Everyone's path is different but what is most important is that the path has meaning for the journeyer.  Along our travels, we will come upon gates and what is important is not the gate itself but the passing through the gate and the process of arriving on the other side of the portal.  It is through this inner journey that we come to know ourselves.  

Like with the Eastern Shinto symbol of the Torii gate, this structure is found along a path and marks the entrance to a hallowed ground.  It is believed that by crossing under the torii we go from the secular more mundane everyday life to the more introspective, sacred, contemplative, and integrated understanding of self and our ultimate potential.  Gates represent transitions and rites of passage and are about making choices and bringing about changes.  

In the West, we also think of developmental stages or phases of evolution much like doors or gateways.  Many theoretical models involving stages have made a large impact on our way of practicing psycholgy.  For example, there are Erik Erikson's developmental phases that explain identity crisis and formation in adolescence.  Just as impactful in Western psychological thought is Jean Piaget's focus on biological development in early childhood.  It is through these such phases or milestones that one comes to find integration and has markers for progress.




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