By changing the shape of your worldview, you simultaneously change the shape of the human Morphogenetic Field, also causing the Earth Coincidence Control Office (E.C.C.O.) to interact with you with more respect. This creates new results in your life.
Isn’t that why you are reading this? To get some new results in your life?
Initiations In The School Of Lost Borders
Interview with Gigi Coyle - a guide creating initiatory processes by asking, "How am I part of the new story...?"
Your life... "How's it working for you?"
...a question from Tyler Durden in the film Fight Club, when he's asking about the results of all your cleverness, all that effort to be smart and funny...
Fortunately, this website is on that edge, serving as a bridge between modern culture and 'next culture'.
Next culture? Next culture centers itself around authentic adulthood initiatory processes. Modern culture is centered around personal 'success', making a profit, regardless of the social, environmental, or personal costs.
By now it should be perfectly clear that modern culture has failed to bring a bright future for humanity. Your future is being abused to death by uninitiated adolescents.
Next culture does not arise from repairing modern culture. Modern culture cannot be repaired because it is not broken.
Modern culture is doing exactly as it is designed to do.
Modern culture is exterminating life on Earth at the fastest possible rate, and replacing it with computers full of big numbers owned by a few people.
Times, they are a changin'...
A key ingredient to the shift from patriarchy to Archiarchy is replacing profit with authentic adulthood initiatory processes as the highest value at the center of your culture. Distinctions replace money as the central Nonmaterial Value. Who decides this?
Next culture is as different from modern culture’s capitalist patriarchal empire as modern culture is from roving matriarchal clans hunting and gathering in the wilderness.
Next culture - Achiarchy- is the culture that naturally emerges after matriarchy and patriarchy have run their course. Like it or not, ready or not, the time of culture-shift to is now.
Archiarchal cultures are regenerative, initiation-centered, sustainable, wildly creative, nonmaterial valued, and richly diverse.
At the center of Archiarchal cultures is the archetypally initiated adult feminine ecstatically co-creating with the archetypally initiated adult masculine. (This is represented by the symbol with the infinity sign inside the zero.)
Archans understand that Earth is not our planet to pillage and plunder.
The bible is dead wrong about this...
Humans are naked monkeys with enough synapsis to potentially become aware enough to collaborate with Gaia's biology experiment of consciously evolving the organic manifestations of consciousness on Earth.
We do not live on spaceship Earth as Buckminster Fuller said.
Bucky Fuller was dead wrong about this…
Human beings do not live on the Earth.
We are the Earth.
Who do you think you're fooling?
The mind has the capacity to think thoughts that are completely disconnected from reality. One such thought is, “This paper says I own part of the planet and I can do whatever I want with it…”
As soon as you start thinking about this idea you realize it is utterly ridiculous. This idea leads directly to fear, competition, rabid extraction, war, and annihilation of life on Earth.
Humans are the part of the forest that stood up and talks. We can bring each other through authentic adulthood initiations enough to Disidentify from our bodies and from our psychological belief systems (our Boxes…).
We can shift the purpose of our defense strategies from defending itself to expanding itself so that we can grow into our massive adulthood and archetypal potentials.
Below modern culture’s news radar, Archiarchy is alive and well, rapidly emerging in thousands of places around the Earth simultaneously as human awareness increases.
It stays that way until successful adulthood initiatory processes make the Box optional and give choices for actions that are not possible when inside our childhood survival strategy.
Have you waited long enough?
The FAQ section (Frequently Asked Questions) explains how initiations work, and the differences between traditional indigenous initiations and the kinds of initiations needed in today’s unstable conditions with no working role models to adopt.
This website explains the necessity for authentic initiations into next culture adulthood so your mind understands why you might decide to spend time, energy, money, and excitement getting yourself initiated.
You might not be able to explain it to your mother at first… but at least you will have more certainty about why you crave learning experiences that come from beyond what was given to you at school.
This website also provides links to a few initiators we have found to be reputable and worthy. This can be a useful reference for taking your next steps.
Indigenous initiators knew they would lose about 10% of their candidates for adulthood. On the other hand, if you are not Initiated, you are not regarded as a person in the village, and are forbidden from holding any position of power or authority.
In traditional indigenous initiations, 10% of the candidates died.
Tribal elders kept a specially carved wooden board which they used for carrying the bodies of the those who failed initiations back to the village where they were honored for having tried.
This is how important authentic adulthood initiations are in a regenerative culture.
You might want to change your priorities.
What would happen if for the next 5 years you made your adulthood initiatory processes your highest priority and let the rest of your life fall where it may? Who might you become?
We haven’t lost anybody, but that is because we make our Doorways very difficult to find.
Nobody can prepare you for initiation. Nobody can stop you from preparing yourself.
The preparation initiates the initiation.
How will you know you are prepared? When you suddenly find yourself at the next level. But then you are already not prepared enough for the next further initiation.
There are two ways to work with this. Either you recognize that you can never be prepared enough, or you engage life as ongoing preparation.
Psychopaths don’t make it through authentic adulthood initiatory processes. Their measurable lack of a heart-mind connection deletes their conscience and prevents them from navigating their inner processes.
On the other hand, a psychopath’s diminished sensitivity is ideal for climbing hierarchical power ladders in modern patriarchal organizations. If you have no conscience then you can do whatever it takes to get the next power position in government, military, corporate, medical, educational, and religions hierarchies, even in NGOs.
It was the psychopaths who banned authentic adulthood initiatory processes from modern culture. It prevented them from being found out.
Matrix is the structure in your energetic body that holds consciousness.
