A Way to Understanding

"The gift of Understanding, these teachings, are so dear that you must cultivate a sensitivity to their touch, keep them close when you encounter them, and spend the years necessary to understand their teachings. You must make a commitment to the journey to ever-deeper levels of understanding, to penetrate the more complex meanings that come to you. "   -  Stephen Harrod Buhner 

Understanding is one of our 6 dormant senses centred in the Heart 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.  Maturity is what makes an Adult, which comes of a well-developed Heart Field capable of direct perception as to continually make meaning of Life.

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 the culture of Disconnection towards acquisition/consumption (becoming) as to act in pathological, debilitating and even cannibalistic ways.  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 genocide causing depression in our youth that, if not addressed, results in 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, breeding mental and physical illness and the deprivation in our youth of true adult guidance and will eventually 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 linear brain-mind programming based in negativity to the ever flowing, random network of the heart that is based upon universal truth, the Laws of Existence and Nature, 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.

Yet the prerequisite for Transcendence is Acceptance, for instance, that enlightenment is what you are entitled to, not a good job, a comfy home or right to travel the globe, though these things may come more freely (without harm to yourself or others) when your primary resource of enlightenment is abundant, which is not available without Peace and Joy first being in place.

Through the power of The Word, song and imagery this 10 week virtual Vision Quest enhances your ability to feel Peace and Joy, which nourishes your enlightenment, so long ignored in Ignorance and constipated in Struggle. Such a Rite is 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 Ceremonial invitation to Life, an Education Ritual to see the metaphysical and so truly know your self as whole.  And because most in the West have a computer and internet, is it simply the most effective means to seed initiated Adults into a world
desecrated with over-aged Adolescents.

The first protocol of Ceremony is to Respect Yourself.  One way to do so is to prepare for ceremony in a proper way and allow time after the ceremony to reflect on it.  This time of reflection reminds us that Ceremony is not confined to a single event.  It is a reminder to carry yourself in a sacred and respectful way everyday.

The Medicine Wheel holds that each being has four aspects of the Self; the Child, Adolescent, Adult and Elder, and that each one be Respected.  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 as 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", guided from the intoxicating Height of Novelty to the sober 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 adopted Meaning yet constantly creates and adapts to it for Life to carry on.

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 with Joy.

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

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, making clear what is false and what is real in man's thinking so that Enlightenment may blow up the bridge between them. So is it said that Enlightenment is a destructive process, a marker for your departure from the place of Adolescence into assuming the privileges and responsibilities come of the Conscious Adult and the KNOW-HOW to apply it!  This can also come gently.  Indeed, in voluntarily stepping into your maturation the heart-wrenching "2x4" is retired.

As it is, the maturity of Enlightenment can be thought of as Remembering and remembering the food of Life.  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 Ego which can be experienced as psychosis and delusion.  Yet too often the person and society at large have no experience or tools to work with it and become stuck in confusion,depression or other forms of mental unrest. A way to understand, support and celebrate the "love affair" of Soul and Ego so often spoken of by the mystics is the undertaking of this Rite of Passage to enlightened, initiated Adulthood.  And in doing so, you will be doing this in service of others, but you must put your oxygen mask on first.

In Crossing the Threshold, you are appropriately oxygenated for this Course to weave the threads 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 into your cozy "sweater" of Enlightenment that you may pull it on in preparation for adapting to the luminous "body" of the One, the same one that gives the forests and mountains their luminosity.

For some Enlightenment does indeed pose itself as a far away star, hovering beyond your reach.  This is simply to coax the longing for its familiarity in those who feel a stranger in a strange world.  Though Enlightenment may seems as distant as the sun, it is very close to you; you can feel it, and know that it sustains you.  Enlightenment is not perfection, it is simply cleanliness, a mind kept clean and so able to clearly see with the Vision the mental projections or "defilements" of Self, Soul and Ego.  Initiation imbues one with the Vision necessary for full Realization which then enables the enlightened Adult to act in a greater field of influence that is at once touching and untouchable referred to as Actualization.

