Do you feel disconnected from your father, grandfather(s) … from Life?
Do you feel disconnected from your wild nature?
Do you yearn for a deeper connection … to yourself?
I really enjoyed this conversation with Eivind Figenschau Skjellum of Norway.
His company, Reclaim Your Inner Throne, a rich expression of men’s work that, among other essential insights and practices, helps men reconnect … or even just connect for the first time for so many men, with the Mature Masculine archetypes – KING WARRIOR MAGICIAN LOVER … archetypes founded on Carl Jung’s work and outlined beautifully in the timeless classic of that same name – K W M L – by Robert Moore and Douglass Gilette. The theory goes, that these archetypes are embedded in the DNA of all men, but like a software code not yet given the command to begin running the program, many men in the modern world live perpetually stuck in predominantly adolescent psychological structures, those archetypes locked away in a latent state beyond our grasping, largely due to a lack of thoughtful male elders who can initiate us into manhood, and also an abundance of distractions that appeal to the adolescent self-concerned mind. Because of this, we men risk living deeply unfulfilled, while women risk everything that comes with living in a world with few truly mature men.
Reading that book many years actually changed my life – which I share a little bit about how it did that in this episode.
One of the things I think I love most about Eivind, actually … is he’s from Norway, the historic land of the Viking. I’m obsessed with Viking culture and mythology.
In fact, he’s hosting an upcoming small men’s retreat called “Kings of the North” … in the wilds of Norway this summer, and I’m going. I’m actually leading one of the tribal clans in the retreat, and so if you’d like to attend a men’s retreat in Norway, and be a member of my 5-man clan – everyone gets a Viking Helmet and Battle Axe – go to bryanreeves.com/norway for more information … bryanreeves.com/norway.
Definitely stay tuned for Eivind’s 5 Key Takeaway’s at the end of this episode of Men, This Way …
Let’s dive …
6:34 ~ Vikings and primal nature
11:03 ~ Retreats and the benefits of being alone in nature
17:58 ~ Ash initiation ritual
20:08 ~ Eivind’s experience with illness
28:15 ~ Warriors serving kings, and other archetypes
30:49 ~ The Oedipal child and the dark side of the mother archetype
47:02 ~ The biggest challenge facing men in the world today
49:40 ~ “5 KEY TAKEWAYS” FINALE
49:53 ~ KEY INSIGHT: “Whatever qualities of being that you exile from your own inner kingdom, will show up in the outer kingdom as the faces of evil”
52:49 ~ KEY MAN TO LEARN FROM: Robert L. Moore – Psychologist, and co-author alongside Douglas Gillette of “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine”
54:04 ~ KEY RESOURCE (most impactful, inspiring book, movie, podcast): Tom Bilyeu’s “Impact Theory” (Online Interview Series)
56:26 ~ KEY INVESTMENT (the best thing you spent money on, under $10,000): A Spanish acoustic guitar
58:34 ~ KEY PRACTICE (7-day challenge to the men listening): Cut off technology at the beginning and the end of each day