Despite the confusions and conflicts of the modern world, we are the current inheritors of the deep human longings for truth, beauty and the life-sustaining capacity to transform. Seen this way, there is a growing collective trauma, but also the seeds of a collective initiation waiting to happen.
Certain rites of passage require that everything must first seem upside down and the status quo must seem about to collapse altogether in order that the esoteric or inner realm of soul might fully awaken. At such times, in both individual and collective life, it becomes important to see everything differently; not simply adjust our view of things, but genuinely see the world anew.
Ancient traditions referred to this kind of awakening of the underlying soul as opening the “eyes of initiation.” Central to the sense of a collective initiation is the notion that imagination, not reason or will power, will once again be understood to be the primary faculty of the soul, its greatest power for making change.