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Descent: Going down, Under, Darkness, Tomb, Shadow, Alchemy , Death, Transmutation

Rebirth

Many, many times in our Journey towards Sovereignty we encounter what is known as a “Dark Night” or “Descent into the Underworld”.  In the life of those that truly seek Freedom – this is a necessary Initiation into the Pure Love of the Primal Mother within.

Many myths portray this journey – particularly the myth of Innana – She who journeys into the Underworld at the behest of her sister Erishkegal – Innana passes through seven gates in the Underworld – and at each of the seven gates she has to hand over a piece of jewellery or clothes until she is stripped of her power.  She is naked and vulnerable.

“Innana – Queen of Heaven and Earth”

A journey such as this is indeed an enormous crisis, a shattering of the old and a waiting for the new to arise as a rebirth into the world of form.  With every crisis we have an opportunity for new life – we can either use this as a portal into a new way of being or we can choose to re imprint old outdated patterns.  The choice is ours and requires the maturity of warrior to use this test and initiation as an opportunity for alchemy.

Marion Woodman in her book Dancing in the Flames writes:  “Not until we recognize the Divine Immanence, the light of Goddess in matter, can we hope to establish a balance, a reconnection with our own deepest nature that can root us in a world of meaning and imagination.  Perhaps we will have to face the darkness, walk out on the moor alone at nightfall, or dive to the bottom of the sea before the old ossified ego boundaries can be shattered to make room for the dance.”

“Making room for the Dance”

As we let go of the ossified patterns in the mind, we become empty and still.  No longer bound to our inherited and self imposed limitations, clinging and attachments, we are as vulnerable and naked as a new born babe.  We face uncertainty and the unknown trusting that we will be held and led as indeed we are.  The Divine Feminine waits for this precise opportunity to enter into the crack of our shattered egos.  We are protected by Her Love and Her Grace as we are remade by Her fierce Fire in the Darkness of Her Womb. 

No-thing is certain anymore.  We wait on the razors edge…we wait for Grace. We come to a deep acceptance of life’s polarities. We offer resistance no more.  We realize there are no guarantees.  No safe place where we can hide.  We learn to live on the edge of Her Sword and lick honey from its razor edge.

“Licking Honey from the Razors Edge”

“What if you spent your whole life searching for love and all you found was emptiness

What if you spent all your days afraid of being abandoned and you ended up alone

You would have to make peace

You would have to walk barefoot to the ocean

and bow to all the Gods who have no names

and accept that all Great Mysteries swallow you whole

and Truth takes no prisoners

It just slices you open on Her Blade

But if you not afraid of

Emptiness…of

Loneliness

If you can accept that you were born naked and

not even the strongest bond of Love can protect you

from Death

Then you can begin to Love your precious Life

and Lick Honey from the Razor’s edge”

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, The Yoginis and the Red Priestesses from all traditions throughout the Ages

Resources:

Marion Woodman: “Dancing in the Flames” – Shambhala Boston -1997

Poem by Psalm Isadora – barefootdiary.blogspot.com

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2017

February 2017

 

 

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Alchemy:  transmuting, transformation, blending, magic, third force, fire, chaos, base metals into gold, eternality

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In the last sutra – I wrote about “The Firepit of Consciousness” – in this sutra, we explore alchemy, which is a stage of the journey where intense transformation takes place deep within and beyond the playground of duality. There is a beautiful Sanskrit word that describes “Alchemy” it is called “Tapas”

Shambhavi Lorain Chopra in her gorgeous book “Yogini” speaks about this fiery transformation – “Real tapas is more than any enforced asceticism.  It is the heat that rises from a passionate form of the Divine energy seeking to transcend all limitations.  Tapas is the heat of spiritual inquiry and aspiration that makes the sadhaka consume all the fleeting needs and desires in life.  The fire in the soul connects with the life-fire in the body, finding expression through the heart, leading one to liberate or detach oneself from illusion, creating the way to self-realization.  This is the real inner movement of tapas.”

 

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“You are a Ruby in the Heart of Granite – how long will you try to deceive us? “- Rumi

Alchemy is the testing ground on the path of Sovereignty, Awakening and Freedom as it burns away all that does not serve the evolution of the Soul.  For a moment, let me describe the three layers of the personality that I have encountered –

At the level of the first layer of the personality – we are totally hooked into the collective unconscious and our personal story.  The collective unconscious – is the place where duality is most active, with its numerous distractions, pushes and pulls, stories and games.  Everything is divided and separate – and “I”, “Me” and “Mine” is most important to the personality.  Attachment and judgement underlies everything. There is a total identification with name, form and personal history.

