Reclaiming Male Role Models

RMRM008 Part 1 | Guy Sengstock | How To Truly See Another


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GUY SENGSTOCK is the founder and creator of the modality of Circling. He has been facilitating transformation for individuals, groups and corporations internationally for more than 20 years. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is the co-founder of The Arête Center for Excellence and the Bay Area Men’s Circle, which is still thriving today. He is an artist, philosopher, poet, body-worker, and visionary.

In part 1 of this episode we talk about:

  • Guy’s mentorship with his grandfather, a master tailor, who taught Guy to follow his own curiosity.
  • His initiation into manhood in the desert of Arizona.
  • What it means to truly, deeply see another human being, and to be seen ourselves.

Quotes from this episode:

“My grandfather was the one safe spot in the universe for me. My grandfather saw a particular brilliance in me.”

“When I was 17 I went into a locked ward mental institution. I was kind of suicidal. What I understand that now to be is that To be male, to be awake and aware, with no support for being awake and aware in a culture that isn’t.”

“My dad used to get high and drunk, and he used to sit me on his lap and say who great I was and how proud he was of me and all these kinds of things, however, what he said wasn’t parenting me. Parenting is the thing that happens when we’re not thinking about parenting.”

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