For example, have you ever read a book and then read the same book a few years later? Did you noticed how much more you could get out of the book the second time you read it? Or possibly, you noticed that you had outgrown the book? This is because in the meantime you have built more matrix into your energetic body and are now more conscious.
Matrix is constructed out of experiential distinctions. If you get a distinction it changes who you are. For example, if the distinctions in the previous paragraph landed in your energetic body you are no longer the same person you were before integrating it. You have already started interacting with the world in new ways.
There is a natural speed limit to how fast a person can sustainably build matrix. The recommended approach to building matrix is the long, slow steady way that occurs during a life of practice.
Another way to describe this is to shift your identity so that you regard yourself or, rather, define yourself as an experimenter. Who gets to define who you are? Someone else?
As Sylvie Guillem says, "If you spend your life just doing what other people tell you to do, it's not your life. It's their life."
We describe three categories of initiatory processes, although there are many more.
One category of initiations focuses on healing the fear that you might suddenly lose modern technology and will no longer be able to survive.
Forty years ago the term technophobia was invented. It means fear of new technology.
At that time there was widespread fear about all the new technologies invading our lives (fax machines, microwave ovens, garage door openers, electric typewriters, satellite telephones, velcro, etc.)
Now, one generation later, we can’t imagine living without all this technology. We live in a strong unconscious fear that we might not survive if the car won't start, the phone dies, the elevator stops, or the refrigerator breaks down.
A new word was needed to name this new kind of fear. The word is: technopenuriaphobia, fear of losing technology, where penuria means the lack of.
You were born high up on a ladder of technology. Modern culture only encourages you to try to climb higher.
Technopenuriaphobia (TPP) is healed through installing low-tech rungs that permit you to descend off the ladder and once again set foot directly on the Earth.
Upgrade Your Thoughtware.
A second category of initiatory processes upgrades the thoughtware you are using to think with.
Upgrading thoughtware… didn’t this happen in school? No. School taught us what to think about, not what to think with.
Educators in classes at school provide new content to think about.
Trainers in training spaces provide new thoughtware distinctions to think with.
You had to be able to think before they let you in school. This means you inherited most of your thoughtware from your parents.
Where did they get it? Right! From their parents.
This means you are using thoughtware that has been handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years.
Some of your new resources are applied through adulthood levels of responsibility.
Some of your new resources are applied through archetypal levels of responsibility.
Modern culture knows nothing about these resources, yet both adulthood and archetypal resources are completely natural. They are hard-wired into the human body.
You already use many of these resources each day unconsciously to serve shadow purposes.
You cannot use them consciously until you install batteries and flip the 'on' switch during authentic adulthood and archetypal initiatory processes.
Adulthood and archetypal initiatory processes are powerful indeed. They may be what you have been longing for since you were 18 years old, ready to shake off the restrictions of childhood and society and begin your initiatory journeys into adulthood and beyond.
In the photo gallery we have posted many pictures. These are not posed or staged for the camera. You can see the variety and depth of impact from these experiences. Imagine yourself having these experiences. How would it be to have these experiences build you out from the inside? Who could you become?
You Start Where You Are...
The three films shown below (Contact, Ad Astra, and Interstellar) are an example of the limits created by lack of Authentic Adulthood Initiations. In all three films, the full breadth of the universe is the canvas upon which the stories can unfold. Liberated from the egocentric human realms, something new about ourselves could have been explored. Here was a chance - created at huge expense of money, time, and imaginative teamwork - to unfold their true potentials as accessed from an expanded perspective, a chance to take the viewers beyond our prosaic concerns. But in each case, the main characters were limited by not yet having been initiated into an adulthood where their parents are located energetically behind them as their ancestors. These characters could not go about exploring and inventing their new futures, because they were forced to deal with their next healing and initiatory steps completing 'daddy issues'. Of course, there is nothing wrong, or bad, or stupid about this. Such healing is necessary, whatever your age. But imagine where these stories could have gone if the main characters had escaped from the8 Prisonsbetween the ages of 18-25 years, already having stepped out of their parents' bubble, and could in the films have explored inner frontiers as well as the outer frontiers. Imagine what your life could be like in that condition...
One must keep in mind that there can be no guaranteed standard formula for an initiation into adulthood that is also authentic. Authenticity is not standardizeable. Even with long-practiced and well-informed skills, the elders leading indigenous rites of passage lose about ten percent of their candidates – yes, 'lose' – meaning 'dead.'
An Initiation must be unique so as to ignite each individual’s unquenchable inspiration for providing their unique contributions to humanity.
At the same time, next culture rites of passage have some common characteristics. To begin with, the bubblenet of websites in StartOver.xyz is a fairly decent map of what is, in reality, involved in a workable Path for escaping the 8 Prisons along the journey from childhood to adulthood.
This is not a nice story. This story requires you to start where you are with a clear assessment of what you are up against right now if you are going to try to grow up. So, build as much Matrix as you can during the next few years using the hints and challenges of StartOver.xyz. If some of the experiments, thoughtmaps, or information makes you scared, sad, or angry, your Box or Gremlin may try to give you 'REALLY GOOD REASONS' to stop. Suggestion: do not believe the Reasons.
The reason is not the cause.
You will see what I mean as you get into other Experiments... After doing an Experiment, consider doing it again. The second time through seems to significantly help in digesting, integrating, and practically applying the Matrix that you build during the first time.
You might even form a Possibility Team for exploring and implementing the ideas suggested in StartOver.xyz.
