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Einweihungswege – Initiationen


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  • Der ganze Prozess der Einweihung ermöglicht dem Menschen, fünf wesentliche Wahrheiten zu erleben.
    1. Das Leben ist hart.
    2. Du bist nicht so wichtig.
    3. Dein Leben dreht sich nicht um dich.
    4. Du hast keine Kontrolle.
    5. Du wirst sterben.
Interview (engl.) mit Richard Rohr (*1943) US-amerikanischer Franziskanerpater, Enneagrammlehrer, Autor, An Interview With Fr. Richard Rohr. Eight Times Blessed, präsentiert von Reid Baer, 2005
Siehe auch: Adams Wiederkehr. Initiation und Männerspiritualität, engl. Original erschienen 2004, Überschriften von fünf Kapiteln (Inhaltsverzeichnis), Claudius Verlag, 1. Auflage 1. Juli 2013


  • Die Methode des Selbst, uns zu berufen, besteht darin, uns in eine Krise zu manövrieren, so dass wir gezwungen sind, auf die Botschaft zu hören. Natürlich kann uns die Tatsache, dass wir durch diesen Prozess geleitet werden, völlig unbewusst sein (und meistens ist es auch so). Aber für das archetypische Selbst stellt das Leben ganz einfach einen fortlaufenden Initiationsprozess dar, eine andauernde Abfolge von Tod und Wiedergeburt. Dr. Robert Moore (1942-2016) US-amerikanischer Jungscher Psychoanalytiker, Professor für Psychologie, Berater, Autor, Douglas Gilette, Mitautor, Der Magier im Mann. Wege zum inneren Schamanen, S. 81, Walter-Verlag, Solothurn, Düsseldorf, 1995


  • Zum Schamanen berufen ist der Mensch, welcher eine todbringende Krise überlebte und die Erfahrung der Ausgrenzung, der physischen und psychischen Bedrohung produktiv umzusetzen vermochte. Prof. Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald (*1955) deutscher Unternehmens- und Politikberater, Stiftungsexperte, Zukunftsforscher, Publizist, Autor, Christian Rätsch (*1957) deutscher Altamerikanist, Ethnopharmakologe, Autor, Schamanische Wissenschaften, Diederichs, 1. Januar 1998

General quotes


  • You can only go as far forward as you can reach backward. Tribal proverb about rites of passage
  • A woman does not have to be a biological mother in order to be an initiate into the maternal aspect of the Goddess; it comes through her own embodied maternal and feminine nature. Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. jeanbolen.com, US American Jungian analyst, proactive women researcher and supporter, crone, spiritual teacher, author, source unknown


  • Certain things happen to each person. Those things interrupt the daily flow of time and life in order to open us to something greater. Unfortunately, they are felt initially as painful losses, as illnesses, as experiences of danger or rejection that put us in a separate from everyone else in order to learn who we actually are. The process of that is initiation. Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org, US American storyteller, scholar of mythology, psychology, anthropology, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, Facebook comment, 30. March 2016


  • Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception. Dan Millman danmillman.com (*1946) US American Trampolining world champion athlete, martial arts instructor, university coach, college professor, spiritual teacher, author, source unknown



Initiation is a "sacred catastrophe."


  • Rites of initiation are those great zones of darkness that make the unclear, the contradictory, the polluted, and the changeable the ground of renewal. They are the occasions of fruitful darkness. Marie-Louise von Franz says, "The first step is generally falling into the dark place, and usually appears in a dubious or negative form, – falling into something, or being possessed by something […]. The shamans say that being a medicine man begins by falling into the power of the demons; the one who pulls out of the dark place becomes the medicine man, and the one who stays in it is the sick person… You can take every psychological illness as initiation. Even the worst things you fall into are an effort of initiation, for you are in something which belongs to you." Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., US American medical anthropologist, former honorary research fellow, Harvard University, The Fruitful Darkness. A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom, S. 19-20, Grove Press, 1st edited edition 15. March 2004


Sunset in the mountains


  • Vulnerability, humility, softness, and resignation are vital. If you try to hang on to what you believe to be true about yourself, it hurts. In the end, you have to agree to your death and resurrection. That's the journey of the initiate. Stuart Wilde stuartwilde.com (1946-2013) British music producer, humorist, lecturer, scriptwriter, essayist, lyricist, writer on metaphysics and consciousness, source unknown


  • The males of most cultures will ordinarily define themselves by external performance, self created ordeals, and ego affirming tasks – unless they are offered a very real inner world and larger outer world that is even more alive and challenging. […] Older cultures seemed to assume that unless the male is led on deliberate journeys of powerlessness, he will normally seek and abuse power. The only external power that you can trust is in men who have also found their real inner power. Power it seems is the key fascination in the male soul and in every male archetype. It does not go away by churchy preaching or cultural poverty. It just takes disguised and different forms and finally comes back to defeat most worthwhile projects or worse, keeps them from ever getting started. If the male does not experience his power and his possibilities, if he does not let others educate it and tame it, power needs/ego needs tend to control his whole agenda. It does not go away. Primal cultures understood this to an amazing degree, and they took steps to insure that it would not keep happening and subverting their community. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, enneagram teacher, author, Made not Born. Men and Power, presented by Malespirituality.org, July 2003


  • In every culture […] there was one universal element in historic initiation – grief work. The young male had to be taught somehow the way of tears. He had to be taught how to cry. In fact, if I were to sum up this whole spirituality of initiation in a one liner, it would be this; the young man who cannot cry is a savage, the old man who cannot laugh is a fool. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970, enneagram teacher, author, Sadness, PDF, Yale University Address to Medical Students, presented by Malespirituality.org, November 2005


  • Initiatory events are those that mark a man or a woman's life forever, that pull a person deeper into life than they would normally choose to go. Initiatory events are those that define who a person is, or cause some power to erupt from them, or strip everything from them until all that is left is their essential self. Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org US American storyteller, scholar of mythology, psychology, anthropology, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, source unknown


  • Rebirth always passes through the doors of death; we need to acknowledge that for the new to come, something has to die. The purpose of a rite of passage is to become more alive by dying to the old. When our culture denies death, we cannot become more alive through liminality. Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org US American storyteller, scholar of mythology, psychology, anthropology, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, source unknown


  • There may be no time more suited to the study of rites of passage than threshold between the end of modernity and the uncertain future of humanity. Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org US American storyteller, scholar of mythology, psychology, anthropology, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, source unknown


Englische Texte – English section on Initiation

Five essential messages of initiation for men – Richard Rohr

The entire process of initiation allows a man to experience five essential truths.
  1. Life is hard.
  2. You are not that important.
  3. Your life is not about you.
  4. You are not in control.
  5. You are going to die.
Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, enneagram teacher, author,
An Interview With Fr. Richard Rohr. Eight Times Blessed, presented by Reid Baer, 2005


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