LATEST BLOGS

 

Integral Community Support Obama’s Re-Election?

Enabling is Still Co-Dependent, Even At The Integral Stage

Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t vote for Obama, or that the Integral Community—whatever that is—or integral individuals and organizations shouldn’t work to make things better, try to inform, try to  change, or make things more sane than they are…What I am asking is that WE TELL THE TRUTH. I don’t know if Obama is a bad man. I want to like him. He may be be powerless and under threat, but there’s only one political party and their common ground is fascism – rule by corporations over the government. Obama and Bush both serve(d) the same money masters for the same goals. Obama and Romney are no different. We must stop glorifying our abusers and speak the truth.

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THE NEXT WAVE OF MEN’S WORK

“The “men’s movement” of the 80’s was, and continues to this day, to be what I’m calling the first wave” of men’s work, which is, as Wilber says, “necessary, but not sufficient.” It relies heavily on the mythopoetic, using mythology and analytical psychology, and consists mostly of psychological self-help groups which tend to stay away from explicit stances around psychospiritual and sociopolitical issues, or Sacred Activism, which the Integral Warrior dives right in to, as would be necessitated by taking an integral approach.  This requires being able to take and hold multiple, bigger, and sometimes paradoxical perspectives.”

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THE INTEGRAL WARRIOR INTRODUCTORY WEEKEND

The Integral Warrior Men’s Transformational Process is just that: A transformational process. The full process doesn’t happen in a day, but rather over a lengthy period of time that includes an Introductory Weekend, and three 4-day segments that happen about two months apart. The process is full, holistic, and complex, and demands a lot from the men who choose to walk this path, including shifting perspectives. Not an easy thing to do. The two month period between the 4-day segments is intentional so that men who emerge themselves in the Integral Warrior have plenty of time to process and integrate each of the segments.
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But what I’d like to address in this article is the Introductory Weekend, a 2-day workshop intended—as the name implies—to introduce the Integral Warrior Men’s Process so men can experience and discover what it is about and to see if they resonate with it and my teaching.

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THE INTEGRAL WARRIOR MKP BOOK TALK

Last night I did my first official “book talk” and my book hasn’t even been released. Oh, we’re not too far off from that happening, maybe 4 weeks from this writing, but I was invited and I went. I’m very glad I did.
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I first want to say thanks to this Mankind Project mens’ group for allowing me to present my book, “Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior.” I hope the 25 or so men who attended got as much out of the evening as I did. I learned quite a few things. Slow down, relax, and perhaps most important, framing the discussion of masculine and feminine outside of gender aspects and labeling.
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The Lifting of the Veil

I have to admit I’m not a “feel good” kind of integralist. If you come to my part of the conversation for soft consoling words of comfort or pats on the back, you might as well stop reading now. I’m the kind of integral thinker that asks you to step into the abyss. Shaking things up is clearly part of my masculine purpose and the heavy warrior archetypes I carry. It’s interesting that— more often than not—whenever I talk about what seems to happening in the realm of collapse, the conversation inevitably turns to the apocalyptic. When I talk collapse, people seem to hear “the end of the world.”
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This Is The Tipping Point: Giving Death

Anyaa and I have chosen the marriage of the two paths to help birth in a new world using a process we’re calling “Integral Shamanism.” From the Integral path, it requires the widest perspectives possible, which means that we absolutely must step out of denial about what’s happening today: the collapse of the industrial age and the battle for control of the planet. From the Shamanic path, it means we must welcome and mid-wife in the death of the old so the new can emerge.
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An Integral Approach to Consciously Collapsing

If we are going to be able to successfully navigate (whatever that means) the coming chaos, then we must first get out of denial and into acceptance that it’s happening. Denial could kill you. This requires that we pay attention to what is actually happening in all four quadrants, in the interior, exterior, individual, and collective quadrants.
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Sometimes I Wish I’d Swallowed the Blue Pill

Those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time know what my long-time perspective is on what’s happening on the planet. I’ve not been shy about making my views on “collapse” known for several years, and a quick review of those blogs will show that I’ve apparently been listening to the right people.
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Don’t Talk to Me, I Need to Keep a Positive Attitude

In her book, Sacred Demise, Carolyn Baker frequently receives emails that say something like, “I’m unsubscribing from your email list because your website is filled with negativity and I need to stay positive.” Carolyn describes this perspective as “righteous,” or a false sense of doing the right thing. The problem with a (self) righteous attitude is that it leads to detachment from reality. It’s a “new agey” way of keeping a positive attitude so we never have to feel badly about what’s actually happening. They’re actually saying that it’s someone elses problem (reality), not theirs.
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