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EMBRACE ALL MEN
The wood representing this tenet is Willow – Willow is known for its flexibility. It is used in the structure of the sweat lodge which itself symbolizes the womb which embraces and nurtures. Willow is a rare wood in that if it is severed from the tree it will regenerate itself if soaked in water and properly nurtured.
The symbol that reflects this tenet is that of men’s arms embracing in the secure grasp of one another’s wrist. This grip is often referred to as a life-saving grasp.
Embrace – to clasp or hold in one’s arms as a sign of affection; to encircle or surround; to include within one’s bounds; to accept eagerly; to take in with the eyes or mind; to submit to with dignity and fortitude.
Embrace ALL Men – Sounds like a big job. Yet we each have done it. In our initiation weekends, we had a chance to stand within a circle of men, many of whom we did not know their name or life story, yet we were prepared to take them in for who they were at that moment. We are here now because during our initiation we discovered the power of embracing all men. We discovered our commonality. The shared wounds, common dreams and struggles. No matter how different we may look on the outside, when you strip us down we are very similar.
To engage in an embrace one must let down his guard. A man is never more vulnerable than the moment before an embrace is completed. In that instant, there is complete trust between two men that each will follow through in the unspoken promise to complete the embrace. It is why the actual embrace feels so good. Hold it, feel the connection. Its power can be frightening and uncomfortable. Often we don’t like to acknowledge just how much we share. Often we are surprised to realize how little we need to say to communicate what we feel.
To live this tenet open your arms towards the strengths of the men in your circle and consider when a man reveals something about himself, that “you are that man”.
— Howard Spierer
If it is your first time out or if you have any questions please contact
Jacob Labelle [masked]
We meet as a team weekly on Wednesday evenings all year from 7 pm to 9-30 pm around a fire. Come and see what men on purpose look like. Edworthy park You'll see us
It is your first time to a men's team meeting contact Tony at[masked]
Invictus is a "point" team of trained Men who are connected for the purpose of personal development. We have created the safe environment to unmask and truly become vulnerable. We can trust our team to show us our own blind spots that we can then improve on. We are becoming better Men, by building other better men. We are always in training as we accept this is a journey. We honor time, We are prepared and we are present. We pay our dues.
Come to a men's team meeting and experience the difference between having buddies and having men in your life. Our men support and challenge us to be in integrity within our relationships, careers, and lives at large, so that we achieve the success we want while making the world a better place. We are men living our purpose on purpose! If you would like to attend, call Kevin at[masked] or Warren at[masked] for location.