In the secular world of modernity, God is dead.

Belief in an absolute Divine Order and the traditions that arose around such a concept, has been replaced by the secular religions of modernity: secular humanism, multiculturalism, capitalism, Marxism, the Holocaust, Civil Rights, reductionist materialism, consumerism and of course, pop culture.

These things have become entrenched in our lives and have become the new “gods” that are worshiped  by the masses.  This is the true religion for the masses.  This is the religion that seeks to bring everything to a state of near-universal inclusiveness by bringing everything down to the lowest common denominator.

Exceptionalism and any sort of natural “aristocracy” are shunned.  The spiritual is obfuscated and made “marketable”.

The pseudo-religions of modernity are based on salvation in one way or another through economic enhancement.  The belief in the absolute power of the economic system and the dark alchemy it stems from.

Despite all the fluffy feel-good rhetoric and jargon about “rights and freedom”, money is the true god of ALL the pseudo-religions of modernity.

We are told it is wrong to seek any sort of personal greatness outside of what is approved by the mass culture.  To do so is to “oppress” those who would rather not make such a heroic effort.

Fundamentalism and far-Right views are presented in all avenues of modern culture as the abyss of ignorance and evil.

Any ideology that cannot be assimilated or subservient to the global corporate state MUST be marginalized, hated and destroyed.

These things are the pariahs of modernity.

So let us too be pariahs in modernity.

Let us forge the way into the New Age.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.






“Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful.”
– Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book”


We all have roles and identities we play and maintain in our life.  These things are a necessary and functional part of the human experience.  However, problems are created when we become ATTACHED to these roles we play and the pursuit of the physical pleasures of life, and we begin to identify these things as being  fundamental to WHO WE ARE.

When we become attached, we desire things to stay as they are, which is impossible because change and motion and flow is forever a constant in the universe.  Spring into summer, summer into fall, fall into winter; life into death and then life again from death.  Everything is in a constant state of flux.

But we create an illusion that this eternal flow will somehow not affect us and we cling to these attachments that our ego creates. This results in our minds manufacturing a world of turmoil and pain around the agony of having things we are attached ripped from our grasping hands over and over and over again.

The ego at its core is simply the part of our mind that differentiates our physical body from the rest of the physical landscape we inhabit. It is a necessary tool for having a spiritual experience inside of a dense physical body. Without something to differentiate separateness, we would literally perceive ourselves as “one” with everything- including the bus that was headed straight for us. We need the ego to survive and do the work we are here to do on this level of existence.

However something has happened in our development that has allowed this ego, which was designed to be a tool and a servant, to become the master. The ego has created kingdoms for itself and walls to protect what it has. And while it asserts an illusion of control, with its pride and hubris and attachments, it is easily fooled and manipulated by others and itself.

It is also this pride and attachment that makes it extremely difficult and at times impossible to tell the ego it has been deceived or it has deceived itself. The ego HATES admitting it could ever be wrong in its belief and will aggressively defend against the notion that it ever could be.

Ego has taken over the consciousness of humanity collectively and individually.

The reasons and origins given for this run the gamut from an unexplainable side effect of evolution to some kind of alien or demonic intervention. I cannot claim to be certain of the exact nature of the origin of the ego problem, but I feel the perpetuation of it into the present has to do with human “self-domestication” and the world we have made for ourselves which has caused us to become disconnected from the true nature of reality and the world around us.

The world we have collectively created is a result of a moving away from the Natural World and the Laws of Nature and Creation and letting the materialistic (focused on the world of matter) ego call the shots.

Humanity under the guidance of its governments and institutions (which are the expressions of the collective ego of a people) has tried to do things “its way”, and the suffering and turmoil we collectively experience is the result. As always, the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and the suffering and turmoil many of us experience in our daily lives is the result of trying to do things “our way”.

But for many of us, there will come a point in our spiritual growth where we realize that following the whims of our lower ego doesn’t serve us the way we thought.  We may come to realize that doing things “my way“, isn’t really doing it for us.

It is at this crossroads we decide to get out of the way and let the Divine work through us, unhindered by the often petty, grasping nature of the ego.

