“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Victor Frankl
by Sianna Sherman:
The Dark Goddess is on the rise. This is her time of the year as She devours the light until the rebirth at Winter Solstice. It is the Dark Mother who re-emerges in the collective psyche to heal the separation of body and spirit.
She comes in many faces and forms: Persephone, Isis, Black Madonna, Kali, Durga, Tara, Hecate, Morrighan, Magdalene, Lilith, the black soils of the earth and the black night of the midnight sky.
She devours false perception and swallows separation to free us from our own belief that we are anything other than Love.
I grew up in a loving environment. I grew up in a family that loved God. Simultaneously I was afraid of God because I might not get it right, this thing about being human. As I grew into my sexuality, it was a whirlwind of self-hate and fear because I naturally desired sex but it was a sin.
I turned away from God as the all-governing masculine authority and threw myself into the arms of the Madonna, the nourishing and all-loving Mother. I loved her with all my being. I sang songs to Her, wrote poems for Her and danced for Her.
She kept me safe and wrapped Her cloak of protection around me. But then I encountered my next challenge on the path: She was always portrayed as the Immaculate Virgin and I still couldn’t get it right. I was losing ground inside myself and plunged into the underworld.
I numbed myself with alcohol and drugs, I blacked out hundreds of times from drinking in my teen years, I divorced my awareness from my sexuality and I was raped by a man that I fought with all my force until I relinquished into the inevitable.
I didn’t tell anyone. I hid my tears. I hid my pain. I hid my shame. I tried to wash it away but the imprint only entrenched itself deeper and deeper into my psyche and body. I was convinced that I was to blame for everything and my inner world was a living nightmare of self-loathing and self-sabotage.
I was in it — the pit of total despair.
Enter the Dark Goddess, Yoga and the path of the Priestess. My first trip to India took me to the Warrior Goddess Durga and the Dark One Kali who I couldn’t understand at all with my logical mind, and even felt sick and confused when I first encountered these most fearsome Shaktis.
Upon my return from India, which completely overhauled my life, I landed in a coven of priestesses.
All of a sudden, I was surrounded by women who were singing me back to life, tending my psychic and emotional wounds, painting my naked body with sacred symbols and helping me to remember my power and divine sexual nature.
It wasn’t easy. I had so many deep-rooted scars and I was a hostage inside my own body. I made a radical commitment to my healing. I shaved my head, moved to a cabin in the woods, grew my own food and slept outside every night in a circle of pine trees.
My priestess sisters kept singing to me, telling me stories of the many forms of the Goddess and they stayed by my side as I rebirthed myself through multiple ceremonies. The sisterhood breathed new life into me.
I was initiated as a priestess with the name Ravyn Morganna, a Celtic dark goddess of midnight magic and shape-shifting powers.
The Dark Goddess took me into the Mysteries and showed me that my sexuality was a gift to be revered and sex with love was my path to healing. I rediscovered the joy of my body and learned how to trust another human being in intimacy and sexual union.
It was the forms of the dark goddess who ushered me forth into the innermost caves of my psyche and revealed to me my hidden power, strength and courage. Through Her stories and practices, I discovered my inner well of joy and beauty.
With the increasing nights of darkness, it is a natural time to turn within and discover the inner mysteries. These are the months of dreaming, journaling, and breathing into the wounded places for healing.
Try to go outside and lie beneath the stars, bundle up and sleep in a grove of trees, put your hands to the earth, walk barefoot whenever you can, surrender into your lover’s embrace, sit by the hearth sharing in story-telling, and worship your body as a holy temple.
Each of us has a heart fire, and the dark months are the perfect time to kindle the heart fire from within. Ask the Dark Goddess to assist you in your healing and guide you through the inner passageways of your soul’s journey. Ask for the integration of healing in your psyche, body and sexuality.
Call in intimacy and respect for your body. Know that you are the Chalice of Spirit. You are Holy.
Es ist ein kleiner Balanceakt: als Yoga-Lehrende müssen wir raus gehen und uns zeigen. Es gilt einen Weg zu finden das eigene Angebot und Profil sichtbar zu machen, so dass die Yoga-Schüler uns finden. Dabei zu einem Yoga-Pop-Star zu werden ist nicht mein Weg. Zuviel im Assen, kostet mich zuviel Energie. Für einige Lehrer und Menschen mag das stimmig sein, mehr Präsenz auf facebook und Co zu zeigen als auf der Yoga-Matte. Doch ist das auch stimmig für mich/dich? Entspricht das deiner Wahrheit?
