I'm dedicated to connecting men to the Great Mother and empowering them to live purpose driven lives. - Amir Khalighi
A Note From Our Founder:
“The proper expression, evolution, and embodiment of natural masculine energies has been unsupported, suppressed and stifled in modern culture. It has created men have become disconnected from themselves, their counterparts and Nature.
Men from an early age yearn for masculine presence, guidance and mentorship. When there are no elders in the home or community to bring it to them, they have little choice but to go seek it elsewhere. What we end up with are uninitiated men following other uninitiated men looking for answers in a society driven by values of materialism...feeding their egos and starving their souls.
They spend their time and energy chasing after “her”, money, property and prestige, pursuing it ad infinitum with little regard to the wreckage they leave in their wake, producing the manifestation of what we collectively now refer to as ”toxic masculinity". They are, in short, disconnected from themselves, their soul's purpose and the Great Mother. In living with this wound, they project their pain onto society.
On the other hand, initiated men know, not based on information, but rather through a transformative initiation process, that they are here to serve a higher calling. That, in fact, their lives are not merely their own, but their own in connection and serving to a higher calling.
A seed was planted in the soul of every man to awaken one day to their life’s purpose here on earth. With the right attention, practice and guidance of elders who went before them, that seedling will grow into a clear knowing of their calling. They realize that they are here to live out their life’s purpose and to serve the evolution of mankind within their own circle of influence. They stop their attachments to idolatrous “gods” and begin to look within for The Way. And, as The Mevlana (Rumi) says, "As you start to walk on the way, The Way appears"
We are men responsible for bringing other men back into alignment with their souls, to embark on their true purpose, to make sure they are seen as we were seen.
We are the men responsible and called upon to change the face of masculinity in our society.
We are responsible for the leaders in power, for they are only a reflection of our collective subconscious.
We take responsibility for where we are as a society, who we are, what we’ve done and where we go from here.
We are the men of the Embodied Masculine.”
I have known Amir for over 25 years and have watched his growth as a man, father, friend and spiritual mentor to many men. He is a man of great integrity and compassion and has a wealth of experience and spiritual tools to help others grow. I have no doubt that what he has to offer will benefit all who participate.
— Phil Rowland
“Amir has helped me put my life back together and then some. Today I have a purpose. I know who I am, and I have the discipline and tools required to continue evolving. He is a grounding force. It's been a hell of a journey.”
— Matthew Boylan
More About Amir Khalighi
Born in Iran, Tehran and raised by a single mother, his perspective of life during his early years was through the prism of the feminine with no mature masculine figure to learn from or lean on until his early 20s. His natural inclination for separation from that dynamic was a destructive one from the age of 19 to 22. At 23, he found his first men’s group where elders exemplified what it meant to be a mature masculine in the world.
His trek to self discovery started during his college years with study in the fields of existential philosophy and comparative religious studies. His work with men started at the age of 23. Through his 20s and 30s, he worked with hundreds of men centered around addictive behaviors and also through the discipline of martial arts. Subsequently, his work has matured and now encompasses Jungian archetypal, somatic and embodiment methodology.
His passion in the field of men’s work has been most influenced by mythopoetic men’s work, Sufi mysticism, yogic intimacy, martial arts, Celtic mythology, Celtic shamanism, Hermetic Qabalah and Jungian archetypal psychology (see our lineage page for a deeper look).
He has dedicated his life and purpose to connecting men to the Great Mother (his expression of G-d, Nature, the Unified Field or whatever you chose to call that power) and empowering these men to live purpose-driven lives...helping them embody their natural, God-given masculine energies in a new paradigm and in relation to the Feminine. Most of the men that make their way to Amir did not have a positive masculine role model that they could rely on growing up...men with wounds of the absent father. “We teach what we’ve overcome”.
His body of work spans over 25 years in the realm of men's private coaching. With the founding of EmbodiedMasculine.com in 2018, he has expanded his message and approach into workshops, group coaching, initiation intensive programs and as a guest speaker & facilitator for various men’s groups. His writing can be found on Elephant Journal, and his message can be heard on various podcasts including the "Mind Musing Podcast" and "The Truth Telling Podcast".
Amir is also the founder of & BelovedPoetry.com where he renders the works of such masters as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, Hafiz, Pablo Neruda and more. He has worked with a myriad of men from all walks of life from high caliber Fortune 500 CEO’s, influencers, and artist to young men starting on their path. He is a teacher, coach, speaker, artist and poet. He is married to the love of his life, Keri, and is father to four daughters.