A rite of passage is a period of time during which you will undertake certain experiences or Experiments to change your relationship to the world, to yourself, to your community, and to what is possible for you. The changes involved are not merely changes in intellectual understanding. The changes will include shifts of context, meaning shifts in where you come from (your 'Point Of Origin'), and shifts in what you perceive with (your Thoughtware, your Box).
These kinds of changes can take long periods of preparation and then occur quite suddenly. Although some of your Initiations will be minutes, hours, or days long, plan to spend at least two to five years seriously engaging Phase 1 Adulthood Work for yourself. What gets initiated during those years could involve commitments or practices that continue for the rest of your life.
Adults are made by other Initiated Adults.
The Authentic Initiatory Path from girlhood to womanhood or from boyhood to manhood is a Journey. It is not a lone journey. Initiations are most often done in the company of peers, and are Navigated by older, more experienced women or men whose Archetypal Lineage includes being some kind of Initiator. Most of you reading this website may not even remember your eighteenth birthday party, yet human beings are structured for Adulthood Initiations to begin at around 18 years of age. I have had the honor of being-with eighteen-year-old females and males in training spaces where they make leaps to enliven particular Archetypal aspects in themselves far more efficiently than older folks, and the rapid unfolding experience can be exhilarating.
The sudden transformations that happen during properly conducted Initiatory processes are clean and complete, far exceeding anything that we know of from ordinary school education, psychotherapy, and even what is shown in the most inspiring of films!
Most of us are probably thirty to fifty years old, and unlike eighteen-year-olds we have some seriously crystallized habits to contend with. Our thinking-joints do not flex as noiselessly or painlessly as they once did. There is more sludge built up in the nervous system. Our emotional arteries are clogged with sludge and we are slower and heavier than we once were. This is as it is. It is not too late to begin the Initiatory Path.
At those times when contrary forces exert their resistance to your evolutionary steps, try to remember this: Galileo Galilee was fifty-one years old when he wrote Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, the book that got him arrested for heresy, but it was his second book that reordered the world of science. Irina Tweedie was fifty-two years old when she first met her guide and started on her Initiatory passage that has helped so many people start on theirs. (See her book, Daughter of Fire, which exquisitely describes her journey.)
To begin your Initiations, formally Declare that you are now beginning your Adulthood Initiations. This may seem ridiculously simple, yet it can be the challenge that stops 90% of people from succeeding. If you want to do this right now, it goes like this: Stand up, wherever you are, make eye contact with whoever is around you, and out loud (really LOUD, meaning, loud enough that others can actually hear you, loud enough that it disturbs sleeping Zombies...) say: “I (state your full name) hereby declare that I am beginning (or taking my next step in) my Authentic Adulthood Initiatory Processes.” Without smiling or further comment, receive any acknowledgement given to you by the others in the space. Then sit back down again and continue with whatever you were doing.
It is best if you make no Assumptions about already knowing what entering a lifelong Path of Authentic Adulthood Initiations could possibly mean or how it might go for you. Know How is only given to those who are already Committed.
Start regularly meeting with others in the name of Initiations. If you are a woman, get together with a few other women, men gather with a few other men, and in your coming together, try to discover what bonding is. These people you meet with do not need to be your friends. In fact it may be best if most of the others are complete strangers to you. Your friends could well be in a completely different evolution cycle from you, and perhaps you have used your feet-dragging friends as an excuse to procrastinate long enough, eh?
Men who were born and raised in the Patriarchy (meaning: all of us...) have a difficult time even understanding the need to get initiated into authentic adulthood because we forgot making the choice at birth to join the Patriarchy. The other option that boy babies have is to die. Doctors cannot explain this, and have called it Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
In Patriarchy, men don't have to grow up. Men are trained by the Patriarchy to think that 'success' is getting away with making huge messes, externalizing your costs, and not having clean up.
In Patriarchy, women have particular difficulty in bonding – a phenomenon that is easily dismissed in a patriarchy. Women cannot trust each other enough to bond, being far more committed to competing against each other for power and favors from men. For women, getting through your deep-seated fear and hatred of your seductive sisters will involve breathtaking feats of courage. You will never encounter by accident the immense quantity of trust required, no matter how long you wait. You will need to generate whole new dimensions of trust out of nothing. Shadowy fears will always lurk in the dark recesses of your imagination – storing fears is what imagination is for.
There will always be fear. Trust is the decision that something else – in this case your Authentic Adulthood Initiations – are more important than your fear. Take a breath. You can manage this. Conscious Fear is a crucially important resource for navigating Adulthood opportunities and challenges.
We have only vague ideas what it might mean to bond with each other in our own gender/trans-gender cultures. Go ahead and bond anyway.
Bonding does not mean go drinking. Then again, neither does it mean not to have tea together. Just do not center your group about drinking alcohol or you will have very fat Gremlins and no Initiations to Adulthood.
These days, men’s or women’s groups are often confused with homosexual or LGBGTQ+ men’s or women’s groups. Making your group about being gay, touchy-feely, flirting, and finding your next 'lover', will divert you radically away from your Authentic Adulthood Initiatory Processes.
On the other hand, do not avoid being in a group just because someone is homosexual. For example, of the four men in my first men’s group, one man was gay, one was alcoholic and gay, and the third man was confused, angry, punk, and occasionally gay. I met with these three men every week for three years and it changed my life in a profoundly sane way - they literally saved my life. I am inexpressibly glad of this today because my life so far has been utterly exquisitely amazing. Together these men helped build a foundation in me that I still stand on to live from, and for their work with me I will remain forever grateful.
Create a Team of two to five women or men, meet consistently every week no matter what, and go through your Initiations together for the next years. Consider using the resources at Go Explore as study materials for supporting your group.
