Mahavydia Series | 01
THE FIRST OF THE DASHA MAHAVIDYA
AN INITIATION INTO THE WISDOM OF THE GODDESS.
30 December| FULL 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.
“The days are lengthening
The solstice is passed
The nights recede by a sunlit mast
The first full moon of the rising year
Belongs to Bhairavi, who comes to reveal
The psychic clouds in the sky of our Soul.”
BHAIRAVI JAYANTI is the first date in the Mahavidya Calendar after the Winter Solstice. This Purnima (full moon) will be the first of the ascending half of the natural year – when days lengthen following the Solstice of Winter.
Bhairavi is the fierce Goddess who has a startling glow in her face. She initiates the first full Moon in the new cycle of growing days. Bhairavi means ‘the fierce one’. Her beautiful face shines fiercely with the brilliance of 1000 Moons. She wears a necklace of fresh severed heads, and the Moon stands on her forehead. The sight of Bhairavi can be an ugly, frightening one.
Her lesson is about honouring the dark feminine power.
Yogins watch carefully how they approach Bhairavi.
She will use you,
if she feels she is being used,
and she will honour you,
if she feels she is being honoured.
Bhairavi is nothing more, and nothing less, than the mirror of how we treat our life power. Bhairavi is the fire that consumes, she incites power and passion, her destructive fire ingests creation in its flames.
She is the destroyer of the three worlds of Earthly, Conscious & Unconscious illusions, known collectively as Tripur, for this she is called Tripuri Bhairavi (literally, ‘fierce in the three worlds’). Her burning destruction allows for creation to take place – for the new cannot find a place until the old dies. She is ever present just like her lover Bhairav.
Bhairav is the Masculine of Bhairavi, he is Time, where Bhairavi is that which is beyond Time. The fire of time consumes our lives. Bhairavi is the great beyond, she is the place where death leaves less than the shadow of ash.
Bhairavi is the grand paradox, for she is also beautiful and enchanting. Her beauty excites and calls out our life force as we serve that to which we are drawn. Yet beware, for Bhairavi is also known by the name of Kotraksi, ‘the one with deep, sunken dark eyes’.
The more of our power we give away in life to things which do not feed our Soul, the more ghostly her form becomes to us and the deeper we fall into her dark eyes.
can reveal to us
the places where
we sidestep the real issues
that we most need to deal with
before our death.
She reveals our well-worn escape routes and petty distractions. It can be frightening and challenging to face Bhairavi, to face her is to face ourselves. Sometimes we turn away from ourselves and towards other occupations, the occupation of Bhairavi is to reveal such strategies.
Bhairavi Jayanti Puja is the study of that which we give our power away to: the corpses that we feed with our life power! Bhairavi sits on a corpse as her vehicle, called the Savasan in Tantra. The corpse does not move and neither does Bhairavi. We move towards them! The more we give away and waste Shakti, the uglier and more fierce Bhairavi becomes to us. This is why she is the drinker of blood. In this life we have to give our energy and life blood, for living and loving requires the investment of our Shakti.
We have to make focussed effort to live, but sometimes it is not focussed enough – or not focused at all. Instead our vision might become obscured by psychic clouds, and Bhairavi reveals these to us in the skies of our Soul. Bhairavi is the force that requires our focus, to face Life and Death together. She requires our involvement and relationship. She is the force of living and dying, which go hand in hand.
It might seem easier to feed our power to a dead corpse than to Bhairavi, for the corpse never complains, whereas Bhairvai can be displeased easily. Yet, Bhairavi cannot be ignored for long, for she comes scratching at our door sooner or later.
She grows more frightening and ugly as we waste our energies in dead things. She becomes the illuminating beauty with the splendour of a 1000 Moons if we face her by confronting the reality of our spiritual lives. This ritual in essence will be about finding and facing the hidden, lost and denied parts of ourselves that do not actively engage into creative Living and Loving.
The ritual will be based around the different Bhairavi Mudras, these are a series of 7 facial expressions that stimulate the 7 chakras. The 3 Bija Mantras of Bhairavi that open and melt the doors to the three worlds of earthly, conscious and unconscious life will be chanted within a sequence of Asan that move us into the timeless dimension of Bhairavi.
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.
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 some of the 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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