A Dream of Burning: Reclaiming Our Wild Soul
“…And something ignited in my soul
fever or unremembered wings,
and I went my own way,
that burning fire.
- Pablo Neruda
The soul came here for full participation. We are designed to inhabit the many folds of this shimmering world and to contribute our voice to the canto hondo, the Deep Song. Too often, however, the generous song of the soul gets blocked before breaking into the air and the fire in our voice smolders, the fierce heat of our lives flickers and dwindles concealing our passions. We hear another voice encouraging us to live small, cautious and safe. We often walk in the world apologetically, looking for approval. Who is this “other” that inhibits and diminishes the full arc of our reach into the world? And what purpose is there to be found in this encounter?
Working with the archetype of the Predator is central to the recovery of our wild soul. Through this we reclaim our authority, our authenticity. This is more than a psychological process, it is a mythic journey into the core of our soul’s aliveness. To meaningfully address this crucial challenge is to engage the unfinished business of our adult lives.
Stepping back into the “fierce heat of our longing” requires that we create an atmosphere that courts the wild soul. This weekend will focus on cultivating inner and outer practices that foster self-compassion and an inner resolve to protect what is vulnerable in our lives.
Utilizing the potent practices of community ritual, singing, poetry, writing, honest words and silence, we will open the aperture of our hearts to engage the whole of our existence.
2018 offered at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI. Go to the Calendar page for currently scheduled offerings.