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“We live in betwixt and between times,” says Michael Meade, as he considers the uncertainty and disorientation that so often characterize contemporary life. After drawing connections to ancient ideas of the thresholds of initiation, Meade tells an unusual and deeply personal story from his own youth. The result is a rare look into the territory of initiation where trials and obstacles can lead to a deeper understanding of the nature and purpose of one’s life.

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 loses, as illnesses, as experiences of danger or rejection that put us in a separate place. We have to be separated from everyone else in order to learn who we actually are. The process of that is initiation.

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