FEMALE MYSTICS

FEMALE MYSTICS

FEMALE MYSTICS

Hello dear ones! After some time of deep reflection and settling into this exciting 2020 (hope you all had an amazing transition into this year of vision!), I am happy to be back and blogging once again, this month presenting you with a post about a topic that has intrigued me for a few years, and now lies very close to my heart as I immerse myself deeper in the world of divine femininity: female mystics. My ever-growing fascination with the divine, the metaphysical forces underlying the dances of the universe, and all the ways in which I experience this throughout my life as a woman dancing through this earth plane fuels my interest in mysticism. There have been many male and female mystics throughout the course of history who each add special value to the practice of spiritual contemplation. In honour of the rise of the divine feminine, this post is dedicated to female mystics, while reorganizing the conversation in which spiritual and religious structures have typically been male-dominated and as a disclaimer: all while honouring all male mystics equally.
What is understood under mystic? Mysticism refers to the conscious practice of spiritual ecstasy that goes together with the experience of revelations of universal truths and transcendence. Etymologically, the word mysticism has its roots in the Greek word mystikos, meaning “secret, mystic, connected with the mysteries,” and/or mystes, meaning “one who has been initiated” (to that which has been hidden or obscured from human knowledge or understanding. Mysticism is in many ways related to and found in religions, stories, myths, magic, and New Age movements. The definition of this term has changed and evolved throughout history. Contemporarily, the term is used to refer to an ecstatic union with the Absolute/Infinite/God that is described as a mystical experience. “The accepted definition of mysticism involves (a) experience of unity with all beings; (b) a powerful influence on the mystic’s way of thinking; (c) distinct knowledge conferred by the experience; (d) time/space distortion, and (e) a sense of sacredness” (Devlin, 2016). “True mysticism is active and practical, not passive and theoretical. Its aims are wholly transcendental and spiritual. It draws the whole being homeward, but always under the guidance of the heart. Living union with this One . . . is arrived at by an arduous psychological and spiritual process.” (Evelyn Underhill, 2018).
In the Middle Ages, the term unio mystica was often used by Christians to refer to a spiritual marriage with God/The Holy Spirit. In the Medieval Ages, there were several female Christian mystics who experienced mystical visions and revelations such as: Angela of Foligno, Angela Merici, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Brigid of Kildare (known for her generosity for the poor and associated with the Celtic goddess Brigid), St. Catherine of Siena, St. Douceline (established beguine/spiritual communities in France), Elisabeth of Schönau, St. Gertrude the Great, Hadewijch, Mechthild of Magdeburg and St. Margaret of Cortona (known as the saint of the falsely accused and other perceived underprivileged groups in society who are often shamed). Some of these saints were also authors and became known for having written about their mystical revelations. For example, St. Hildegard of Bingen was a composer, philosopher, writer and visionary whose spiritual awareness was based on what she called the “reflection of the living Light;” and Julian of Norwich who was an ascetic and author of Revelations of Divine Love: the oldest known book in the English language to have been written by a woman.

Besides Christianity, as mentioned before, mysticism is found in other religions. For example: Merkabah Mysticism and the Kabbalah are branches of Jewish mysticism, Sufism is the Islamic branch of mysticism, many sadhanas (spiritual practices) such as Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra are considered mystical practices related to Hinduism, Buddhism with its view of Nirvana as an attainable transcendent reality, and Taoism, originating in China as a mystic approach of seeing the world as a perfect balance of Yin and Yang. Mysticism was narrowed in the 19th century with the rise of rational thinking and individuality, but continued to live on in spiritual communities and is now in fuller revival.

Mysticism and yoga are connected: various types of literature (religious, philosophical, scientific and medical) about kundalini are closely aligned with literature about mysticism. “The mystics may not have understood the Hindu concept of kundalini, but they certainly were aware of the process they were going through…..the Christian mystics may have known much more than we are giving them credit for, but may have been hampered in explaining what they knew. Perhaps this was because their tradition had no extensive psychophysiological terminology such as we have today. Perhaps the mystics could have been more precisely expressive of their experiences if they had loved in an age of free expression, open investigation and honest investigation of their most sacred secrets….The mystics has learned to sublimate their sexual drives, and as a result, were fulfilled in a manner that science is only beginning to investigate…The writings of the mystics and the yogis give credit to the theory that there is a spiritual force, working within and through the biology of man, expressing itself via the medium of the mind…their writings show that they were trying to describe the transcendental insights they were privileged to enjoy….The Christian mystics experienced a tremendous force, which they termed the Holy Spirit- that has striking parallels with the traditional descriptions of kundalini” (Yoga Journal, January 1979).

