Mahavydia Series | 08
THE EIGHTH OF THE DASHA MAHAVIDYA
AN INITIATION INTO THE WISDOMS OF THE GODDESS.
30 August | Wining Half Moon*
7-11:30 pm CET | 6-10:30 pm GMT
*A recording will be made available,
if you were unable to make the exact date/time.
Just get in touch.
“Oh Mother of the Dark Womb,
from which all things come,
to which all things return.
Hidden by a disk of darkness
many may reject you;
many may refuse your sacred fear.
Those who gaze away from your dark face
lose the touch of the femmine.
Those who look into the dark
find you there.
To you we bow.”
Kali Ma is the Adi Mahavidya. She is the origin of all the Mahavidya Goddesses.
Kali Ma is the darkness that envelops the opposites and unifies them together in secret unseen wisdom. All the Mahavidyas are expressions of Kali Ma.
Sati is the Love of Shiva. When Sati has conflict with Shiva and becomes enraged and consumed with blood lust, she then turns into Kali Ma.
The unembellished wisdom
of impulse and instinct
is the power of Kali Ma.
Kali Ma herself further multiplies into all the other Mahavidya Goddesses.
Kali Ma is the original womb that births all forms, both subtle and manifest. Hence her title as Adi Mahavidya, ‘the original Wisdom Goddess’.
Kali & Time
Her Vahaan (vehicle) is a Preta (ghost) with which she can ride across and beyond the boundaries of Time and Space. Kali is the feminine of Kala (time), her name means ‘the dark one and that which negates Kala (time)’. For this one often sees images of Kali trampling her Lover Shiva as Kala underfoot.
The central Tantric image of Kali trampling upon Shiva holds many mystical meanings. Various texts give different interpretations of the timeless image. Secrets of meaning are revealed by meditation on the image.
It is often called the Daksina Kali. Daksina implies the right foot, for it is the right foot that holds Shiva to the ground. Vama Kali is the image reversed, where it is the left foot that holds down Shiva. Both forms have different significance in Tantra. As Kali stands on his heart, Shiva becomes sexually aroused as is shown in the less conservative depictions.
She wears a necklace of severed heads and her eyes are deep dark pools without end.
She is the consumer of life.
Her hymns name her as the consumer of Rajas and Bindu – that is, the drinker of Blood and Seed.
Tales of the Tantric Goddess
The stories of Kali tell of the fate of the near invincible Asura Raktbija. Raktbija epitomises the self-perpetuating destructive urge. He would not be defeated and would recreate further forms of himself wherever a drop if his blood would spill – Rakt in his name means blood, and Bija means Seed. So literally, ‘he who’s every drop of blood is a seed’.
By this power he was invincible, for in battle he only grew more and more powerful and ‘numerous’. Only Kali Ma had the ferocity to consume his endless duplicates and defeat him. She drunk every drop of his blood until there was nothing left of him. Kali is the consuming force that can never be escaped or sidestepped. As the consumer of the Raktbija – seed and blood – she is called Rakteshvari.
Her infamous bloodlust knows no limits, the story goes on to tell how when Raktbija is consumed by Kali Ma, she becomes unstoppable and continues to consume life until Shiva intervenes, slicing the consuming rage that threatened to consume everything, including himself. The solution was to place an innocent child before her. In doing so her motherly instincts were aroused and in an instant she became the nurturing mother of womb power.
There are many tales which tell of her indomitable nature, she often tries and succeeds in leading Shiva astray into further levels of crazed madness. Wherever Kali Ma appears, there is discord, disorder and destruction. She destroys established order and structure.
The destruction that Kali Ma brings is the death of the known and the rigid structures that imprison the wild feminine. She is the dark eclipsed feminine that lives in the dark shadows; she rules the places where secret life grows. She is the hidden power within the dark womb.
Kali Ma is central in Tantra, she makes the other gods and goddesses fade into comparative insignificance, without doubt she occupies a central role in Tantric rituals. But why is Kali Ma so central in Tantra, in both it’s iconography and texts, as well as having a central place in Tantric worship and ritual?
Tantra is the path of nature, Tantra aligns with nature. Tantra follows the rhythms of nature, Tantra makes nature central.
Kali Ma being the Force of unadulterated and unembellished nature would of course then be given this centrality.
While many ideologies may seek to manipulate, exploit, control and tame nature, Tantra seeks the surrender before nature’s Wisdom, this is the surrender of one’s head to Kali Ma.
Kali Ma’s ritual works with dissolving all boundaries, it is a work with the dark. Black is the colour of the womb, it contains all colours and absorbs all colours. The work with Kali Ma is a healing work that swallows our formations and illusions and births the unseeable.
Kriim Kliim are the her mantras that are embraced on her night of healing ritual, they are the sounds that arouse and awaken the unseen femmine, she goes by the name of Kali Ma – The Dark Feminine.
