Winter Solstice Series - Going Underground
Starts: Friday Dec. 1 - 21
weekdays only Fri-Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs
[45 mins - join live & enjoy the recorded session with zoom in your own time]
Adikara, is a sanskrit word that means: to make oneself ready. It is a kind of concentration and preparation that is not attached to the fruits of practice nor the outcome, in order to hold the essence/magic/substance of Joy/Bliss. Cultivating this aids us in our lives off the mat, where we can easily detach from future outcomes, that will never look like how we think anyways, so wisdom turns into our ability to take great care to grow the "fruit" from the inside and out and be in enjoyment of the process, allowing a ripening, wuthering all the storms and light, to eventually fall and be of service as food for something..
In this Yoga series we prepare for that absorption into the underground and I will bring our attention to dharma/literature/poetry that emulates this downward journey, into the roots of things, subconscious and a focus on Dreaming and recording our dreams. Each day in this series towards the Winter Solstice, we will journal about our Dreams the night before, whatever we can remember, and invoke the medicine found within by tending to our dreams in waking life. Expect asana, pranayama and meditation practices woven throughout.
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The Star - Symbol of this Yoga Series One inturpretation...of The Star, "The Star follows the Tower card in Tarot, it comes as a welcome reprieve after a period of destruction and turmoil. You have endured many challenges and stripped yourself bare of any limiting beliefs that have previously held you back. You are realizing your core essence, who you are beneath all the layers. No matter what life throws your way, you know that you are always connected to the Divine and pure loving energy. You hold a new sense of self, a new appreciation for the core of your Being. The Star brings renewed hope and faith, and a sense that you are truly blessed by the Universe. You are entering a peaceful, loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and more in-depth understanding of both yourself and others around you. This is a time of significant personal growth and development as you are now ready to receive the many blessings of the Universe. With The Star card, anything is possible and the magic is flowing around you. Your heart is full of hope, and your soul is being uplifted to the highest of highs as you realize that your dreams really can come true. Allow yourself to dream, to aspire, to elevate in any way possible so you can reach the stars. They are right here waiting for you. You may also want to find or rediscover a sense of meaning, inspiration, or purpose in your life. You are making some significant changes in your life, transforming yourself from the old you to the new you and, in doing so, you are bringing about a fresh perspective: “Out with the old and in with the new!” You are choosing the highest version of yourself. This is a profound spiritual journey that will bring greater meaning and purpose into your life and will renew your inner energy. Strip back any limiting beliefs, facades, or deceptions, and live in your authentic nature. Be open to new ideas and growth, and listen to the still voice within. The Star also suggests a generous spirit. You want to give or share your wealth with others to help transform their lives. Yours is an open heart, and you now want to give back the blessings you received so that others may benefit." - Biddy Taro -
The Souls decent | Inanna - The Goddess decent in the underworld meanings.. "Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women, Sylvia Brinto Perera identifies Ereshkigal with the Dark Goddess: “She is the root of all, where energy is inert and consciousness coiled asleep. She is the place where potential life lies motionless – but in the pangs of birth…” Ereshkigal’s “eye of death” is “the instinctual eye,” which allows the initiate to see beyond the rational, conscious patterns into what is “messy and full of affect,” says Perera. One stands naked in front of the Dark Goddess: her vision pierces all the masks, all the veils. But this confrontation carries a new vision with it: glimpsing the heart of the ultimate reality brings a radical shedding, transformation and rebirth." Another meaning... “For Jung, a descent into the cave of initiation and secret knowledge was an appropriate model for deep self-descent toward healing. Famously he allowed himself to drop deep within the Self during a time of near-psychosis, and encountered the archetypal figures who formed crucial elements of his psychology: the old man, the hero, anima and animus. Included in this insight is acknowledgment of the paradoxical idea of one of his often cited sources, Heraclitus: descent and ascent are the same. From Poe to Nietzsche, the self has always presented as an ‘abysmal’ problem as it was also for the ancients: the self is a dilemma to be resolved in confronting the risks of staring into the depths, exposing oneself to the risks, and moving on, possibly to acceptance …” More... No one goes to Underworld and returns unchanged. Those who have attempted it rarely come out alive. Inanna is determined to go either way. She looks to Nishubur: “Ninshubur, my faithful friend, I must do this. I know it will not be easy, but I must go. Will you wait for my return and if after 3 days I have not returned, bang the drums, gather my community and tell them what was happened to me? Then go to the elders and ask them to bring me back. Will you do this for me?” “Yes, my