The King Within

Accessing the King in the Male Psyche
Narrated by: David Dukes
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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In this pioneering contribution to the emerging men's movement, Robert Moore, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Douglas Gillette, a mythologist, examine the inner King - one of the four archetypes on the male psyche. The inner King integrates power and nurturing, firmness and caring, courage and creativity, self-affirmation and self-sacrifice. From his central position between the world of imagination and the world of action, the King within challenges every man to take up his own scepter, to dream and to make them come true. The King Within both responds to the needs being formulated by the men's movement and addresses the larger questions of male psychology.
©1992 Robert Moore (P)2009 Phoenix

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Compelling Psychology

Through historical studies, psychological profiles of popular ideologies in both the media and in religion, the authors (Moor and Gillette) seek to answer the questions, What is Masculinity? Is it important? Where did it go and why can't we seem to find it?

Throughout the twentieth century, primarily in Western Culture, we've lost the ability to separate being a Boy from being a Man. There are no longer any defined qualities that everyone recognizes as being "manly." Many people (not merely feminists) decry men as brutes. Phrases like "be a man" or "man up" are sexist and crush the creativity of our children. The authors cite the absence of a father in many homes in recent years is an example of why its important that we soon discover, and teach our sons, exactly what it means to be a man. That men, through the help of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, wives, lovers, and friends, must discover the King that resides in all of us.

This book raised my eyebrows a lot. The authors tend to treat wide sweeping subjects like religion and politics as examples for their psychological evaluation. If those subjects are touchy for you, then just be warned. Every so often the authors let their own internal biases slip inside this document in sarcastic gibes that made me cringe, but those moments are few. And for the most part this book is inspirational and eye-opening. I recommend it highly.

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The answer to a lot of my life's struggles

This book is extremely powerful. It has guided me to a great new path where I am striving to master my king archetype. I've experienced years of therapy, self help books, meditation, etc, and I have to say, this book would have helped me even more tremendously if I had read it years ago.

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Very informative hyperbole

It can take a while to sift through some of the psychological principles here but the message at the center of it all is sound, and also only 1/4 of the whole message, which is unfortunately a book that audible doesn’t have.

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A masterpiece, but it is not for everyone

Moore and Gillette lay out a map to masculine psychology in their collective work that provides a sense of peace, empowerment, and the appreciation and understanding of what it means to be a man that feels deeply personal and meaningful. If this book seems interesting to you but you don’t want to drop the cash, there is a free audiobook of their cult classic, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover” on YouTube, narrated by Moore and Gillette themselves. If you enjoy it, I’d highly recommend purchasing this audiobook, as the value this book could provide far exceeds the price point. If you don’t resonate with KWML though, I’d give this a pass.

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MAN POWER

Fuels your desires and brings about answers that layed dormant. You are a sleeping King waiting to awake.

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Decent short introduction into the archetypes

I found the material and narration a bit rote and oversimplified but there is some value in it

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Every Man Can Benefit

Men need the King archetype more than ever today. This information opened my eyes for myself and will be very helpful for my son as he grows into manhood. Our society blames “men” for a variety of ills without acknowledging the blessing true balanced masculinity brings.

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For fans of Carl Jüng, Robert Moore takes it to a whole new level

Although a little controversial, Moore unfolds Jung’s ideas into an easily digested, widely applicable form. He extrapolates Jung’s work and has unbelievable insight into what is missing from the modern life. His work may require a bit of faith for the uninitiated or novice Jungian, but time will unpack these ideas to grow until you can apply them to fill in the gaps in your life.

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Very pleasant

I've listened to this one at least three times so far and enjoy it each time. The narrator really sounds like he is very invested in what he's saying. Great content.

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wow

truly appreciate the offer of knowledge here. it speaks on things as they truly are, one with one another

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  • Ferdia Mulloy
  • 11-15-18

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listen to it... and then re listen to it... get so much from it each time

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  • Kamal Simpson
  • 09-03-17

Greatness

A must read/listen for all men. Medicine for the masculine. The real work starts here

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  • Trailerfitters Toolbox
  • 04-17-20

Something to seriously consider

It is true that man are loosing their way however were moving away from being usurped by rulers who demand a tithe from us. Yes we do have a center within us that is masculine and only when we are centred do we fully realise ourselves. This is an interesting take on something that is a deep and nebulous as our unconscious minds. Men need to take responsibility for their own actions. This book gives only an indication and a point to start from. Good luck seekers. It is a journey that takes a lifetime to realise.. Worth listening to? Yes. Recommended fully.

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  • John Monroe
  • 06-11-19

Accessing the Sacred King

The end of chaos in one’s life, the death of the shadow’s chaos in our life, and the return of Order. The King we await is within

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

complicated

The first chspter is actually pretty interesting,it's got some interesting ideas but the rest is basiclly a foreign language,impossible to understand and it doesn't make sense.Maybe i'm just too stupid.

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  • Féidhlim
  • 02-14-17

A peace to give you the courage to do what is need

this has helped me overcome a small personal crisis. I can wait to listen to or read more of his work.

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  • Grafton Bailey
  • 04-04-18

something something something "inner King"

If your looking for something motivational to bring out the king within you, this is not the book. not a guide, a manual or a plan. upon completion of this book you will be left with the feeling " wow well good for.....him", but your search continues.

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  • Nushei
  • 04-24-15

Breezed it!

Easy read, made really awesome points & the used to write it was very captivating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Learn Yourself

A must for all humans who want to bring a real sense of meaning and fulfillment into their lives, learning how to listen to and access the wise king within you is undoubtedly the most important skill a young man can cultivate, and surely a life affirming skill for any human to be in touch with.

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  • 11-14-18

Understanding our deep selves

Amazing concepts and ideas about our inner psyche and the various forms we embody to ultimately become one. Amazing book, must read if you want to understand the man within and how to go about your mission in a mature way

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  • helmand mandozay
  • 10-27-18

essential stuff, but too short!

this is essential material that every man should take in and metabolize. my only complaint with this is that it's way too short. I will need to find something more substantial. a good starting place, but a starting place only.

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  • Cage J Madison
  • 11-28-16

Deeply insightful and brilliant

I found it remarkably inspiring. Definitely worth reading for any man looking for inward balance