The Crossing of the First Threshold

Crossing of the First Threshold:

This is the point where one actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaving the known limits of her world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.

Campbell: “The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with competence and courage the danger fades.”

Sometimes when it is time to slay the dragon (surmount any scary trial) you have to go inside to places like the temple, cave or dojo to prepare and find strength.

What sorts of things do you do in there? Maybe you get quiet and centered, maybe you clean house literally and figuratively, maybe you pray and meditate.  Maybe you do all of the above and then some.

This is not only a period of work for me but a period of cleansing. Cleansing on the  spiritual level through the physical, visa versa or however you choose to see it. As a part of this cleansing I am embarking on a raw food cleanse. This is a bit scary for me as I have never had this sort of diet, and tend to indulge myself quite a bit when it comes to food.

The G*ddess in the Desert

Have you ever gone through a period of fasting, detox, cleanse? If so, why? Can a detox or cleanse be a way to get rid of emotional and spiritual baggage as well as other toxins? Drop me a line here or better yet leave a comment on the Vision Quest Retreats Facebook Community.

The purpose of this cleanse is to reset our systems after the summer, perhaps to allow our digestive system a time to relax. Well day 4 of the pre-detox and I am anything but relaxed. I did an earlier cleanse during the winter and thought this would be much the same, in other words, pretty easy. Well this is the pre-game week and I’m already feeling a bit cranky and hungry especially as so many of my little crutches are being taken away. I’m working. Working goes with? Diet Coke and Coffee, that’s right.  Well now working is supposed to go with something called Water. I guess the alliteration will make it easy for me to remember but really I’m just droning on b/c I’m antsy. Sugar also gone, meat, bread, dairy, gluten, all gone gone gone!

What have a left? I guess I will find out over the next 18 days.

Top Image: “Strength” from the Cosmic Tribe Tarot by Stevee Postman

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For over 12 years Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., licensed Clinical Psychologist, Success Coach, Author and Organizational Consultant has been inspiring and empowering people to achieve a more balanced and successful lifestyle. Dr. Cutts has consulted with and trained executives, managers, and teams at Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations. As a master facilitator and Success Coach, she helps people create an exceptional life by honoring their mind, body, and spirit so they can experience joy, passion, meaning, and ultimate success in their work.
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