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Introduzione a MATRIKA n. 4

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Incarnazione. Questo cammino dentro il corpo, lo cominciamo dal concepimento (o anche prima?), durante tutta la gestazione e nel momento della nascita. Ma poi non finisce lì… Il periodo di crescita e sviluppo ci porta sempre più ad abituarci alla materia che ci sostiene, al corpo che ci accoglie, che diventa parte integrante di noi stessi, l’espressione vibratoria tangibile del nostro essere. Anche da adulti, siamo chiamati sempre di più ad abitare questo corpo, ad ascoltarlo, comprenderlo, rispettarlo.
Questa edizione di Matrika ci offre molti spunti per chiarire questi processi d’incarnazione nelle sue varie fasi, e per ritrovare una connessione profonda con un vissuto corporeo spesso dimenticato.
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(Italiano) Lalita Tripura Sundari – L’incontro fra eros e aspirazione spirituale

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Davanti a me avevo uno Yagna (1) potente e fiammeggiante, a cui offrivo semi al ritmo con cui ripetevo mentalmente il mantra che vibra con il vortice di energia chiamato Rajarajeshwari.

Ero in un villaggio sperduto del Maharashtra, vestita di color rosso, seduta nel cortile di una piccola casa di un Maestro della Vibrazione in compagnia di un centinaio di persone, tutti seduti in padmasana (2), sul nostro inconfondibile asan (3) rosso in onore della Shakti.

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Full Embodiment: be in my body, embody my present…

