A Way to Understanding
Understanding is one of our 6 dormant senses and key to opening the Practical Mystic in us. One way to do so is to understand that our place in the world as Adults goes beyond being responsible for one's self growth and providing for your immediate family. You may have a job, a house, spouse or children, but these make not an Adult. For most, it just frustrates the Adolescent, who prefers to wander. A phenomena in what is appropriately called the "western world" (a state of mind rather than geographic) is that people not initiated into Adulthood get stuck in the place of Adolescent, the place of power promoted heavily in our culture towards acquisition/consumption (becoming) as to become pathological, debilitating and even cannibalistic. This understanding will aid you in consciously making the move from extended Adolescence to Adulthood, initiated through a Rite of Passage. For our world is in dire need of Initiated Adults.
"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,
able to enhance our more-than-human environment." - Bill Plotkin
One devastating result of the glut of over-aged adolescents in the West of the Medicine Wheel is our true Adolescents have no where to grow and no guidance from initiated Adults, which kills their spirit slowly, a slow suicide causing depression in our youth that, if not addressed, results in actual suicide or at the least, stays with them throughout their life, creating a very sad future for Humanity and the world we share with other life-forms.
When people do not take their Rites of Passage, this congestion builds up to the crisis point we are at now. As said, this congestion breeds mental and physical illness and not only deprives our youth of true adult guidance but will leave us with NO ELDERS. Even now, our demise will not be due to lack of clean water, food and air but the absence of true elders that has us willfully destroy the very body that gives us life.
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 come as to make us capable of adapting to change as a movement from sticky mind programming based in negativity to flowing, positive programming based upon universal truth, the Laws of Existence and ultimately the peace that comes of the union of opposites, also known as Transcendence.
The Course of Changing Mind offers a route to Transcendence forged not only of Native American teachings, but those of Buddhism, Daoism, Toltec Wisdom, Physics and the Metaphysical, Botany and Science; 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 to arise like the morning star.
This Course nourishes your enlightenment, so long ignored in Ignorance, with the power of The Word, song and imagery in a 10 week virtual Vision Quest, a Rite traditionally undertaken by sitting alone for 4 nights and 5 days in a remote spot on a mountain with no food or water and basic shelter. Yet in these busy times, few are willing or able to "go tell it on the Mountain", and so the mountain comes for you.
Though this may appear to be yet another on-line course, it is a Ceremony.
And because most in the West have a computer and internet, is it simply the most effective means
to bring initiated Adults into a world
drenched in over-aged Adolescents.
In the Medicine Wheel each being has four aspects of Self; the Child, Adolescent, Adult and Elder. From the perspective of the initiated Adult, childhood is where we attain once again our innocence and wonder about life. Within the Adolescent aspect, we can regain our enthusiasm about life, look forward to life, and gain our independence from that which we have been dependent on. When we rest in Adulthood we look at taking action in our life and maturing, taking responsibility for our lives and what we create. In the place of Elder, we remember we can live with wisdom even while we are young if we are diligent and self disciplined on our spiritual path.
In the Course of 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 skillfully from this place. Eventually, the "novelty" of the material 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 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, a mind as open and fluid as the heart, changed from Consumption to Contribution that we might remember the future.
"The major cause of depression, disease, restlessness, greed and violence
is failure to undergo the Rite of Passage to
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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. For Love lives in the Unknown. You see, Christ did not know he could not walk on water, yet did it just the same, having a deep understanding of the Laws of Nature and 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 see the world As It 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".
"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
In Buddhism it is said that the teachings are a raft to take you from one place to another yet must not be clung to. Once taken across, one must leave the raft and walk on your own two feet. 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 joyous reunion with your whole being. 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.
As alluded to earlier, one of my guides is Dr. Seuss, which gives you some idea of the places you will go. 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 group initiation begins September 12th, 2017.
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