(Originally shared in a newsletter - January 19, 2019)
Many years ago, I remember sitting with my teacher. It was time for a new mantra for me, and he explained to me that there were two main doorways into the tradition I was studying, called Sri Vidya, which means resplendent wisdom. One of the doorways is characterized by practices that cultivate and hone the qualities of will, knowledge and action. The other doorway is characterized by practices related to surrender and devotion. Both doorways and both sets of practices lead to the same place, the same divine center of wholeness, containing fire and light. Years later another teacher drew a diagram of two paths, one moving actively up the spine as the personal evolves to gradually include the collective, and the other receiving light from above down the spine, from divine receptivity to embodiment. In both cases, separate practices are prescribed on a particular path that is distinct from the other, AND the paths are ultimately “not-two,” in that they each culminate in embodiment, humanity, wholeness, and are lit by a spark of divine blessing, evolution, and creativity.
In the first meeting I described, I chose the path of will, knowledge and action. It sounded exciting to me – spiritual warriorship! And it was; it is. In this last year, I have sometimes felt amused (in my good moments) as I have faced into life-changes that I did not see coming. Wondering how I could cope with challenging and unexpected events, it dawned on me that I could actively choose to surrender and do practices to cultivate my connection and receptivity to light. Now I understand these two paths, and how they are different and similar, in a more visceral way than I ever expected. I am grateful for this gift.
Let me know if you’d like to know more about these pathways and related practices. I include this information in my yoga teacher trainings, and I have a very special teacher training offering in the works which I will announce soon. I will also include some of this information in my upcoming online class – Evolutionary Embodiment.
I have landed in St. Louis, and I am happy to say it feels like home. My process of arriving here reminds me of the story, “Are you my Mother?” Here as I ask, “are you my home?” I feel a “yes.” And I smile, grateful!
I have added a few subs at my long-term yoga home, Big Bend Yoga Center. See the dates here.
I am starting a weekly yoga class (Wednesday mornings 7:15am) and a weekly Transformation Playground Dance Class (Tuesday evenings 7:15pm) at Yoga Source this week.
I am available and in the market for more work, such as the following:
I am looking for other places to teach regular yoga classes, and regular Transformation Playground Dance classes. (Preferably not on weekends, so I can keep those available for workshops and trainings.)
I am also available for Yoga private sessions, group sessions, corporate yoga, or specialty classes.
I intend to add workshops, special events and online classes very soon.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to you or your community.
And, I am wondering specifically where and how I want to create a more permanent living arrangement here in the St. Louis area. (Is anything in this world permanent? …. Well, maybe not, but still that’s the kind of thing I want to create.) My exploration is still unfolding – commence daily action plus surrender!