“Female yoga practitioners, known as yoginis, have practised yoga for millenia. Archaelogical evidence points to the practice of yoga as a part of ancient fertility rites. Medieval miniature paintings depict yoginis wandering the forest, playing music, and as ascetics sitting with disciples and animals in meditation. These female mystics played an important role in the spiritual life of the community and wielded a certain amount of authority” (365 Yoga, J. Rappaport).

FEMALE MYSTICS THROUGHOUT THE ERAS

As I dove deep into researching this topic, I found that the list of female mystics in history is almost inexhaustibly extensive. I have selected the most prominent ones and added the most relevant highlights.

ISLAM
Rabi’a al-Adawiyya (d. 801)
One of the founders of Sufi mysticism, she loves God for His own sake instead of because of a longing for heaven or fear of going to hell.

Umm ‘Abdallah (9th century)
Sufi mystic and scholar who received deep mystic knowledge through appearances of symbols and visitations in her dreams. What is known about her is only known through the memoirs of her husband (The Beginning of the Matter), who describes some of her mystic experiences. They shared a spiritual relationship in which they supported each other and treated each other as equals, which was unusual for their time.

TAOISM
Sun Buer (1119–1182)
Chinese Taoist Priestess, poet and author of A Personal Tao. She left her husband and children at the age of 51 years-old to further her spiritual studies, and founded the Taoist lineage called the ‘Purity and Tranquility’ tradition. She is known as one of the few female Taoist ‘Immortals,’ a title that stands for spiritual realization and occult mastery.
CHRISTIANITY
Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)
She was St. Francis’ student, nurse, assistant, and in time founded her own order. In 1212, she (like many other female mystics did) escaped an arranged marriage and dove into the mystics of life. It was after she heard Francis of Assisi that she experienced a big spiritual awakening. They shared a beautiful spiritual friendship. When writing about her mystical experiences, she speaks of eternity, love, and light visions. She had a deep relationship with nature, and wild animals had a tendency to become soft and gentle in her presence.
Margery Kempe (1373 – 1439)
Mother of fourteen children, this woman’s spiritual journey started when she gave birth to her first child. She was interested other medieval female mystics (such as Julian of Norwich and St. Bridget of Sweden. After her fourteenth child, her husband and her embraced a life of chastity and went on serval pilgrimages to sacred spots in Europe during which she experienced mystic states.
Julian of Norwich (d. ca. 1416)
Author of a theology in which she writes about divine motherhood and mutual intimacy flowing between God and the soul which is healing and restorative. She celebrated divine love as an infinite flow of toward creation and believed that the macrocosmic universe rested In this mutuality of love.

Teresa of Avila (d. 1582)
Throughout her young adulthood, she found prayer difficult, until at the age of 40 she devoted herself more committedly to her spiritual practice.She describes mystical union as the soul’s marriage to Christ, in which spiritual love dissolves all differences between lover and beloved as they merge together like a drop of water merges into the ocean. She taught that spiritual love is about compassion for others, and not self-interest.

Hildegarde of Bingen (1098-1179)
This woman was truly multitalented: she was a healer, writer, composer and theological critic. Having experienced visions throughout her life, it was in her early forties that she truly grasped the spiritual meaning of the scriptures she had been studying.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
She was a true warrior. When she was 12 years old, she saw visions of saints calling her to drive the British, who were occupying France, to give back the crown to the French prince. She was met with much societal resistance and marks a moving hallmark in history, which is why so many playwrights have been made about her trial. She was burned at the stake at the age of 19 and declared a saint many years after.
Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891)
Often called the mother of New Age Thought, she travelled the word seeking spiritual lessons after escaping a marriage in which she was unhappy. After receiving many spiritual insights, she wrote Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, and also founded the Theosophical Society. Though some have called her a fraud, there is no question that her mystical revelations have greatly influenced the New Age movement. (Devlin). She moved to New York in 1873, established herself there as a medium and psychic, and connected many themes from all the world’s religions, esoteric teachings and new science ideas which in many ways laid the foundations of the New Age movement which in time led to the rise of Western metaphysical trends.
Mirra Alfassa (1878-1973)
She found herself deeply engrossed in meditation from a very young age, and grew up experiencing mystic visions, trance revelations, and past life experiences. She studied the Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita. She is the co-founder the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and is adept of several types of advanced yoga. Her teaching to the world can be summarized as: Do Yoga!

