Initiation is training for endurance leading to power

If one is being initiated into new knowledge, one’s attitudes and fortitude during the initiation period will determine in every way the outcome of that initiation. How does one deal with life in the raw, when everything about oneself is also raw? This isn’t must a matter of sunburnt skin, this is the loss of the fundamental shell that had previously encapsulated your existence, making you small. The only way to come out of this alive is to face reality with a long-term view. Thus shamanic initiation teaches us to embrace a long-term perspective on reality or die. However, in due course, this long-term perspective is power itself, because he or she who endures wins.

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