As an Adult initiated in and experienced with the Vision and fuelled by the power of The Word as Sound do I bring forth this Rite of Passage in you, guiding as the water does the canoe.  I am an enlightened being, as everything is, yet without the practical the mystic cannot tap into the spiritual river that flows through the mundane streams of Life as source. Yet and still I cannot steer The River.  I can not lead you yet act as your guide, due simply to the fact that I have been there and done that to bring the food of enlightenment to the People.  Now for some, the declaration of being enlightened might put them off right away, like greenish eggs and ham. Fortunately, my training is also influenced by Sam I Am, for a wise sense of humour and cadence is integral to protecting your developing enlightenment from lies and deceit.  And in Truth, anybody who approaches the Pachamama with sincerity can live in a state of enlightenment.

When not conducting Rites of Passage in this manner with Changing Mind, I hold a sweat lodge, provide shamanic ceremonies, participate in Sundance ceremonies, care for individuals with autism, dementia and downs syndrome in my community and for myself, dog, children and family and also find enjoyment in 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 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 enabled to make a good living in 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 of seemingly random readings.  For does the Spirit World use highly advanced technology and quantum mechanics necessary to meet the whirling maelstroms of Consciousness. That said this is no quick fix, yet a wonderful, lasting starter. 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 into Maturity that you may be better equipped when Change comes.  In fact, it matters not so much what the vehicle. What matters most is the driver and what you do with it.

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 information and knowledge into increasing intelligence that moves us towards Wisdom. This intelligence is not the fuel of pure intellect yet a purely blended mix of thought, emotion and feeling that enables your heart to give Life your all!

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.  The Course of Changing Mind streams the skill and know-how of the North, the place of Adult, into your neural pathways that come of a Central Nervous System developed long before mankind came into being that we may become responsible for remembering the future.  Furthermore, the constantly adjusting in-depth knowledge of this Rite of Passage will inculcate you with the skills, wisdom and practical KNOW HOW to help your Self upgrade/evolve your system to:

  • 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 than 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 the non-communicative state of confusion
  • come into the comfortable feeling of being familiar with your Self rather than a stranger to it in your own home (Know Thy Self)
  • maintain enlightenment through Conscious language use
  • accept everything about yourself other people, in fact, marvel at the unique patterns and dynamics that connect a radically 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

The mysterious Medicine Wheel Teachings you encounter on this journey will come clear through your personal experiences, the "teacher". With the fertilizer of Experience the teachings flourish into Understanding, which must first be expanded as to accomodate the plethora of new experiences that are lined up waiting to meet you.   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 will not understand what is was you didn’t understand.

Basically you will come to Peace with whatever "ails" you aided by a Mastery of the alternative Arts as to understand the visible and invisible worlds, how they work and what things are FOR, not as absolutes but as creative forces.  Furthermore, the Earth needs humans to be healthy and mature if it is to be fully itself, evolve and fulfill its destiny.

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 in doing so, 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 allegorical 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 or even labelling, and provide 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".

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.  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 though clear to babies, remains largely unclear to the conditioned. 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.

When you Get Started by crossing the threshold you enter the Spirit World which will take you where you are taken, those places that seem "random" only because you have been possessed or obsessed with hiding that which blocks your Spirit from coming to you. Indeed, in shamanic practice, we seek for that which is lost and return it Home. In The Library you will find the initial Steps and Stones laid out as The Path and The Way to guide you into your Rite where we leave behind your reliance on the logical and linear.

I will tell you straight up that the teachings of this course are not an easy read. In fact, you are being read by the teachings as for the Teacher within to be brought forth to choreograph the perfect experiences for your spiritual development.  The words, songs and images of the Course, along with our weekly Council meetings also track the pills of pain you took by the hand of your inner physician to help locate the places where the extraordinary lives in you as to bring you out of the stagnancy of Consumption into the circulation of Contribution.  And as our one-to-one shamanic sessions coach your own inner shaman you are also brought into direct contact with healing to clear any boulders still resisting the Mountain, that which persists in getting in The Way of you giving Life your All. For the place of nurturing and generative Adult is to Give Life.

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 teaching you took in earlier, 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 adding something new to the Network, drop by drop, that the wholeness of your Soul and Spirit may well come into your Cognition.  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 11th, 2017.

In preparation for this undertaking, please do the following  (in no particular order):

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2.  Read the first steps and stones in The Library

3.  Familiarize yourself with the ways of the Medicine Wheel and laws of Nature through the story of Jumping Mouse for it is sure to get your heart started.

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