HINDUISM
There are many, but it seems the most well known one is history is Mirabai, the Hindu saint (d. 1550). Passionate lover of Krishna and devotee of Vaishnava teachings, she is a Shiva worshipping mystic who sings and writes about the divine love for Krishna she feels in her heart. Having escaped a forced marriage (her husband died at a young age and she was commanded to commit suicide – a legally common practice at the time -, an order which she refused under the argument that she had received different orders from Lord Krishna), she represents a special force in women’s empowerment and emancipation and reached states of enlightenment.

BUDDHISM
There are also many female mystics from the Buddhist tradition, such as Pajapati (600 B.C., Buddha’s Stepmother and first Buddhist nun), Sukhasiddhi (11th century Tibetan Buddhist Dakini), Mugai Nyobai (13th century Japanese Buddhist nun and first female to head a Zen Order), Yeshe Tsogyal (757-817, Tibetan Princess and Buddhist Master, author of her autobiography Lady of the Lotus Born. She had a relationship with Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism in Tibet), Machig Labdron (11th century, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, who taught the Chod: aiming to transform the four ‘demons’ tha thinder enlightenment), Jomo Memo (13th Century Tibetan Terton, “discoverer of teachings;” she taught about overcoming ignorance and is considered to be an emanation of Yeshe Tsogyal)

CONTEMPORARY
Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona (1913-1992)
Hawaiian Healer who introduced Hawaiian healing tradition of Ho’oponopono to the wider world, a holistic healing modality that has had great healing benefits and a boost in the personal for many people.

FEMALE MYSTICS TODAY
Today, there are several female mystics who are considered gurus/spiritual leaders. From Hindu origin there are for example Ammachi, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Mother Meera, Mata Amritanandamayi and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati. There are also various western female spiritual teachers such as Evelyn Underhill (Christian); Joanna Macy (Buddhist), Starhawk and Vicki Noble (pagan) and others such as Marianne Williamson and Teal Swan (holistic/metaphysical).

ECSTATIC LOVE AS YOUR PATHWAY TO THE DIVINE
Some inspiring contemporary quotes written about female mystics feel as a beautiful way to begin concluding this post.

“The greatest gift female Mystics can give to Humanity and the World at this time, is to model the Truth of who they are, and through example, blaze a Path of Love back to God for everyone to follow.” (Patricia Cota-Robles). “The most important ‘Truth’… is one that is absolutely and totally unprovable: we are all sons and daughters of the Living God. We will not find this truth in a particle accelerator. We can only prove it to ourselves by direct experience of the other side.” (Carol Huffstickler). “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” (Emily Dickinson). “An ecstatic love for the Beloved, or Divine, unifies feminine mystics across multiple wisdom traditions and lineages, and now the bliss and sense of wholeness these remarkable women experienced can nourish your own heart and soul” (Mirabai Starr)

I hope you have gained some fresh inspiration from these female mystics. May the contemporary interspiritual movement in which we find ourselves serve as a force to awaken the healing energy of the sacred fire of the feminine within us all, melting the heart of a world which is all too frozen. Let us all say yes to the ecstatic pathway of love toward the divine in our daily lives. Let us all claim the beauty of spiritual desire and allow it to transform the world.

It is now time to awaken the feminine mystic within you, and start to see the Divine in everything around you as you move through this world with devotion, stepping on this Earth – Our Mother – with the reverence She deserves.

With reverence,

Aldona

SEE YOURSELF WITH RENEWED UNDERSTANDING

SEE YOURSELF WITH RENEWED UNDERSTANDING

SEE YOURSELF WITH RENEWED UNDERSTANDING
7 Days Retreat and Yoga Foundation Training

Sat 22 Feb – Sun 1 March 

Seeing yourself with renewed understanding

EXPLORING YOURSELF IN PRESENT… AND CREATE A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF YOURSELF!

Join this 7-day retreat with Savitri Sattoe in the beautiful Bali at Samyama Mindfulness Retreat Centre

This retreat includes a 6 days Yoga Foundation training and is also a profound way to rest from the busyness of modern living, to slow down, relax and experience what is truly within.

It’s an invitation to stop running away from yourself and life, to turn inward and see yourself with new understanding of the inner programming. Finding a new sense of joy and bliss. Seeing your pain and your sorrow in new perspective. It’s a chance to dive deeply into the teachings of yoga, starting with the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali, mainly the Yamas and Niyamas.
You’ll be supported by peaceful surroundings and a safe and nurturing environment with like-minded friends.

