Love, spirituality, and compassion… Warrior stance?

warrior parent

We need to adopt a warrior’s stance against the dark.

You may dislike the use of the word warrior.  There are many who insist that spirituality, love, and compassion are incompatible with a warrior’s mind-set; that physical confrontation and are antithetical to the heart.  In fact, the warrior and the priest must walk side by side, as one ensures the survival and health of the other.

The acts of a warrior are many and varied.  Yes, warriors sometimes do bloody battle with the machines of war.  On the other hand, warriors are also parents who commit eighteen to twenty years of their lives to nurturing their children to independent, free-thinking adulthood.  Warriors volunteer time to community service programs and the learn the art of self-defense and emergency preparedness.  Warriors continually seek opportunities to grow and learn.  Warriors modify their lifestyles to promote and support the use of sustainable resources on this planet.

How are you a warrior in your own life?  Please share!

Rites of Passage First Seed Ceremonial Weekend

Congratulations to all participants in our first Rites of Passage First Seed Ceremonial Weekend!

Held August 20-22, 2010 in Arizona, this Rites of Passage weekend focused on honoring the transition and maturation of boys (11-15) to young men, according to the teachings of Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. Five young men participated in the ceremonies honoring their growth and individuality. In addition, the parents/guardians received teachings and ceremony to better understand and give ongoing support to the young men through their transition.

Many thanks to Razel Wolf and Jeff Hohensee, ceremonialists, and to Bonny Phyfield, logistics coordinator, as well as to the young men and their families.

What some participants said:

I am deeply moved and grateful for the Rites of Passage experience. It has opened up a new way of thinking about relating to a young man in my life rather than just a growing boy. It has also opened his perspective of who he is and how he will relate to the world he is entering. Thank You. The weekend and level of care for the young men was beautiful.

Brian North, family member

Rites of Passage are so important. Our young people and people of all ages need this experience of connection throughout our lives. This is as important as schooling. Thank You.

Michael Chavez, family member 

It was an absolute privilege to witness and celebrate the honoring, growth, and beauty of these young men as well as their parents/guardians. Thank You.

Bonny Phyfield, logistics coordinator