What is a Rite of Passage?

Each of us has four aspects of Self, the Child, Adolescent, Adult and Elder, which we have access to at any given time, albeit at times, undeveloped and immature.  A phenomena of what is appropriately called the "western world" (a state of mind rather than geographic) is that people get stuck in the place of Adolescent, the place of power, promoted heavily in our culture as to become pathological and debilitating, just as anything that is naturally tonic becomes toxic when over used.

A Rite of Passage is necessary to take one from the place of over-aged Adolescence to Initiated Adult, to receive the rights of Understanding and Responsibility and gifts of Purity and Patience that dislodge one from the intoxication and abuse of western culture. In this way, it can also be said that you are stepping out of Samsara.  Here we meet you with the Medicine Wheel, a tool for understanding and accepting all our parts on a deeper level as to become whole.  Being whole then allows us conscious relations with Soul, Spirit and Ego, which help us understand what it is to be human in a more-than-human world, and find your Place in it.

"A true adult is in conscious relationship and service to our mysterious and endangered world and,
more generally, is a creative, joyful, and contributing member of the Earth Community."

- Bill Plotkin

You may have a job, a house, spouse or children, but these make not an Adult.  For most, it just frustrates the Adolescent, who in our society is encouraged to wander and "get lost". As your spiritual being is made not born, so must you consciously make the move from extended Adolescence to Adulthood, initiated through a Rite of Passage with a qualified guide.

It is said that experience is the mother of all teachers, and spirits the teachers who lead us by experience.  In this rather loopy feedback system, does Understanding make us capable of adapting to change as movement from sticky mind programming based in negativity to flowing, positive programming based upon universal truth, oneness, and ultimately the peace that comes of the union of opposites, also known as Transcendence.

Some Rites of Passage are nature-based, literally spending 4 nights and 5 days in the wilderness alone (of which I've done many). This Rite of Passage is neural-based, not that we can get ourselves out of the mess we are in by thinking, but a very deep cleansing of the mind with the Creative Powers of Nature: growth, nourishment, healing protection, love and rhythm. It is said, the best thing for brain washing is more brain washing, the muddied cup cleansed with pure water until clear, enlightened.  In the comfort of your own home, in the jungle of your own mind!

This Rite of Passage is forged not only of Native American teachings, but those of Buddhism, Daoism, Physics and the Metaphysical, Botany, Science and Toltec Wisdom; the introspective, inward-focused meditative practices of the Eastern philosophies joined with the creative, outward-focused practices of the Western world mixed with the Intelligence of the Plant and Animal Kingdoms, a veritable smorgasbord for your enlightenment.

This 10 week Virtual Vision Quest deeply nourishes your enlightenment, so long ignored in Ignorance, which is basically a self-controlling mind-set based in "I know" yet void of how, the understanding of the Laws of Nature and Existence. This is not true knowledge for it also lacks the crucial ingredient of Vision.  This Rite of Passage, this virtual Vision Quest infused with the power of The Word, meaningful conversation, song and imagery will have you understand how Knowledge and Wisdom can be the guides of your time.

 "The major cause of depression, disease, restlessness, greed and violence
is failure to undergo the Rite of Passage to initiated Adulthood."

A traditional Rite of Passage in the wilderness is not for everyone.  And in these busy times, few are able to go sit on the Mountain.  Indeed, it is within the power of this course to move mountains, and so we bring it to you. In this Rite you are virtually "put on the mountain", taken to the height of Novelty, the Peak of the North, as to begin to see things as they truly are. From here one learns to see both ways, how to be in both the physical and spiritual worlds at once and navigate the mental and emotional.  Eventually, the "novelty" of the physical wears off as you learn the ways of simultaneous existence.  In the end, one comes to revision what Redemption and Revelation mean for you.  For in the shamanic visioning state, one does not rely on meaning yet creates it.

The shamanic path leads one out of the trappings of Samsara into the Medicine Wheel, where the light of Understanding sparked in the East is fanned by the winds of the North to dispel the darkness of Ignorance in the West as to allow the child of the South to let the Moment come when it comes, and let it go when it goes, as for All Beings to Be Happy, come what may. It takes an initiated Adult, imbued with the Rights of Understanding and Responsibility of the North to magnetically align with the True and Free.  Yet this alignment doesn’t guarantee smooth personal circumstances; on the contrary. It exposes all that is not real. So what does one get for being initiated? Basically peace of Mind, as open and fluid as the song of the heart.

