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The Rising Man Podcast

Welcome to “The Rising Man Podcast,” a platform where amazing men from all walks of life come to share their personal stories about the journey from boy to man, the challenges, triumphs, and insights they’ve experienced, and what they’ve learned along the way. Here we dive deep into masculine culture to identify what it really means to be a man in the modern world and to extract tips and tools to help EVERY man rise into greatness and become the man he is destined to be.

Feb 6, 2020

Licensed therapist, wilderness guide, and men’s work leader are just a few of the experiences that have given Michael Gay a profound perspective on life. He shares his soulful and realistic definition of shadow work, explores the relationship of safety and creativity, and reminds us to be more than we do. Michael’s loving and forgiving approach to life is deeply moving, making this an exceptional contribution to the Rising Man Movement. 


Show Notes:

  • Michael’s definition of shadow work
  • The relationship between Repression and Creativity
  • The effectiveness of non-cognitive, experiential approaches to healing trauma
  • Be your story, don’t tell it
  • Shadow work is never a one and done, and can’t be done alone
  • We are naturally moved by depth and presence
  • What role does safety play in shadow work and men’s work?
  • Trust in others is vital for safety to thrive
  • Safety increases our capacity for connection and intimacy
  • “We are only as sick as our secrets”
  • Forgiveness must be felt authentically, it cannot be forced
  • Somewhere inside you there is a capacity for empathy and seeing yourself in their shoes
  • How do we heal the perpetrators?
  • Why we hold onto the most negative experiences and emotions
  • The difference between ceremony and ritual
  • Learn your unique way of giving life to the world

Connect with Michael Gay:


Instagram @lightningtree_mg

He helps facilitate Sacred Sons experiences - Weekend deep dives once a month thru 2020, including shadow work

Learn more about his therapeutic work on his psychology today profile


He does 1on1 experiential in person events, frequently near Boulder, CO

Email: - for inquiries

Rising Man Links:

The Rising Man Fire Circles - our online platform where men come together and put into practice all the greatness talked about on the podcast. You’ll find accountability, support, friendship, and challenges all designed to stimulate growth and healing. If you feel called to something greater, reach out!

Initiations - Compass Program - a 4 day 4 night Vision Fast in the wilderness, with preparation and incorporation calls in the months before and after. 

Instagram @therisingmanpodcast

Instagram @jeddyazuma


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