News Brief: Michael & The Art of Merging Doingness & Beingness


Michael Hackett grew up in Ireland on a dairy farm, noticing as a youngster that life amongst the cattle, sheep, and pigs seemed far richer than life amongst human beings. On the farm, he naturally adopted his father’s passion for working the land. For Michael, spending his time on the land allowed him an escape from the bullying and nonsense of school work.

It was on the farm during his developing years that the seeds of passion for his Respect for Womanhood philosophies were sown. Michael has further honed many skills since he came to America, including landscaping, arboriculture, massage and body work, healing work, farming, and public speaking.

Although not formally schooled in Nonviolent Communication,   Michael has a knack for the practice of helping people engage in intimate relationships. He regularly practices intimacy – Into-Me-See – with others, and helps create a space of safe, nurturing kindness that fosters healing for those wanting to release pain from their lives.

By listening, setting intentions, leaning into the unknown, and allowing the divine life force to flow, a miracle of transformation occurs.

Our lives today are dictated by “doingness.” Many people define themselves by what they do, continually searching for ways to fill their time. Those consumed by “doing” leave sparse space for “being,” Doing is considered a masculine element characterized by action, power, and busienss; while being is considered a female element, characterized by acceptance, beingness, and living in accord with the rhythms of nature. Neither is better than the other. Both are necessary, but most people fail to comfortably strike a balance between the two.

Beingness embraces nature, divinity, the underworld, and the human world. It suffuses all, it can can be felt in everything, and it is is interdependent in the continuum of existence.

Our culture leans more towards the male element of doing, language, art, institutions, and aspirations. Both men and women have this tendency in the current era. Leaning too heavily to either side throws off the balance, both in one's self, and in society.

Helping people merge their beingness and doingness is a large part of Michael's work. He readily admits that it took him over 40 years to realize that a person’s intrapersonal relationship directly influences his or her interpersonal relationships and, consequentially, the world at large. 

Michael notes, "As we regard the huge failure of marriage as an institution in our society, perhaps marriage is a relationship and a bringing together of both elements, BEING and DOING, inside ourselves first, INTO-ME SEE."

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