“To release the full energies of life requires a radical process of transformation, often accompanied by a demanding rite of initiation.”
Jack Kornfield Author of AFTER THE ECSTASY, THE LAUNDRY
Initiations are tipping points that mark a transition or significant turning point in our lives that alters our perceptions and thinking. According to Sue Patton Thoele, psychotherapist and author, there are two elements always present in initiations. Firstly there is an emotional and or a physical challenge, and there is an invitation to surrender the old and move into the new.
Our souls are oriented towards this process of growth and move towards wholeness. As a result, we are constantly inviting initiations into our lives, even though for many of us this process takes place at an unconscious level.
There is a long list of everyday events that reflect this process, for example, moving out of home on your own for the first time, your first full time job, your first job managing people, falling in love, getting married, having a baby, being ill, caring for someone who is ill, your children leaving home, retiring from full time work, and surviving the death of someone we love. These are all initiations. Each of them demanding processes of transformation that cause us, often, both pain and the opportunity for renewal. The opportunity for renewal invites us to change, evolve, mature, grow up, and awaken to new levels of wisdom, love and fearlessness.
If we’re dragged kicking and screaming to an initiation, viewing it as bad luck, someone else’s fault or that life is being unfair, then more than likely, we have misunderstood our inborn drive towards wholeness. When we face our initiations with these types of attitudes we miss the learning and the opportunities for growth deeply embedded in the experience of initiation
Source: Maureen Owen - “Trusting the Feminine Within” eBook
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