Rites of Passage
My son, Jacob, is graduating this month from high school. This is typically a big milestone in someone’s life, a marker of the end of childhood. Looking at Jacob’s life, I see that he took the step away from childhood a few years ago, beginning a spiritual rite of passage, when he chose to leave Ohio for a life in Colorado. From that decision, he followed his heart to an opportunity to work at an outdoor lab school for two semesters, instead of following the traditional high school path. Leaving his childhood home and family, moving into a role of teacher as well as student, and needing to develop new friendships in a new place truly pushed him to spiritually grow. Through this process, he discovered his own spiritual and intuitive gifts and had the courage to explore them. In this exploration, he was confronted by his deepest wounds and fears, pushing through and choosing again and again to listen to his heart, using what he learned to support others, including me, to follow their hearts too. Jacob poured his natural curiosity and passion for living into creating two businesses which gave birth to Spirit Earth – a community dedicated to creating a new way of living – one where love dictates the path, not fear. Perhaps I am not the most objective, but I feel most would agree this is quite amazing for someone only 18 years old.
So while I honor and respect all the hard work that Jacob went through academically to graduate with excellent grades from high school (something that took a lot of sacrifice and dedication) I also would like to honor and stand in awe of the deeper learning that went into this rite of passage for my son who not only has moved from child to man, but has also moved into his role as a spiritual teacher and leader. I look forward to watching his journey continue to unfold, knowing he will bring gifts to us all through the sharing of his beautiful heart and soul.