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Ben Porchuk....


Ben Porchuk...

RIGHT ACTION MAN
Unblocked, Uncovered, Rediscovered

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Ben Porchuk....


Ben Porchuk...

RIGHT ACTION MAN
Unblocked, Uncovered, Rediscovered

RIGHT ACtion man:

It's book....It's a movement...it's about time!


"Man the Change into Right Action"
Intro Video by Ben Porchuk

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Ignition, Blaze, & Then Snuffed

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Many of us were 'on fire' as children. We had insights. We seldom held back truth. We are kind. We burned brightly. Then, elements of our environment - society, guardians, peers - teamed up to try normalize us. Some put us in boxes. Others tell us we don't fit right. The model told and shown to us about being a man was fairly standard. Before we know it, our unique flame of personality, character and core essence is snuffed by adults around us. As a toddler, like all of us, I had these innate superpowers. No-holds-barred. One time, I saw danger looming outside of our family farmhouse. Alerting my caregiver through cries, she woke up at 2:30 am to see the danger herself, and snapping into action to get us to safety before the event would destroy our home with a five-story blaze.

Years passed. As an adult, self identified as a somewhat 'progressive guy', I watched my adult life fall short in many ways. What happened to me? I wasn't the partner I thought I'd be. Relationships were something I seemed to change much too often. I didn't stand up to be a strong Dad like I knew I was; I lost a daughter from the subconscious choice not to find inner strength. Financially, I kept finding I was reaching all the time, looking for more money, while climbing further into debt. While I had always defined myself by my work, more and more I was losing my 'edge' as an effective 9 - 5 conservationist. Many of these challenges in my life were brought on by my own mental attitudes and the subtle self-deprecating habits that I had learned early on in my life.

Where did these childhood superpowers go? Why me? Why do so many guys act without much power, leaving their partners, kids, communities and the planet with weak side of a powerful guy? I'd become a master at creating my own blocks. I learned how to cover up the best of my personality. I hid the fact that I knew my powerful core essence lurked strongly within... waiting to emerge as a Right Action Man.  After soul scouring, getting my #*@ kicked by strong women around me, I noticed similar patterns in many other men. I got to work. I saw patterns. I let the answers pour through me as I was determined to figure out what was 'wrong' with me and many other men the world over. I turns out the 'wrong' is nothing but a simple shift. Sure it's simple, but it's also simple to slip back into the patterns and beliefs that caused the pain in the first place. Right Action Man is the story of a man, of many men, and others taking their power back. The power is the ability to act in right relationship; to be successful in a new way. It's a way that we rediscover the strong powers within to build right relationships with ourselves, other people, our communities and the greater planet. 


At the Hand of Man

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Many things in our world have improved over the past several decades. Roads are better. Literacy rates have improved. Access to clean water has gone up. And there are so many things to be thankful for. We are also a planet of many nations on the brink of collapse. Still living in a patriachal society, leadership across the globe is predominantly male. "At the hand of man," or better yet, under the leadership of men many systems are in crisis on Earth. Social. Environmental. Personal mental health. International relations. Economies. The core of our critical issues some would say is complex. I suggest it's all about right relationship. I we fair to ourselves? Are we fair to others? Are we fair to plants, animals - nature in general - and the natural systems that support us? Right relationship can also be coined this way; true intimacy. When we develop true intimacy in a relationship, we care for the other half, give to the other half, know the other half intimately and we willingly receive from the other half all that we need.

While some men act in right relationship, many men are stunted in this domain. A lot of guys have partners. Many have children. A few men lead countries. Others are the heads of corporations or international agencies. Yes many men across the world are fortunate to have jobs and often the 'better' jobs. When we have these positions and we don't act in right relationship, or in other words, we are not intimate with the roles we have, we create an imbalance. Intimacy requires a constant reciprocity - taking and giving. These imbalances, often lead simply by the lack of intimacy, create systems that wobble, tip, and eventually crash. We see this in the collapse of the economy, in climate change, in the loss of greater than 50% of the planets wildlife in the past 40 years, in the anxiety that students feel day in and day out...


A Chance to Step In

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