An interview with Ariel Giarretto
Meeting Ariel Giaretto is a can’t-miss chance. So last spring we had a chat with one of the people who actively took part into the most important changes in the American society in the last years. Today she is active in some of the sex-positive communities of the Bay Area in California. Ariel has been gathering experience at the Esalen Institute in the Nineties, then she met Peter Levine, who got her to teach Somatic Experiencing all around the world, then she designed the Full Embodiment method. She has been always sponsoring the beauty in meeting human beings in their unicity and countless differences.
Under an astonishing clear blue sky, sitting by a white table in the garden of the hotel she is staying in, we asked her some questions.
We found very interesting what you wrote about the fact that most of the difficulties and obstacles we experience in our sexuality can come from some forms of disconnections from our bodies, sensations and desires. At different extent we all suffer from the disconnection from our bodies, our relations with other people and the earth. We would like to know why you think that this process of disconnection is an inevitable consequence of living in the Western culture.
Mostly because of my personal experience and thanks to the way I got in contact with my body in order to be more entirely here, more present and connected to the planet. It comes also from the fact that I realized that very few people are present and aware of their body. If I am not in me, I cannot be connected with you or with other people.
Since we were children, we have been taught to think about but not to feel our own body; this is a missing part for many of us.
This understanding inspired me to take it as a personal mission: helping people meet their own truth, something that sounds as a yes, not superficially, a yes at a very deep level, even deeper that any trauma they could have ever experienced, in the purest part of themselves. I think that if we are more connected to our own body we can be more in balance with the Earth, avoiding hurting each other and being able to get in contact with something beyond intuition, something dealing more with the decisions by our soul. Everything would be different, with our children, with animals, with anything. The more I get in contact with myself, the more I enjoy my life.
Love, sex, creativity and energy can be experienced as a whole in consciousness, but if all these aspects are experienced separately and without being conscious of them, we risk to lose the real joy of life. How can we integrate these immense vital powers through our own bodies?
First of all we have to take off fear. With the Somatic Experiencing method we work for building containment through our body. The bigger the containment, the less we are frightened by this vital energy. In many cases, one of the causes of the problem is coming from the fact that our parents were frightened by this vital energy; we were forced to learn to keep it low, to separate it from our experience. So when we have access to it, we can be deeply frightened by it. We can help people to sense small portions of this vital energy, have access to it and feel comfortable with it. At this stage, people could turn curious about it and eager to sense more of it.
I’ve learnt on my skin how fundamental is a gradual approach, titrated with small drops: when we start taking off fear from any aspect of the human experience, the feedback to this work is a spontaneous yes.
We all know how it is important for children not to feel guilty, refused or judged by their parents for their first contacts with their body and sexuality. Do you have any suggestion on how to take care of such important moments for their future?
Today we know that the first imprintings can take place very early, even far before a child is 4-year-old. I think it is very important to work with couples before they have children, help them to feel their bodies and become aware of their own self-regulation. I like working with women before they get pregnant, in order to let them feel and welcome their babies in a body free from guilt. It is important that parents honor and celebrate their babies’ bodies when they start touching and exploring them. For children it is not dealing with sexuality, but it is like they say “oh, what a nice sensation I feel here and there too….” In order to start feeling at ease with their bodies without feeling guilty.
It all comes from parents, from their way to behave naturally and do not feel guilty when their children ask them “What’s that?” – looking at breast or genitals. The way we answer to their natural curiosity influences the way our children will feel at ease or unease with their bodies. It mostly depends on the first feelings they experience, from the fact they felt guilty and that this feeling can stay with them for all their lives. Looking at children, the only word we can use to describe that status is…magnificent! As child, our body is magnificent.
The key is feeling how we would like to be introduced to sensing our body, how we would like to be supported in exploring it. According to my experience, this is the first step of a deep reworking and dispelling fear. People should work on their bodies this way before having children, that would be the best. I’ve been meeting many women who unconsciously keep closed their pelvic areas, that’s why they found it very difficult to conceive, to let their children come to life through that part of their body. I think this is coming from grandmothers and great-grandmothers and has been happening for many generations. It is a consequence of the way of living they had in the past.
So, the origin of our experiences comes from the past and you talk about “soul”. Now we would like to know how you perceive our existence, the “full embodiment” in what is called the dance between spirit and matter.
That’s a great question.  We could discuss about it for hours…
I think it is a mix: genetics generates an imprinting, our cells have memory, but we have our conscience too and this starts adapting to the imprintings coming from previous generations. We could call it dual, but I think this word is too violent and cannot explain it well. It could be described as a kind of marvel, being here I mean. The conscience of who I am is more real than how I must adapt to the body I came in.
You know, I’ve been studying with Ray Castellino while Dominique was working as a training assistant. Then, when Dominique started attending the training in Somatic Experiencing, I was one of Peter Levine’s assistants, so we built a good relationship.
It is very clear how we come in, how incredible is this sensation.
We are driven by an intention, we have our own way of being and we can fully live our potential even though we have to adapt to our body, the Planet, our history, our parents’ histories and traumas. But Somatic Experiencing, Prenatal & Birth Therapy and Full Embodiment get beyond all, beyond imprinting and back to the essence.
Where Wisdom and Energy of Life are at their utmost.
This is my vision and the core of my job: getting beyond traumas in my body to reach the vital energy, what Ray Castellino calls health concerning the system and Peter Levine defines resilience.
Our magazine is followed by many therapists and pros in helping people; many of the people they assist have experienced sexual abuse. Can you explain us which are the basic principles you found your work on with this kind of trauma?
One of the basic ideas is to restore the perception that our body is a safe place. Restore a sensation of stability in our feet, our legs, of strength in our arms that can protect us in order to create a sense of containment and protection in our body. As long as the person gets gradually in contact with this sensation of protection in their own body and the memory of their childhood, their system starts stabilizing.
Another basic principle is to identify and honor the strategies of survival the person has been using in the past. Dissociation, tightness or the sense of vanishing must be recognized, the person can get aware of these strategies and check if he/she is still using them in the present without using the full range of their potential. The somatic perception of body, the ability to feel we can protect ourselves, to say “this is my space” make the difference. Most of the healing occurs when people realize that now they can protect their own space.
Unfortunately violation of these boundaries usually occurs as children, when children cannot defend themselves, so we have to restore the connections to active defenses because in addition to the trauma consequences, the most frightening thing is the fact that this can happen again.
It is not about saying “Yes, I am self-confident”, but about perceiving the possibility to do anything to protect us.
Another principle the person should learn is to orient and detect dangerous people from inoffensive ones. Especially when abuses occurred within the family and by people who were supposed to protect us, all our reference points are confused and references must be clear again.
It is about coming back to the present, feeling safety here and now in me. Usually it takes some time to reach this sensation, so we have to grant us some time, all the time we need.
And the last principle, another fundamental component of my work, is the ability to restore the sense of trust, to be able to trust people. The right ones.