Through lectures, yoga practice, talks, guided yoga nidra, Savitri will help you stay present and connected with yourself no matter what life throws at you.

Come join us and discover yourself behind the addictions of a lifetime, finding the real you.

For more details, please download the information document.

We look forward to seeing you at this Yoga Foundation retreat in BALI!

Behind our self-image created by our upbringing and society lies the true source, the foundation of yourself. Let’s explore through the teachings of yoga, look deep within ourselves and unravel all the layers covering you.

Testimonials:

“Thanks to the training I feel much better equipped to enjoy and deal with what life has in store for me.  ~ L. Huijsman

 “ A big difference now is that I feel a lot lighter, happier, grounded, more energetic, more grateful for everything than before I started this training. It really feels like a transformation” – S. Mehagnoul.  

“I have never seen a psychologist and this course became my therapy which proves once again the power of Yoga to improve emotional health. It was a journey of uncovering personal traumas and learning to let go, finding strength to move forward with my personal goals, learning how to include necessary steps of progress into busy daily routine. It was my stepping stone to a more conscious way of living, another step of evolution in my personal growth. In fact, I see it as only the beginning of my journey, the path that is supported by the beautiful practice called yoga. ~ J. Keslere

“I am so happy that I gave myself this trip as a gift. I have benefited from this all my life. Glad I started transforming instead of choosing the easy way. It has opened my heart to myself.” R. Geelhoed

Yoga Foundation 50-hour training (SYT-50)

23 Feb-1 Mar 2020 | Samyama Meditation Centre | Ubud, Bali 

  • Get to know yourself better and become the playwriter of your own life. 
  • Lay a solid foundation for your practice and deepen your understanding of yoga. 
  • Set yourself up for success: create the conditions in your life to be healthy and happy by learning how to live a yogic life

Being brought to you in Ubud, Bali for the first time, this 6-day yoga foundation training has been successfully taught in The Netherlands for years. In this training, you will: 

  • Learn essential hatha yoga techniques: asana, pranayama & meditation
  • Become familiar with the sun salutations and its benefits
  • Dive into yoga philosophy, focus on the first two limbs (yamas & niyamas) of the 8-fold path of yoga
  • Practice and root in the three pointers of yoga; prana, bandha, drishti
  • Build your own steady self-practice
  • Deepen your understanding of yoga and its working in daily life

About the teacher Savitri Sattoe: Savitri is founder, director and yoga teacher at saktiisha academy. Practising yoga and meditation for many years with a lot of love and joy, she is grateful to be able to channel the wisdom, value and beauty of yoga  to you and all those willing to receive it through her teachings.

saktiisha academy provides a safe environment to explore deeper layers of yourself and a solid base to continue the self-practice in daily life.

Prices (packages available)

For accomodation >> more info will follow ASAP

Yoga Foundation € 600

>> Prices are excluding travel expenses and stay before 22nd  Feb and after 1st March <<

Vullend of vervullend, ego of hart?

Vullend of vervullend, ego of hart?

Veel dingen weten we al, het is niet dat je het voor het eerst hoort, leest, ziet. Maar de kracht zit in horen, lezen, het steeds weer zien!
Felicia (van BeingFelicia) deelde een recept voor een veganistische kom. Ik ga dit recept vandaag uitproberen 🙂

Dit deed me denken aan iets dat ik voor en onderweg beoefende, geabsorbeerd worden door de drukte van het leven en alle geweldige activiteiten die ik graag doe (ja zelfs de yogadocenten behandelen dit), de aandacht en intentie verslapt.

De praktijk om bewust je eten te kiezen en bewust te eten. Voedsel is iets dat we kunnen gebruiken als dagelijkse praktijk om bewust te leven en bij te dragen aan een verbonden en harmonieuze gemeenschap. Enkele jaren geleden las ik het boek ‘Waar heb je honger naar’ geschreven door Deepak Chopra. Het heeft absoluut mijn kijk op mijn eetgewoonten veranderd. Ik at vroeger bewust, maar stelde nooit de vraag: vul ik mijn maag of voed en voed ik mijn lichaam en geest?
Hier is nog een Sankalpa (intentie) voor deze 40 dagen: – Ik koos en bereidde mijn eten bewust en vroeg mezelf af: “Ben ik aan het eten of aan het eten?” “Draag ik bij aan een gezonde samenleving?”

