01 May Christopher W Chiu – The Hero’s Journey: Masculinity, Insecurity, Intimacy, and Plant Medicine
About Christopher W Chiu
Christopher Chiu is a transformational coach helping men to find freedom, purpose & brotherhood. He leads men’s only Ayahuasca retreats (The Hero’s Journey Experience) in South America with 2-months of preparation & integration coaching included. These are modern day rites of passage & initiations allowing men to fully step into a grounded masculine presence & power – while at the same time creating strong male bonds & maximizing their full potential in life & business.
Christopher left behind an 8-year Wall St. career after suffering a collapsed lung and moved to Thailand to pursue Muay Thai & meditation. This started his journey of healing & seeking. Eventually, it brought him to the world of plant medicines & personal development. He currently has home-bases in Bali & Thailand, while leading retreats & men’s circles there as well. Please reach out to him if you’d like to work with him.
Christopher Chiu sheds some light on the true meaning of masculinity, insecurities from childhood, intimate relationships, and plant medicine rites of passage!
6:30 – Welcome, Christopher!
7:06 – The Clovis Culture Podcast name change to allow for broader topics
9:27 – Christopher’s backstory and the hero’s journey
15:42 – Christopher’s current work with men
17:00 – “I’m helping me from 6 years ago”… the emptiness that comes along with constant partying and drinking
19:38 – A typical day for Christopher
22:00 – Idea of masculinity in today’s society… “the toxic masculinity”
26:05 – How to break down stereotypes… deconditioning men
28:36 – Self-development work
32:33 – The importance of the safe space environment Christopher has created in these men’s groups
36:38 – Being comfortable being alone… Justin’s experience at Christopher’s men’s group… being happy on your own
39:11 – The idea of love and codependency
44:30 – Self-imposed struggle for growth… cold showers and other practices
50:08 – Meditation: practice and consistency…
51:51 – Right of passage… boys becoming men (initiation)
57:40 – How to inspire uninspired men…
Working on yourself doesn’t take away from masculinity
Breaking down conditioned thinking
Activities… leading with breadcrumbs
01:05:16 – How the men in Christopher’s life feel about the work he’s doing… building a supportive community
01:13:00 – Martial arts and masculinity… humility, respect, brotherhood
01:18:30 – What the Hero’s Journey consists of… plant medicine
01:26:36 – Next retreats…
01:28:13 – Get in touch with Christopher
88:50 – Advice for men to start their journey
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