Because Authentic Adulthood Initiations upgrade ways that you think, feel, act, and are, it is self-deceptive to think that you can design and manage Initiations for yourself by yourself. I do not like telling you that anything is impossible. Promoting impossibility is against my nature. And, I have to say here that, based on my experience, when it comes to navigating your own unfolding, it is far too easy to fool yourself.
A central component of successful Adulthood Initiations is persistent, clear, direct, and honest feedback from other members of your Team. This is Torus Technology Teamwork: using group intelligence for the benefit of each person.
Thinking that you can give yourself accurate feedback is like leaving a kleptomaniac to guard a jewelry store, or a nymphomaniac to babysit your nine-year-old son. You might not get the results you hoped for...
In addition to exploring Study Materials, exchanging Feedback and Coaching, sharing stories, and giving and receiving support with your Team, the suggestion here is to also obtain the help of several Initiators. An Initiator can be anyone who is more experienced and further along the Path with more Matrix in their Initiations than you have, plus they need to be Responsible and Clear enough to Hold and NavigateTransformational Space.
This does not mean that you should commit to the first Kabalistic Shaolin American-Indian Psychic Tibetan-Buddhist Tantric Sufi Shaman Kundalini Priest Healer from Africa who comes along. Stick a feather in your hat these days and advertise sweat lodges, Tantric-Whatever, vision quests, firewalking, outdoor drumming, or meditation retreats and you can fill your pockets with gold from the gullible. Let the buyer beware. Being ripped off and betrayed a few times does not necessarily need to be part of your Authentic Adulthood Initiation. Then again, maybe it does...
You will most likely end up with numerous Initiators along the way. But again: Beware! The tendency of your mind to come up with reasonable arguments for jumping from Path to Path, or Initiator to Initiator, the instant before an important shift is about to happen for you is an uncanny, irresistibly tempting, and classically ineffective Gremlin Survival Strategy. Jumping from Path to Path will only make you good at jumping.
Perhaps the best way to find an authentic Initiator is to speak with other people who are already participating in what the Initiator is delivering. Look for Initiators whose participants tend to stick with her or him for a long time. Then, you plan to stick with that Initiator for just as long.
A worthy Initiator will be surrounded by collaborators who are Grounded, Centered, balanced, resilient, healthy, Vocal, interested, vibrant, humorous, kind, generous, informative, vulnerable, intelligent, patient, well-rounded, and not only able to speak about what they are doing with Clarity and enthusiasm, but also able to listen to what you are looking for with respectful attention.
The way to have the Initiator commit to you is to commit to the Initiator first. Committing first - even before you know how - is a little-known and extremely effective nonlinear collaboration and creation strategy.
Find out what the Initiator expects in practical terms as a commitment from the people she or he works with, and then commit in exactly those practical terms. The Initiator for a man’s initiation into manhood will not be a woman. And vice versa. (Just being clear about this. It does not go without saying or I would not have to say it... You'd be surprised at how many otherwise intelligent people are fooling themselves about their real agenda...)
Preparing yourself for the various stages of Authentic Initiation into Adulthood involves developing internal disciplines, rigorous vigilance, various kinds of attention, Noticing, Self Observation, consistency of practice, enduring various discomforts and challenges, perhaps feeling embarrassed or overwhelmed, an ability to persist in the face of unforeseen or unimaginable difficulties, paying certain participation fees, attending particularly nonattractive gatherings or work projects, accepting with equanimity your own and other people’s lacks and insufficiencies, and so on. This can be a serious roller coaster ride.
For dignified Initiations it helps when you decide from the start to do whatever it takes to proceed with integrity and whole heartedness. Swâmi Prajnânpad, a little-known but skilled guide from India, was famous for telling his students, “It is not a joke. You will have to pay the full price.”
Your Initiator will suggest specific practices that either prepare you for, or actually take you a step forward on, your Initiatory journey. These practices could well include reading certain Books, watching certain Films, listening to certain music, doing certain physical movements or exercises, making certain restrictions or enhancements to your daily diet, engaging some kind of meditative or sitting practice, attending certain talks, presentations, workshops or trainings, exposing yourself to certain environments, and developing specific inner faculties that allow you to perceive various energetic relationships and spaces.
Become acutely aware that you will be facing 4 Enemies on the evolutionary Path. Face them head on, and practice whatever is necessary in your case to defeat the 4 Enemies.
Become an expert at Liquid States. Learn to experientially distinguish between when you are in a Liquid State and when you are merely feeling an emotion that is a gateway to an Emotional Healing Process (EHP), then go do your EHPs! If it is a Liquid State, detect which of your 5 Bodies are involved in the Liquid State and surf on the symptoms rather than trying to make them go away. Let the transformation occur. Look forward to meeting who you are becoming next!
I (Clinton Callahan) was thirty-seven years old when I took my first step toward becoming an adult man. Even though I was graduated from the university, had traveled around the world for two-and-a-half years working in Australia and Japan, was happily married, had two wonderful children, owned a house and a car, and was running my own home-based electronic production company in northern California, I was still a boy.
In 1989, at my wife’s suggestion, I participated in a weekend training near Los Angeles called The Event. I had 'some' resistance to attending this training because I was a 'scientist' - at least I carried pens in my shirt pocket... and I imagined that I already had everything figured out.
How could I have problems that required a transformational training? Everything already worked – from my point of view.
The training experience was not what one might typically imagine a seminar to be: a few days where you learn something new. This was a Training: a few days where you become something new.