This moving out of the way means we have to stop trying to control things and do things “our way”. The ego hates this. The ego wants us to submit to its will and remain attached to the physical sensations and pleasures and comforts as being our goal in life.

When I’m doing things “my way”; my ego’s way; I am doing what is habitual for me instead of taking a moment to reflect on the decision I am about to make.

When I’m doing things “my way”, I am reacting instead of acting. I investing myself in specific outcomes of things and events that I cannot possibly control, and then getting upset if things don’t turn out the way I want them to.

When I’m doing things “my way”, I am expecting other people to act and behave in a manner that I feel they should, and then resenting them when they don’t. I will even lie and deceive others and myself to protect and maintain the identity and ways of doing that my ego is attached to, and I will lash out at anyone who threatens it.

When I am doing things my ego’s way, I am separate, isolated and fragmented. When I am in this place I can tend to be a miserable prick.

Contrast this to when I “let go and let God”.  In this place, I am reflecting on what I feel the impulse to say or do at an given moment, taking a conscious breath and checking in with my Heart, my Mind and my Gut (these 3 elements are unified when I am in this state of consciousness) to guide me.

When I “let go and let God”, I am acting consciously instead of unconsciously. I have faith that the outcome of an event or situation will be for the best, but also have the clarity and insight to take the right actions, while being guided away from taking the wrong ones.

I “let go and let God”, I don’t put unrealistic expectations on people and I accept them in that moment as they are, while being grateful for them being in my life and learning what I can from my relationship with them.

When I I “let go and let God”, I am connected, I am at one with my environment (although I still don’t walk in front of a bus) and I am in a state of whole-ness. When I surrender in this manner I feel truly alive and full of love, and my actions and demeanor reflect that.

let-godIn my experience, this process of surrendering to my Higher Power is not a “one and done” sort of deal, but rather a continual process of recognizing what needs to be let go, and praying to the Active Force of Creation, to remove these things from my mind and being.

God, please remove this __________ (fear, resentment, anxiety, belief, etc.) from me, and direct my attention towards what you would have me be.

The ego and its habits and mannerisms are deeply entrenched into our psyche and don’t just “go away”. We have literally been programmed by a multitude of influences, most importantly our own mind, to act and identify with ourselves in this manner. We have become comfortable with our programming. This way of being is what we know. So it is for this reason that surrender has to be done repeatedly; day-by-day; moment-by-moment.

Every time we face a challenging situation where we are tempted to respond in the habitual ways, but instead we surrender to this Higher Impulse, we grow spiritually stronger as a result.

The stronger the spirit is, the stronger we are as a whole.

Whether it is keeping your cool and not speaking or acting in a hurtful manner when hurt or angered; or whether it is reaching out and being present and available when you would rather just not deal with it; when we surrender and let the Principles of Light, Life and Love guide our actions, we receive relief from our personal suffering and find Grace.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings

TRIBALISM: Bane of Modernity

“Looking back through human history, we see our species having evolved to live in tribal groups, where individuals support each other sharing skills and resources. Modern life is isolating and counter to our biological heritage, which leads to stress and an emptiness that we try to satiate with drugs like alcohol, food and shopping.”

  • Wulf Zendik


Tribalism is the bane of the totalitarian humanist universalism of modernity.

Unless in corporate-state-sanctioned outlets such as rooting for a sports team or being a part of a drinking club, tribalism is all but outlawed.  Shunned and thought the worldview of “barbarians”.

The specific group loyalty of tribalism causes problems in the attempts at a united “global order” based in materialistic consumerism and totalitarian humanism.  The idea that tribalism is “part of the problem” is shared by both left-leaning New Agers who lump tribalism in with negative actions and emotions such as greed and fear, as well as with  secular humanists, such the contributors at the Huffington Post, who see tribalism as a roadblock towards a “global civilization”.

If we’re to advance as a global civilization, we can’t focus on the past internecine conflicts or the way civilizations acted when we first started developing. That’s such a bone-headed way to organize ourselves today. It holds no promise because it is backward-looking instead of predicting what the future will demand. And with climate change, the potential for war, inequality and poverty, we have many problems to solve. Let’s put aside our tribal differences and focus on what the world could be like 3,000 years from now; not what it was like 3,000 years ago.

