Today's "wellness Industry"&Yogain the
West have become distorted by Eurocentric beauty standards, cultural amnesia and
community-eroding mechanisms of white patriarchal consumer capitalism.
Pictured The Rite ofYoni-Worship ...standing
under the arch of a Yoginis legs a devotee drinks "Yoni-tattva" the-Sublime-Essence
Century Stone Carving in India
When Europeans undertook their campaigns of conquest and
domination in what seemed to them “new” worlds, white observers regarded the
ecstatic rituals of darker-skinned peoples with horror/revulsion. In truth,
Christianity was originally an ecstatic religion.Ritual ECSTASYcements social bonds. The old deities
descended from paganism and Asiatic Mother Cultswere
accessible to all through ritually induced ecstasy. The Roman Church cracked
down on the Cults of Isis, Cybele and Dionysus practiced by Europe's gypsies.
For the Godfathers of White, Patriarchal Male Religion, these menacing
a threat to their authority. The new gods would speak only through MALE priests
or prophets. By the 18th century, strong parallels were made between the
immoral lives of the British underclass, Irish peasants, and "primitive
Africsns." Parisian “convulsionary” cults boasted styles of worship asRATCHETas
anything that could be found among the so called “savages.” Evidence of
ecstatic dancing hinged on observations of hair tossing, which was quickly
becoming a universal symbol of religious ecstasy. As Christianity transformed
from a religion of song and dance, Paul addressed a mandate to the Corinthian
congregation, "women should keep their heads covered in church." At
that time, the site of disheveled, freely flowing hair amongst Corinthian women
prophets who may have been whipping their hair "back and forth" and
"round and round" connected these women too closely with the ecstatic
worship of oriental deities. Paul was concerned with controlling ecstatic
activity…next, he warns Christian men to keep their hair cut [notes fromBarbara EhrenreichDancing in The Streets: A History Of Collective Joy]
Move beyond the cloud of grief I just did a powerful ritual around making room for the good energy coming into my life. It consisted of sacrificial love. (the type of love where you have to leave something behind in order to bring in the love that we want) In other words transmuting what is leaden in life into what is golden.
I let go of journals that I have had since 2001. (The water element can be as destructive as fire as you can see in the image above) I went from telling the universe I still needed the "cliff notes" on all of the lessons I have learned since 2001 "just incase" to all of the wisdom I need in with me now and easily accessible. Fuggedaboutit! you are the technology you need.
Sometimes just REDUCING stuff is enough.
You don't have to do a total overhaul.
For example I had a jumble of medals and pins I had gained over the years from USOPEN, or track meets, or from some event etc.
They were all tied together and I would always hide them in som…
I’ve been living in New York for 40 years, it is very easy to get distracted here. That is why my partner High Prieztezz and I are adamant about retreating into nature annually. Our Yo!Yogi Retreat helps us focus on self love and prioritizing our health as well as support ourselves and others in scheduling time to focus and recenter.
The Yo!Yogi retreat is founded upon the theme of transmuting fear and negativity into love. Based on the the archetype of Kali the Hindu Goddess also known as the dark earth mother, and represented through ISIS and the Black Madonna in many areas of the world. During the retreat we facilitate creative problem solving and project development using our Mojo (M.editative O.rganized J.oy O.ptimized) to propel us in hel…