This particular training was born in the 1960s in the bowels of the maximum-security federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. It was developed through a creative collaboration between one of the prisoners, Ken Windes, and the prison psychologist, Dr. Martin Groder. The style of the Training was radical, transformational, guerilla street theater – quite confrontational and immune to manipulation, definitely originating far outside my mainstream-culture background. Participating in this Training formally started my initiations into adulthood.
During this Training I realized with serious dismay that, contrary to my previous self-concept, my highest priority and commitment in life was to defend the façade that I was a 'good boy'.
This shocking realization propelled me through a Doorway into the expansive evolutionary journey that I am still on today. Perhaps you too will find that a transformational training contributes important ingredients to your Authentic Adulthood Initiation.
13 Distinction Jewels About Authentic Adulthood Initiatory ProcessesFor Escaping From Your 8 Prisons
WHAT IS ADULTHOOD?
It is far easier to explain what childhood is. Childhood is the condition of continuing to hide behind the survival strategy you adopted during your first 15 years of life for coping with your parents, school, your family and society. Without authentic adulthood initiations you continue to project mommy and daddy on the authority figures in your life… you remain trapped inside of your childhood survival strategies, as handicapped as a butterfly unable to escape from its chrysalis. Yes, your survival strategies do their job. They allow you to survive. The side effect is they block you from coming alive. In modern culture, authentic adulthood is an unknown condition. This is because the work needed to escape from childhood and expand into adulthood is equivalent to the struggles required for a butterfly to extract itself from its chrysalis, or a bird to escape from its eggshell. In other words, initiation takes real work. The patriarchy banned authentic adulthood initiatory processes long ago so as to make people easier to dominate. The rituals or ceremonies that remain in terms of getting a driver’s license, having a Bat Mitsva / Bar Mitsva or a Confirmation, or graduating from high school, are weak shadows of the real thing, not formidable enough to escape the grips of childhood convictions. Childhood is the allotted time you have to build matrix that is complex and resilient enough to hold the consciousness needed to take adulthood levels of responsibility. As a metaphor, if a spaceship does not attain a specified escape velocity during its launch it will never escape the grips of Earth’s gravitational field and will be pulled back to Earth to crash. To gain an adult relationship with your own potential and the universe, certain clearly defined work is needed to reach the childhood escape velocity. These are your your initiatory steps.
WHY IS ONE INITIATION INSUFFICIENT?
Fortunately in terms of activating your adult and archetypal potentials there is no top end. In short, some final adulthood state can never be achieved. Consciousness, the universe, and our potential as an adult are far beyond what we can currently imagine or understand.
This is good news.
It means that on your path of adulthood initiations you will never get bored. There is always more potential to unfold and activate.
Adulthood initiation has no end, but it does have a beginning. The beginning is when you become so painfully aware that you are not initiated that you have no option but to do whatever it takes to make your first steps.
By the time you read and understand this last sentence, you have barely enough time to get going.
WHAT IS MATRIX?
Matrix is the energetic structure in your Being (your energetic body) that you build out of distinctions. The more distinctions you weave together into your Being the more consciousness you can catch. At first your matrix is very loose, catching almost nothing. Eventually your matrix becomes like a net catching certain qualities of consciousness. By weaving more and more distinctions together your matrix changes from a net to a sail. Then your life is literally blow forward by consciousness itself and you are serving something greater than yourself. Consciousness is everywhere, like light. But you don’t see the light until it reflects off of an object and into your eyes. What you see is determined by the qualities of the object the light strikes. The same is true of consciousness. Consciousness is everywhere, but you do not perceive it until it strikes an object, and then the quality of the consciousness that manifests is determined by the structure of the object the consciousness hits. If it strikes a stone you get stone consciousness. If it strikes a cat you get cat consciousness. Gaia has evolved a biological structure that is complex and general enough that it add complexity to its structure of Being during one lifetime – the Homo sapiens. Humans can become more conscious by building more matrix – not by learning more information but by becoming more present. Matrix is built by subjecting yourself to certain beneficial stresses, such as practices, visiting sacred sites, being in the presence of saints, accepting the food the waiter brings even if that is not what you ordered, raising children well, and figuring out what this paragraph means.
WHAT IS PRESENCE?