How Do We Do This?

Having already experienced the West fully and perhaps overly, your fight-or-flight system and adrenals are likely exhausted, perhaps even checked-out on their way to redundancy just as the wisdom teeth and appendix did.   To upgrade/evolve your system, the Course of Changing Mind streams a kaleidoscopic weave of the Red Road, 4 Noble Truths, the 8 fold path, the 4 Agreements, the Royal Alchemical Arts, Conscious Word Apothecary, Maps of Consciousness and various Medicine Wheels, ever-changing in their perspectives yet unchanging in the calm of Truth they carry into your neural pathways, aligning your nervous system with a Central Nervous System developed long before mankind came into being that we may become responsible for remembering the future. And with the constantly adjusting in-depth knowledge of this Rite of Passage you will receive the skills, wisdom and practical KNOW HOW to help your Self:

  • adapt to heart-centred thinking
  • put your memories in order that all may be deemed innocent
  • know that you don't know
  • unglue your bond with oppressive behaviour
  • see more that you can tell and understand more than you saw
  • navigate problems without breaking into their volatile solution
  • remove struggle from your vocabulary and attitude
  • reduce dependency on the hierarchy of Need
  • disengage from trauma based control
  • mind you own business
  • free yourself from confusion
  • know your Self;  that comfortable feeling of being familiar
  • maintain enlightenment through Conscious language use
  • accept everything about other people, in fact, marvel at the unique patterns and dynamics that connect an interdependent world

And in doing so,

  • work with illness/imbalance
  • attain mental emanicipation
  • enjoy stress-free parenting and stress-free children
  • relieve depression
  • alleviate addiction
  • unify with Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul
  • enforce healthy relationships
  • experience Enlightenment as an initiated Adult

Accommodate the Incomprehsible

Experiencing enlightenment comes of knowing that you are biased, one-sided in any given moment, that inevitably you come with limitation, and making that bias as obvious as you can so that Enlightenment may help you see, lucidly and clearly, what is false and what is real in man's thinking.  This Enlightenment from Ignorance is a marker for your departure from the place of Adolescence into assuming the privileges and responsibilities come of the illuminated inner Vision of the Conscious Adult, drawn from the Creative Power, the flame of the candle from the Sun.

As it is, the maturity of Enlightenment can be thought of as Remembering. The child lives in the state of enlightenment yet knows not how to use its tools to nurture their world, nor is it their place to do so. As the gap between child and adult grows due to extended adolescence one may experience the Soul, also long ignored, demanding to come into union with the dominant Ego. Yet too often the person and society at large have no experience or tools to mediate the union and become stuck in depression or mental unrest, perhaps even full-blown psychosis.  The way to support and celebrate this love affair of the Soul and Ego so often spoken of by the mystics, is the undertaking of this Rite of Passage to enlightened, "initiated" Adulthood.

Now, for some, the statement that I am enlightened doesn't sit well, like green eggs and ham. But could I would I show you, you will see that as with Love, Enlightenment is not something hovering beyond your reach.  It is very close to you, often dormant or ignored, as distant as the sun, yet you can feel it, and know that it sustains you.  It is only Ignorance of the Laws of Nature and Existence that make it feel so unattainable to the common man.  But know this; enlightenment is not perfection, it is simply cleanliness, a mind cleaned and to able to clearly see the  "defilements", the mental projections of Self, Soul and Ego that are nonetheless useful in making one whole and a complete understanding of these aspects necessary for full Realization.  For some Enlightenment is the bridge across duality which leads to Awakening; for others still it is a dance with Eternity choreographed by Time. Whatever meaning you wish to give it, an Adult initiated in Enlightenment acts in a greater field of influence that is at once touching and untouchable for does such a one possess The Vision, the ability to perceive the same indwelling Spirit existing and active in all things, that you reap what you sow and, create your own tomorrow and that of those around you, also referred to as remembering the future. You choose the way you will live by changing your consciousness, elevating it from antagonism to the enlightened state of love and acceptance.  These are not simply words.  These are changed, cleared, States of Mind, of Consciousness.