Of course, right off the bat we see the assumption here is that this “global civilization” is something to be desired.

Of course, this “global civilization” referred to is the modern Neo-Liberal empire; which in turn is simply the latest form of the old British Empire.  This empire is an evolution of the empires that came before it, and exists as the result of the ever-expanding desire for cheap consumer goods, foreign resources, and of course, the power and dominance of those who head it.

The irony here is that very tribal people who are very protective of their lineage and “their people” are at the head of this global order that tells the rest of us that there is no difference between us and that we should all “become one“.

In certain esoteric views of history, it is believed that one of the things that Christ Jesus accomplished through his incarnation was that he instilled within the faculties of man, the ability to love someone outside his “tribe”; someone who was not ethnically, racially, or even culturally like himself.  This could be seen as an expansion of mankind’s capabilities towards compassion and empathy; allowing them to move beyond that which was immediately most like him.

But the modern social application of this expansion of our faculties of love and inclusiveness now seems to have reached a point of imbalance.

It is now as though only altruism done for the stranger or someone who shares only the most basic human commonalities with us is what is lauded as most virtuous.  It is as if an act of kindness or in many cases, perceived kindness, towards the stranger or foreigner is of greater value than when it is towards family or kin.

Now we are told that to think, act and love tribally is immoral and “uncivilized”.

Adopt a child from Africa and you are a candidate for sainthood.  Adopt a child from the U.S. (particularly if they are of your own race/ethnicity) and, well, people are a lot less excited… and they might call you a racist.

And while the fruits of globalized modernity and its universalist values have certainly yielded great technological and material gain, the side-effects of degenerative disease, mental illness and an attitude of solipsistic nihilism become more virulent the closer you get to the “source” of this global modernist culture that the Neo-Marxists call “Whiteness” (i.e. America and the Western World).

We have disregarded tribalism and all that comes with it in exchange for a globalized culture that is so vast in its perimeters (7 billion in counting), that it can’t really be conceived of in more than a sort of nebulous and theoretical way.  The result of this has not been a true embracing of all, but rather the atomization and isolation of modern man by a large, impersonal system.

The larger something is, the harder it is to manage.

If you’ve ever seen anyone making a pizza crust, you see that there is a point where the dough can get too large, where, if not brought back to a manageable size, it will become unmanageable and ultimately fall apart.

British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar postulated that the maximum amount of relationships that a person can maintain in any sort of meaningful way is 150.  While that number has been debated, it is certainly less than 7 billion.   The idea that there is a limit to one’s mental/emotional capacities and resources is largely common sense, whether one admits it or not.

And despite the best attempts to create a unified cosmopolitan “global civilization”, we really just have created different tribes and different identity groups like LGBT, Feminism and Black Lives Matter.

The typical definition when used to describe tribalism is that it is something that is governed by ethnic, racial and/or religious particulars.  However, while these things will often make it much easier to establish cohesiveness in a tribe, I do not believe they are not the be-all, end-all in this Age.  But conversely, I also do not believe that organizing a tribe around these older principles is the morally reprehensible act we are led to believe it is.

At its core, a tribe is a group of individuals who share a common mission and purpose; a group of individuals who look out for each other first and foremost.  Any look at the cohesion and brotherhood among men of different races in American military units, particularly the more elite ones, and one can see that this is certainly the case.

Tribe is going through the trials and tribulations of life with the support of your brothers (or sisters) as opposed to trying to go it alone.

Tribe is strength, encouragement, accountability, and fellowship.  Tribalism is helping most those who have most helped us.  Whether you want to call it tribe, fellowship, community, etc., makes no difference.  We are looking out for those who look out for us- but not just because we need them, but because we feel love and connection for and to them.

In my view, the expanding of the heart faculties enabled by Christ allowed us to expand our definition of what tribe can be, rather than render it obsolete.  It allows for the possibilities of recruiting others from outside who can add to the overall synergy of the tribe and bring in “new life” if the group becomes weakened for whatever reason.

