In From Boys to Men, Bret Stephenson shows readers that older cultures didn’t magically avoid adolescence; instead they developed successful rituals and rites of passage for sculpting teen boys into healthy young men.
Author: Bret Stephenson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A guide to restoring the successful models used by ancient cultures the world over to raise adolescent boys • Explains the negative effects of Western youth culture and how it can be transformed • Offers instructions for integrating basic rites of passage into modern family life and youth programs For tens of thousands of years all across the globe, societies have been coping with raising adolescents. Why is it then that native cultures never had the need for juvenile halls, residential treatment centers, mood-altering drugs, or boot camps? How did they avoid the high incidence of teen violence America is experiencing, and how did they prevent their youth from relying on drugs and alcohol, the use of which has become so prevalent in Western society? In From Boys to Men, Bret Stephenson shows readers that older cultures didn’t magically avoid adolescence; instead they developed successful rituals and rites of passage for sculpting teen boys into healthy young men. From Aleutian Eskimos to Polynesian Islanders, from tribal Africans to Australian Aborigines, each culture found archetypal ways to initiate their boys into the adult community. Stephenson explains the basics of rites of passage and offers insight into how to reintroduce these successful practices and traditional understandings into modern family life and programs for youth. He discusses the damaging effects of our youth culture and the negative teen products that are fueled by corporate America and reveals how we can counteract these negative forces by using meaningful rites of passage to create a society with happy and healthy adolescent boys.
A provocative assessment of the differences between modern women who respectively embrace and resist change explains how women can take responsibility for their lives and choices by creating personal rites of passage, drawing on scholarly ...
Author: Abigail Brenner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
A provocative assessment of the differences between modern women who respectively embrace and resist change explains how women can take responsibility for their lives and choices by creating personal rites of passage, drawing on scholarly research and inspirational personal stories to offer tribute to key life transitions. Original.
Learn to Embrace Change as Part of Your Spiritual Homework with this
Pathfinding Guide Gloria Karpinski. WHERE TWO WORLDS TOUCH SPIRITUAL
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Author: Gloria Karpinski
Publisher: Ballantine Books
No matter where you are in your own spiritual work, this book can show you how to harness the power of an experience we all share and often fear: change. Discover how you can learn to consciously use change as a spiritual rite of passage. Illustrated with wonderful allegorical tales from all the major spiritual traditions, compelling life stories and transformative exercises, WHERE TWO WORLDS TOUCH shows you that even the mundane details of everyday life offer rich fuel for personal evolution. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Carnival of the Spirit is a vibrant synergy of African Spirituality, folktales, and kitchen-table wisdom in an exuberant tribute to world holidays and nature's four seasons.
Author: Chief Luisah Teish
Carnival of the Spirit is a vibrant synergy of African Spirituality, folktales, and kitchen-table wisdom in an exuberant tribute to world holidays and nature's four seasons. Luisah Teish serves up stories of her own family's traditions along with festivals from all over the world-from the Lily Festival in Japan to the Yam Festival in West Africa, from intimate family gatherings to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and from traditional European holidays to sacred African rituals.
JOURNEY THROUGH THE SOL takes the reader beyond the preliminary works of the Celestine Prophecy and Carlos Castaneda to a vision that opens the mysteries of the cosmos revealing the universal blueprint of creation through the super ...
Author: Alisha R. Kaiser
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
JOURNEY THROUGH THE SOL takes the reader beyond the preliminary works of the Celestine Prophecy and Carlos Castaneda to a vision that opens the mysteries of the cosmos revealing the universal blueprint of creation through the super conscious, where reality truly exists. The story takes shape around a clarion call to action from Eternal Spirit to twelve star systems within the Andromeda and Milky Way Galaxies. Those who answered the call would act as emissaries of light to anchor in a new reality known as the Golden Age of light and love. The mission would entail a great transformation of the star's blueprint enabling it to undergo a planetary evolution that would awaken the planetary dream and its relationship with the Cosmos. The real life adventure begins when Eya journeys to earth and awakens her soul memory through dreams, visions and telepathic guidance surrounding coinciding life events. The awakening culminates into a multi-dimensional soul vision entwined with earth's destiny revealing man's purpose on a universal scale.