There are two ways to enter presence: identify with everything, or identify with nothing. One of these ways is more practical. The creative power of presence increases when a circular series of conditions are met. I say circular because what follows is not a list of conditions. It is a circle of conditions. This means all of these ingredients work together to amplify presence. If any of them are weak or missing it diminishes presence. These conditions are turned on during authentic adulthood initiations. They include: You are centered. (Keeping your energetic center of Being located on your physical center of balance.) You experientially distinguish your Box from your Being. (Staying disidentified with your Box as your self, and also staying disidentified with the other person’s Box and their self. This is means staying unhookable.) You are in contact with other Beings where they currently are, for example, at which level in the spiral dynamics thoughtmap. (Connecting Being to Being, through the Boxes.) You consciously navigate and communicate your emotions and feelings. (This is Phase 2 of Feelings Work. Phase 1 of Feelings Work is learning to consciously feel.) You are conscious of your purpose. (It helps being conscious of your purpose when you have Distilled your Bright Principles – a procedure that is explained in Chapter 8 of the book Directing the Power of Conscious Feelings, and when you have distilled your Shadow Principles in the Hidden Purpose Process – a grueling 4-hour initiation delivered in Possibility Labs.) You have your Gremlin on a short leash to serve your Archetypal Lineage. (This is Phase 2 of Gremlin Work. Phase 1 of Gremlin Work is learning that you have a Gremlin to protect your Box’s survival strategy, learning what your Gremlin’s name is, drawing his picture, choosing to put him on a Gremlin food diet that you choose, learning that Gremlin serves Hidden Purposes, and that you can tell your Gremlin to “Sit!” at your side – he has been longing for you to grow up enough to do this so he can get on with his real job of being an endless source of nonlinear possibility for your adult life of serving your Archetypal Lineage.) You are keeping a minimized NOW. (This means keeping a NOW that is too small for stories, because stories exist in time. If you are running inside of a story you are either in the future or in the past, in other words, in time. In the present there is no time, so there can be no stories. One of the easiest ways to detect if you are present is to check for stories. If you are in a story you are not in the present.) You are keeping a minimized HERE. (This means keeping a HERE that is small enough to be within reach NOW. The old suggestion to, “Be here now,” might be more accurately stated as, “Be HERE more.” If it is not HERE you have no power to do anything about it yet. Wait until whatever it is comes into your circle and then you are empowered to make a difference with it. For more on this watch the film The Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Anthony Hopkins, focusing on the diagram on the floor in Zorro’s training cave. It is the same as the symbol on Zorro’s talisman. You are ongoingly intentionally splitting your attention and using a neutral, non-judgemental part of your attention to observe yourself and notice what is really going on. You are consciously using the three basic human creation powers: Declaring. (You declare what “is” so through consciously using “Is-Glue” to make the High Drama stories that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.) Choosing. (You retain the power to choose from an infinite source of options that are not offered on the current menu. This means that every choice is an option.) Asking. (You use orthogonal questions as a navigational aid, that is, to ask whatever questions are necessary – even if you never heard of them before – to get wherever you need to go. The space determines what is possible. When you need to change the results and you cannot change the circumstance then you can change what is possible by asking questions the answers to which do not exist in current space.) You are being radically honest and radically responsible. You are using the endless abundance of possibility that exists in groundlessness for creating and invention – changing your relationship to the emptiness inside of yourself so that you use it to retain access to the void. You inhabit all 5 Bodies, your physical, intellectual, emotional, and energetic bodies so you can live, and your archetypal body so you can Play Full Out and explore together during Intimacy Journeys.
WHAT IS INITIATION?
An initiation is any process that causes you to take responsibility for something you never imagined could be taken responsibility for. Generally after an initiation you have more capacity to be Present, to perceive, to interact, and to create. Joseph Chilton Pearce defines intelligence as: 'the ability to interact'. Accordingly, then, an initiation makes you more intelligent. Initiation also expands your Context, thus making your energetic body able to catch more consciousness. Technically, authentic adulthood initiations move your assemblage points from their original position (connected into your mother) to the Radically Responsible adult location (at your own physical Center). The term assemblage points comes from Carlos Castaneda’s work with Don Juan Matus as described in the book Journey to Ixtlan. Your assemblage points are the origin of your orientation and perspective. For mind-blowing stories of indigenous initiations please read Robert Wolf’s book about the Malaysian Sng’oi titled Original Wisdom: stories of an ancient way of knowing, and Malidoma Patrice Somé’s book about the Dagara people of Burkina Faso titled Of Water and the Spirit.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEXT CULTURE INITIATION AND TRADITIONAL INDIGENOUS INITIATION?
Indigenous initiations detach your assemblage points from your mother and anchor them into the traditions of your tribe. The result is that, from then on, the traditions determine every aspect of your life, for example, how to plant the crops and store the food, how to dress, build a house, get married, raise a family, how to celebrate, how to solve problems, how to pray, and how to die. (For an amazing account of the Mayan traditions and initiatory practices read Martín Prechtel’s pair of books: first read Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, and then Long Life Honey In The Heart.) Indigenous initiation makes sense when you have a tradition that is sustainable and you also live in stable environmental conditions. Today, neither of these conditions apply. Modern culture is the opposite of sustainable – modern culture is ecocidal, and conditions ecologically, technically, economically, and politically are all radically changing. In these circumstances an entirely different type of initiation is required. This different type of initiation is next culture initiation (Archiarchal Initiation). The difference is that in Archiarchal Initiations your assemblage points are removed from being attached to your mother and then for each and every new initiation they are attached to your own center. The result is that from then on you and you alone are Radically Responsible for every choice that you make about life. This is the beginning of Radical Responsibility, the condition that makes you personally flexible enough to leave behind modern culture and Cavitate new culture Space and move your Point Of Origin out of the Capitalist Patriarchal Empire and into Archiarchy.
WHAT IS RESPONSIBILITY?
Responsibility is applied consciousness. Another way to say this is, responsibility is consciousness in action. Simple, eh?
Irresponsibility is applied unconsciousness.
WHAT IS RADICAL RESPONSIBILITY?
Radical responsibility is the realization that what is, is, as it is (from Arnaud Desjardins)… with no stories attached. None. It is just this (from Lee Lozowick). No meaning at all. It is even meaningless that it is meaningless. Radical responsibility is responsibility without recourse to blame or excuses, unconditional responsibility… the orientation that you alone are responsible for the meanings you attach to anything. This means, for example, that there is no such thing as a “problem.” It means that it is impossible to be a “victim.” It means that irresponsibility is an illusion. It means that you are responsible for everything everywhere being as it is. It means that you chose your parents. It means that if you see a piece of litter lying on the street and you do not pick it up, you are just as responsible for it being there as the person who dropped it there. It is your street. It is your planet. It is your garbage. This is a responsible universe, waiting for you to come out and play.
WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?