One of the core principles in human life is to live a good and healthy relationship with our peers. Often verbal and behavioral attitudes are less evident than actions and seem less invasive. What’s the difference between physical and verbal abuse?
It is more difficult to protect from psychological abuse, it is more insidious. But thanks to methods as SE or Full Embodiment we can help a person to understand when a physical invasion occurs, in order to detect the “invader” and react or answer in a proper way according to the situation. The psychological abuse can turn us mad because it is more difficult to detect, can be done in many ways and the abused could not understand it clearly but just perceive there is something wrong.
I could listen to something, but have a completely different perception of it. For example when children grow up in an environment where alcohol or drug abuses are ongoing, they could find it difficult to understand what is happening around them. In this case, usually nobody explains children what is the problem, indeed somebody could say them all is OK even though something dramatic or shocking has happened. In this case children perceive something is wrong, but their perception is invalidated, they start feeling confused and cannot trust their perception of reality.
When we feel we really want something but somebody tell us: “No, you don’t want that thing” – when your experience or intuition is underestimated, when they make you doubt of yourself and you think you are crazy, that’s a psychological abuse for me. When I start thinking I am crazy and not that the situation is crazy…
What’s the relation between addiction and difficult  emotional status?
According to me, part of the healing process is to feel the whole range of the experience. If I feel anxious, can I stay in this anxious status without doing something like having coffee, eating chocolate or smoking a cigarette? In SE we talk about decoupling. Probably there is a vacuum or something that is asking us to be felt. How can I help people to feel what they really wants? If anxiety is perceived as a sense of vacuum, I can suggest them to touch the part of their body where they are feeling this anxiety. This could change something in how they perceive this status and generate a better sense of protection. Once the anxiety lowers down, they could perceive they do not want chocolate anymore, but could realize they need something else, maybe a hug. So we identify the trigger, the stimulus that puts us on the spot, and then the immediate need it generates and in the end understand what is what we really need.
Thanks to these methods we can get in contact with emotions in our body-mind system in a conscious and safe way. What are the main differences between these methods and the cathartic methods quite popular in the past?
I think catharsis was a very important passage for a population who experienced such hard times. I think that after World War II everybody was shocked, many were depressed and sexually blocked so there was the need for something strong in order to overcome those feelings. But now I think we are living a different situation. More than 2 generations have passed since the use of catharsis started in the 60’s, most of those people are grandparents now. Maybe we passed from an excessive closure in the past to a too wide and vast something. We could step a bit back and discover details, shades with a finer approach to new experiences. Another thing I learnt from Peter Levine is that it is useful to honor our personal limits, we don’t want to push or skip them, we don’t want to interrupt or block them, we want to feel and respect them. There is a good reason for this. Peter says that when you feel a resistance, you can thank it and welcome it because there is a good reason for it. There are many other situations where catharsis can be necessary, for example when we are really freezed and yelling or hitting with all the strength we have can help, but even in this case there is no point in repeating that experience one hundred times. Once you did it and you started feeling the containment of your body it is not necessary that the whole thing is so enormous. You know, many people want to live the great experience … Fine, if you want to live a strong experience, go on with it. But it doesn’t mean this will change you, maybe it will be a wonderful experience, but nothing else, as eating a lot of good food doesn’t mean this will satisfy the origin of your hunger.
Nowadays science states that change takes place through slow, volunteer and daily patterns, such as learning to play an instrument, you train and train yourself for a while until you do not need any longer to think how you have to do it, you just do it. And that’s life, with new behaviors, new believes, new experiences allowing you to explore new patterns until they become part of you. I think it takes longer, but it is more satisfying. But it can be more difficult, many people are lazy and want the big experience!
And now we move on and talk about an emerging topic in many cultures today: gender… What do you mean when you say you are a liquid gender?
I’m trying to support myself and other people in taking our own time to identify our gender. I’ve been around for a while… you know, as a teenager or in my twenties or thirties it was like this, it was important to have an identity and we were wondering: “Who am I? Who are you? Do I like men? Women?” –  In some cases it takes many years to become what I am today. I had many sexual experiences in my life and it was wonderful; but now I feel I’m coming back to a quiet monogamy. I do not want to identify my sexual preference or my gender, but today I feel that being in a stable relationship with a man is what I need now. My being fluid does not change, now this is what is good for me, something simpler maybe!
How can we approach to feeling ourselves fluid about our gender?
We can stay open and curious about it. I don’t think that being fluid or liquid can fit everyone, I have no expectations on this to become common for all or that we should all live this way, but I really feel we should all go beyond fixed definitions….man, woman, gay, lesbian or what else … It is very important to feel how we can open our hearts to the others in different ways.
I’ve learnt to know and accept myself through experiencing beyond forced genders, discovering the male and the female in me.  I think it is useful for those strictly heterosexual men to explore their approach to other men, I mean not necessarily having a relationship, but simply by learning to play with other men. Indeed, even for women it can be very important to experience different shades in the relationship with the others, for example experiencing their strength and power in the relationship, not necessarily sexually…It was very important for me to discover my female part so I think it could be the same for other people. Without feeling pushed or forced to this experience. I also support a kind of asexuality. If there are people who do not feel the need to live their sexuality, this is fine. There is no path to follow, everybody is free to discover their own truth, what they meet along their life, what makes them feel more in contact with their vitality.
And in the end we would like to ask you what you think  about the circles of women and the circles of men. What does it happen in that sacred space when people with the same physiology and anatomy gather together?
This question requires an open vision on different levels of our awareness. Women have been gathering in circles since many years, they meet and exchange their knowledge and experience on sexuality, autonomy and the process of liberation they are leading. In the United States this movement is very strong. I don’t know very well how it is in Europe, but sometimes in these situations men are excluded and I don’t like it at all. I think that everybody can experience amplifying their own potential without feeling necessarily the other as an enemy.
On the contrary it can become an oscillation: from oppression to aggression, as a kind of catharsis, but I hope that this force once it is blocked it can turn stable and settle down. Actually we can start considering similarities, our vulnerability and the opportunity for men to have their role in this. In many places all over the world men do not talk about their sexuality, they do not talk each other about the messages they receive from their bodies, so when this happens it can be a great relief. Shame and isolation can dissolve when they discuss about their experiences. However this must not generate separation between genders because we have all been wound in different ways. There is no doubt that women have been abused through many generations and for this reason it is important today to start changing the experience men live in order to stop this abuse.
Sometimes in the seminars I host in the United States, circles are made in order to allow men to talk about their experiences in front of women. Sometimes there are feminists who disagree on it, but this way allows topics involving the shame we experienced to emerge and let men get aware of their behavior. If only I could have forty more years to live, I’d like to work on liberation and male sexuality, two topics linked to each other, I would avoid conflicts and separatism. Men who recognize their responsibility and are aware can be more available for their children and this is very important.

