Initiation practices have been forced underground, only to show up in self-destructive behaviors and devastating consequences for global community and the earth. Addictions, violence, depression, anxiety, consumerism are just a few symptoms of this loss. Modern day renewal of rites of passage is essential not only for the health of the individual, but also for the health of our communities and for the planet.
In our fast-paced culture highly technological world, we see an increasing desire for quick and easy transformation. However, transformation is never quick and certainly not easy. Rites of passage have been used through the ages to help individuals step into one’s life fully. In this process shadows and gifts are owned, intense challenges are invited in and one's life can be complete flipped! If one does not go through this process, however, then they experience is greatest loss of a life not lived. The is more to lose in a life not lived than there is facing what comes from initiation toward wholeness. Our psyches crave markings.
Initiatory rites of passage is an ancient practice across many cultures used to mark transitions, celebrate death and rebirth, and approach mysteries. Although, the primary rite of passage is marking the transition from childhood to adulthood, we go through a variety of transitions through every stage of life, each one inviting us to become more of who we are. And because our culture has so deeply lost rites of passage practices, for most of us already labeled "adults", those who have not been initiated and thus can feel somewhere in-between phases and not quiet fully acknowledged or whole as an adult, not quiet living from a place of our true purpose.
Oaks Counsel offers rites of passage experiences through connection with nature and self and co-create community, awareness and support to mark critical transitions.