Within every man there is a solid core of energy, a style of communication, and an intense drive. Each man’s individual inner self is slightly unique, but each arises from the basic nature of the masculine body, is inspired by the man’s unique experiences and interests, and deeply informed by his social context. Happiness and healthiness comes from being as in tune as possible with that inner self.
Bad information, trauma, destructive learning, and self-defeating beliefs tend to distort our relationship with the wild man. Bringing him out is a process of un-learning the lessons of our youth and refusing to accept anyone’s description of the world without critical thought or direct experience. We must see the world as if we were explorers visiting a totally new planet.