Ik vond de tips van Mireille van Hilten van JadOrLife ook leuk. Ik zou haar ‘de gelukscoach’ willen noemen. Ze heeft zulke praktische manieren om te gaan met de zo krachtige geest die neigt naar negatief denken. Je kunt hier meer lezen over haar tips. Tip nummer 3 resoneert nu het meest bij mij “wanneer een negatieve gedachte opkomt Doe eerst niets! Het is ok om ze te denken! Gedachten die misschien negatief lijken, kunnen ons waarschuwen of ze kunnen ons gewoon tegenhouden omdat ze alleen op angst zijn gebaseerd. ”Lees meer Vaak wanneer we emoties hebben zoals droefheid, ons afgewezen voelen, angstig enz., Hebben we de neiging deze te projecteren op een externe bron. Als we de aandacht op de externe bron houden, zullen we niet leren hoe deze energieën op te lossen en te transformeren en blijven we ons niet bewust van de wortels van deze emoties en gedachten. bijv. wanneer iemand je gevoelens niet ‘begrijpt’, zou je in eerste instantie kunnen denken dat de andere persoon ‘niet bereid’ is om het te begrijpen of dat er iets ‘mis’ is met de andere persoon. Dit is natuurlijk meestal niet gebaseerd op de realiteit. Deze eerste gedachte en dit gevoel vertelt me ​​iets over mij. Onze gevoelens gaan niet over de mogelijkheden van anderen, het gaat over onze mogelijkheden. Hoe we omgaan met onze emoties en gevoelens is een individuele verantwoordelijkheid (reactievermogen)
Dit brengt me bij een andere Sankalpa (intentie) die ik neem: – wanneer een gevoel van ongemak zich voordoet, stop, blijf bij het gevoel, vind de gedachte (s) achter dit gevoel, blijf bij de gedachten, wat zijn deze gedachten en gevoelens die vertellen jij over JOU?

Een brief aan jezelf

Een brief aan jezelf

You are the creator of your story!

Vanaf dit jaar heb ik mezelf een brief geschreven. Een brief met het verhaal dat ik graag over mij zou willen horen. Ik weet zelfs niet meer wat ik heb geschreven 🙂 Ik word verondersteld de brief voor mij te openen op 31 december 2016 … Je kunt je soms mijn ongeduld voorstellen, omdat ik me niet herinner wat ik heb geschreven. Hier zijn enkele regels voor het schrijven van de brief aan jezelf en laat Sankalpa’s hun magie doen: de brief is in het huidige eenvoudig geschreven. bijvoorbeeld:

“Ik ben … / Ik doe … / Ik heb”

in plaats van

Ik zal … / Ik ben van plan …”

Laten we een brief schrijven over het 40-daagse Spring Yoga-evenement! We hebben nog 34 dagen te gaan tot 10 mei. Schrijf op over jou en je prestaties van deze 40 dagen in het huidige eenvoudig. Verzegel de brief en berg hem op.

Open de brief op 10 mei voor jezelf. Ontdek hoe intenties (Sankalpa’s) werken en waar je bent aangekomen. Uit eigen ervaring kan ik zien dat het verbazingwekkend is hoe krachtig onze geest en geest is als we ons concentreren.

Hier is mijn volgende Sankalpa: een brief aan mezelf schrijven over mijn reis en prestaties tijdens het 40 Days Spring Yoga Event

Hoe je sankalpa’s kunt maken, lees meer.

Love to share and connect with you all. Om Ganeshaya Namaha
SAKTIISHA YOGA SPRING FESTIVAL

SAKTIISHA YOGA SPRING FESTIVAL

Sunday May 19 | 11.00-18.00 (walk in at 10.30)

Our third yoga festival in our beautiful studio on Javastraat 12, The Hague.

Your home of yoga!

We have a nice variety of workshops and activities on offer. Treat yourself to a healing or massage.
You are also most welcome to just chill in our tea lounge or our garden and grab a bite from one of the food stands.
For the children we have a kids corner for them to get creative.

Prices Presale (online):
Single workshop €15,00 
Daypass €50 
15% discount for saktiisha members with 10-20 classcard and unlimited subscriptions
Mail us to get your discounted card on your account. 

Prices at door:
Single workshop €17,50
Daypass €55,00
15% discount for saktiisha members with 10-20 classcard and unlimited subscriptions
Pay at our reception.

Massages/healings: 10 minutes >> €10,00 // 20 minutes >> €17,50 // 30 minutes >> €25,00 (to be booked at the reception)

Check out the programme below:

For more information & single tickets
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