Posts tagged rites of passage
Transformative Experience: Changing Thoughts and Feelings Through Action

Our large, highly-developed infrastructures preclude the need for rising to any occasion or banding together to get a job done. We’re conditioned to expect the government or AAA to step in and solve each problem. We are able to live completely insulated from the community contribution and frequent challenge that once defined human existence. This convenience comes at a price. More than any self-help workbook, it is powerful experiences that build confidence, embed good values, and foster a sense of purpose. Today our physical needs are met so effortlessly that we are rarely prompted to essential experiences that make us capable of meeting our emotional needs. Fortunately, those experiences are well documented and accessible to us all.

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Rites of Passage are a Necessity: The Lobotomizing Effect of Unchallenging Childhood

The past few generations experienced a developmental paradigm that prioritized all-encompassing protection and providing the maximum for each child. The privileges of adult responsibility became automatically transferred with the passage of time, while the capabilities and values that once defined adulthood, were never refined. The result is a dependent generation, increasingly unable to live up to their own vaguely defined value systems and increasingly passive about their integration into “the real world.” It is them who pay the price. This prolonged childhood of perpetual training wheels scarcely directs teens towards exploration of the existential questions that bring life direction and purpose.

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Education: Are We Missing the Point?

While curriculums abound, very little exists to teach us optimal patterns for human thriving. Health, strong values, willpower, purpose, and all these most essential lessons magnify impact and experience. These are unlikely to happen by chance. People would be far more likely to value the actions and beliefs that promote lasting fulfillment if they’d only been exposed to clear experiential training on these subjects. Unfortunately, as the need for constant learning grows, the inclination to learn is dying off.

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Creating Your Own AWEsome Rite of Passage in the Modern World

The beauty of our modern society is that we have an abundance of experience available to us compared to our primal ancestors. This is both a blessing and a curse. A balanced diet and active lifestyle used to be guaranteed as every human lived in accordance to the tribal needs and patterns hewn from generations of tribal life. Now, faced with the “Omnivore’s Dilemma,”  an abundance of dietary options pulls us away from that natural harmony. Much like our nutritional choice paradox, in a world that provides availability to nearly endless life experiences, which will provide the transformative, positive growth to mimic the rites of passage of old?

There is no “correct” diet. We can only educate ourselves to become the most well-informed omnivores possible. Similarly, you have the opportunity to craft personal rites of passage. I have discovered the three pillars upon which these transformational experiences stand.

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