Tribalism is the tendency of like elements to group and cooperate with one another and is an organizing principle of Nature, not a human vice.  Of course, with the unique way that man has the faculties to shape his own evolution, it can and should evolve with him, but it will never go away and the attempts to make it do so will only cause further friction and dis-ease.

We are capable of loving outside of our ethnic, racial, religious and cultural lines, but we are not capable of serving beyond our faculties and means.

Attempting to make the entire population of Earth “one tribe”, will only inevitably fail, as humans will inevitably divide into like groups, and there will always be different groups as people are inevitably different to varying degrees.

Humans are social creatures by nature, and work best in small, cooperative, mutually supportive and nurturing groups; in teams.  These teams in turn, can cooperate and align with other groups.  And at the end of the day, most people will play better with one team over another.

It is the belief that one group has to sabotage another in order to survive and thrive that needs to be done away with, not that we function best in groups of like individuals.  Tribes can and I would argue, must, work to cooperate with other tribes and form mutually beneficial alliances.

I see human society functioning best as part of a de-centralized network of small cooperative, localized, sovereign tribal communities that act as stewards to the land they live.  We must work WITH Nature, not against it, and tribalism is part of our natural way of being, as pointed out by author Andrew Sullivan:

Tribalism, it’s always worth remembering, is not one aspect of human experience. It’s the default human experience. It comes more naturally to us than any other way of life.

Any act of love and service will ripple throughout the consciousness of humanity and elevate it.  Through loving and serving its members, the tribe serves the entirety of humanity.

We need to do away with the human desire for empire, not the human need for tribe.

In closing, I will leave you with the words of intuitive healer, Cas Hartley:

I cannot advise often enough that you must find your tribe… the support, the love and the healing you will give and receive through this beautiful exchange of energy is priceless. As a mother, and as a woman, I know that my life is so much better for having a tribe, a village if you will, that I can laugh with, cry with, celebrate with and grieve with. We learn together, we grow together and we each bring a unique energy to the collective. How could it possibly get better?

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.





I do my best to be fair in my personal dealings with others.  I do my best to treat others how I would want to be treated.  I do my best to be kind, hospitable, or at least somewhat cordial to most people.

But I don’t treat everyone the same.  Because they’re not.

One could argue that even fairness comes with some in-built assumption of equality; be it of an equality of social status in some way within a group, or even the general humanist assumption that one deserves to be treated fairly simply because they are human.

It could be further argued that these assumptions have led to an expectation, not on the individual who feels they are on “the short end of it”, doing what is necessary to acquire some sort of an equality of capabilities; but rather now being conditioned to expect an equality of outcome regardless of personal effort.

Now, one might say, “No, we just want equality of opportunity“, but then we have the problem of what this looks like and where guaranteeing opportunity for one is taking it away for another.

I think fairness can be achieved to an extent in small tribes and culturally homogeneous societies.  Smaller, more tight-knit societies will naturally be better equipped to meet the needs of its members.

But I think this quest for socio-economic fairness in a globalized sense is a pipe-dream and a waste of time.  Far too often, this quest for global utopianism has people focusing on “the struggle” of foreign peoples and the affairs of far corners of the Earth, while neglecting their own families, their own communities and their own personal spheres of influence.

Fair means “in accordance with rules or standards“.

Global “fairness” necessitates a sort of standardization.  This means the “rules” would be the same for everyone.  But who creates these rules?  And how are they to be expected to put aside their own group loyalties to benefit the rest of the world?  And doesn’t standardization on a mass-scale inevitably create something that cannot deal with the unique and specific needs of diverse groups and individuals?  How can what is fair for someone in Africa be the same for someone in Ukraine?

If the world was naturally “fair”, would not the entirety of the inhabited Earth would have been land suited for agriculture?  Is Nature wrong, too?

And really, isn’t this modern ideal of fairness just about reaffirming the belief in the all-encompassing power of Mammon as this “fairness” business is ultimately measured by what is deemed “equal” access to money and consumer goods?

Who owns this money?  Who creates it?  Are we really not just asking to play someone else’s game with their pieces?

Is the key to human spiritual growth and development the ensured access to the imaginary socio-economic levers of power?  Is the key to human happiness ensured success in that world?

Is life supposed to be fair?

Just some thoughts.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.


