Module 2-3: Trials and Thresholds
Awakening to initiation through life
Reflecting on peak, abyss and transition experiences
Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’ depicts trials as incidents within a formal initiation process. Modern life and consciousness has stepped beyond formal settings, but trial-like incidents appear as part of daily life. In difficult life circumstances we may feel as if we are losing the ground from under our feet, being swept away by a wave, or feeling consumed by a fiery experience.
In this Module, we aim to distinguish the distinctive nature of contemporary ‘trials’ that confront you as an individual, especially within social life, and to compare these with the old picture of ‘fire, water and air trials.’ We also explore what the expression ‘humanity is crossing the threshold’ means in this context. Phenomenology related to the elements fire, water and air give points of reference to explore this theme on both a lofty spiritual level and with the unvarnished realities of daily life.
To enrich the above, it is helpful to further explore some terms.