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Men’s circles to bring down the walls
Circles are a place where inner discoveries become possible and truth can be told. Joseph Campbell has said that “When a magician wants to work magic, he puts a circle around himself, and it is within this bounded circle, this hermetically sealed-off area, that powers can be brought into play that are lost outside the circle.”
The Jericho Circle Project volunteers create and facilitate men’s circles in prisons to support personal change and the discovery of deeper truth. These circles help incarcerated men develop tools to come to terms with their inner struggles and bring down the walls that separate them from their loved ones, communities and themselves. Carefully crafted to develop trust and support authenticity, Jericho circles help men see themselves more clearly, many for the first time. In Jericho circles men learn how to identify and express their feelings, communicate clearly, address conflicts in their lives, hold themselves accountable, identify new personal directions and, perhaps most importantly, find out “what makes them tick.” When equipped with these skills, men serving time are able to develop a more congruent way of living both within and beyond the walls. “Walking their talk” is one place that men in our circles begin to make diffeent choices and see different possibilities for their futures. Jericho encourages and supports men in “getting real.” Through JCP programs, offenders get to look at their shadows and come to understand the costs to themselves and others of keeping those shadows locked up. The “crisis of masculinity” has kept many men behind walls of their own and society’s making– many of those men end up in prison as a result.. JCP offers incarcerated and transitioning men support to bring down those walls and find new ways to reinvent their lives and become powerful and productive men in the world.
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