What is Initiation?

“There may be no time more suited to the study of rites of passage than the threshold between the end of modernity and the uncertain future of humanity.”

-Michael Meade 

Something is profoundly amiss in the masculine psyche today.

Storyteller Michael Meade, one of the founders of what is now called the “mythopoetic men’s movement,” has worked in the realm of masculinity and depth psychology for over 30 years.

In his book The Water of Life: The Wounding and Healing of Men, Meade writes, “Men are particularly dangerous when they reach maturity without initiatory experiences that crack the ego and open the heart and mind.”

One can easily see this dangerousness playing out in schools, shopping malls, and religious sites around the world. Meade explained, “The lack of meaningful rites of passage leaves many men deeply unsure of who they are in essence and what their inner life might be.” 

Initiation is Ancient


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