(What is this… a galactic FAQ section?) The universe is built out of consciousness. If you spin consciousness you get subatomic particles. If you vibrate consciousness you get light and other electromagnetic radiations. It is all one.
WHAT IS A GAMEWORLD?
Human beings do not interact with the world as it is. We interact with the world through gameworlds. Gameworlds use the thoughtware from a specific context to establish rules of engagement. For example, having a bank account is a gameworld. Bringing a letter to the Post Office is a gameworld. Working at a company is a gameworld. Driving a car is a gameworld. Renting an apartment is a gameworld. Buying food at the grocery store is a gameworld. Having a family, or a town, or a religion, or an army, or a company, or a country is a gameworld. Any project you create or participate in is a gameworld. A Zombie is someone serving a gameworld unaware of the values of the gameworld. Millions of new Archiarchy gameworlds are waiting to be built. Your Nonmaterial Value may be as a Gameworld Builder.
WHAT IS CONTEXT?
Context is the relationship that a gameworld has to responsibility and consciousness. For example, the context of the modern culture gameworld is to avoid taking responsibility by externalizing costs to the environment, to future generations, or to 'third world' nations so as to show a 'profit'. The context used in the gameworlds of next culture is Radical Responsibility, with the clarity that in a closed cycle ecosystem there is no such thing as profit.
WHAT INITIATIONS DO I NEED?
The short answer is, you need ALL of them… why would you want any less? But what does 'all' mean? To get a brief idea of what 'all' means, have a look at this video that shows a list of possible adulthood initiations you might want to engage to jack-in to your inner and outer resources. The long answer is that you need the next initiations that can be held by the matrix you have already built, or, you need whichever initiations will build the next part of your matrix. The best way to figure this out is to simply trust your intuition and follow what you are interested in. If an initiation attracts you, go for it. Who you become during that initiation will prepare you for your next initiations. Step by step you roll into an entirely new and unexpected world each time you escape from one of the 8 Prisons.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR INITIATIONS?
Once you understand and experience what an authentic Initiator has gone through to serve you as an Initiator… what the authentic Initiator has had to sacrifice and pay to get to the place in their life and in the world where they can actually serve you as an authentic Initiator… you will be happy to give them whatever money they ask for to keep delivering their Nonmaterial Value. None of the authentic Initiators I know have a lot of money, yet they are the richest people in terms of the quality of their lives and getting to work in alignment with their true values. The key term here is, of course, Authentic. How do you determine the authenticity and trustworthiness of an initiator? One useful hint is to meet and hang around with other people making use of the initiator’s skills. Are they empowered, playful, freely expressing their opinions, enthusiastic, creative, nonlinear, asking dangerous questions, giving and receiving feedback and coaching? Are they amazed? If so you may have found an authentic Initiator. Are the participants are adaptive, rule-bound, fanatical, cautious, conforming, fearful, quiet, obeying, playing small, dependent, silent, or whiny? If so you you may have found an initiator who delivers the appearance of competence better than actual competence. In the end, it is the impeccability of the practitioner that creates a good initiator. And… life is shorter than we usually imagine, so make sure to be having Fun!
We Seem To Have Forgotten...
For 40,000 years human beings knew that children do not become adult except through formidable initiatory processes!
This article could be the disinhibiting factor that triggers your anamnesia... so you regain clarity that was once alive in your cells but which you seem to have forgotten...
AN ESSAY ON INITIATIONS VS. TRIBALISM by Martin Prechtel
A great deal has been said about the possibility of making initiations and rites of passage for non-Native, noncommunity, nonvillage, modern people. Tribal-type initiations have been touted as a remedy for the frustration that modern people feel concerning the desperate lives of their young people. In a nihilistic age filled with weapons, drugs, insolence, and depression, the parents of such children may be powerfully drawn to the wild, elegant lack of complication that can be seen in the eyes of a truly indigenous person. Perhaps they think that by simply obtaining a tribal initiation, the same way one buys a medicine, they will achieve that look of wholeness and belonging in their eyes, thereby avoiding the whole frightening landscape of the alienated synthetic existence of modern life...
Each of the initiators below can help you activate your inner capacities and jack-into your outer potentials. If you have any doubts about which initiations you might be missing to power-up as an adult human being with archetypal resources, please study the list in this 7 minute video. Press PAUSE and write down each of the initiations you have already activated. Find the Matrix Code for each one and register your Matrix Points at StartOver.xyz. The remaining initiations are waiting to welcome you into unexpectedly precious new worlds.
It could also be that your next step is to provide initiatory processes for others. At some point on the adulthood path your further learning occurs through serving your fellow humans on their evolutionary path.
The time to start delivering initiations may become appropriate sooner than you think, unless, of course, you already think it is appropriate, in which case it will probably become appropriate later than you think…
There is a big difference between the appearance of competence, and competence. (Millennials be warned!)
An effective strategy is to seek continuous feedback from skilled professional initiators and trust their coaching, even if your Box hates it.
You don’t have to deliver initiations perfectly because perfectionism serves unconscious shadow purposes. However, your work does need to be better than you can do. This happens when Bright Principles work through you.
The Bright Principles do not have hands or a mouth or feet. They need you to succeed and will generate tiny miracles of coincidence and opportunity while you serve by being the space through which your Bright Principles can do their work in the world.
Mages know that true magic is inspired improvisation. Its authenticity and power comes from its extemporaneousness, from it never having been done before.
What helps most is to start creating what your Being longs to exist, each time asking your participants for clear and radically honest feedback, then using what they tell you to improve your next edition.