More information about Ariel Giarretto : arielgiarretto.com
An interview by Jerry Diamanti and Nadeshwari Joythimayananda
English editing by Serena Caloi
Thanks to Associazione Somamente and Elisabetta Ugolotti for the cooperation.
 

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(Italiano) Sexological bodywork- un percorso verso la sessualità consapevole

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Sexological bodywork ovvero Educazione sessuale somatica è una nuova emozionante disciplina che trasforma la vostra vita attraverso la consapevolezza del corpo sotto forma di Erotic Embodiment (incarnazione/ realizazzione erotica). La piena realizzazione del sè dal punto di vista erotico aiuta a recuperare il diritto al piacere e godere di una vita sessuale soddisfacente.

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(Italiano) Spazio vitale, confini e influenze subcorticali

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Questo scritto intende iniziare ad indagare la dimensione umana in uno dei suoi principali ambiti ancora non del tutto esplorati. Per rendere onore a tutte quelle persone i cui disagi e difficoltà reali nel passato non sono stati compresi e trattati in modo adeguato in ambito medico, sociale e familiare.

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(Italiano) Lignaggi femminili

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L’eredità matrilineare trasmessa di madre in figlia

Per ognuno di noi, il punto di partenza su questo pianeta è stata nostra madre, la matrice che ci ha accolto [dal latino matrix «madre, utero»]. Alle spalle della nostra mamma, se allarghiamo lo sguardo indietro nel tempo, vediamo profilarsi tutte le donne che l’hanno preceduta, che hanno camminato sulla Terra permettendo anche il nostro arrivo. Così facendo ci viene data l’opportunità di scorgere le dinamiche, i legami, i dolori e le ricchezze che ci sono stati tramandati, e allo stesso di cominciare a comprenderne il senso.

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(Italiano) Traumi e Dinamiche Perinatali

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Il tema dei traumi perinatali oggi è molto conosciuto per quello che riguarda l’esperienza della mamma, ma pur essendoci ricerche longitudinali riguardo all’esperienza della vita intrauterina fin dagli anni ’30, ancora oggi non viene posta la giusta attenzione su come questa influenzi le nostre vite. Il vissuto del bambino nell’utero e durante il parto è spesso molto diverso da quello della madre, ed ha bisogno di essere riconosciuto e compreso. Il riconoscimento e la comprensione di vissuti così precoci, nella nostra esperienza e non solo, ha un grande potenziale di guarigione e di cambiamento, e questo è il motivo che ci appassiona e che ci spinge a scrivere di questo argomento.