Kali Jayanti falls under the star constellation of Rohini, Rohini Nakshatra. If you would like to read about Rohini and her relationship to Kali, click here.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
The rituals takes place ONLINE, from 7pm until ±11pm Central European Time (CET).
A recording will be made available, should you be unable to make the exact date. Get in touch with us if this should be the case.
To find out how to register and what you will need to follow the practice online, click on the button below.
Kali is Mother Nature,
the dark goddess who consumes life.
She shows us where & how we give our power into the field of life.
She is the mirror that reflects life back to us.
Her mirror shows us how we consume life,
& how life is consumes us.”
To read the full blog
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
ANCIENT & SACRED
On these healing circles you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.
The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, ancient sequences that honour the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.
Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).
The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.
Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. Generally, the practice will last about 6 hours, but if the group is ready to practice longer we might carry well into the night.
The Circle is open to those interested in the healing path.
Tantra and Yoga practitioners, and those seeking healing, practitioners of the mystic arts. Both advanced and beginners will find a place in this circle.
If you have had or are having psychosis please get in touch directly with us as this is important to know about in this work. The same goes for those with strong mobility issues. Drug and alcohol users also need to inform us of their condition. Thank you.
The practie usually takes place in the dark or darkly-lit spaces.
The pictures below were taken in daylight to capture the flow of a practice.
BOONATH was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners.
His grandparents took him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis ever since.
Boonath has taken initiation into the left hand path (that’s the path of the heart) and specialises in the branch of Chandra Parampara, that is a secret style of Moon practice that works with the night forces. It is a style of tantra that goes very deep into the subconscious roots It is first and foremostly a Healing System. Most of his family still lives in India and he has been travelling there regularly throughout his life in pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with elders in the line of Siddha systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of rituals, mantras and body/spirit healing methods among other things.
Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 25 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to addiction.
Boonath’s healing and yoga work sees him travelling across the whole of Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. His travels and yoga workshops continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances.
In recent years Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has a network of students. It was in Berlin that Boonath met Kim, with whom Boonath co-founded Working with the Shadow in 2014.
Formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely since childhood to the present day.
KIM is an Eco-Activist turned Yogi and the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreat company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the teaching. Kim discovered Yoga in 2005, following a burn-out at work that brought him onto the path of ‘Yog’. Kim had spent over 10 years coordinating international environmental campaigns in Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin for major environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, and many others.
Kim practiced Yoga with many teachers from several modern styles of Yoga (including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini) all over Europe, India and further afield. In 2011 Kim set up a first yoga collective in Berlin, which he then expanded to a new location in 2013, in one of the economically deprived areas of town that was undergoing gentrification. The collective brought together a variety of local teachers to promote yoga on a donation basis within the surrounding community unable to afford the increasing cost of living. It was there that Kim met Boonath and, through Boonath, that his understanding of what Yoga is and what Yoga can do shifted entirely. Boonath’s rare and ancient Tantric lineage revolutionised Kim’s understanding of Yoga and initiated him into a mystical healing journey that impacted strongly also on Kim’s activist work.
Since then Kim has been collaborating with Boonath on developing Working with the Shadow through the retreats, workshops and online classes.
TO BOOK A PLACE ON THE ONLINE SESSION…
STEP 1 | Make the payment
either via Paypal or bank transfer (see below).
STEP 2 | Send a proof of payment
(a screenshot will do) to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then:
STEP 3 | Send you a confirmation email confirming your registration.
STEP 4 | The day of the event, we will send you an email containing:
– all the technical details to connect to the class online,
– suggestions on how best to prepare for the practice (foods and drinks to avoid),
– how to set-up your room for the practice,
– props you might need during the practice (blankets, cushions, etc).
SIGN-UP FOR ALL TEN RITUALS
Discounts & Additional Benefits
When you sign up in advance for all ten rituals,
you will get instruction to working with the Mantras and Yantras
as part of home study between rituals.
You will also then take part in additional online group sessions
aimed at guiding you deeper into this process of self-study.
These additional sessions and home-study will be
available only to those who sign up for all ten rituals in advance.
FEES VARY ACCORDING TO INCOME
Please choose the amount matching your current economic situation,
whether you are unemployed, low income or high income.
Please remember that we depend entirely on peoples’ fees for the carrying out of this work:
€25 / €199
One Ritual / All Ten Rituals
€35 / €299
One Ritual / All Ten Rituals
€50 / €399
One Ritual / All Ten Rituals
Account holder: Kim Bizzarri
PAYMENTS ARE TO BE MADE BEFORE
& NO LATER THAN NOON
ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
We will send you the links and passwords necessary for joining the practice.
All your need your end is a computer / tablet with a camera (preferably, but not essential – it’s important that you can see us), a microphone (so that we can hear you, but it’s not essential) and good speakers / audio,
as it will be fundamental that you hear the instructions.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
T: +39 3298456532
@: info [at] healinginthewillows.com
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