A Way to Understanding

It was said by Socrates, "To Know Thyself is the beginning of Wisdom."  Whether one is 8, 14 or 44, one can know themselves in taking their Rite of Passage.  For one taking their Rite to know your self as an Adult, Wisdom thaws out the adolescent ego, frozen in fear of what it is to become.  And then Wisdom dissolves becoming.   This paragraph gives you a small taste of the smorgasbord that awaits your reading, and that which will read you through this spirited Rite of Passage landscaped of word, imagery and sound.

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. As the spiritual being is made not born, so do we make the move from extended Adolescence to initiated Adulthood through the Medicine Wheel, a tool for understanding our part in humanity on a deeper level and a pathway to develop the alignment of will with the creative whole in relativity, more powerful than beliefs and guided by Experience.  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.

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, oneness,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, 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 all of the Western world mixed the Intelligence of the Plant Kingdom, a veritable smorgasbord for your enlightenment.

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 for 4 nights and 5 days in a remote spot on a mountain with no food or water.  Yet in these busy times, few are able to go sit on the Mountain, and so the mountain comes for you.

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.  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 state, one does not rely on meaning yet creates it.

The shamanic path leads one out 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 as the heart.

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

Accommodate the Incomprehensible

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 blow up the bridge between Ignorance and Understanding. 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 illuminated Vision of the Conscious Adult and the KNOW-HOW to apply it!

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 make a difference in their world. As the gap between child and adult grows due to extended adolescence one may experience "psychosis".   Here Psyche, long ignored, demands to be healed. Yet too often the person and society at large have no experience or tools to work with it and become stuck in depression or mental unrest, perhaps even full-blown psychosis.  The way out, or rather, not to go it into it in the first place, is the undertaking of this Rite of Passage.

Furthermore the teachings in this Course 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 in your cozy "sweater" of Enlightenment that you may pull it on in preparation for adapting to the luminous "body" of the One.

For you see, Enlightenment is not something hovering beyond your reach.  It is very close to you, often dormant or ignored, yet will "spike" if necessary for the "I" to emerge. For some Enlightenment does indeed pose itself as a far away star.  This is simply to coax your longing for its familiarity.  For some it is the bridge across duality which leads to Awakening; for others still it is a dance with Eternity choreographed by Time as your own. Whatever meaning you wish to give it, an enlightened Adult acts in a greater field of influence that is at once touching and untouchable for does the enlightened Adult, one who has been initiated, possess The Vision.

As an Adult initiated in and experienced with the Vision 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 have also been initiated into the world of Shamanism, which is actually just an anthropological term for the natural state of the jungle in which all things eat and are eaten, or as the Buddhist say, Eh Ma Ho.

It is true. I am an enlightened Adult, one who sees both ways, tapping 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 you off right away, like greenish eggs and ham. Fortunately, I was also trained by Sam Ayam, for a sense of humour is integral to every Rite.

When not conducting Rites of Passage in this manner with Changing Mind, I run a sweat lodge, provide pipe and other ceremonies in my community, 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 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 increasing intelligence towards Wisdom. 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.

It was Experience, the Mother of All Teachers, that made it so.  Through your experiences, the ones that Life so generously pours for you, will this course 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 very 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. Whether you step into it is your matter.

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”.  You will make great discoveries, your lead turned to gold. This Course is not to be taken lightly though it will lighten you up.

I share with you now a selection of the Visions acquired through Experience by recent participants in our final Council of Elders. You can find more under Shared Wisdom, otherwise known as "testimonials".

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

The Path and The Way

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

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 this: mystery is cleared up not necessarily by traveling to or discovering distant places but by seeing with new eyes, staying open to that which lives right next to you, in relatedness.

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.

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 be brought forth for Intuition is a Right of the Elder. 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, finding the places where the extraordinary lives as to bring you back into circulation. Our personal one-on-one encounters go beyond coaching. These sessions are direct shamanic healings via Skype to clear any boulders still resisting the Mountain, getting in The Way of you giving Life your All, as a Happy being.

In the course of taking your Rite of Passage you will be inculcated with the skills, wisdom and practical KNOW HOW to help your Self

  • 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

And all of these skills, this Know-How, in the first 2 weeks!!

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

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 as to seamlessly bring your/the world back together again.  As it is said, Christ will return in a seamless robe.

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 be first expanded as to make room for them.   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.

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.

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 untaken 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 1st, 2017.
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