Queen.” Ninshubur replies with a bow. With that Inanna sets foot on her journey to the Underworld. The Seven Bolted Gates As Innana begins her journey she encounters her first obstacle. In Ereshkigal’s Underworld, there are seven gates which lead to her palace. When Ereshkigal learns of Inanna’s arrival at the first of the seven gates, she orders them to be sealed and bolted. For Inanna to reach her, Ereshkigal demands that her sister Inanna unlock the gates through a series of sacrifices so that she enters humbled. At the first gate, Inanna knocks gently. A gatekeeper asks, “who are you and why have you come?” “My name is Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Please let me in. I have come to see what I have not yet seen, to experience what I’ve not yet experienced, and to learn what do not yet know.” The gatekeeper asks her to relinquish her royal crown and only then he will open the gate. Giving up her royal crown feels like giving away a bit of her power. Her crown is a symbol of her hard earned royalty, power and influence. But here in the Underworld, she holds no royalty, power or influence. She gives it up reluctantly and proceeds to the next gate. At the second gate Inanna stands tall and knocks. “Hello. My name is Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth. I have come to see what I have not yet seen, to experience what I’ve not yet experienced, and to learn what do not yet know.” At this gate she is asked to give up her bracelet. Again, Inanna agrees. At the third gate Inanna knocks again hesitantly wondering what she will be asked to give up this time. “My name is Innana, I have come to see what I have not yet seen, to experience what I’ve not yet experienced and to learn what do not yet know.” She is asked to give up her necklace and again, hands it over. As she continues through the gates, it becomes clear that she is being asked to strip herself of all the adornments she came with. Little by little, this is making her weaker and weaker. She approaches the sixth gate feeling increasingly vulnerable. She knocks hesitantly. “My name is Inanna. And… I hardly remember what I came here for…” Without being asked, she is robbed of her breastplate. She screams out. Now her heart is exposed, and she is vulnerable without it. She spends a moment wondering if she should continue. As she looks back from where she came it becomes clear that the path is gone. She has no choice but to continue. As she descends further, the walls of the labyrinth are closing in and her cloak is dragging and catching on the uneven, sludgy ground. She begins to walk on hands and knees, cutting up her legs and the palms of her hands. The journey is hard, harder than expected. She begins to wonder why she did this, what is the point of all this suffering? Eventually, Inanna reaches the last and final gate. She taps on the door gently. “Hello? I am here… and… that is all.” At this gate she is asked to hand in her last and final piece of clothing, her royal cloak. She is now completely naked and vulnerable with nothing to defend herself. Meeting Ereshkigal Inanna enters the final gate naked, humble and defeated. She enters the throne of her sister Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal sits regally on her throne and looks down at Innana with the Eye of Death. In that moment Inanna dies. She then leaves her sister’s corpse on a hook for three days. Meanwhile, Ninshubur is waiting eagerly for Inanna’s’ arrival. By the 3rd day, Ninshubur does as he was told. He bangs the drums and informs the community that their Queen has descended into the Underworld. The elderly rush to the Underworld to rescue Inanna. They make it through each gate easily and find her hanging on a hook, her corpse rotting. They gasp in terror and pull her off, attempting to bring her back to life using powerful stones, crystals and gems from the Upperworld. But nothing seems to work here. Eventually Ereshkigal who was sitting in the darkness watching, decides to step in. She approaches her sister and gives her the water of life, a magical substance which can resurrect the dead. Everyone stands back waiting. Inanna slowly comes back to life as Ereshkigal retreats into the darkness. Just as Inanna’s turns to leave, the guards of the Underworld stop her. She may leave, but only under one condition: she must leave someone or something of value behind. But what? She wonders if she remains in the Underworld forever. The elderly tell her the community need her, she must return. She takes a long time to figure out what to leave and, in the end, decides to sacrifice her husband. As Inanna begins the quest back to the Upperworld she stops at each gate to take inventory of what she was forced to give up. She must ask herself if the value that each item holds to her now. Does it fit her new vision of the world? Does the cloak hold any real power? The crown? She decides to leave everything and return to the Upperworld as a humbled woman. She is forever changed. The person she was when she entered the Underworld died, but a new woman was born in the process. She feels stronger than she has ever felt for she accomplished what she set out to accomplish. She saw what she has never seen, experienced what she has never experienced, and learned what she did not know. Perhaps we can all relate to this myth in some way or another. Answering a call for an adventure that brought us to our knees. A journey that stripped us bare of all that we thought we were, all that we thought we needed and led to the death of our former selves. Instead of returning from the journey bitter and petty, we transform. We bow to the forces greater than ourselves."