“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

– Matthew 5:38


“Ye have heard it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”.

This quotation goes back to the Code of Hammurabi, created by the Semitic First Babylonian Dynasty king of the same name.  Unlike the preceding Sumerian codes that focused on compensating the victim of the crime, Hammurabi’s laws were particularly focused on physical punishment of the one who committed the crime.

One could argue that as a result of the influence of the Semitic culture of Babylon that eventually seeped into the west as the result of trade and empire, the more brutal, punishment-based laws of the Semitic world and the consciousness that created it, spread to Europe and to the European peoples.

Much of what is seen as “justice” is actually little more than revenge through a third party.

As without, so within.

There is a particular tendency in many towards internal self-flagellation.  Here in America, this is rooted largely in the Puritan consciousness of so many of our ancestors, and its hyper-morality.

While we no longer live in that sort of culture per se, the cultural, ethnic and racial consciousness of the people of the United States have retained these values, albeit in a sort of watered down, then re-mixed version of them (totalitarian humanism).

When many of us see what we judge to be wrong, immoral or evil, we seek to suppress it, seek to punish and even destroy it.  This is mirrored in both the external world around us, and the internal world within.  We will often feel resentment towards ourselves for even being susceptible to such a condition.  I know I do.

Jesus sees the folly of attempting to go blow for blow with this “evil”, we see within us, and the state of dis-ease that can create.  This ties into his statement of how a house divided cannot stand.

Jesus goes on to say “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil..”.

To resist something implies a combative stance; to go against something head to head: force-to-force. This can create the conundrum of the unstoppable force against the immovable object, which results in nothing getting anywhere.

100_0608For years I have attempted to do battle with what I would subconsciously see as “evil” within me. I have tried to outsmart it, I have wrestled with it, I have fought it, and in the end, I am just kicking the crap out of myself.

All this would just cause me to feel worse, which would in turn just feed my addictive behavior, and the self-destructive cycle would inevitably perpetuate itself.

The truth of the matter is that it is an impossible thing to fight, because it was not some external “thing” at all. It was me; those parts of me that have been dejected, rejected, diseased and weakened due to my own fear, trauma, pain, resentment and self-loathing.

By trying to battle and hurt this “it”, I am really just battling and hurting myself.

I find peace when I stop trying to fight it head on (and I certainly could not outsmart it).

When I simply surrender to my “Higher Power” (WRA-ALDA, The ALL, The ONE, God, the Monad, etc., etc.), I can walk in another direction; forge another path.  When I am in this place, I am as they say in martial arts, “like water”- clear, fluid, and adaptable to whatever uncertainty or unpleasantness that may come.

“:but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

When I have the strength and courage of Christ, I can stand face to face with the unpleasant or “evil” thing, unmoved.  I am hit.  Not because I didn’t do anything, but simply because sometimes, you’re gonna get hit.

And you do.  But it doesn’t hurt.  Or at least it doesn’t hurt as bad as you may have thought it would.

Invigorated and perhaps even slightly emboldened, I offer the other cheek; not in weak, cowardly subordination, but as a way of indicating that I am un-phased and unharmed by what would have taken down others, and perhaps even myself at another time.

However, the process of reaching this point is typically not a “one-and-done” deal, and tends to require repeated acceptance and letting go. I recognize the source of the hurt and self-loathing that came from being stuck in the pain of past events, some of which were very repressed and recessed.  At which point I then had to allow them to move and be released.

And then do my best to tend to the wound itself, while simultaneously working to keep it from being “re-infected” by toxic beliefs and emotions caused by my own mental chatter.

For me, this can be achieved through a combination of prayer in the moment, journaling, expressive art, connecting with and authentically speaking to another human being, and being of service to someone else.

despairWhen we attempt to forcefully do battle with ourselves, it inevitably creates more suffering. After we recognize what it is, we need to understand it. We need to understand what it wants and what it wants to express. These things within us that cause so much suffering are usually the psyche’s attempt to deal with past trauma. Once again, this principle can be applied to both the individual psyche, and the collective psyche of the human species. Trauma causes separation of the psyche.