Was war der ursprüngliche Beweggrund Yoga zu praktizieren und zu lehren? Vielleicht weil wir ahnten, dass das eigentliche Glück im Innen liegt und die Verbindung zu dieser inneren Quelle unser Leben so wunderbar bereichern wird.
Ich finde es toll einen inspirierenden Post zu lesen, einen informativen Newsletter zu erhalten oder ein berührenden Instagram-Eintrag zu sehen. Diese Form von Informations-Vermittlung hat viele Vorteile und ich erhalte bereichernde News, die ich auch gerne für mein Leben und Lehren nutze. Doch möchte ich dabei unbedingt das Gefühl behalten, dass die Person die teilt mindestens genauso viel im Innen ist wie im Aussen.
Wie viele Yogabilder am Strand möchte das „Publikum“ wirklich sehen? Wie viele Smoothies sollen noch virtuell auf meinem Speiseplan landen? Was ist die Botschaft?
Es gibt sogenannte Prinzipien der Sprache, die uns vielleicht dabei helfen könne das richtige Mass auch im social Media-Bereich zu finden:
Ist es wahr?
Ist es hilfreich (auch bezüglich des richtiger Zeitpunkts)?
Ist es inspirierend?
Ist es notwendig?
Ist es freundlich?
Ich wünsche mir Bilder und Information mit Gehalt von Menschen die immer noch mehr an ihrem Innenleben interessiert sind und arbeiten als mit der Außenwirkung beschäftigt. Ich bin fest überzeugt davon, dass dies der ehrlichere, authentischere und nachhaltigere Weg ist, sich als Yogalehrer zu etablieren.
I really like this:
“Embrace yourself, in these times, and acknowledge yourself for the extraordinary progress you are making, as a soul, in every waking moment. “The very fact that you are drawn to reading these words attests to an openness on your part to aligning with the momentum of this multidimensional journey. Know that what you have done so reflects great courage on your part. And that to continue to do so, despite the resistance of consensus thinking, puts you in the forefront of those destined to emerge…” “The opportunity to circumvent some of the mountains that most will manifest and choose to scale lies in the ability, in the moment at hand, to release the need to control the result of the dynamics of any circumstance in which one finds oneself. “By consciously shifting one’s intent to one of conscious allowance of the manifestation of the highest good of the collective, one enhances the opportunity to manifest the brightest possible outcome for oneself. “In so doing, one is able to secure a state of beingness that is unencumbered by eons of trial and error and is free to explore the joys of manifestaion of the Divine Will in alignment with one’ own.” Rasha from Oneness
ein toller Artikel von meiner lieben Freundin Anja Bergh auf Rebelle Society:
Freedom of expression is a battle that our ancestors won. I bow to all of us. I just want you to know that, even if the scales have tipped far to one side in our word-loaded times, I still bow. Maybe we haven’t mastered our new-found freedom of speech and free expression yet. But we are at it, sharing and learning by doing, mastering the power of word-vibration.
Not long ago, our right to express ourselves was so limited that even calling someone a liar or thief publicly could be enough to start a rumor and destroy a reputation. Words were loaded with power to instantly alter reality.
They still are.
Words are not always weighed on a scale of gold and used as a superpower. But words definitely carry potency to shake and shift, to build or destroy, to create connection or divide.
One way I’ve started to get a direct experience of sound waves is through mantra meditation. I have meditated for many years but never with the same practice everyday, and never with the same mantra.
Following the urge of going deeper with my meditation, I signed up for a year of deeper studies in 2013. Every day since then, twice a day, I’ve been sitting with the same mantra. The brain-shift I underwent that first year was like a fast track to handle every resistance that was ready to be dealt with.
I experienced distance from all things I considered important that really weren’t, and a new intimacy with what my true longings are and who I am. All through the gentle discipline of sitting still and repeating mantra, making inner sound waves to reprogram my own conditioning.
Everything comes in wave forms. Light, sound, pulsation of blood through our bodies. Wave-like, cyclical, spiraling ever inward and ever outward. This is the movement of the Universe. Wave. Vibration.
