ThreeThe Initiation Principle

We all want to know that we’re truly accepted into the communities we join. An initiation is any activity that’s understood as official recognition and welcome into the community. The initiation helps members understand clearly who’s part of the community. It marks the completed journey over the boundary and into the inner ring.

After the initiation, insiders gain new privileges and are valued for having crossed over the boundary. They have nothing more to prove. They feel confident and welcome in their belonging. Ideally, all insiders’ names are known. All the world’s major religions have many kinds of initiations that mark the transition to full membership. This includes recognition as a fully privileged adult ...

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