It can be difficult to trust yourself to select a potential initiator. There are many cul-de-sacs and energy-draining whirlpools out here beyond the edges of modern culture (but perhaps far fewer than within modern culture…)
Below is a listing of women and men I personally vouch for as strong initiators because I have experienced their work (Clinton Callahan).
They have taken enough of a stand for the quality of their services that they ask for feedback and coaching from their participants. Please keep telling them specifically what worked and what did not work for you about their services, and anything you can see or feel that they could try to make their services even more relevant to your life, more thrilling, and more authentically useful.
This list is obviously only a few of the tens of thousands of authentic initiators now available. Perhaps your name should be on this list. If so, please tell us about what you deliver.
Initiators are of necessity themselves initiated.
In my opinion we need many more full-time trained-and-initiated initiators working in schools, colleges, universities, corporations, hospitals, vacation resorts, governments, and in private circles right now. Seven billion customers are waiting for you.
While we are talking about my opinions… I think that the currency of the future is authentic adulthood initiatory processes and the distinctions they use as rocket fuel.
If it feels like you might have been killed off during the 700 years of Catholic Inquisitions and witch burnings… and as you died you made a vow never to risk helping others with your talents again… notice that killing you did not work.
Because you are back.
Consider that it might be time for you to return to work.
Please take courage again. Help us all grow up and step into the world each day as joyfully initiated adult women and men. There is a new future to build together.
It has been such a celebration to make this list of organizations and individuals below! Enjoy!
Indigenous traditions stress the importance of living in harmony with nature and one another- both for the short-term and the long-term. It’s time for us in the modern world to remember how to do this.
We are being called to raise our youth with resiliency, creativity, and will to thrive in the 21st Century. YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS is an evolving network of individuals, organizations, and communities who help regenerate healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth. https://youthpassageways.org/
Maori shaman, New Zealand, explains that there is a window of opportunity now open for taking actions to fulfill your biggest dreams and goals. She trains people to be “unreasonable” NOW, to trust your own impulses NOW, to make powerful responsible actions NOW — rather than leaking life energy into all the things that don’t work in the world anyway anymore. Then at the end you can say: “At least I lived. At least I experienced what Earth was.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbXcssFq_Q
Transformational theater witch. Our theater is evolved from mystical games in different religious rites to take ourselves to reality and unfold our own potential. This promotes mental and emotional personality development as well as social and cultural competence. www.theater-vivalavida.de
Curandero initiator, personal development and unfolding processes, liquid-state navigation, relationship help using some distinctions and tools from Possibility Management and a hell of a lot of common sense: she speaks perfect English, contact her through: https://www.facebook.com/inge.pfeifer.7
Back in 1987 I drove alone to Sacramento, California, and spent a day with Jim Peal and 19 participants while he made it possible for us to walk barefoot across a bed of hot glowing coals. I was number. Standing at the edge, staring into the searing heat, I used radical trust and was about to take a step when Jim shouted across the coals at me and said, “No! Don’t look at the fire! Look at me!” And when I looked up into his eyes I could feel the entire space shift. It was suddenly possible to walk across the fire barefoot. I walked twice. This experience established the clarity that the space determines what is possible in Possibility Management. If you can get with Jim to do anything, I am sure it will be good: http://www.peal.com
Empowers teams to use Choice Creating through Dynamic Facilitation, which then supports Wisdom Council, a form of community decision making that Austria changed its constitution to officially use. You need to have this in your tool box: http://www.tobe.net/. Some of the best explanations of Jim’s discoveries are by Tom Atlee: http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-dynamicfacilitation.html
Decades of breakthrough coaching with roots in LifeSpring trainings. Stretch your possibilities. Experiential transformational trainings. https://zarvoscoaching.com/
Wandering attentively, mindfulness initiatory experiences: (website is German but Joachim’s writing translates well using the Google translator, and if you can join him for a walk he speaks perfect English): http://wandern-achtsamkeit.de/
Originator of Group 8 Education, a student-feedback-centered program. The shift from a teaching relationship to a learning relationship is fundamental in preparing young people to thrive in the twenty-first century. The Gaian Road Team interviewed John in Sydney, Australia. John is author of the book: Student Feedback - overcoming apprehension, embracing a new culture.
Pioneer psychotherapist, edgeworker, and author for the past thirty years. His books include Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love, Toward a Psychology of Awakening, Love and Awakening, and, most recently, Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart.
Author of Impro and Impro for Storytellers, inventor of Gorilla Theater, created thousands of Improvisational Theater Exercises which he taught in workshops. Promoter of "Yes, and..." for Proposals. He often said, "It's not the offer, but what you do with it." And, "Please don't do your best. Trying to do your best is trying to be better than you are."
Brings you into direct contact with the multidimensional nature of reality, and if you accidentally dropped through a crack into that realization and feel unsure about how it goes from there, Keith is your man!: http://thedream.com/, a huge amount of free support materials are available through his website, Matrix Energetics, outdoor adventures.
(AKA Cedar) author of Shamanic Reiki,Shapeshifting Into Higher Consciousness, and many other books. She says, "Nature and the Earth are conscious. By opening our minds, hearts, and senses we can consciously awaken to the magic of the wild, the rhythms of nature, and the profound feminine wisdom of the Earth." http://llynroberts.com/
To tell the world where mankind came from, where we are now, and where we are going spiritually and politically. To teach the ways of asking Spirit why we were born and put on this Earth. To show all Nations that World Peace is possible without the use of weapons of war and how weapons of war begin in the hearts of each human being. To offer physical and spiritual healing as given to me by Our Creator and Our Ancestors. To teach the way of serving Spirit through ritual, ceremony and prayer.