When an impulse from within is expressed through sound, space is moved. Air begins to vibrate with the energy of the spoken. When the moved air in the form of sound waves reaches you, these waves carry with them the energy of the innermost from where it was spoken, transported and supported by space.
When it reaches you, it literally moves you and you interpret what this movement means to you, what it means to the other, and what to do with the information.
Mantra is the installment of word-vibration to trigger deeper knowing of the energetic weave making up that specific mantra. When we drop a mantra in our awareness field, it moves the fabric of that awareness. Each mantra carries a different energetic feel and seed. One which can be felt sometimes immediately, but known only by friendship over time.
The true realization of the different energetics of sound comes when I introduce new mantras, or different meditation techniques. A mantra I’m not used to meditating on can be like dropping a giant rock into a lake. The waves ripple through my body and a totally different feeling than my home mantra moves through me. Sometimes blissful, sometimes shaky and unknown, sometimes light like a feather. But the difference in feeling is palpable.
In a study made on the effect intention (which is focused and aimed energy) has on water, water molecules treated with love and respect made beautiful symmetric patterns, while those treated with anger or ignored formed erratic, upset patterns.
We know how words coming from true feeling, whether blessed or fierce, move us. Tapping into the power of intention reveals so much around us as an expression of that particular surrounding intention-field.
The letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are called Matrika, meaning little mothers. Such a descriptive label for letters. Little mothers of communication, birthing the story of our reality one word at a time.
And if mantra leaves us so changed, the rest of our word-birthing could also be a catalyst to a new experience.
Using specific words for accessing a certain part of your consciousness is what we do everyday. To refine communication is what mantra is all about for me, the communication with the deepest accessible self.
Mantra is a science, they say. Approaching it in the 21st century requires us to understand the power of the word, of the vibration of sound. And to have anything to say about it, you have to experience it for yourself. By experimenting with it yourself.
In my experience, it’s a simple, cheap and available practice which yields results that have a lasting impact on your life.
Changing the world, one word at a time.
.... und dies für mich ein inspirierender Beitrag:
Here is the energetic theme of the month from the always wonderful and spot on Lena Stevens from The Power Path.com: “October is a balancing act. The image is of watching a circus act from a place of terror and excitement and then feeling both relieved and exhilarated when the act is successfully completed. “This month pushes the edge of everything, forcing expansion, new strategies for balance and a necessary letting go of what really does not work. “It is an exciting, terrifying, exhilarating month with the challenge of extreme panic and fear as well as the opportunity to experience the ecstatic state of higher frequencies like never before. It is truly a circus that we are both witness to and performers in. “There are two eclipses this month as well as some interesting astrological aspects that support the month to be one of the most eccentric, creative, surprising and unpredictable we have had in a long time. “I could have explored many themes this month: Balancing act, radical shift, intensity, surprise, expansion, risk, edge, terror, chaos, power, balance, unpredictable, unstable, revolution/evolution, eccentric, new alignment.. But decided on the ‘three legged stool’ because it is an image that to me best describes the situation we find ourselves in this month. “A three-legged stool is unstable but stable at the same time. Its stability depends on the user. If you use a three-legged stool, which can be a great support when you need something to sit on, you need to be sitting straight and balanced. “If you lean too far in either direction you will fall off. It requires attention to how you are sitting, with your back straight, as well as the awareness of where you have placed the stool, hopefully on stable ground. “And your feet have to be firmly planted on the ground. There will be times this month where your stool may actually feel like a one legged-stool requiring even more presence, attention and inner stability and balance. “So the three-legged stool (sometimes a one-legged stool) is a metaphor for the times. We have everything we need to support our lives and to midwife our transformation. We just need to trust our seemingly unstable environment, and pay attention to how we are navigating our lives every day. “We need to be in our personal power, connected to the integrity of our hearts and striving for a new balance. We need to release our old stories and become more comfortable with the mystery of the unknown. We need to shift our platforms of security from exterior systems to interior ones. “In other words, trust more in our talents, inner wisdom, personal beliefs and the higher self of spirit rather than the money in the bank, corporate jobs, or the roof over our heads. We need to allow inspiration and a new higher frequency to guide us as we keep a ‘don’t know mind’. “Know does one stay neutral and balanced in the midst of such unpredictability and chaos? How does one stay firmly planted on that three-legged or one-legged stool in the middle of a windstorm or hurricane? (You can purchase Lena’s Mp3 is here) “
RELATIONSHIPS: “Relationships are ready for some fun, eccentricity and spontaneity. The task this month is to use the influences to dissolve the mistrust and conditional expectations that keep intimacy at bay and create barriers to love and joy and true support. Finding your balance in relationships requires telling the truth no matter what and not taking the projections of others personally. “Relationships will be affected by the eccentric personality of the month and can be fed by the creative aspect. Remember that as you expect others to accept your new way of being, you must also be in acceptance of others. If your partner chooses to die their hair green, accept it and rejoice in their creative expression instead of being horrified. “If you have children, they will be acting out. There is a lot of fire and solar energy this month that will quicken anger and aggressive reactions. Allow lots of room for expression while holding strong boundaries. Always give a choice and accept expressions that are eccentric as long as they are not dangerous or damaging. This goes for adults too! ENVIRONMENT “…The three-legged (or one-legged) stool here is about being extremely flexible and spontaneous in your plans. Eccentricity hits the environment as it does everything else this month…” “In terms of your personal environment, continue to weed and clear out what is no longer ‘you‘ (even if it is a family heirloom). Bring some creativity into your space: color, art, beauty, sound. Be a little risky and eccentric. Have some fun.”
HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY: “Balance, balance, balance. Find a rhythm that works for you in your own personal self-care. Be ruthless and disciplined about taking time for yourself especially when you feel overwhelmed. Listen to your own inner wisdom regarding what you need. “Humor is an all-important emotion this month as it will lubricate the path to truth telling and raise you up out of shame, despair and depression. Always find something to laugh about regarding any adverse situation concerning your health and well-being. “There will be lots and lots of energy available this month and you can easy burn out unless you have balance. The adrenals will need support. Watch liver heat as the solar energy this month stimulates and triggers impatience and aggression. Make sure to get PLENTY of exercise of the kind that makes you sweat. You will need this outlet for the possible build up of energy that otherwise will keep you sleepless at night. “Balancing your three-legged stool demands that you create a good structure around your self-care that you can commit to. BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS: “Think big and think out of the box. Dream beyond what you think is possible as it may actually be possible. One of the lessons this month is to learn to stretch so you become comfortable in the reality that is just a dream and not manifest as well as keeping your anchor in the reality that you are used to. “Learn to keep a foot in both worlds, the seen and the unseen. This is the place of power and will keep you from getting too attached to what you see manifest as you build your trust in the belief that it can always change. The unseen world is where ideas and dreams and creativity come from. The more you are able to navigate and trust that world, the more you will see your dreams manifest. “The challenge will be to get rebalanced as quickly as possible if something happens in your business or project that throws you off center. You may feel at times like your three-legged stool is a one-legged stool and that you are about to fall off the edge. Instead of going into terror, take a swan dive into the unknown and trust spirit that it will all end up OK. “This is a great month to change it up and bring some newness into any project, business or partnership. So have fun, play a little and definitely bring humor into the mix.” “…So get to work, make it fun, be eccentric, stay present, keep expressing and creating and remember to keep your balance. If it feels like too much go back to the list of HAVE to and WANT to. Prioritize, delegate, eliminate. Make sure you end up with way more WANT to than HAVE to.” © Copyright 2014 ~ Lena Stevens All Rights Reserved
“I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” ~Hermann Hesse
.... Yoga is about consciousness and love! Yoga ist ein Trend und wie ich finde ein guter. Doch wie definieren wir Yoga? Zu oft und immer öfter dreht es sich im Yoga um Ernährungskonzepte, Promi-Lehrer und Facebook-Posts. Sollte Yoga nicht viel mehr ein Weg nach Innen sein? Es geht nicht darum anders zu sein oder "erfolgreich" für die Dauer eines Facebook-Posts. Was ist deine Wahrheit? Wohin führt dich dein Wissen über dich?
Yoga ist die Möglichkeit sich immer wieder neu mit seinem eigenen Innersten zu verbinden, ist der Weg in die Erinnerung, wer wir in unseren Innersten wirklich sind. Aus dieser unendlichen Quelle zu schöpfen und sich aus dieser auszudrücken, ganz persönlich, voller Vertrauen, das ist der Weg des Yogi. Vertraue deiner Wahrheit und dein Leben wird erfüllt sein und dich wachsen lassen!