The middle layer of the personality is less dense but there is still identification with name and form.  This is the layer of the seeker.  The personality seeks to discover the answers to the deeper questions of life.  We explore who we are beyond our personality through teachers, workshops and books.  This is a very tender and beautiful space but we still can get caught in the collective mindset, the values of the patriarchy and the “survival of me”

The inner layer of the personality is the most tender, vulnerable and naked space.  In this space one has seen through the illusions, and the Soul has started to manifest on a conscious level in the life of the seeker who has had a glimpse of the treasure within.  The Soul is now shining through the many veils and shrouds that has veiled its Luminous  Presence  and most importantly – the personality has chosen the Soul – also known as the “Inner Beloved”. 

 

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burning the veils of Illusion

Its at this inner layer where the process of alchemy ignites the fire of transformation and we are remade and reborn “In the Firepit of Consciousness”. We feel exposed, vulnerable and tested and it takes the courage and grit of the Spiritual Warrior to bear with the process of the heat of transformation.  We are cleansed of all that is illusionary and there are whispers of the holy marriage within.  Andrew Harvey speaks of this in his book – The Way of Passion – A Celebration of Rumi –  “Purification is frightening, because in the fire there is a lot of spitting and black smoke, a lot of difficulty happens.  Then, expansion: the fire enters the log and the Light enters, you burn in the fire and the blaze is without interference now because the impurities have been burned away.”  You close your ears to the “noise” of the world and you claim your Sovereignty.

 

 

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The writings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to The Red Goddess – Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, The Yoginis and The Red Priestesses of all traditions throughout the ages.

References:

Andrew Harvey:  The Way of Passion – A Celebration of Rumi – Frog Ltd. 1994

Shambhavi Chopra: Yogini – Wisdom Tree 2006

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2016

Samhain 31 October 2016

 

 

 

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Introduction to the Scarlet Sutra

Part 2

Sovereigntyto rule, dominion, authority, noble, honour, leadership, a force, brilliance, beauty, truth, strength, courage, vision, freedom

This first sutra gives an brief overview of SovereigntyIn the material world we associate sovereignty with royalty and material abundance and worldly power.  This is not the sovereignty that this sutra seeks to describe.  Sovereignty with regards to feminine embodiment is not about the “individual” or “becoming a goddess”.  This sutra is not about serving the needs of a false self bound up with personal identity and serving the needs of that personal identity.  Sovereignty here speaks deeply and lovingly to the Feminine Soul and Union with the Vastness of Existence.  As one of my dearest teachers says…..its about “Having a love affair with Existence”  When we journey into the depths of our Royal Sovereignty we let go of all the roles and identities that make up this small self we believe ourselves to be, and melt into the vastness of our True Essential Beingness which is Existence itself….Love itself….

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A woman walking this path sets her soul free from the weight and baggage of her personal identity, her story, her cherished beliefs and opinions.  She unchains from all that keep her bound to limitation within the ego mind and within the society in which she finds herself……She allows Existence in….

The Lalita Sahasranama – the 1000 Names in Praise of the Goddess Lalita ……….is a song encoded with the attributes of Feminine Sovereignty.

The first stanza translated  describes the beauty of this Noble Feminine Presence, the very Nature of Femininity – this Sovereign Sacred Feminine encoded within us all.

“You are the Mother of All

You are a Great Queen

You sit astride the Lion

Born from the Firepit of Consciousness

You have come to Light the World”

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“You are the Mother of All”——not just a Mother but the Mother of All….speaks to the universality of this all encompassing Blissful Nature of the Mother Matrix.  It encompasses everything…..all dualities find a place of safety and rest here.  All creation is fed at the bosom of the Divine manifestation of Motherhood that this sacred name is describing to us.

“You are a Great Queen”——we add the nobility and deep royal qualities of Leadership, of Presence, of Fortitude and Courage to our understanding of what it means to embody the feminine. 

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“You sit astride a Lion”——this line describes the Lion throne of the Feminine Soul.  In tantric language, the seat is the place where the feminine sits, unshakable in the face of all the challenges in this dualistic world.  Many female deities across all cultures are pictured sitting on the back of a lion.  Linda Tucker in her book Mystery of the White Lions – Children of the Sun God writes “female deities such as Atamgatis and Cybele from classical mythology are shown astride lions, while the Great Mother of Asia Minor, Rhea goddess of the earth and wild beasts, is inevitably represented with lions at her side, seated upon lions , or in a lion-drawn chariot.  The Japanese personification of ultimate wisdom and he mother of enlightenment, Mojubosatsu, rides the back of a lion.  Similarly, the Germanic goddess Freyja, head of the Valkyries, is depicted astride a great cat, while her Babylonian counterpart, the Goddess Ishtar, rides a lion betokening her feline potency.  Across the continents and the ages, this portrayal of female leonine figures is consistent.”

