Volume II • Issue 2 • Winter 2017
Our third issue’s dual theme has many dimensions to explore, ranging from the inherently embodied aspects of transitions and migrations to the more subtle mental and emotional shifts of spiritual and initiatory journeys.
We so clearly live in what Charles Eisenstein, among others, calls ‘a time of global initiation.’ The gendered tropes of Mother Earth and Father Time are collapsing into a singular and unifying cry to take up our role as stewards and accomplices of and with the land, water, air, and each other.
Being in the potential chrysalis of that call can be both exhilarating and terrifying. To be poised at a threshold while facing the realities of the world is a necessarily heart-rending process. Yet that process is the very embodiment of our work: forging a crucible for grief and rage so they, and we, might transmute.
Experiences of the liminal vary greatly: they may be sacred or profane, deeply personal or highly objective. In this issue, we begin touching the surface of how the liminal relates to contemporary (and traditional) rites of passage and what might be gleaned in the process.
Come join us in the confluence!
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Letter From the Editors
by the Confluence Journal Editorial Staff
Story Dreaming: Bush Medicine Leaves
by Sabine Haider & Gloria Petyarre
Before (or After) Daring a Crossing
by Kineret Yardena
The YouthVoice Project – 50 Miles to Manhood
by Luca Utterwulghe
Beyond “Just Say No:” Substances, Sobriety, and Initiation
by Darcy Ottey
On Being and Becoming a Mother
by Emily Pease
Dancing All Three
by Vanessa Osage
Queer Futurism: Denizens of Liminality
by Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Liminality as Inheritance: On Being Mixed and Third Culture
by Mari L’Esperance
Take Death by the Hand
by Lindsay Hagamen
Varieties of Ritual Involving States of Consciousness
by Ralph Metzner
by Anna Domatila Schulman