Mahavydia Series | 06
THE SIXTH OF THE DASHA MAHAVIDYA
AN INITIATION INTO THE WISDOMS OF THE GODDESS.
25 May | Full Moon*
20:oo - 23:oo CEST | 19:oo -22:oo GMT
*A recording will be made available,
if you were unable to make the exact date/time.
Just get in touch.
“Oh Goddess Chinnamasta
Lust and desire is in your blood.
You show us the place where lust and desire belong.
You feed the Chandra Nadi;
You feed the Surya Nadi.
You are the dark Amvasya between.
The movement of desire do you teach.
Mistress of lunar and solar maneuvers you be.
You reveal the natural secrets of sex.
By showing us how to bow down
& let the tides of nature move us,
to you we bow.”
Chinnamasta delights in trampling upon two lovers locked in sexual embrace. These lovers are Kama, who is the god of desire, and his wife Rati who rides upon him.
Chinnamasta has cut off her own head and holds it in her hand (left hand). Blood spurts out of her headless body in three channels. Chinnamasta’s head drinks from the middle spring of blood. On the right of Chinnamasta stands her devotee Varnini, who drinks from the right channel of blood. On the left is her devotee Dakini, who drinks from the left channel of blood. Chinnamasta is a nourishing Goddess.
the three channels of the spine,
known as Ida, Pingala
These are the active, passive channels, and the balancing power between the two is what Chinnamasta nourishes us with. She nourishes these three aspects by three distinct forms of desire.
Dakini, on the left of Chinnamasta, represents the passive reception of desire, that is the power to lay low and receive desire. Varnini, on the Right of Chinnamasta, represents the power to actively step-up and express desire.
The middle channel, which Chinnamasta herself drinks from, is the bridging union of the two opposites of desire. This is the secret of desire that lives between the opposites of desire – Goddess Chinnamasta’s lesson.
Chinnamasta is a Goddess of sexual energy flow. Study of Chinnamasta teaches us about sexual energy and it’s three fold nature. This of course relates to sex directly, but it encompasses the exchange of energy in general. The Yog is very much a practice that relates to receptive and active uses of energy. Chinnamasta is the secret third element where the receptive and the active meet. Her form is graphic. It sharply and directly emphasises the laws of energy exchange.
Chinnamasta sadhana (the way or path of Chinnamasta) is instinctual and very matter of fact. Chinnamasta is pure instinct itself. She is the secret between the expression and reception of instinct. She is also a great giver: she beheads herself in order to give to her devotees.
The story goes that one the Goddess was wandering through creation with her devotees Dakini and Varnini.
Whereas Dakini represents the lunar receptive nature of the devotee, Varnini represents the Solar and active nature of the devotee. The desire to live these expressions of energy reached an extreme point in her devotees and, quite suddenly, they became sexually aroused and urgently needed to experience the extremes of active and passive desire.
From the Tantric perspective,
all of our endeavours
fall within the realm
of active and passive desire.
Chinnamasta is the epitome of generosity and she did not hesitate to meet the needs and desires of her devotees. She gave to both the passive and the active requirements. Chinnamasta in this way represents the work of the Kundalini channel with its threefold movement of energy.
This night’s ritual is concerned with the study of our sexual life desire. It is a ritual night reserved for studying what we most urgently require to receive, and what we most urgently require to express, and more than this, to know the unifier of these two expressions. The Tantrics call her Chinnamasta. The practices of Chinnamasta bring healing to our Love life. The practices of Chinnamasta bring healing to our life of Love.
This night’s ritual takes place under a full Lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahn, as the Tantrics call it.
The lunar feminine element may already be oppressed in our civilisation that oppresses the dark femmine womb with upward maneuvers to the light.
The lunar eclipse poses a challenge to stand up for the femmine element on this night. To stand up for the femmine element has been the role, and even the duty of Tantrics since the dawn of civilization. Chinnamasta rewards us with healing and loving nourishment when we stand up for her. This is encoded within the story of Chinnamasta, which will be the investigation of this night’s healing ritual.
Chinnamasta Jayanti will take place under the auspices of Chittra Nakshatra, the star of brilliance. To find more about this lunar constellation click here.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
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The rituals takes place ONLINE, from 7pm until ±11pm Central European Time (CET).
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in trampling upon two lovers locked in sexual embrace.
She tramples upon Kamadev,
the god of desire and his lover Rati,
who rides upon him fiercely.
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
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STEP 2 | Send a proof of payment
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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
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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.
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