Return of Initiation

What a marvelous conversation, I thank each of you for your thoughts & wisdom. I have had the privilege of watching the network evolve through considerable time, and as such, I will continue to bring that historical perspective to our conversations.

What began as an idea from Bill Kauth for a workshop for men, and the initial spiritual awakening that this engendered, has now spread across the globe. Kauth, Tosi, & Hering did not know that this was perhaps a divinely inspired resurrection, nor that it would reclaim male initiation for our time. What they saw was that men began to awaken, because it touched a deep unspoken need in the masculine soul.

CliveMichael’s comments are beautiful, and chillingly accurate. If we are able to set aside our narrow judgments about the organization, even about what the archetype truly means, then we become more present to this great awakening. If we take away the politics, and simply look at Donald Trump as the narcissistically wounded little boy/teenage bully that he is, we can see the absolute necessity of the return of initiation. The patriarchy has begun to crack in a serious way.

The spiraling nature of human conscious must transcend & include, bringing what is useful from the past into what is imminently necessary in the present. The ancients were wise enough to bring this planet to us intact. But in less than 200 years, we are on the brink of disaster. Do you think they knew something about the laws of nature that we have somehow conveniently forgotten? Do you think they practiced sacred male & female initiations just because?

To give due credit, this awakening began in the 60’s, and eventually birthed the women’s movement in the 70’s & 80’s. When Kauth saw that women were moving powerfully forward, he also saw that men were moving dangerously backward. When Tosi & Hering asked him: “Why should we do a men’s training?”, Bill wisely said: “Because there aren’t any !!!”

A spiritual awakening begins when someone fully opens to the great mystery, and gets a glimpse of the Wholeness of the Heavens. What inevitably arises is a church that protects and secures that awakening, by wrapping a set of structures & doctrines around it, shaping it for posterity. Thus, the awakening of the New Warrior Network necessarily birthed the Church of the MKP.

Sometimes men forget that the awakening is the only worshipful place. Historically, the core of each religion began with an awakening, and we all know what the ensuing churches have done. When any light of awakening gets codified, it loses its mysterious impact on our struggling consciousness.

I have intentionally stayed in relationship to MKP for all these years, and honestly, it has not been easy. I stayed, not because I need the church, but because I need the continual awakening that is in the very fabric of the NWTA. And here is my core learning in relationship to this church: it is a perfect place to project ALL my unresolved hierarchical male, father, & masculine issues. Many places along the vertical axis: father, boss, star athlete, role model, movie star, older brother, street gang, motorcycles, police, fraternities, clubs, money, corporations, arms, sex, drugs, & rock-n-roll. And then there is Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed … & all the other gods.

All the judgments or reactions to MKP or Warriors or Bad Men or Guns, or the infinite array of vertical issues still unresolved in me … I must project them somewhere. What better place to Project them than the MKProject. I ask that men take a good hard look inside, can you not see yourself in Donald Trump? Is he not one of us? Is the kid who shot the kids in Florida not one of us? The mirror is a terrifying place to look.

Maybe it is time to reimagine the vertical … from a pole of only one on top, everyone else less than. To a monkey bar … many moving up at different levels, with the ones above helping the ones below. Disabling the old architecture, building the new verticals: good male friendships & mentoring, teaching & learning from younger men, holding space for rage or grief and everything in between, as we grow together. And whether anyone likes it or not …

Good Men + Good Women =  the best chance to save ourselves.