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The Leonine Sovereign also alludes to the mastery of the instinctual nature.  The wise instinctual nature is deeply integrated into the Heart.  We see Her sitting on a seat of ferocity and wild instincts in perfect equanimity and mastery.  She has not tamed her instincts but has mastery over it.

“Born from the Fire-pit of Consciousness….You have come to Light the World”——-Once we have gained mastery over our overwhelming need for survival and the insatiable desires of ego-mind then the deep soul femininity rises from the Fire-pit of Consciousness – an alchemical transformation takes place within the crucible of Fire…..from this we are born to “Light the World” as healers, teachers and wise-woman.

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Sovereignty is intimately aligned with both Awakening and Freedom.  Each primordial quality contains the other within it.  Without Sovereignty you cannot awaken to the Truth and Infinite Love within yourself, and you cannot be free.  Likewise you cannot be Awakened without embodying both Sovereignty and Freedom.  And Ultimately you cannot be Free without establishing Sovereignty and Awakening in every particle of your being.

The Soul can be likened to a caged bird who sings a song dreaming of freedom….Of Union with Existence….

 

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We might ask ourselves ——-What song is our soul singing today? 

As we contemplate an increasing unstable world and the challenges that face us in our daily lives we might choose to remember the words from the ancient hymn praising the Sovereign Goddess Lalita:

You are called to remember that you are not just a Mother, but the Mother of all Creation…..  Not only are you a Queen but you are a Great Queen……your  Sacred Seat is the back of a Royal Beast…..the Lion…….and dearest sisters when all  seems dark and lonely, remember…….You have come to Light the World.

The writings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Sovereign Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, The Yoginis, and the Red Priestesses from all traditions throughout the Ages.

References:

Mantra and the Goddess – A Poetic Interpretation of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama  by Swamini Lalitambika Devi – O Books 2010

Mystery of the White Lions – Children of the Sun God by Linda Tucker – Hay House 2001

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2016

September New Moon

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Introduction to the Scarlet Sutra

Part 1

A Sutra is a Sanskrit word that means “a thread”.  This “thread” weaves together a tapestry that leads to Wisdom and Deep Inner Knowing.  A Sutra is really a Naked Idea that resounds within your Core. 

When you reflect on this Naked Idea, it stirs up your consciousness, creating Inner Alchemical Magic that causes your own Awareness to be triggered and which leads you to the Love, Truth and Beauty that is your Inner Essence.

Why Scarlet?

The color Red or Scarlet is closely associated with the Feminine.  It symbolises the Life Force, Blood Mysteries, Passion, Fire, the Intense and Pristine beauty of Blood Red Roses, Love, the Heart…It is the color that evokes Shakti – “She” – The Primordial word for Feminine Power, Love and Grace.  Scarlet is the fuel that threads through the whole journey of Feminine Transformation into the Power of Sovereignty, Awakening and Freedom.

We are living in a time of unprecedented chaos and violence.  Never before has the world known such darkness.  Women are being denigrated, shamed and humiliated by various acts of violence as never before.  In response, the Feminine is awakening in the hearts of women all around the world.  Women are coming together in groups and in circles to heal their wounds, and to release their Sacred Power that has remained hidden for far too long.

In the Shaktisangama Tantra – The Divine Feminine as Woman is celebrated…..

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Woman is the Creator of the Universe,

The Universe is her form.

Woman is the foundation of the world,

She is the true form of the body.

Whatever form She takes,

whether the form of a man or a woman,

is the superior form.

In woman is the form of all things,

of all that lives and moves in the world.

There is no jewel rarer than woman,

no condition superior to that of a woman.

There is not, nor has been, nor will be

any destiny to equal that of a woman.

There is no kingdom, no wealth,

to be compared with a woman.

There is not, nor has been, nor will be

any holy place like unto a woman.

There is no prayer to equal a woman.

There is not, nor has been, nor will be

any yoga to compare with a woman,

no mystical formula nor asceticism

to match a woman.

There has not, nor have been, nor will be

any riches more valuable than woman.

The writings of the Scarlet Sutrathe Yoga of Sovereignty is dedicated to the Sovereign Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, the Yogini’s and the Red Priestesses from all traditions throughout the Ages.

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2016

Posted Full Moon Winter Solstice June 2016

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