The Gift of Initiation
In ancient communities, initiation rituals were ceremonial rites of passage that moved a person from one level of standing to another.
Transitions were marked with appropriate initiation ceremonies indicating that an individual had crossed from a previous paradigm into the next:
- boyhood to manhood or girlhood to womanhood
- womb to birth
- adulthood to eldership
- apprentice to master
In every example of initiation, an Initiator is present and whenever an initiation occurs, a threshold is crossed. The threshold is the doorway from an old way of life to a new one.
Crossing these thresholds it is often emotionally challenging and spiritually taxing. When someone crosses a threshold, they embark on an adventure into the unknown.
The gift of initiation and the true gift of the Initiator is the ability to support and comfort a person, community, or organization as they cross the treacherous threshold of Soul and begin their new way of belonging to the world.
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