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(Italiano) Yanantin, la sacra dualità del maschile e del femminile. Intervista a Martina Mamani

YANANTIN, LA SACRA DUALITA’ DEL MASCHILE E DEL FEMMINILE.
INTERVISTA A MARTINA MAMANI. Di Luigi Jannarone

Martina Mamani è arrivata finalmente in Italia. E’ l’erede di un’antica tradizione spirituale che arriva dalle Ande del Perù, la sua famiglia da parte di padre sono da generazioni i sacerdoti guardiani del Tempio di Wiraqocha in Perù, mentre da parte di madre sono curanderos specializzati nell’uso terapeutico delle piante e delle erbe. Martina fin da piccola è stata scelta come depositaria della sapienza di questi due lignaggi famigliari ed è stata istruita per portare al mondo il messaggio degli antenati. Ecco cosa ci ha raccontato in questa intervista.

Martina è la tua prima visita in Italia, potresti presentarti al pubblico italiano?
A nome dell’Apu Kuntiki Wiraqocha saluto tutti. Vengo dal Perù, dal dipartimento di Cusco, comunità di Raqchi, e sono qui in Italia per condividere la medicina dei miei antenati, per aiutare a guarirci, per dare messaggi e per camminare insieme. L’Apu Wiraqocha non è esistito come persona fisica ma solo come Spirito, è lui che noi chiamiamo sulle Ande il Grande Spirito o Dio. Io vengo dal suo tempio, sono nata proprio dentro il tempio di Wiraqocha!

Qual è l’importanza di questo tempio nella tradizione andina?
Nel tempio sacro di Wiraqocha esistevano due grandi pietre che noi chiamiamo “Illas” o “Wakas” o anche “Q’uyas”. Queste due pietre lavoravano con l’energia del maschile e del femminile che nella tradizione andina chiamaiamo “Yanantin”. Usiamo due termini per la coppia, Yanantin e Masintin che però sono differenti. Il primo termine Yanantin si riferisce ad una coppia come ad esempio marito e moglie, mentre quando parliamo di Masintin parliamo di due persone ad esempio dello stesso sesso, però che non sono coppia in senso sessuale, ma sono due persone che portano la stessa forza o che condividono ad esempio un cammino spirituale. Chi è stato a Cusco avrà notato che su molti tetti delle case ci sono due statuette in terracotta di due tori, che andrebbero orientati verso est dove sorge il sole e che sono simbolo dell’abbondanza. I due tori sono appunto un esempio di Masintin.

Quindi nel tempio di Wiraqocha si veneravano le due energie, maschile e femminile. In che modo lavoravano queste due pietre?
All’interno del tempio c’erano queste due grandi pietre di forma simile ad un uovo, erano messe una a destra ed una a sinistra, quella a destra rappresentava il maschile ed era davanti ad una parete laminata d’oro, mentre quella a sinistra aveva l’energia femminile e stava davanti ad una parete laminata d’argento. L’oro e l’argento richiamavano l’energia del sole e della luna, gli archetipi maschili e femminili per eccellenza. Oggi purtroppo le due pietre non sono più al tempio di Wiraqocha, sono state portate via a Cusco, una si trova nella Cattedrale e l’altra nella Chiesa di Santo Domingo del Coricancha. Queste due pietre portavano l’energia dell’equilibrio dello Yanantin, lo stesso equilibrio che e noi andini portiamo con noi nel nostro altare, la Mesa andina, il nostro oggetto principale di potere, nel quale ci sono alcune cose fra cui anche due piccole pietre, riproduzioni delle due pietre grandi del tempio di Wiraqocha. Quando infatti nell’iniziazione ci veniva consegnata la Mesa, la si doveva portare al tempio per energizzarla attraverso la forza delle due grandi pietre. La Mesa la si conosce adesso con diversi nomi, molti lo chiamano Mischa, Mastana o anche ho sentito chiamarla Munay-ki. Ci sono nomi che si usano adesso ma che non si riferiscono al vero nome che si utilizzava prima. Per esempio quando parliamo di Munay-ki, siamo già in un altro punto, fuori dal tema delle Illas, le pietre di cui parlavamo.

Il Munay è il potere del cuore, si potrebbe dire che è il chakra del cuore?
Anche noi nelle Ande conoscevamo i sette principali punti energetici del corpo, oggi li conosciamo come chakra però per noi la parola chakra era il campo dove si andava a coltivare il mais o le patate! Utilizzavamo i sette principali punti energetici, sappiamo che sono molti di più, ad esempio nei piedi o nelle mani. Infatti, quando una donna partoriva, le si toccava per aiutarla, un punto particolare sul polso. Conosco questi punti perché nella famiglia di mia madre le donne facevano partorire le giovani madri. Quando si parla dei sette chakra, nella nostra lingua quechua, si arriva al punto del cuore, il Munay appunto. Adesso utilizzano questo stesso nome per parlare delle Illas, le due pietre del tempio, però in realtà non è con questo termine che ci si riferiva nella tradizione. Quando nominiamo i sette chakra, noi cominciamo dall’altro verso il basso ed in quechua sono: Llachay, Qaway, Rimay, Munay, Kausay, Llankay, Yatipay. Che io sappia nessuno dei miei antenati ha mai viaggiato in oriente ed è abbastanza incredibile che noi nelle Ande proprio nel tempo di Wiraqocha, conoscevamo i sette chakara.

Tornando allo Yanantin, come si relaziona la dualità ai quattro elementi?
Lo Yanantin come ti dicevo è relazionata soprattutto all’energia del sole e della luna però all’interno dello Yanantin esistono anche i quattro elementi: l’energia femminile lavora con l’elemento acqua e terra mentre quella maschile con il fuoco e l’aria. Le nostre nonne ci raccontavano che la Madre Terra è per noi rappresenta dal lato femminile della nostra famiglia, noi donne siamo la Madre Terra, mentre gli uomini rappresentano la luce dorata, il calore del Padre Sole. Per questo quando il nostro compagno, fidanzato o marito ci abbraccia, sentiamo calore! La dualità deve essere sempre in equilibrio ed andare insieme. Quando non c’è il sole fa freddo, è importante che esista un equilibrio dato dal maschile. Nella cultura andina gli Apus, ovvero gli Spiriti delle Montagne, rappresentano insieme al sole, questa energia maschile. Tayta Inti, il padre sole e Pachamama, sono un po’ come se fossero i nostri genitori!

E quando l’esempio di Yanantin dei nostri genitori è sbilanciato?
Se a volte abbiamo problemi con nostra madre o con nostro padre, nella tradizione andina questo significa avere problemi con la stessa Madre Terra o con il Padre Sole. Quindi se stiamo litigando con i nostri genitori, stiamo litigando direttamente anche con la Pachamama e con Tayta Inti, perché sono loro che ci hanno dato la vita. Ho sentito spesso le persone lamentarsi dicendo mia madre e mio padre si sono separati, mi hanno abbandonato. La verità è che noi non potremo mai conoscere cosa sia successo nella loro intimità, non ci riguarda come figli e non possiamo giudicare. Se vogliamo fluire nel nostro cammino ed incontrare la bellezza che tutti noi desideriamo nella vita, dobbiamo riappacificarci con i nostri genitori, perdonare e chiedere perdono. Altrimenti non incontreremo mai la felicità, qualsiasi cosa sia successa, è grazie a loro che viviamo questa esistenza, loro sono i nostri primi maestri. Non importa cosa abbia fatto tua madre, è da quel ventre che siamo venuti. Siamo qui grazie a quell’ incontro amoroso del maschile e del femminile sacro, un atto meraviglioso, capace di generare la vita, noi non comprendiamo quanta bellezza e quanto potere vi sia, veniamo realmente da un orgasmo cosmico. Se abbiamo amore verso i nostri genitori, se abbiamo gratitudine, arriverà anche l’abbondanza nella nostra vita. Nelle Ande, questo rappresenta il primo passo da fare se vogliamo intraprendere un cammino spirituale. La prima cosa è il rispetto e l’amore verso tua madre e tuo padre. Se avrai la benedizione da parte dei tuoi genitori, il tuo cammino sarà aperto. Se hai rispetto, gratitudine ed amore otterrai certamente anche la felicità e quindi anche l’abbondanza. Questo è il primo insegnamento che ho ricevuto dai miei antenati e che sento sia importante condividere. Da qui, da questo piccolo punto partiamo ed iniziamo a camminare portando questo amore che tutti noi abbiamo, perché tutti abbiamo un cuore, non esiste una persona che non porti con sé un po’ di amore. Vorrei però specificare che non è però necessario per praticare lo Yanantin, essere per forza in coppia. Da soli o con qualcuno ugualmente le due forze energetiche del maschile e del femminile sacro e dei quattro elementi sono sempre dentro di noi. Tutte le risposte sono in noi, l’importante è essere consapevoli di ciò che vogliamo, se ad esempio abbiamo desiderio di stare in coppia oppure preferiamo rimanere da soli. Alla fine è uguale, se dentro di te incontri la felicità, con o senza qualcuno non cambia, l’importante è che la relazione non diventi una dipendenza dall’altro. In questo modo, la vita ci appare così com’è, un’esperienza meravigliosa!

