Rites of passage and initiations.
In our “civilized” society there doesn’t seems to be a need any more to rites of passage or initiations. We have become developed and brush all those things aside as ancient or superstition. Yet with doing this, there has come a great hollowness in our lives, there are no more special events, that distance parts in our lives and make us grow.
The monotheistic religions of the middle east, which spread over a large part of the world, have eradicated, or at least attempted what they saw as pagan and demonic rites. But with doing so, the stole a part of our soul. The spirit of our ancestors and our people was lost as such.
In some monotheistic denominations, we still see a vague remembrance of those ancient rites, but lost due to all philosophy or theology draped around it. And it makes mankind weaker by it.
To really grow, people need challenges, not only it can be a strive to reach the goal, but also it can widen our view on life. As such it makes us more whole then before. For example, a rite of passage can be combined with a show of strength and courage, for which one needs to practice and even prepare on a psychological level. It can be a hard experience, transforming ourselves totally, but in monotheism or other modern religions and philosophies we won’t find this back. Instead they have produced empty rites, which al to much doesn’t contribute to a deep and spiritual connection with ourselves, or how we see the higher/ divine realms.
As such there only grows emptiness, we don’t feel fulfilled and look for experiences on other levels, trying desperately to find something worthwhile.
In ancient cultures they didn’t have this issue, as they knew how valuable rites of passage and initiations where, they put forward a time of change, and a separation between for example boyhood and adult, or between the mundane and spiritual world.
If we as a race wish to survive, we need to challenge the habits which have controlled our society, our thinking for to long. We have become weak through it, and it is bringing us to destruction, of who we are, our folk soul and our cultural inheritance.
We can create and bring forward rites of passage in many ways, in the family, brotherhood, through a knighthood, etc. The possibilities are endless, but what is important is that they renew the ancient traditions, maybe in a more modern way, put us before challenges, through which we can grow and blossom, as such becoming a more whole man or women..
This is a challenge for the future, as our fast growing civilization is forcing us to choose between going with or against the flow. Yet there is no necessity in the end, all depend on the choices we make, and what we bring forward in our lives. May whatever comes your way, be a wonderful experience, transforming you till your inner core and connect you with a deep spiritual element in your life, which can carry you through the hardest challenges, which may lay ahead.