Bonding, Taboo and the Art of Sacrifice
Themes of Bondage, Sacrifice and Taboo appear repeatedly in sacred writings. Yoga, meaning ‘to bind’, Psyche tied to a rock, Abraham binding his son Isaac before sacrifice and saying something was ‘bound to happen’ all testify to Binding as one aspect of the transformative processes.
All traditions discuss Sacrifice. Hermes’ slaughter of Apollo’s cattle, Tantra’s insistence that sexual union is a ‘sacrifice’, the Catholic Mass, the universal offering of animals and the self-sacrifice of many mystics, make it certain that Sacrifice is another important aspect of spiritual practice.
Menstrual Blood and Semen are amongst the most universal of Taboo substances. Along with dead bodies, these natural emissions are associated with ritual impurity, defining and informing the line between Sacred and Profane.
This workshop examines the mysteries of these images, and related ideas, to know the real wisdom of these practices and how they work to attain their perceived outcome. Through lectures, discussions and direct experiential practices, we deepen our understanding of these concepts and their relevance to the imagination and practice of Conscious Sexuality.
Movement, ritual practice, meditation, lectures, good company and depth discussions.
5 days. Knysna. Residential. Entry Requirements. Preparation. Homework.