Adds Meade, "I've been working for 20 years on understanding how rites of
passage work in cultures throughout the ... In her culture, people who often hear
disembodied voices are naturally assumed to be talking with the spirit world and
For more than 30 years, Yoga Journal has been helping readers achieve the balance and well-being they seek in their everyday lives. With every issue,Yoga Journal strives to inform and empower readers to make lifestyle choices that are healthy for their bodies and minds. We are dedicated to providing in-depth, thoughtful editorial on topics such as yoga, food, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel, and fashion and beauty.
The articles which comprise this book where delivered initially at a conference held at the University of Zimbabwe, 21-24 June 1994, on the of the interaction between Christian religion and traditional African religions.
Author: James Leland Cox
The articles which comprise this book where delivered initially at a conference held at the University of Zimbabwe, 21-24 June 1994, on the of the interaction between Christian religion and traditional African religions. This text demonstrates that the academic study of religion is not only responsive to developments in religious life, but is interested in actively exploring the symbolic structures expressed in Christian and traditional ritual activities. Academic understanding is shown to be interactive with the many factors which compromise meaning within human societies and religious communities.
RITUALS. AND. RITES. OF. PASSAGE. Rituals are performed for almost every
important occasion in the Akan community. Rituals are necessary for those who
believe in the traditional methods of communicating with the Abosom and ...
Author: Nana Akua Kyerewaa Opokuwaa
Are you searching for a spiritual path that speaks to your cultural identity? Are you curious about the connection of the African-American experience to ancient African culture and spirituality? The Quest for Spiritual Transformation: An Introduction to Traditional Akan Religion, Rituals, and Practices is an important contribution to the exploration of cultural approaches to healing the mind, body, and spirit. Author Nana Opokuwaa clearly illustrates the connection between the traditions and beliefs of Africans born in the Diaspora to the ancient customs of the Akans. Her writing style exhibits a special sensitivity and compassion that shows appreciation for the reader's need for guidance. Opokuwaa's approach to explaining the Akan Akom Tradition brings clarity to the complicated practices associated with African religion in the Diaspora. In addition to seven study guides meant to serve as discussion points within your organization, group of friends, or for yourself, this book includes a list of references to enlighten you about Akan culture, customs, and traditions. There is a glossary of Twi words, with which readers may not be familiar, utilized in the book and an index for readily available reference. In the follow-up to Akan Protocol: Remembering the Traditions of Our Ancestors, Opokuwaa continues her effort to share information about the ancient traditions and customs of the Akans of Ghana, West Africa.
The work of a major scholar who has spent years writing and teaching about ritual, Deeply into the Bone instigates a conversation in which readers can fruitfully reflect on their own experiences of passage.
Author: Ronald L. Grimes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Over the past two decades, North Americans have become increasingly interested in understanding and reclaiming the rites that mark significant life passages. In the absence of meaningful rites of passage, we speed through the dangerous intersections of life and often come to regret missing an opportunity to contemplate a child's birth, mark the arrival of maturity, or meditate on the loss of a loved one. Providing a highly personal, thoroughly informed, and cross-cultural perspective on rites of passage for general readers, this book illustrates the power of rites to help us navigate life's troublesome transitions. The work of a major scholar who has spent years writing and teaching about ritual, Deeply into the Bone instigates a conversation in which readers can fruitfully reflect on their own experiences of passage. Covering the significant life events of birth, initiation, marriage, and death, chapters include first-person stories told by individuals who have undergone rites of passage, accounts of practices from around the world, brief histories of selected ritual traditions, and critical reflections probing popular assumptions about ritual. The book also explores innovative rites for other important events such as beginning school, same-sex commitment ceremonies, abortion, serious illness, divorce, and retirement. Taking us confidently into the abyss separating the spiritual from the social scientific, the personal from the scholarly, and the narrative from the analytical, Grimes synthesizes an impressive amount of information to help us find more insightful ways of comprehending life's great transitions. As we face our increasingly complex society, Deeply into the Bone will help us reclaim the power of rites and understand their effect on our lives.
Ceremonies and Rites of Passage Another way to be in right relation is to create
ceremonies for your life . In native cultures , rituals and rites of passage have
always been a part of life ; they were a way of honoring the natural cycles of the ...