At its very worse, intense or prolonged trauma can create such a detachment that it can give rise to a variety of physical and mental diseases.  One of the most severe of the mental conditions caused by extreme trauma is psychopathy.

A psychopath is typically understood to be someone who is completely consumed by his/her own ego and feels no empathy towards anyone whatsoever.  They are almost reptilian in a way.

Recent studies have found, psychopaths seem to inherently rise to the top of government and corporations. This is because the power structure that governs this planet is psychopathic in its very nature, as it serves its own interests through manipulation and is completely detached from concern for the true well being of the human population and the planet as a whole.

This corporate-sponsored attitude of selfish detachment has trickled down to the consciousness of the masses through the corporate/government controlled media and society as a whole, causing immense damage.

Collectively we are constantly experiencing “little traumas” through our media, and the “news” and entertainment it provides for us.  These simply build on top of the psychological wounds already inflicted by family and other relationships, and through the various cultural institutions that shaped our belief systems and seem to govern our lives.

American PsychoWe have allowed ourselves to become separated from the Earth and her cycles, from our family and neighbors, and from our own inner being.

We have held onto the individual and collective traumas of the past, while continuing to allow ourselves to be traumatized by the world around us.

It is time to let all of this go.

Trauma is an inevitable part of this three-dimensional existence, and it is our ability to recognize and move through that trauma and express it in a non-harmful way that pushes us through the next threshold of spiritual evolution. Once we have consciously done this, we will no longer feel compelled to re-create the situation of trauma within ourselves or project it onto others.

When we refuse to acknowledge the “ugly” parts of ourselves and cast them away in judgment, like any neglected or abused child, they will inevitably lash out at us in some way. That it is why it is crucial that we be compassionate with ourselves in this process.

No actual part of us is “evil”.

What we call “evil” is often simply the results caused by being severely out-of-sync with the Laws of Nature and the vibration of the Higher Self.  It is what happens when we give into the weakness and vice that keeps us from evolving into the greatest version of ourselves we can be.

Or it is simply a moral judgement led by beliefs and emotions.

When we do the work to clean out our belief systems and habits; when we show compassion to our underlying wounds; then we can effectively move out of the way and allow the healing to take place within us and through us. We can then take those same principles of compassion and loving-kindness and facilitate the healing work to our brothers and sisters in the “external” world.

Let’s do the work.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.




“The problem is not toxic masculinity; it’s that masculinity is toxic.”

  • Lisa Wade


The above quotation is from an article entitled “The Big Picture: Confronting Manhood After Trump” , and it is authored by Lisa Wade, a sociology professor at Occidental College.  The perspective taken is pretty “cookie-cutter” modern feminism, paying lip-service to the standard talking points of toxic masculinity, rape culture, and a “gender revolution”.

Now, I could easily pick apart the article for the sake of discrediting it.  I could point to quotes within the article like “We need to start honest about what being a man has come to mean“, and speak of how a woman is really ill-equipped to engage the topic of what being a man means– just as a man would be ill-equipped to delve into what being a woman has come to mean.

But I’m not going to do that.  I’m going to talk about the very real problem of “toxic masculinity”.

Like most of her peers, Prof. Wade espouses the belief that masculinity is simply a social construct like everything else, and as such, masculinity is a belief system that can and should be discarded.  But the problem is that it’s not.  Masculinity is the expression of the Divine Masculine Principle as it manifests in human men; just as Femininity is the expression of the Divine Feminine Principle as it manifests in human women.

But despite this misconception, toxic masculinity is indeed a real thing.  But it is not that masculinity is toxic, it is that masculinity has become toxic.  This problem stems not from masculinity, but from the modern society it resides within.

Masculinity can be a fierce, wild thing, and almost always seeks, consciously or unconsciously, to manifest a progenitive legacy of some kind.  This is something that needs discipline and direction, but it isn’t a matter of getting it to “behave”- we’ve already tried that; it’s called human domestication, and that’s part of the problem as men have created a cage for themselves and thrown away the key.

The key was the initiatory rites of passage of traditional societies, and the brotherhood and community that supported them.  These initiations served as a way of not only bringing the individual fully into the tribe and the responsibilities that came with it, but it was also very much about the alignment with the individual with the greater forces of Heaven and Earth.

