As some of you will know part of my core life work has been supporting those called to a Visionfast/Quest, which as a form can be worked with as a core element of a rite of passage. There is talk of how the coming of this virus and consequent lock down can offer an opportunity for the deep introspection such rites offer, indeed even the voicing it as a rite of passage.
I agree it is a change time, and a real opportunity we can work with. Life is initiating us into itself, its reality, as it does through birth, death, loss, growth, joy, and grief and numerous other ways, and we and our cultures are dancing in relation to that from our understandings. Sometimes we can see them as bigger cycles and feedback to be related and responded to and sometimes not. However one of the keys to a rite of passage in my understanding, is the deliberateness of them. For although in pattern they mirror a life crisis, and so are good preparation for them, they are also what I call “the Ancient’s conscious way to deliberately support and prepare for transition” and as such there are carefully considered seeds, form and practices offered to support the health of them, for the benefit of All beings (for they are not just about serving the human realm, though the human realm is served, the human realm can only survive let alone thrive, if it pays attention to and cares about the wider realms and beings on whom it depends).
One of the west’s most erudite and wise elders Norm Chomsky (now 92) in a recent interview reflects along the lines of: humanity will likely emerge from Coronovirus relatively unscathed, but beyond this sit different perils we would not return from, those being nuclear war and, runaway climate change. As Arundhati Roy reflects: “Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality”.
Though I can admit some attachment to some “normality,” Roy is absolutely right. The way we have collectively been living has been like a doomsday machine, with the clock is ticking, so radical individual and collective reflection, change and letting go of various things that are not serving are planet home are essential. The “official World doomsday clock,” now evidently is set at a hundred seconds to midnight thanks to current political and ecological conditions and prior to the emergence of coronavirus. So there is no doubt this is not just a good time for deep introspection, but an urgent time to dream deep With the Earth, to explore how can we better bring our, and our people’s, lives back into greater alignment with our life serving values and life giving planet. It is not just “without vision that the people perish,” but more that without Earth and Love aligned vision, the people perish.
I feel deliberate engagement with the seeds, form and practices support a rite can serve those who would like to engage with this quest/rite of passage opportunity in a more deliberate manner. For those who feel the call, as able I am offering support drawing on over twenty five year’s experience in this field, alongside colleagues as able and needed according to response.
So do be in touch if you are interested by this, be great to talk it through with you, and friends and colleagues in this work Lucy Hinton and Gill Westcott are also in support of this as able. The practices and offerings can be adapted according to your circumstance, commitment and calling. As well as varied length deliberate quest time, embedded within wise preparation and incorporation assignments/support, there are shorter journeys engaging through initiatory style exercises widening our own Circle of Self, and another wonderful form very deliberately looking at living and dying in our lives, pertinent always, but particularly at this time – this involves an assignment and reflection each day over a four and a half day period with a preliminary exercise in the week or so before to set the ground.
Be in contact if you hear something of the call and would like to hear or communicate more. I have worked with these practices over skype and via what’s app before, so know that this can work, though also it does have its own particular commitment needs to function well. I can also share numerous testimonials about the work. Landtime1@gmail.com
with best wishes and with aspiration that this work be for the benefit of all beings, Jeremy