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Dear Edward

Thank you. I was very touched (as we all were) with your story about men & your experiences. Although you've shared different aspects of your life in our classes, I didn't really understand this impact. I certainly thought you were such a fearless and together guy when you first came and got involved in those experiences (like Manspirit), and I wondered how in the world a person does that, etc.

It's so fascinating how similar and dissimilar our stories are, and how we interpret them, and the choices and actions we take. Thank you for sharing, and I still think you're a fearless and together guy! Compared to what, you may ask? Well, I am glad you brought it up. Compared to my own stories of what men and manhood is like, of course. I grew up with that mystery of manhood, but without the violence. Only the fearful possibility of violence, or worse yet (for me), rejection and disgust.

How in the world do we grow up and function in ANY kind of responsible manner?

Anyway, my love to you, and my gratitude that you are in my life, as well as the influence you are on so many.

WC

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  1. Dear Edward,

    I too was very touched and moved by your speaking this last class past. So much resonated with me in the similarities of my experience of violence and abuse at the hands of men most specifically my biological and step fathers. Never being particularly adept in the arena of team sports, much the same occurred during schooling years. These were back in the days when being bullied and beat up was considered good for a young man’s character. As a result I have found myself reticent to participate in all male activity. I have considered ManSpirit, but this ugly demon of fear always rises up in full display. Your speaking made me feel that perhaps it would be a good thing in which to involve myself. Being in group with loving, caring men would go a long way towards dispelling the patterns the old agreements I have set for myself.

    So I thank you deeply for being open with your sharing...this process of self mastery is though at times painful, so profoundly worth it for me in awakening.

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