With women, Nature gave them an in-built initiation through the fertility cycle, and the suffering and rewards that came through it (with the apex of that being childbirth).  In traditional societies, these initiations were celebrated amongst the women.  These initiations helped bring the women to a place of maturity and responsibility within the tribe.

Lacking this sort of in-built rite of passage, the men had to go out and create their own initiations that allowed them to experience the journey of suffering, a point where they essentially “break” (the death) and then finally, the (re)birth, which was essential for stepping into the fullness of adulthood.  These rites were seen as being absolutely crucial for maintaining a healthy society.

But these sorts of initiations by and large are gone.  Now there is of course groups like the Freemasons and organizations like the military, but these things are by and large shells of their former selves or in general, scorned by a large swath of the greater society.  The male initiation that involves any sort of real suffering or violence for the purpose of strength is called “hazing” and seen as a barbarous and archaic thing that doesn’t belong in modern society, and is the realm of “rapist” frat boys and criminal gangs.

But this perception is due to the fact we have created a society that doesn’t really allow for a true initiation. The “initiations” of the average man are measured through navigating the education system, sexual conquest, substance abuse, and climbing the corporate/financial ladder.

This reality becomes exacerbated when we look at the state of the two pillars that supported the initiation rite: brotherhood and community.

It was once understood and respected that it was important for men to be in the company of other men for support and guidance.  In times past, they were all men who would have had the deeper understandings brought to them through the initiations and productive existence within the tribe after.

But now, male bonding is commonly a case of arrested-development full or partial “man-babies” fully devoted to leisure and narcissistic self-fulfillment- whatever that might mean at the time .  And perhaps more importantly, conversation between men has become shallow and inauthentic.

After the brothers, it was the community; the greater tribe; that provided the support and structure for the man to fulfill the purpose of his initiation.  But this would have been an involved and inter-connected community.  Nowadays, people are more isolated then ever before, lost in their technology, not knowing one’s neighbors has become commonplace, and deep conversation is almost unheard of unless it involves spewing venom about a political “enemy”.

Men need more than this.  We need the face-to-face with death in as real a manner as we can without actually dying (the point of those doing the initiating was to ensure you lived, while believing death was a possibility), and then experiencing the face-to-face with Spirit that we are so open to after surviving a harrowing ordeal.  I don’t think our socially acceptable, “canned” initiations are cutting it- in fact, it’s obvious they aren’t, or modern western men (along with the women) wouldn’t be turning into sociopaths.

This isn’t the natural state of masculinity.  This is the state of a sick and diseased masculinity, rotting away in the comforts and confines it created for itself.  Society must have a return to true initiation rites.  Society must be restructured in a way that allows for men to be as they were naturally meant to be, if we wish to stem the tide of rage that comes from men who feel bound and shackled to a world that hates them.

To quote an African proverb:

If you do not initiate your young men into the tribe, they will come back and burn down the village just to feel the heat.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.


ReWild Yourself Podcast: Initiate Them, or the Village Will Burn

The Pressure Project: Rites of Passage





For millennia, humans have worked with the deeper mythic and archetypal structures that exist in the universal and folk consciousness. Likewise, they have utilized the associated symbols of these archetypes for the purpose of spiritual growth and development as well as for the purpose of exerting influence.

Specific symbols are often tied to a particular folk or culture, and are more effective within a particular folk soul. As a man of Teutonic-Gaelic descent, certain representations of archetypes and symbols resonate with me in a manner that is genuine and workable, while others do not. For me a Celtic Cross or a Germanic Sunwheel will resonate with me and effect me in a way that a West African Adinkra symbol will not.

Symbols are tied into our individual and collective subconscious, acting as a sort of “lock and key” mechanism. These symbols have the power to reach into our psychological depths and have the ability to influence us and direct us, even if we are unaware of it. This is why they are used in spell work as well as in modern advertising. Symbols can be used to manipulate just as effectively as they can be used to empower.

I am sure that if you look at certain mythic archetypal symbols from around the world, you too will find those that resonate with you in a deeper way than others. My advice is simply to follow that soul resonance and be open to the journey it takes you on.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings