There was a feeling of discomfort as I sat to practice an exercise from the Deep Time Leadership program on Interbeing assigned to our leadership class by presenter, Gail Worcelo (Sisters of the Earth Community) of the Green Mountain Monastery. Before me I placed a large Poinsettia and Ivy bowl on the kitchen counter asking for guidance on its care. Parts from both plants seem to be dying, and I’m unsure how to properly care for it. My friend Dana had gifted me with this bowl at the time of her visit this past December. Knowing that Poinsettia’s are notoriously hard to grow, I graciously accepted the gift and for many weeks the plant seemed to thrive. Noting this past week the drying and dropped leaves I found myself questioning whether I had been watering it too frequent or not enough. Either way, there were clear signs of pathology.
Paul Robear conducted us through the opening blessing and ritual and then began 20 minutes of a very deeply focused drumming. For me, the posture experience evoked the following experience:
“I was laying outside on the grass under the starry night sky. I felt a tremendous warmth emanating from the back of my head. It felt as if my body, my head specifically, was being planted in the Earth, as if growing roots. In between the drumbeats I could hear an elder chanting an ancient song in a language which I did not understand. His voice and chant were comforting, and soon I could hear a chorus of voices singing along with him. I then saw a village laid out in a circular grid-like fashion where each hut had several paths connecting to the next hut, in almost like a fish-net like pattern. At that point I felt that I had become a small fetus floating in larger space connected to the beat of this community. I felt an intense longing for connection with the tribe. A snake was nearby and momentarily I felt oddly vulnerable to being eaten while laying in the grass in this posture – an unsuspecting prey for the predator, perhaps a first chakra related fear. Overall, I felt a deep feeling of connection with the elder singing the song that wove together this deeper feeling of community.”
In these uncertain pandemic times, both environmentally, culturally, and geo-politically, this “Sleeping Lady” posture helps me remember to seek greater connection with Earth for guidance and support. The uncertainty I’m experiencing in life is a kind of darkness, not too unlike the darkness encountered in the subterranean Hypogeum burial pit where all that is unessential to a Soul is stripped away. Is that the role of the feminine (Yin) energy to remove what is no longer needed, helping us to better focus on what is waiting to be born anew? Having seen in my trance state the image of a fetus floating in space reminds me to pay greater attention to the new life emerging and to seek the comfort of connection with community, the Divine Feminine at play within the whole of Creation.
“It’s a new day and great opportunities come with each passing moment.”