"Initiation recapitulates the sacred history of the world. And through this recapitulation, the whole world is sanctified anew... [the initiand] can perceive the world as a sacred work, a creation of the Gods". - Mircea Eliade, Rites and Symbols of Initiation
In the second part of our interview with author Darrin Drda I began by asking him about his use of the term initiation to describe the period we're going through on the planet. I was passingly familiar with this ancient practice from reading Joseph Campbell's book The Hero With A Thousand Faces, and I instinctually felt like Darrin was onto something by framing our global context in this way, so I was curious to hear more about how he was using this notion in his work.
Since we did the interview in the summer one of Darrin's fellow writers at the site Reality Sandwich, Daniel Pinchbeck, wrote an article there called Planetary Initiation. Here's a choice passage from the article that I think works well with what Darrin will have to share in the interview:
We are on the cusp of realizing ourselves as one species organism, in symbiotic relationship with the planetary ecology as a whole. Once we make this leap, we will share resources equitably, adopt cradle to cradle and no waste manufacturing practices, and shift from competition to cooperation as our basic paradigm. We will go from acting like a parasite or a virus on the earth to becoming the earth's immune system
In the second half of this part of the interview, I ask Darrin about his teaching regarding particpatory reality, something that I think will be key for this initiation process to be a successful one.
Click here to listen to Part II (right-click to download).
To listen to Part I, click here.
"The agony of breaking through personal limitations, is the agony of spiritual growth. Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realizations". - Joseph Cambell, 'Initiation', Hero With a Thousand Faces