Journey of Illumination

We are pleased to invite you into this Journey of Illumination (JOI), a process for continued spiritual growth and transformation of men.

This process challenges you to show up and pay attention daily to the need to overcome the weight of your routine in order to realize a full, intense and well-grounded spiritual journey. Doing so is not easy, but it does involve clear elements:

  • Centering – Show up and observe
  • Gathering – Show up and get together
  • Connecting – Show up and share
  • Releasing – Show up and let go
  • Serving – Show up and act

By choosing to participate, you will enrich and enliven your existing spiritual practices, and create or restore balance in each step of your journey through a commitment to do the work that is the essence of spiritual discipline. What drives this process is accountability, both to yourself and others.

As the product of the collective efforts and consciousness of hundreds of initiated men, the Journey of Illumination awakens men to two essential challenges of the Journey—to choose a specific action (show up) and to be present (pay attention) in the body, the heart, and the mind.

Your personal investment in yourself and in the process is very important so that a group of elders can be raised up who embody the full potential that men may achieve. While much of the “work” will be on your own, we will walk together in preparation.

This is indeed an exciting time and we trust that the Spirit has much to teach us and lead us into. Thank you for your willingness and openness.


What Does The Journey of Illumination Invite You Into?

Choose at least one PRACTICE from each of the five forms of PRESENCE and commit to a regular schedule of practice.

Forms of Presence

Forms of Practice

Show Up and Observe
(Centering)


Each day challenge yourself to make contact with your true Source.

“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30)

  • Centering Prayer/MeditationFasting
  • MindfulBreathing/Practicing
  • PresenceWalking
  • MeditationWandering Retreats
  • Yoga/Body Work
Show Up and Get Together
(Gathering)

Regularly look for support and accountability with other serious brothers.

“Do not absent yourself from the gatherings of the brethren” (Hebrews 10:25)

  • Small Groups
  • 2-Step
  • Support Group
  • Regional/Local Gatherings
  • Home Group
  • Connection
Show Up and Share
(Connecting)

Challenge yourself to find spiritual disciplines that keep your mind and heart open and connected, your body centered, and your emotions grounded.

“Peter, Peter, you must be sifted like wheat. . . and once you have recovered, you in your turn must strengthen the brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

  • Soul Brother or Elder Check-In
  • One-on-One with Spiritual Director or Therapist
Show Up and Let Go
(Releasing)

Living in the present moment requires us to release the past. Solitude and silence are traditional ways of allowing this to happen.

“Let go of your old way of life, put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusions.” (Ephesians 4:22)

  • Exercising forgiveness
  • Death Lodge Experience
  • Journaling
  • Shadow Work
  • Wandering
  • Retreats
Show Up and Act
(Serving)

Find some way to give it away. To have it for yourself is to lose it. The 12-Steppers call it the 12th and necessary step.

“I did not come to be served, but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)

  • Engage in some form of service that supports family, community, and/or your men’s work.
  • A Mentor, Elder, Soul Brother, small group and/or spiritual director can help discern a starting point if needed.

Reflection Spiritual Reading List

Following is a list of books that we have found supportive for the male spiritual journey. Journaling and/or daily reading and reflection is encouraged:

Note: We have set apart the 30th of each month for fasting, study, prayer, and/or service for yourself and other men. We invite you to join the Illuman community in this distinct practice.


If you feel you are ready to act…

Journey of Illumination Flyer

Download Journey of Illumination

Then you might be ready for your Men’s Rites of Passage or you may need to connect with a home group in your area. Click here to find the Regional Contact in your geographic area, and 2016 Men’s Rites of Passage for a brochure about the Men’s Rites of Passage. These men can offer guidance and help you connect.  In addition, click here for a brochure about the JOI process.