: to cause the beginning of (something) : to start or begin (something)
: to formally accept (someone) as a member of a group or organization usually in a special ceremony
: to teach (someone) the basic facts or ideas about something



Initiate (v.): c.1600, “introduce to some practice or system,” also “begin, set going,” from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiareto begin, originate,” from initiumbeginning.

Initial (adj.): 1520s, “of or pertaining to a beginning,” from Middle French initial or directly from Latin initialisincipient,” from initiuma beginning, an entrance,” from past participle stem of inireto go into, enter upon, begin,” from in-into, in + ireto go.”



“Our duty is wakefulness, the fundamental condition of life itself. The unseen, the unheard, the untouchable is what weaves the fabric of our see-able universe together.”

Robin Craig Clark (Film editor who trained in England and then emigrated to Australia, he holds a diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and has written four books. He was inspired by the Upanishads sacred writings, Hinduism philosophy and spirituality, Zen, Taoism, and both Eastern and Western Mysticism.)

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“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”

William Pollard (1828-1893, Quaker writer and minister.)

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“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don't go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes (born 1945, age 69, American Jungian analyst, post-trauma specialist, author and spoken word artist. She wrote the book, “Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.”)

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“Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.”

John C. Maxwell (born 1947, age 67, American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership.)

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“We take spiritual initiation when we become conscious of the Divine within us, and thereby contact the Divine without us.”

Dion Fortune (Violet Mary Firth, 1890-1946, prominent British occultist, author, psychologist, teacher, artist, and mystic.)

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“The challenge with being an initiator of projects is that you are never, ever done.”

Seth Godin (born 1960, age 54, American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.)

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Happy today, everyone! What a great new day and week to initiate ideas and create new possibilities.

But, in order to do so we need to get out into the world and be of service in whatever joyous way we can.   We need each other, now more than ever, to build and live meaningful and fulfilled lives.

While on a break from college, my daughter came home for a visit. Two of my closest friends and I arranged for her to have brunch with us.   My friends asked my daughter how her life was living in New York City and if she ever felt unsafe. She said life in the Big Apple was great and she said she always felt safe because people always looked after each other, especially if something went wrong.

I smiled observing my twenty-one year old daughter and how awake, aware, and conscious a young woman she was becoming.   I was also fascinated that she knew one of biggest secrets of living in a big city. People do look after each other.

In truth, the City had been making an effort to build community-mindfulness before 911. Sometimes it was a messy process with racial unrests. But I really observed people’s profound concern for one another after 911.

There’s definitely a shift happening for all us. I feel it every day and witness it every time I turn on the news. When tragedy hits, the world focuses on what they can do to help and heal. There are so many poignant stories, not only of tragedy and suffering, but of heroism too.

I still remember the stories of the modern day crusader, who set up a sting operation to save teenagers in Central America from being sold into slavery; or the woman who mashed through a car window to save a child who had been left in a car.

Our daily opportunities for heroism may not be so dramatic. But, holding the door open for a person or wishing someone a great day is also an important and generous act of kindness. Actually, it’s a peace offering.

Years ago, I went to a service at the cathedral of St. John the Divine where the guest speaker was an U.N. diplomat. He said that the U.N. couldn’t facilitate peace in the world if we didn’t do peaceful acts on the ground.

May you find during the course of your day small and large blessings to initiate your hero’s journey and be of service to the world.

All My Love and Hope, Tonya



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