A boy’s question…: A boy’s question… Do I have what it takes?
A girl’s question…: A girl’s question… Am I captivating ?
A question for you to ask…: A question for you to ask… What brings my child to life?
A time of initiation…: A time of initiation…
Slide 11: The tribal adults didn't run from this moment in their children as we do; they celebrated it. They would assault their adolescents with, quite literally, holy terror; rituals that had been kept secret from the young till that moment — a secrecy kept by threat of death, so important was this "adolescent moment" to the ancients; rituals that focused upon the young all the light and darkness of their tribe's collective psyche, all its sense of mystery, all its questions and all the stories told to both harbor and answer those questions. Their "methodology," if you like, deserves looking at, since these societies lasted with fair stability for at least 50,000 years. Michael Ventura, Age of Endarkenment BOOK
Slide 12: The crucial word here is "focus." The adults had something to teach: stories, skills, magic, dances, visions, rituals. In fact, if these things were not learned well and completely, the tribe could not survive. But the adults did not splatter this material all over the young from the time of their birth, as we do. They focused and were as selective as possible in what they told and taught, and when. They waited until their children reached the intensity of adolescence, and then they used that very intensity's capacity for absorption, its hunger, its need to act out, its craving for dark things, dark knowledge, dark acts, all the qualities we fear most in our kids - the ancients used these very qualities as teaching tools. Michael Ventura, Age of Endarkenment BOOK
Share stories together.: Share stories together.
Read together.: Read together.
Watch movies together.: Watch movies together.