All of our Yoga practice, however modern or modified, is deeply rooted in ancient philosophy.
Samkhya – one of the six traditional schools of thought in indian philosophy – tells us about Purusha and Prakriti – Consciousness and Nature – the two fundamental forces of all that exists. One cannot exist without the other. They are eternally attracted to each other, creating a dance of action and reaction, searching and finding, creating and destroying, expressing and perceiving.
Purusha – pure consciousness, is the divine masculine principle that works in all of us. It is the force of intelligence that activates nature, inseminates life into action, motivates the cell to divide, the plant to grow, the mind to explore.
However it cannot in itself create or sense, or experience. It exist only through Prakriti, the essence of all nature, the divine feminine principle, the intuitive, perceiving, creative force of all that exists, our senses, our mind, our ability to love and understand. Prakriti IS nature.
In the era of destruction (Kali Yoga) we are currently living, where the pendulum of universal forces is reaching it’s divine edge, where the separation and imbalance between Purusha and Prakriti has reached it’s tipping point, we can see the results of this disconnectedness everywhere around us.
Separated from our own intuition, our feminine qualities, our sensual intelligence, our creativity, our sense of community, our darkness, our mystery, our compassion. Disconnected from our own bodies and from nature itself, we are destroying the world around us. The devaluing of women is in truth a devaluing of the feminine principle, a denying of our inherent abilities to know, to love, to perceive, to listen, and it is is making itself shown in the many diseases that afflict our own bodies as well as the body of the earth.
As human beings, especially as women, we all carry the heart of nature inside of us, in our cycles, our intuition, our motherly love, our power to create life. What happens to us, happens to the planet.
But it is up to us to find our strength again, rise from our own ashes and begin to lead the world out of the imbalance of our humanity and to redefine who we really are as a species and what our higher function is for the world.
As a species, we urgently need to begin the shift away from being a consumer species and toward a restorer species.
We all need to take responsibility for our own and for the planets health and we need to use our inborn capability to love and nurture and heal and restore the world again for the greater good.
But we cannot do it when we are exhausted, overworked and alone. We need to find strength in community.
Rather than being victims, we need to recognise that it is not a mans responsibility to free us, empower us and remind us of our true nature, it is ours.
As women, we have the inborn power to create life. We create humans into being. We create emotions. We create experiences, we create homes, food, art. We can create a better world. And to create the world we dream of, we need to acknowledge this divine power in each of us.
We need to get together and empower each other. We can be the nurturing network we need for each other and for the planet.
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