Translations:Eight Shields Model/6/en
Jon Young describes himself as a social engineer. Although the model may seem awkward and artificial at first because it defies our current cultural roles and functions, the main intention is to embrace the model to the point where it becomes natural and invisible, applied in the same implicit ways it has been applied in Native cultures for thousands of years. Thus, the model is generally introduced by giving participants some specific and concrete tasks that reflect the archetypal energy of their directions. Yet, with time, participants learn to transcend these tasks and to embody the archetypal energy itself; they become grounded, empowered, and present in their direction and, therefore, always know and anticipate what needs to be done. At this level of mastery, the task, the system, the culture as a whole just flows naturally and is perceived as magic by outsiders.