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Sarah LaFleur - DIKSHA: Initiation Into Tantric Arts
“Initiation is the container, the holding, that makes our meetings holy.”
-Dr. Martin Shaw
DIKSHA: Initiation; consecration; self-devotion.
The ancestors say initiation offers a direct, ritualized experience of huge, primeval forces that somehow live both in and near the psyche, what Robert Moore calls “the Great Self,” something numinous and vast, containing more energy than we could ever need. This Great Self has many names, and lives close to the mysteries.”
-Dr. Martin Shaw
Dearest loved ones, yoginis & yogis, poets, tantrikas, healers, activists, witches, story-tellers, visionaries, & friends of the mystery,
I invite you to listen closely to a story that is just beginning to stir.
It is a story that involves love, legend, mystery, and adventure.
It is a story that is both ancient, and perennial.
It is a story that requires great bravery, the kind that asks you to become the highest measure of yourself.
It is a story that requires equal tenderness, the kind that asks you to carry grief, and become intimate with suffering.
This story will ask of you your full share of humanity. It demands your hunger, wounds, & desires. It offers you gold, an encounter with an alluring devata, & the belief in something noble.
This story is your own journey:
your blazing poem,
your dazzling encounter with “the Great Self,”
& your reason for dreaming, seeking, & believing.
No one else can tell this story, or transcribe it on a fraying scroll.
It’s yours alone.
I offer you a pen & I invite you to do the work of grace & frenzy on the book of your soul.
Will you begin?
Diksha is an initiation into the depths of yourself. It is a mystical, creative immersion, soulful mentorship program, and collaborative, intimate learning experience. Diksha involves education and exploration in tantric and yogic philosophy and practice.
In the esoteric branch of tantra known as Shakta Tantra, devotees honor Devi, the Mother of Creation, with the understanding that Devi dispels shakti (power/energy of creation) & therefore comprises all of Creation.
Thus, everything is revered deeply as an expression of the Goddess — including desires, primal instincts, emotions, erotic yearnings, dreams, what sulks in the guts, sensation, & the dark tendrils of shadow.
The tantrika’s work is the work of embracing the human experience because it is all a reflection of the Goddess.
Diksha calls upon you to encounter your experience, seize magic, & catch poems. This work entails ritual, spiritual endeavor, story medicine, & creative modalities.
This work is supported by a powerful container for shakti: a tribe of tantrikas & inspiring comrades committed to fiercely embodying their work & walking the path with you.
In tantra philosophy, it is said that behind every desire is a devata at work. The devatas keep us incarnated & tied to the field of action, but they simultaneously crave liberation through us. This is part of the spell-binding dance between Shiva and Shakti, God and Creation, or the Dreamer and the Dream.
When the tantrika feels drawn toward something, she knows to pay careful attention. Yearnings hold the secret to liberation. She knows her heart’s stirrings are the work of divinity: a devata at play.
Perhaps these words conjure a similar sensation of curiosity. Maybe a dream is thrashing somewhere in the rib cage. A story might be whispering some intelligible realization in your ear.
This is your invitation. An invitation, to be drawn. To be encountered. To be liberated.
Will you begin?
We invite you to join us!
For more information, we welcome you to join our experiential class on Thursday, 6/25 @ 7-8:30 p.m. and/or our informational session on Sunday 6/28 @ 12 p.m.
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Please note, Diksha will also host guest teachers and facilitators for special pop-up classes. More information will be released soon.
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November @ DIKSHA
text icon Syllabus: Plumbing the Bag of Shadow: Mining For Gold, Gifts, and Godliness
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November @ The Tantric Arts Collective (Live Sessions)
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Library for The Collective: Resources for Weekly Sessions
text icon *Intro to Sanskrit*
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The Collective: All Sessions for July-October 2020
video icon Mantra Sadhana (37:33)
video icon Sanskrit & Ritual (182:12) video icon Shanti Mantras & Pranayama (78:55) video icon Transformative Tantric Arts (91:26) video icon Devi Puja (46:20) text icon Goddess Group video icon Cakra Embodiment (63:42) video icon Ashtanga Therapeutics (80:15) video icon Miracles & Manifestation Circle (61:45)
October @ DIKSHA
text icon Syllabus: Resurrecting the Divine Feminine: Claiming Womb Wisdom & Ancestral Medicine
text icon Resources for Enrichment & Sadhana video icon Educational Seminar Sunday 10/4 @ 6-7:30 p.m. EST (86:03) video icon Tantric Arts Fundamentals Sunday 10/25 @ 10-11 a.m. EST (71:27)
September @ DIKSHA
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video icon Educational Seminar — Sun 9/6 @ 6-8 p.m. (93:44) video icon Sanskrit Session I — Mon 9/7 @ 4-6 p.m. (126:42) video icon Saundarya Lahari — Mon 9/21 @ 4-6 p.m. (37:28) text icon Ashtanga Therapeutics — Sat 9/26 @ 9:30-11 a.m. video icon Tantric Arts Fundamentals — Sun 9/27 @ 9:30-11 a.m. (60:57)
August @ DIKSHA
video icon Educational Seminar — Sun 8/2 @ 6-8 p.m. EST (111:52)
video icon Sanskrit Session I — Mon 8/3 @ 4-6 p.m. EST (148:25) video icon Saundarya Lahari — Mon 8/17 @ 4-6 p.m. EST (101:24) video icon Ashtanga Therapeutics — Sat 8/29 @ 9:30-11 a.m. EST (99:55) video icon Tantric Arts Fundamentals — Sun 8/30 @ 9:30-11 a.m.m EST (106:36)
DIKSHA: August 2020 Reading List & Resources
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July @ DIKSHA
text icon DIKSHA: Syllabus & Reading List for July 2020
video icon DIKSHA: Educational Seminar — SUN 7/5 @ 6-7:30 p.m. EST (122:43) video icon DIKSHA: Sanskrit Seminar: Part 1 — MON 7/6 @ 4-6 p.m. EST (145:25) video icon DIKSHA: Sanskrit Seminar: Part 2 — MON 7/20 @ 4-6 p.m. EST (124:25) video icon DIKSHA: Ashtanga Therapeutics Fundamentals — SAT 7/25 @ 11-1 p.m. EST (135:23) DIKSHA: Tantric Arts Fundamentals — SUN 7/26 @ 9-10:30 a.m. EST (109:47)
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Full Moon Brahmari Practice 7/31
New Moon Monday 7/20
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