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 Course 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.
Hello! I'm Ne'ith Arrow. Listen, listen as you read on…..
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 “6 weeks 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 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".
"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.
Our next Rite of Passage begins February 15th, 2017.
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