Redefining Manhood: A Guide for Men and Those Who Love Them by Jim Pathfinder Ewing (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionWhile women have forged ahead in the workplace and society, men are finding themselves increasingly marginalized, socially, professionally, ecomically - eugh so that one book on bestseller lists recently has been titled The End of Men. This has led to calls for a men's movement and courses are being taught, but they are failing to find traction among men. The reason should be plain: where once Iron John stood as an archetype, along with the King, Warrior, Lover and Magician, those roles have become sadly outdated. The old archetypes of manhood longer apply. In this book Jim Pathfinder Ewing, author of six books on energy medicine and Native American spirituality and mindfulness, outlines why the current courses on men's empowerment are failing and offers a new way of looking at male roles that predates the modern era. It is a back to the future approach to manhood that actually is better suited for the male psyche, having existed for thousands of years in all parts of the globe. Modernized, this survival kit for the male gender can revitalize male and female relations on a more balanced and time-hored footing. This book serves as a self-help manual for men, a guide for men's retreats, and a primer for wives, daughters, mothers and female friends to help the men in their lives adopt a healthier way of living in balance with a society that is rapidly shifting its roles. Other books on this topic repeat tired stereotypes of the king, lover, warrior, magician and similar shorthand versions of men's roles; but those roles longer hold much value in today's society. In a society where women have more education and higher earning capacity than men, a woman can be king. Women longer sit idly waiting to be awakened by a Prince Charming; they are active lovers, emancipated from the Sleeping Beauty archetype. If men try to adopt outdated lover roles, they find themselves alone, even pitied. Women are warriors, and magicians, and welders, firefighters and CEOs. An Iron John who wishes to retreat into what he is taught is his strength in masculinity - the wild man of ancient times - will find himself alienated and out of step with reality. Conversely, if men try to adopt feminized versions of men's roles, they will find themselves equally marginalized. Women don't need men to be women. Nor do they need men who patronize them. This book teaches men how to be men in a new (yet time-tested way) by reevaluating how they were brought up and determining which behaviors are suitable for adopting, and which are suitable for rejecting. In Redefining Manhood , the author rejects what he terms outdated male archetypes that he asserts are longer valid in our rapidly changing society. Rather than Iron John and Wild Man, he sees men who are compassionate, rational, intuitive and judicious in their use of force. They do t traffic in fear and anger as means to a self-serving end, promoting patriarchy and domination, but see the world as a place of competing choices where responsibilities are shared and impacts of behavior are carefully assessed. Our Western society has been out of balance since Roman times, he says, while Native American and other indigeus societies adhered more closely to a natural way of being. In the writer's view, longer is being male a ticket to be thoughtless, wanton, igrant or unflinching in projecting indiscriminate power. He is longer a King, unless one assumes he shares the crown; he is t a lover any more than his partner with whom he shares intimacy; and he must t allow himself to be a warrior, which in a constant state of war warps our sense of society and social obligations, unless he chooses to be and the social good demands it. He recognizes that peace, t war, is the natural state of humankind, that all human beings, regardless of roles or social stature, are stakeholders in the future of the planet, along with all the other beings of the earth, and that living i
- Author BiographyJim PathFinder Ewing is an award-winning journalist, workshop leader, inspirational speaker and author in the fields of mind-body medicine, organic farming and eco-spirituality. He has written about, taught and lectured on Reiki, shamanism, spiritual ecology, integrative medicine and Native American spirituality for decades. He is the author of six books (Findhorn Press) on the spiritual aspects of food, sustainability, shamanism and alternative health. For more information see his website: http://www.blueskywaters.com
- Author(s)Jim Pathfinder Ewing
- PublisherFindhorn Press Ltd.
- Date of Publication14/04/2015
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationForres
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFindhorn Press Ltd.
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight220 g
- Width127 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine15 mm
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