As mentioned, I have made many traditional Vision Quests and also participate annually in Sundance Ceremonies in BC and Manitoba, Canada.  And, as an Adult initiated in Enlightenment (which is not the same as an Enlightened One yet a disciple) do I guide you upon this Rite of Passage as water does the canoe.  When not conducting Rites of Passage in this manner with Changing Mind, I run a sweat lodge, provide pipe and shamanic ceremonies, care for myself, dog, children, family, community, a knee that acts up when I get too far ahead of myself and the mundane tasks of the household. Indeed, the mystic poet Rumi tells us that we are all a guest house, and we must keep our lodges clean and tended to. And it is Osho who advised us that "the new man with be part Mystic, part Poet, and part Scientist"; the Triune Being with each room in their house in order and as such living simultaneous existence.

In taking a Rite of Passage one enters the Spirit World where things get done 6X faster than on the physical realm, yet not in a linear "to do list" fashion.  What might take years of therapy, searching, webinars, rehab and the consumption of a plethora of books can be acquired in these 10 weeks.  For does the Spirit World use highly advanced technology and quantum mechanics which acknowledge the whirling maelstrom of Consciousness.  That said we are not going to turn a Chevy into a Ferrari right away, yet over time Change will come. The breadth of this Course will attune your vehicle to higher frequencies, clean your filters, rev you up and send you on your Way when Change comes.  In fact, it matters not so much what vehicle. What matters most is the driver.

It is has been said by Bertrand Russell, 'The only thing that will save humanity is Cooperation.'  When one Cooperates with the Spirit World we are more likely to Git R' Done, to expand the realms of knowledge into the increasing intelligence that makes Wisdom purr. This intelligence is not so much pure intellect yet a purely blended mix of thought, emotion and feeling that enables your vehicle to give Life your all!

You Don't Know That You Don't Know

Don't worry.  It is perfect for now, a wonderful starting place that keeps the Great Mystery alive in you. Christ did not know he could not walk on water, yet did it just the same, having a deep understanding of the Laws of Existence and faith in taking that first step.

Just as Jonathon Livingstone Seagull was a bird who knew there was more to flying than just flying, Christ was a Jew who saw the shortcomings of being a Jew during his “40 days in the desert”.  Spending these “weeks in the desert” with Changing Mind will lead you to see who and what you are, beyond conditioning, providing an inner cleansing of your current state of human consciousness, dissolving beliefs, attitudes and prejudices with our spirited and soulful technology of Word, song and imagery that will stretch your mind, your bandwidth, to what “really is”.

Upon Crossing the Threshold this 10 week course will funnel ancient knowledge and practical techniques into the Knower, Thinker and Doer in you, a bandwidth beyond the confines of time, matter and space. It is difficult to be "ready" in the absence of time and space yet as you are reading this, and the words reading you, are you deemed ready.

This interactive on-line Rite of Passage will cleanse you at the deepest level by a landscape so mundanely profound, so unexpectedly obvious and so terribly hilarious that you will know something is “up”.  I share with you now a selection of the Visions acquired through Experience by recent participants. You can find more under Shared Wisdom, otherwise known as "testimonials".

I have felt so supported by the teachings, the weekly Council, Facebook group chat, and the one on one Shamanic sessions. I highly recommend this Medicine Wheel Journey of Initiated Adulthood.  There is something for everyone in this course to resonate with at a practically spiritual level. I have felt that as I read, the material is reading me, right into the depths of my heart.

Ashleigh, Vancouver, Canada

I have been reminded of the wisdom of my inner child voicing itself when it feels uncomfortable. This has been strongest for me in the incredible paradox that comes of stepping into my vulnerability, particularly around feelings and emotions I had as a teenager that I was taught to repress. In the Course of Changing Mind I found a place of confidence where I can meet these things with joy and gentleness.   

