I had been offering the Initiation Course for over 10 years and later put together a book proposal based on this year-long course. A publisher accepted it, so then I had to get to work translating this material into a book. A book that people could use as a personal transformative experience. I wanted them to sense me there with them as they read and took their own personal initiatory journey. I also encouraged my readers to use the material to facilitate their own circles, which many have. The challenge for me became HOW to put a year-long course down in a book. I couldn’t just lift from my notes. So, I came up with a template, the medicine wheel, the Initiation wheel, where people enter in the south. I placed in the wheel's directions the course teachings and its explorations and practices.
As a writer I used the template of the Wheel to write the book.
This worked so well (and I have done similar practices to write all my books, (The Wheel of Initiation being my 8th book); I designed an on-line course to help writers find their personal templates and myths so as to write from their stories, experiences and teachings. I created the The Initiated Writer on line course. With this course, along with my personal help, you can take your personal experiences and knowledge and translate it into something meaningful to writers.
Using this on-line class, The Initiated Writer you will discover a way and place for all your stories, and with ease move through the resistances that arise along the writer's path. You will write and complete your book. Whether or not the template and symbolism is a strong narrative in the book itself is a decision you make as you write. The intent and outcome of this Initiation process is to use these templates and symbols to successfully write.
You will initiate yourself as a writer.
Truth is within ourselves, it takes no rise
from outward things; whate’er you may believe there is an inmost center in us all
where truth abides in fullness; and around, wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
this perfect, clear perception which is Truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it and makes all error; and to know rather consists in opening out a way
whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for a light
supposed to be without.
Robert Browning, from “Paracelsus”
To sign up or explore this more: The Initiated Writer
Coming soon: My next book, where I used the labyrinth and the myth of the red thread to write: