(PRWEB) October 31, 2013
Are you ready to step into the power of the "new manhood"?
Tom Kelley is ready to guide men who are.
Formerly a Marine officer and then in corporate sales, Mr. Kelley saw first hand what the cultural paradigm of masculinity was doing to men's lives. Between 2002 and 2009 he undertook a series of trainings with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and healing arts pioneer Tom Monte. In 2010 he became seriously ill with aplastic anemia, a potentially fatal blood disease, and spent a month in isolation at Sloan Kettering hospital before receiving a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. "That experience of facing my own mortality brought home the knowledge that life is short and there’s no time to waste," he said. This led to the founding of http://opendeepandtrue.com
He has facilitated men's groups in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut (even inside Sing Sing Prison) for four years, creating the space for men to talk openly about their experiences and struggles with work, family, and relationships--as well as to celebrate their successes. But primarily his trainings are about giving men increased power and leadership in their lives. "OpenDeepandTrue training moves men boldly passed the guarded, surface, and superficial existence many men get mired in."
Aware of the under-representation of men within the self-empowerment world, he finds value in men-only space because it can support participants to make changes in their lives and to work on expressing their vulnerability -- which is harder when women are around, he says.
But maybe this under-representation is shifting. In an audio class available for download on http://www.opendeepandtrue.com, Mr. Kelley speaks of certain shifts in the modern cultural conception of masculinity that involve moving away from traditionally-valued stoicism and alpha-male competitiveness -- instead, he says, there's an increased acceptance of emotional self-awareness, spiritual practice and egalitarianism.
But it's not about being a "sensitive New Age guy." To Mr. Kelley's eye, stepping into the "new manhood" also involves learning the confidence and emotional self-mastery to be clearer, more powerful, and more intentional in personal relationships as well as in business.
His program, "Open, Deep and True- The Basic Course", is a four-month tele-class that will begin in January. With space for 10 men, it will deliver content and tools via e-mail and biweekly training calls, and Mr. Kelley will host monthly group coaching sessions by phone. The curriculum draws on eclectic sources, including meditation, positive Psychology, awareness practices, Compassionate Integration Counseling and nutrition guidance, and Mr. Kelley aims to create a program that's highly accessible to newcomers to these topics. The program includes an exploration into the teachings of Joseph Campbell, David Deida, Robert Bly and others, as well as Samurai and Shamanic practices.
"The world needs good men to become even better, and to be better, men need to consistently practice authenticity and presence" he says. Mr. Kelley's program offers a practical and hands-on exploration of what's possible within the new manhood. "Men are entering their 30's and 40's and sensing there is something missing in their lives, a spark a purpose." Mr. Kelley's program guides men to find it.