Men have been sitting in circles in all cultures from ancient times. Each of us has ancestors who sat in circles together, perhaps in a hut or around a fire, drumming, singing, dancing, telling stories, telling jokes, proposing ideas, teaching, and sharing their lives with each other.
In those circles people found solutions to their problems, managed conflict, made conscious decisions, they laughed and played, celebrated and grieved together, and learned to love. Many topics were discussed such as parenting, sexual intimacy, relationships, community living, sustainability, health and recreation, business, life purpose, mission finding, manhood, life, death, and much more.
Circles create more wholeness, balance, and equality for all who sit in them. Sitting in circles supports who we are and who we want to be. Circles take us away from everyday life and into a mini-retreat.
In the circle we make a conscious decision to make space in our lives for growth and development and this is supported by the others. In turn, we support them in their own journey.
The wisdom of the circle and the collective group intelligence is available to all. This wisdom is absorbed within each man and imparted to everyone within his life, including friends, family, and associates.
Today, due to our fast pace of life men’s circles are a rarity. In my opinion this is a disaster to the evolution of mankind. More than ever it is vital that as men we reach out to other men once again if we are to reclaim our authentic masculinity and become the best man possible in this life, not only for ourselves, but for the other people in our lives and for the sake of the earth.