Rite of passage is usually the
done by younger people who are making the transition from adolescence
to adult hood.
a broader level the rite of passage is simply a transition from one
stage to another. For example, marriage can be seen as a transition
from being single to being with a life partner. Death can be seen as a
transition from life to the after-life. And puberty can be seen as the
transition from childhood to adulthood.
ceremonies have existed throughout history to mark this transition
period however the common theme of the ceremonies is firstly a
separation phase, then a transition phase and finally a
re-incorporation phase. The rite of passage traditionally had a
physical challenge to test the spirit and strength of the young hero...
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- venture forth into the unknown
vision quest process is one such powerful rite of passage ceremony to
help with various transitions in people's lives as they move forward
into a more authentic way of being.
example, the separation phase is when you tidy up lose ends at home and
with your work and venture out alone into a place in nature. This
separation phase separates you from your ordinary life and allows you
the space to be and communicate with the deeper levels of your being.
on your vision quest the transition phase is when you start to gain
insights from nature and spirit around the intention you have set for
your journey. For example, the way the wind blows through the trees may
give you an insight around how many of your plans are just 'blowing in
the wind'. Or the heat from the summer sun may give you an insight into
the intensity of some of your relationships if your intention is around
it is these insights from nature and the interpretations you make that
set the stage for transitions occuring in your life.
my experience, the insights themselves have next to no power in making
differences in the transition from one phase of your life to another.
The place where the real power comes from is the third stage. And that
is the re-incorporation phase.
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- integrate the insights into your life
re-incorporation phase of a vision quest is critical in order to make
real and tangible changes in the way you are living your life. The idea
with the re-incorporation phase of a vision quest is to take the
insights you receive during your transition phase in nature and turn
them into a step-by-step plan of action around the issue you are
example, when I got the insight from tree-roots that I was 'grounded'
in this nature-based spirituality work it was great. A great insight.
However if I just left it there all it would be is an insight. I was
still making the transition from working as an Engineer to facilitating
vision quests. So I started asking 'How...' questions around the
example one of the questions I asked was 'How can I be grounded in this
work?' And then I started journaling answers to that question. One of
the answers that came was to create a content-based website and that is
how this website came into existence.
point here however is that the third stage of a rite of passage is the
most critical. It is about taking the insights you gain from your
vision quest and turning them into a step-by-step plan to incorporate
the insights into reality. It is by doing these steps that makes you
transition from one phase to another. This is how you physically move
through a rite of passage.
are a number of ceremonies that make the rite of passage however I find
the vision quest process to be one of the most effective. The reason
for this is that it includes the separation phase - by leaving the
comfort of your home and going into nature, the transition - phase
where you connect with spirit and nature and interpret the messages you
receive and if it's done properly it also includes the final stage
which is the re-incorporation phase where you develop a step-by-step
plan to transition in that area of life you are looking at.
my opinion it is this re-incorporation phase that is the most critical
part of the vision quest process. The reason for this is that it gives
you concrete step-by-step actions to take to pass through the rite of
passage in the transition area that you are looking at.
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