Bonding, Taboo and the Art of Sacrifice
Themes of Bondage, Sacrifice and Taboo appear repeatedly in all sacred writings. Yoga, meaning ‘to bind, to yoke’, the word ‘religion’, from ‘religare’, ‘to bind fast, to place a bond between humans and gods’. Psyche gets tied to a rock, Abraham binds his son Isaac as a sacrifice, and saying something was ‘bound to happen’ all testify to Binding as one aspect of consciousness and the transformative processes that open the dialogue between ourselves and those force greater than us.
All traditions discuss Sacrifice. Hermes slaughters Apollo’s cattle. Tantra insists that sexual union is a ‘sacrifice’. The Catholic Mass and Jesus’ self-sacrifice to save humanity. The universal offering of animals, and their flesh and blood, as a means of linking with the gods. The self-sacrifice of many mystics, in every spiritual tradition. All these make it certain that Sacrifice is another important aspect of conscious practice.
Along with dead bodies, menstrual blood and semen are the most universal of Taboo substances. These natural emissions are usually associated with ritual impurity, defining and informing the line between sacred and profane. What is it about these normal, joyful and life-affirming fluids that are believed to have the power to make some persons or places ‘unclean’ for prayer or service? Further, someone has to bury or attend to the dead, so how would an undertaker navigate within with his profession? And why would a dead body convey ritual impurity to the living?
This workshop examines the mysteries of these images, and ideas related to them, to know the real wisdom of these practices, how they work to attain their perceived outcome, and how to navigate the tricky waters through the rocks and wrecks. Through lectures, discussions and direct experiential practices, we deepen our understanding of these concepts and their relevance to the imagination and practice of conscious living and conscious loving.
dance movement, lectures and depth discussions, instruction and ritual practice, meditation, good company and good food.
5 days. Knysna. Residential. Entry Requirements. Preparation. Homework.