On Addiction, Men, and Shadow Work
On this episode, I talk with Ben Goresky from Evolving Man and we dive really deep. Not only do we talk about his experience with drug addiction and going through rehab, but also get into the experiences and challenges of the 21st-century man. On top of that, we talk about shadow work, the masculine and feminine, relationships, and why brotherhood is so important. Ben also drops a TON of resources which I have linked to in the show notes for you to reference.
This is a very rich and insightful episode and one that I personally will be going back to in the future. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Ben’s origin story
Ben’s relationship with his brother and the influence it’s had on his life
On feeling like a forgotten child and being diagnosed with ADD
On traumatic memories of being bullied in his own home
His introduction to drugs and filling the hole in his gut
The power of Ben connecting to his pain in rehab
Why most people relapse and come back to rehab and why it’s worse the second time around
How Ben used his experience to educate himself and become a counsellor
His work with second stage recovery and why it’s important
The process of shadow work
The initiation of men and the lack of it in our society today
Ben’s take on the current state of masculinity and femininity
The difference between the conscious and unconscious masculine
The Code of the Conscious Warrior and why men love to live by a code
The power and importance of brotherhood and men’s groups
How women can support men from a Ben’s perspective
Some excellent resources linked below
What is your favourite place?
What is your favourite sound?
What is your favourite app currently?
What is your ideal way to spend a Sunday?
What is your favourite piece of clothing?
What is a book or books you’ve read that you think are worth sharing?
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
What is your Rebel Cause?
LINKS & MENTIONS
Facebook: Evolving Man
Podcast: The Evolving Man Podcast
AARC - Calgary rehab home
The Boy Crisis - Book by Warren Farrell
Iron John - Book by Robert Bly
The Way of the Conscious Warrior - Book by P.T. Mistlberger
The Mankind Project - Men’s Group
Order of Man - Men’s Group
The Mask You Live In - Documentary on Men
The Work - Documentary on iTunes
Duolingo - language learning app
The Waking Up App - by Sam Harris
The Way of the Superior Man - Book by David Deida
No More Mr. Nice Guy - Book by Robert A. Glover
Stealing Fire - Book by Steven Kotler
Intro/Transition/Outro: Custom Track by Extra Deluxe