Ep40: Cynthia Brix & Will Keepin – Gender Equity & Reconciliation

Ep40: Cynthia Brix & Will Keepin – Gender Equity & Reconciliation



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Gender Equity and Reconciliation is a burgeoning new field of transformational healing and reconciliation between women and men.  D.H. Lawrence once remarked that “The future of humanity will be decided not by relations between nations, but by relations between women and men.”  Gender equity and reconciliation recognizes the profound wound in the human family constellated around cultural conditioning relating to gender, sexuality, and relational intimacy. The ‘gender wound’ is manifest in myriad forms in virtually every society across the planet.

Martin Luther King, Jr. emphasized that societal transformation does not take place by keeping injustice and corruption hidden, but only by bringing them into the light and confronting them with the power of love.  This is the purpose and method of gender equity and reconciliation. Both women and men are afflicted by gender injustice, and each needs the other for a true and complete healing.  Domestic violence is the leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 44 worldwide.  Men have higher death rates than women for all 15 leading causes of death.  The premise of gender equity and reconciliation is that women and men can and must work together to jointly transform these tragic conditions.  Gender reconciliation embraces all sexual orientations, including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual.

Gender Equity and Reconciliation International has facilitated workshops and training programs for more than 2,000 men and women in seven countries to date.  Our experience demonstrates that earnest women and men are capable of extraordinary levels of healing and reconciliation, and thereby fostering new levels of mutual trust, respect, communication, and joyful partnership. Independent monitoring and evaluation of our programs conducted by Phaphama Initiatives in South Africa concluded that Gender Equity and Reconciliation is a powerful tool for addressing the causes of HIV/AIDS (rather than just treating symptoms), and that Gender Equity and Reconciliation has the potential to prevent communities from self-destructing because of gender-based violence and AIDS.

Gender Equity and Reconciliation builds upon yet goes well beyond the work of the women’s and men’s movements—both of which are crucial social movements in their own right that have made essential contributions.  Gender equity and reconciliation takes another bold step—or leap!—to bring women and men together to begin an unprecedented collaborative work of facing the disastrous reality of gender injustice in its many forms, and embarking upon the integral work of mutual transformation to create a new, unprecedented harmony between the sexes.  Working through the challenges of gender disharmony with integrity, compassion, and non-judgment, men and women discover a liberating awakening and new spiritual communion.


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Our Current Crisis, The Death-ReBirth Mystery…

Our Current Crisis, The Death-ReBirth Mystery…

“In terms of where we are historically and in this moment in history I think we are at a very pivotal place, very volatile and uncertain, and all these qualities are very characteristic of this threshold of the death rebirth process; because you have to have an uncertain outcome; you have to have the conviction of uncertainty for such a transformation to actually be successful. You have to feel that everything is at stake and it might not work out for the moral transformation to take place… To have faith and hope in the darkness is very important, and in some sense it is only in dark periods that you develop faith and hope. If everything is just light and glorious you don’t develop those muscles. It’s something you develop in challenging times.” – Richard Tarnas* – October 2018

While in search of the new compassionate male I was recently drawn to Richard Tarnas by way of Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin, founders of the Satyana Institute. They suggested I reach out to Richard’s daughter, Becca Tarnas, for my first in-depth astrological reading. (I am still poring over and processing the reading deeply; a topic for another time).

With my interest peaked, I began doing some light research on Richard and found an interview that provided insights and perspectives on our current U.S. and world situation. About half way though the interview I was stunned to realize the interview took place in October 2018. His book, Passion Of The Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World Views, has caught my eye and I am waiting for it to arrive in the next few days.

Below is both and excerpt from the interview and the complete interview, Our Current Crisis, The Death and ReBirth.


* “Richard Tarnas is known as one of the most influential and perceptive cultural historians of our time. In ‘Passion of the Western Mind’, he presented a vast overview of the history of western thought and culture, with predictions of where both were heading. On its release it was hailed as a masterpiece, allowing “readers to grasp the big picture of Western culture as if for the first time”.Excerpt from the YouTube posting.

Gender Reconciliation – All Sexual Orientations/Genders/Races

Gender Reconciliation – All Sexual Orientations/Genders/Races

The Gender Equity and Reconciliation process seeks to heal the profound wounds around gender, sexuality, and relational intimacy. It brings together people of all sexual orientations and genders to jointly confront gender disharmony to reach healing reconciliation. Will and Cynthia have developed the method over 28 years, introducing the practices in nine countries.

Gender reconciliation’s startling successes in South Africa have played a role in transforming that country’s AIDS and HIV policies, and exciting new academic research on the program is underway at two South African universities. Learn more about the work of Will Keepin and Cynthia Brix via their organization, Gender Reconciliation International.

Will Keepin and Cynthia Brix with Bishop Desmond Tutu

This powerful presentation is well worth pausing for.


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