RITE OF PASSAGE

“Maturity is the ability to sort the portions of truth from the accepted lies and self-deceptions that you have grown up with.” ― Alexei Panshin

All living organisms have an inner guide, more commonly known as “instinct”, which seems to be in harmony with their natural environment… however humans have a higher level of “instinct” referred to as intuition…it includes extraordinary qualities such as imagination, creativity, and spiritual feelings…but most importantly it offers us guidance in finding our own natural path.

Unfortunately, modern society believes each person is separate with the individual ability to control our own destiny… As a result, we tend to ignore our special gifts of intuition and its ability to point in a direction most natural for us…we learn to identify instead with a socially conditioned self with its role-playing and stressful goals.

We often feel a lack of authenticity including a sense of alienation… Many search for a deeper meaning in life and there are some who rediscover the natural experience of following their own intuitive feelings …. It can bring about a radical change in their personality with a whole new set of values and an openness to more meaningful experiences.

Often it takes a deep failure of our socially conditioned self before we can give it up…It will not happen through some intellectual understanding but requires an emotional experience which persuades us to “let go”…Over our lifetime we have digested many social beliefs and they are deeply embedded within our mind …Thus the intellectual mind by itself cannot bring about an experience of transcending the socially conditioned self.

Transcendence occurs when we are no longer dependent on an outer social guide but instead begins to follow our intuitive inner  guide…it is a rite of passage bringing about a maturity  in which many falsehoods and foolishness simply disappear.

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