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(Italiano) Cinque campi di energia

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Ogni cosa in questo nostro Universo è connessa ad ogni altra.
Vederne la bellezza, la pienezza e la delicata armonia dipende dalla nostra diretta esperienza con tale connessione.
La Natura è la forma manifesta della Madre Divina, oceano di beatitudine e bellezza.
Per godere della sua protezione, del suo amore, della sua cura, dobbiamo vivere nel suo grembo con rispetto. […]

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(Italiano) Yoga l’eterna Saggezza

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Pensieri rivoluzionari sul profondo impatto dello Yoga nella società moderna

 

Crediamo a ciò che la scienza dice. La scienza detiene la verità del nostro tempo. Ma cos’è la scienza?

Per come la conosciamo è relativamente giovane nella storia dell’umanità. La scienza che soprattutto si interessa della materia esiste soltanto da 500 anni, un semplice battito di ciglia…nella storia dell’umanità.

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(Italiano) Kundalini: l’energia del mistero

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A che serve nascere per poi morire dopo una vita impegnativa?

Domanda che ci siamo posti tutti alla quale comuni mortali, filosofi e mistici hanno trovato svariate risposte variamente soddisfacenti.

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(Italiano) Noi siamo la nostra attenzione

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“Noi siamo la nostra attenzione. Con la focalizzazione dell’attenzione possiamo influenzare l’eccitazione neuronale, e quanto più intensa ed eventualmente specifica sarà l’eccitazione, tanto più duraturi saranno i cambiamenti nelle connessioni sinaptiche che avremo la probabilità di produrre a livello cerebrale. … Possiamo quindi affermare che la mente è attenzione, e che ciò che facciamo con la mente può cambiare la struttura del cervello.” – Daniel Siegel, Mappe per la mente

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(Italiano) Espansione di coscienza e consapevolezza intuitiva

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Una pratica che incontra oriente e occidente

Da pochi giorni si è concluso il ritiro estivo di Respirazione Olotropica e Meditazione Vipassana che io e Pietro Thea proponiamo due volte all’anno. E’ uno dei seminari che amo di più.

Questi due metodi e la filosofia che li anima possono sembrare opposti, ma in realtà sono complementari, con prospettive e tecniche comparabili.

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(Italiano) Transpersonal in action

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La psicologia transpersonale nella vita quotidiana

Premessa

Dal 1969 data della pubblicazione del primo numero del Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, innumerevoli sono state le definizioni con le quelli i diversi esponenti hanno cercato di comunicare il senso di una psicologia in grado di esplorare le dimensioni più ineffabili della psiche umana.

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  • Sarawut Intarob 3

Fear is the key

Systems not only exist on our fears, they also profit by them.

Look at the Medical industry, Pharmaceutical companies, Insurance business. If we were not scared enough about our future would they have prospered?

We are scared of politics, of the police, of law-courts and security agents, of drunkards and lunatics. We are terrified of schools and Universities, of banks and share markets, we are scared of our teachers and employers, of mines and heights.

  And, of course, we love to be scared of religions. 

Darwinian mantra, ‘Survival of the Fittest’ is in itself a typically scary reminder that we are all in a mad race to survive. And in order to stay ahead in the race you need to be selfish and cunning, a conformist and a hypocrite. 

Fear and the Future are happily married to each other ever since we conceived Time. Our concept of Time has evolved from our observation of constant Change both in Nature and within ourselves. And the fact that nothing remains the same leads to uncertainty. Uncertainty breeds Fear. Fear of losing everything that we tend to take for granted; health, wealth, family, friends, job, profit, power and finally, life.

