“The feminine has slower rhythms, meanders, moves in spirals, turns back on herself, finds what is meaningful to her, and plays.” — Marion Woodman
So, my Tantra journey continues with level two of Shakti Tantra’s workshop for women, Women’s Celebration. I’ll be honest, after doing level one (Women’s Invitation) I was surprised to discover there were four more levels. ‘How much deeper can the work go?’ I thought. Turns out deeper.
This work reminds me of Russian dolls: you crack open one to find another woman nesting within. Each doll represents a deeper, more authentic, more passionate, juicy, and vital self you’d have never discovered had you not done this work.
You could spend years talking through your issues with a counsellor, analyst, or therapist and you’d make progress for sure. Alternatively, you could work through your issues in what I consider to be the most powerful experiential setting available in the UK today with the most courageous, supportive, and inspiring women you’re ever likely to meet.
From my ongoing studies of depth psychology I’m familiar with Jungian analyst and bestselling author, Marion Woodman’s BodySoul work and its offshoots. As a staunch believer of the dictum ‘Talking is fun, but doing gets done’, I know the value of consciously including the body when it comes to facing and tackling deep-held conscious/unconscious issues. Talking will carry you so far, but when it comes to certain psychological issues there are times when you just have to bypass the rational logical mind and approach it physically.
I’ve seen countless folk talk themselves out of relationship with their bodies, terrified of feeling, terrified of being fully present in their bodies. I know because I was one of them. They retreat up into the safety of the head and stay there. Meanwhile, the body becomes nothing more than an unconscious stick used to prop up the head, a mass of unconscious flesh. Thing is, the mind isn’t located in the brain. The mind is located in every single cell of the body. And that’s where this work comes into its own.
Even if you don’t consciously know what the issue is — what’s holding you back, restricting you, inhibiting you — it doesn’t matter. This work goes straight to the heart of the matter — that ‘matter’ being your body. And remember, the word ‘matter’ shares its roots with ‘mater’ which means ‘mother’. This, therefore, is healing at the deepest, most profound level imaginable.
I love this work because it cuts to the chase and releases you from any false illusions you may have had about yourself, leaving the mind reeling in its wake. That doesn’t mean you can’t consciously reflect on what you experienced afterwards and draw your necessary lessons etc. My point is, once you do this work your relationship with your Self and your body is changed forever and will never be the same.
Bring on level three.
Thea Euryphaessa, Founder, Urban Deva
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Thea, you are so right, I wish I could have put it so well myself, as a fellow traveller and marveller. All women really ’should’ do this – yeah, I know, that word, but hey, I’m old and can say what I fuckin’ like!!!
Comment by Jill Greig — June 21, 2011 @ 6:12 pm
Ha ha ha, love it! But you are so right – every woman ’should’ do it. I banged on about that in my first Shakti Tantra workshop review (Women’s Invitation) ‘Of Womanhood, heir’. It’s a privilege sharing this wild ride with you chica. xo
Comment by urbandeva — June 21, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
Hey Thea, Love reading your thoughts on Women’s Celebration. The Russian Dolls analogy is beautiful. I fell into a dream on Monday night following return from the course – and had the words ‘psychic avalanche’ in my dream! It is beautiful & powerful & opens all chakras. What a privilege to meet you & to have stumbled across your captivating energy – and huge, happy smile. I am so excited to continue reading your book. It is gorgeous – and is giving me the insight to write – as a journey of personal transformation. Thank you Thea. My petals are unfolding & my soul is healing and deepening following our women’s mystery retreat. Lets play out together real soon honey xxxx
Comment by Paula Hickman — June 22, 2011 @ 11:14 am
Hey Paula, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share – I really appreciate your gorgeously generous words. Just want to squeeze you! ‘Psychic avalanche’ eh? What a fabulous dream! Sounds as though you’re getting more deeply acquainted with your own ‘intimate noise’ and reconnecting with yourself at an even deeper level? So wonderful to hear of your continued blossoming. I’m honoured to walk this path with you and feel very humbled. Your courage has been, and continues to be, inspiring.
Let’s definitely play out soon. It’d be lovely to go to my Reiki teacher’s place with you and enjoy an afternoon of healing and relaxing. I reckon you’d revel in the energy.
Sending you oodles of love and kisses darling. xox
Comment by urbandeva — June 22, 2011 @ 3:46 pm