Author: Denise Linn
Publisher: Hay House Incorporated
Kindling the Native Spirit deepens your connection to the mysterious, natural forces around you. International lecturer and healerDenise Linn is an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe and has trained with native cultures around the world, including the Zulu in Africa, the Maori in New Zealand, and the Aborigines of Australia, as well as Native American tribes in North America. In this empowering book, Denise shows you how to connect with your personal Spirit Animal, embark on Spirit Journeys, and experience Vision Quests. She provides step-by-step instructions on how to make a drum, a rattle, a dream catcher, and even your own medicine bag. Denise will also help you: Learn how to shape-shift Unearth secret methods to call upon your ancestors for assistance and guidance Understand little people (fairies) from a native perspective and find out ways to invite them into your life Ignite your ability to “call” animals, plants, and Spirit Discover your true name and how to kindle Spirit within you Harness the power of the medicine wheel to bring healing and wholeness Unlock your inner native spirit, and enter a wondrous realm of profound visionary experiences!
Spirituality From the time I was very young, I expressed more than casual
curiosity about the life of the spirit. For over two ... As I tip-toed into my Re-
Membering rite of passage, I felt compelled to explore this question: What is
spirituality? Janice ...
Author: Kathleen F. Lundquist
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited
Midlife transition is uniquely challenging to the "Superwoman" because her success has come too often at the expense of her feminine psyche. This workbook for high-achieving women who are entering midlife and want to emerge whole and renewed examines how women can reconnect with their feminine psyche and achieve wholeness.
Harris Center for Judaic Studies, Creighton University. Center for the Study of
Religion and Society. Birth , Midlife , Menopause : Rites of Passage as
Expressions of Spirituality in Contemporary American Judaism Rela Mintz Geffen
As a result ...
Author: Leonard Jay Greenspoon
What is the enduring spiritual power of Judaism? How have Jewish men and women from different walks of life, past and present, drawn on their faith to find spiritual meaning in their lives? In this absorbing collection of essays, scholars from a range of disciplines examine different paths to and expressions of spirituality in Judaism. As a whole, the essayists conclude that a quest for spirituality is authentically Jewish; that textual materials form the basis for any spiritual journey in the religion; that in-depth religious study is a necessary precursor to, though not a substitution for, action; that a concern with spirituality inevitably elevates one’s consciousness to the level of the community; and that the quest for Jewish spirituality is arduous but rewarding. Subjects covered in this volume include an overview of past and present models of Jewish spirituality as well as probing looks at sources of spirituality in the past, ranging from the Aqedah to the prophet Micah, from the three pillars in the rabbinic period to the thoughts and actions of Rabbi Bahya ibn Pakuda, Rabbi Isaac Luria, and Baal Shem Tov. The remaining essays illuminate an array of vehicles of Jewish spirituality in the modern world: Jewish art, synagogue architecture, prayer books, liturgy, and rites of passage.
Living Passages for the Whole Family invites families to create meaningful rites of passage that allow family members to build intimacy, express gratitude, celebrate and heal the past, and approach the future with confidence and joy.
Author: Shea Darian
Living Passages for the Whole Family invites families to create meaningful rites of passage that allow family members to build intimacy, express gratitude, celebrate and heal the past, and approach the future with confidence and joy. Written from a multi-faith perspective, Living Passages includes creative ideas for celebrating contemporary rites of passage from birth to age 21 and provides guidance for making soulful connections to secular rites of passage in the 21st century. Called "empowering" by parent educator, Rahima Baldwin and "a masterpiece" by spiritual leader, Fr. Richard Rohr, Living Passages includes over 20 rites of passage ceremonies from weaning and honoring the first day of grade school, to puberty, driving, dating and leaving home for the first time, among others. Living Passages includes over 50 songs and poems to honor life transitions, ideas for celebrating birthday passages, guides for imparting age-appropriate rights and responsibilities in a young person's life, soulful wisdom and encouragement for parents, and ideas for parents and caregivers to reclaim and heal life passages from the past.
RITES OF PASSAGE : O NE A NECESSARY STEP TOWARD WHOLENESS
Christina Grof Christina Grof is an author , teacher , artist , founder and advisor to
the board of the Spiritual Emergence Network , and co - creator of Holotropic ...
Author: Louise Carus Mahdi
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
Crossroads is a comprehensive collection of fifty cutting-edge articles on diverse aspects of the transition to adulthood, covering experiences with contemporary rites of passage, the use of rites of passage to resolve the 'youth crisis' of gangs and violence, accounts of traditional rites of passage, and how-to guidelines for creating new rites of passage that may help to save our communities from despair and destruction.