Amy, BC, Canada

I am ever looking for new experiences and ideas, thinking.  But these last weeks I felt a fog roll in, and learned to be ok with that, not worried or anxious about it, but to just keep walking.  I don't know what the process is that is going on or what I should be doing, except for just living.  And that is a huge teaching for me, to experience what it is to just live, and be here in the moment.  I don't know what the process of change is except for just living, and being comfortable in my own skin, which is quite new to me. 

Laura, Byron Bay, Australia

In my day to day life, I am thinking more about my responses, able to speak calmly and see things through, rather than reacting, which always have bad consequences. I like who I am becoming.    

Justin, Vancouver, BC

I have never been so profoundly touched in my consciousness by something I didn't "get". And find myself having a good laugh about it!

Linda, Vancouver Island, BC

The Path and The Way

"Our job is not to clear up the Mystery, but to make the Mystery clear."

The Mystery is the Divine Creative Power, which remains unclear to those not yet spiritually enlightened.  Permit me to unfold some of the Mystery now. The trick is to keep things moving so as not to get stuck in the traffic jams within you. If you are going to stick with something, stick with me and this Rite of Passage to see with new eyes, staying open to the relatedness of all that comes in the readings of the Path and the Way that will deliver you to clear-sightedness over these 10 weeks.

In The Library you will find the initial Steps and Stones laid out as The Path and The Way to take you to the threshold of your Rite. When you cross the threshold by signing up for the course you enter the Spirit World which will take you where you are taken, those places where you are possessed or obsessed that block your Spirit from coming to you.  Which is perfect for in shamanic practice, we seek for that which is lost and return it Home.

There is nothing wrong with your thinking or behaviour except that you can't see it yourself, clearly, and so can feel lost, detached from life. The mysterious Medicine Wheel Teachings you encounter on this journey will bring you the clarity you seek through your personal experiences, the "teacher".   The great medicine man Black Elk once spoke, "I have seen more than I can tell and understand more than I saw".  By the end of this Rite of Passage,  you too will see AND understand.  And one day you won't understand what is was you didn’t understand. : )

Basically you will come to Peace with whatever "ails" you with a mastery of the alternative Arts as to understand the visible and invisible worlds, how they work and what things are FOR.  For the Earth needs humans to be healthy and mature if it is to be fully itself, evolve and fulfill its destiny.

One of The Rites of Passage teachings...

"If there is a problem, it is due to your unquestioned thinking." 

As with the don't know statement earlier on, this one too requires a long, warm, bubbly soak in Understanding to fluidly navigate oneself to the Source, the Spirit behind the words. Indeed all of the teachings in this Course contain many bubbles of Understanding, each one "restarting" your system as to open to something new with each passing that, drop by drop, the wholeness of your Soul and Spirit may well come to you.  As it is, Inquiry ever comes to its own end which, on the way, leads to knowledge. Knowledge put into action by Experience leads to Understanding which breeds Intelligence - the stuff the Universe is made of.   What if you were the experience of increasing intelligence living in a climate of Love? What would that be worth to you?  Better yet consider what the cost is to you, your family, the planet and all life upon it of remaining in the climate of Greed.

Take the teachings of the Medicine Wheel to Heart

As a natural extension of the Medicine, the Course of Changing Mind brings you ancient means, tried and tested for centuries, millennium even, dropping in drip by drip, as for you to come into your Spirit-Mind, your Sensual Body and reunion with your Soul.  You know something is Good if it lasts that long. Some aspects of this method were once banned, made illegal and nearly forgotten. But always there were those who managed to bring forth the Medicine. With your permission, and my guidance, the alchemical teachings will bring forth The Medicine in you.  As it is said, when the student is ready, prepared for the worst and expecting the best, the teachings (experience) will come for one is never given more than one can handle.  Yet and still Life is under no obligation to wait for your perceived readiness.

Though the white blanket of Enlightenment may seem "out there" for the average person, like a star, it is doable undertaken with a steady course, unshakeable guide and some practical know-how to wear it well.  A'han.  All My Relations.


In preparation to Cross the Threshold, follow these instructions:

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2. When you have done so, read the first steps and stones in The Library

3.  Become familiar with the teachings of the Medicine Wheel through Jumping Mouse for it is sure to get your heart started.

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