  Hence, Fear is the basic resource on which everybody has decided to invest, politicians, economists, scientists, technocrats, educationists, planners, schemers, brokers, priests, philosophers and religious leaders. Even filmmakers and novelists like to explore our thrill of horror. 

Generally, Fear is convenient because it helps us to avoid taking responsibility of our own lives. We can shrink our existence in a time-bound make-believe security and serve the myriad masks of authority to explore and exploit our weaknesses. Of course, all these authoritative establishments have to promote their products with the cheerful claim that they can defeat Fear. Political parties promise goodies, economists predict that with their policies in place millions of jobs will be created and the gulf between the rich and the poor will be bridged, educationists will predict that if you toil hard enough there is nothing to fear in your career, investment agents will paint a happy tension-free old age with the money that you pour in today and religious leaders can guarantee an escape route from being fried in a pot in hell if you are loyal to your faith. It is a life of Fear-management. Products and services are designed to eliminate fear but in reality they make it worse. And we like it that way. In fact, our rush to run away from Fear acts like a performance enhancing drug. 

Our elders at home and teachers in school used to terrify us with dire consequences if we did not take their commandments seriously enough. ‘Life is hard out there. There is no place for failure. Cut-throat competition. You will have to somehow create your own space, no one will do it for you. The more you play with your friends the more you are destroying your future’…we were made to feel like criminals for having some fun, for being happy and playful, for not worrying too much about the future.

The problem with Fear is that it shoves us towards gaining knowledge but denies wisdom, that it pushes us headlong into relationships but denies Love, that it seduces us to explore more layers of illusions but denies Truth and that it makes us increasingly restless and denies Peace.

A Rishi had declared,

The World, listen

We are all Children of Immortality.

When the Buddha told us about the Middle Path he not only drew a line between indulgence and abstinence, or between the solar and the lunar channels, he asked us to live with and in the moment, which is the middle path between the Past and the Future, both of which exist only in our mind. 

The Rishis, the Buddha and many other enlightened Masters did not try to make us brave or fearless in the way adventure sportsmen or brainwashed suicide bombers are, they had showed us the way to go beyond Fear. That can happen only when we stop identifying ourselves with the body that we have and the possessions that we enjoy. Only when we are fully aware of our Existence that can neither be born nor be dead, we actually go beyond our vulnerabilities. No system can then either threaten us or pretend to protect us from ourselves.
Systems have been designed to reverse the natural flow of human potential. Hence a search for spiritual freedom is not welcome to the mainstream mindset unless Spirituality, as an industry, can be co-opted. Which is already a work in progress. Book stores are flooded with Chakras and Yoga, Ayurveda and Accupuncture, vegetarian recipes and therapeutic healing. Yoga institutes, Wellness Centres and Alternative Treatment Facilities spring up each day to serve those who are down with ‘System Fatigue’ and have learned to become suspicious of the true intentions of those who organise the pieces on the life-chessboard.
But the aspects of Spirituality that are being swallowed by the mainstream are a more pleasing disguise of the same principles of Fear that rule our lives. Alternative lifestyle is merely becoming a more comfortable Fear to live with. For example, you refuse painkillers because you are scared of the chemical reactions in the body. Instead you do Yoga or accept other therapies to keep the pain away. In this case, Yoga, the way you practise it, does nothing to make you aware of who you are and thereby overcome all human fears, especially the ones that revolve around our concerns with mortality.

  The mainstream will never choose to nurture a more honest spiritual attitude because the industry has nothing to gain by it. In fact they have everything to lose. Political convictions will sound like a joke, Nationalism will seem like a dogma of the ignorant, the Medical industry will seem like a conspiracy, the Economic system will appear to cater to the privileged, educationists will be mocked at for promoting a kind of modern slavery and religions will become totally redundant. 

Spirituality, hence, will continue to be an individual option. But you can’t really be in total control of this option. Time plays a role, it takes you through a series of experiences till you begin to feel that you have had enough of being perpetually scared. You finally want to become free and take charge of your own life.

Joydeep

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(Italiano) Astri e campo di consapevolezza

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Da studiosa di Astrologia, da tempo mi sono posta una domanda a cui cercherò di dare risposta. E’ risaputo che gli antichi, che pure avevano una buona conoscenza del cielo e dei suoi “abitanti”, erano in grado di osservare ad occhio nudo i pianeti del Sistema Solare fino Saturno, non essendo possibile spingersi oltre per la mancanza di strumenti ottici di là a venire.

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