So often the difficulties we experience in life are coated in shame and we do not always give credence to these initiatory processes or recognise them as the rites of passage that they are. This is not only a loss to the individual it is a loss to us all.
“A culture that cannot descend is a culture that is not rooted in the earth. A culture that fears and suppresses the nature that it is, eventually destroys the nature that it is and this is exactly what is happening. We are living in a time of mass extinction, species of plants, insects and animals are being lost daily. We are all being called to descend into the shadows that brought us here. It is complex, frightening and at times, overwhelming. My feeling is that we need the old stories to help us traverse this unknown territory.”
– Descent & Rising
This personal transformation also serves the
times in which we are living.
The dominant myth of Western capitalist culture is that we must work harder and continually strive to achieve and accumulate more. It is the paradigm of power over, be that power over our bodies, each other or the Earth. This is unsustainable and is driving us headlong into our own destruction.
We need ancient wisdom to help us traverse this unknown territory.
No one person or solution will provide the answer – we’re all needed. You have an important part to play – big or small, public or private.
It’s time reawaken our mythic imagination and
return to a deeper knowing.
Can we dare to follow in Inanna’s footsteps and open our ears to the great below of our personal and collective lives?
So that we can be re-sourced and reignited to dare to follow the sacred map of our desire – home.
So that we can recognise our life’s challenges as rites of passage that have the power to awaken us to more authority, purpose and belonging.
“The heroine is one who has started to see the ways that she has colluded with narratives that no longer serve her, or that maybe never served her…We are not arriving somewhere new, we are remembering something old, we are rebirthing the heroine from within.”
Together we can honour our descents and dare to rise.