Dear Yogis,

ZOOM (and Studio) Classes:
Monday
6.30pm –  Tuesday, 7.30pm RUMI STUDY GROUP – Saturday (22nd) The Art/Craft Studio Group, Sunday 10am ‘Gita

Please join us.  I will be opening the Studio from 1pm this coming Saturday so that you can catch up with me in person, see what we have been doing, and CHOOSE A TINY TATTOO DESIGN PERHAPS (and wander in the garden if the weather is good).  The  art/craft Group starts at 2pm to 4pm as usual.

If you come to the studio early,  and once you have chosen a design, we can make an appointment to complete in either black, red, or my favourite – henna colour.

 

MONDAY FREE TEACHER TRAINING.  6.30 (Mary Magdalen)
Starting this Monday at 6.30 we are going to be exploring the Gospel of Mary Magdalen.  This is just a taster as on Tuesdays  we are almost finished contemplating Rumi (which could become a lifetime study if one were so inclined?), and we will probably use the Tuesday 7.30 time slot for this MM Study (Monday is only an hour) but Tuesday is an hour and a half.

In studying this Gospel we will be considering the unknown part of ourselves, which at the same time is the most essential and valuable part of us.  We learned in Rumi that due to this mediating contact between the higher and lower parts of ourselves, the deeper intimate experience of conscious love could be experienced.

Where does Mary fit in this? She is the Minister, not the Whore.  Once Mary had been released of  “The Seven Demons” she could see the world and Jesus as they really are.  Like us, above the material, in the depth of silence that contains everything, she could know her real nature, made not just to love, but to serve.

Remember the bargain Shams had with God.  He was looking “…..for someone he could pour his knowledge into, who would use it, and change the world”.  For this, he would give his life.  It is interesting that both Jesus and Shams had a three year ministry.   In the Jesus story,  Mary  mirrors Rumi.  Someone who intimately knows the spirit, who intimately knows God and takes the teaching into the world.

You are training to be a yoga teacher, or have graduated, and like Mary you have a job – a reason to be.  Not just to use yoga, and be perfect (no-one can be this), but to also take your knowledge to the world to serve not only God but to serve your neighbour, and through this the world.  This is why we have been created.

You signed up for a very big job.  That you have changed your mind, or didn’t understand what you were signing up for is not the question, but there are Karmic consequences of your actions (of course). A very good song to remind us of our humanness is from Jesus Christ Superstar  “GESTHEMANE” where Jesus is asking God to “take the cup from me…”, reminding God that he had “exceeded expectations”, but in the end gives in to the will of God, the way,  “thy will not mine be done Lord”.

SMOKIN’ THE YOGA OF SMOKE (www.myyogabooks.etsy.com)

If you or your loved ones smoke, if you are aching, anxious,  depressed, then give up nicotine, and try herbs instead.  You can use the herbs in a pipe, in roll-your-own, as incense, and in little bags tucked into your pillow.  In this book I even show you how to make your own pipe.  The book is almost 50 pages jammed with information about herbs, herb magic and Ayurvedic smoking herbs to balance your doshas (What, how and when you smoke is important in Ayurveda).  I even talk about and have drawings of pipes so you can make your own, and make your own clay.

The pipe to the left is a favourite.  It is small (palm size) and feels like a living thing.  A small animal, a piece of jewellery.  It is a fully functioning pipe, but because of its size there is not a huge bowl, so it is a small smoke, but enough, and very gentle….  I made the air-dry clay myself, so there would be no chemicals in the smoke…  The three little mesh things beside it are the pipe mesh (herb holders) that I put in all my pipes so you won’t inhale bits and pieces of herb!  Not a good thing.  If you want me to make you one especially with a special colour or beads in mind, let me know and I can do one especially for you (or a gift for a loved one).  Just email me. yogafirst@netcon.net.au.

YOGA AND TAROT – Have you tried handing your TAROT cards out at the beginning of the class and at the end? One card per person per time?  You will be surprised how the energy changes from the beginning of the class to the end.  Try it.  It is a great way to get closer to the class, to discover deep issues, and see how your students have resolved them in the yoga session.

 

WHERE EVER YOU ARE, WHATEVER YOU DO, I WILL MEET YOU ON THE MAT.

NAMASTE – JAHNE

 

 

Dear Yogis,

ZOOM

FRIDAY:  11am YOGA ZOOM CAFE.  This is just a community of women – we all need community during covid. Everyone welcome.  Email me for an ID.  yogafirst@netcon.net.au
FRIDAY: 5.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA and 6.45 FREE PENDULUM CLASS.  We are working on making a pendulum Board.  Making a Pendulum comes next.  My new board just loves the pendulum I made to go with it – and using it throughout the painting was so fantastic.  I used it to know what to do next, when to add, and importantly WHEN TO STOP.  At the end I was calm, happy and just felt so connected.  Peaceful. And the Board was happy.  The photo to the left is where I  started with the Board.  It looks different now.

SATURDAY: 12.30 RESTORATIVE YOGA, and 2pm TAROT/PENDULUM…WATERCOLOURS
SUNDAY: 10am BHAGAVADGITA STUDY. (TUESDAY: 7.30pm – THE SUTRA STUDY)

RETURN TO LOVE….

Keeping in mind that some of you don’t know about the “Gospel of Mary” (A Gnostic Gospel) – A biblical text which along with others was excluded from the Bible when it was first compiled by The Emperor Constantine advised by King Herod no doubt.  Probably in her case,  on the basis that a woman’s voice couldn’t be heard.

Mary Magdalen’s gospel starts with missing pages – six missing pages.  This is the voice of a woman that we can’t ask, can’t get back.  I wonder what was so incendiary on the first six pages that they had to be destroyed?  Her gospel starts on page seven.    The number is significant, and occurs many times through her Gospel.  The Seven Stages we have to go through, the seven powers we have to confront within ourselves to reach the heart and get past the ego and reveal the infinite within us.  An Interesting correlation to the chakras, which Christ makes also within this Gospel, although they are not called Chakras but “Powers”. In the Story of Samson and Delilah they are called “Locks”.

Three copies of her gospel have been discovered – two in Greek and one in Coptic.  Each of them has these pages missing plus four in the middle. I believe that these pages refer to the question Mary asks of Jesus “So, now, Lord, does a person who sees a vision see it with the soul or the spirit?”  We do have the start of the answer     “The Saviour answered, ‘A person does not see with the soul or with the spirit.  Rather the mind, which exists between the two, sees the vision and that is what…..”  

We can’t recover the lost pages, but Last nite as I put the finishing touches to my new pendulum board (which I will reveal for the first time to my free class this evening at 6.45, together with the amazing bone pendant its partner), I thought about the words of Mary Magdalen  “the work we are being called upon to do here is to clothe ourselves with the perfect Human”  This means that we have to do the work which causes us to remember again and again with great ease this experience of self as also a soul.  This soul of love that loves through us. (Above, the photo shows my incomplete MAGDALEN TAROT).

The soul that whispers “come to me all who are heavy laden, and I will give you peace”.

When I paint or create I speak from this place that is otherwise hidden from me, and use a voice that is more than my own.

I believe that when I am (when WE are)  painting and creating I become a voice in the service of love.  When I work from this place, heart can speak to heart directly.  Those who have “two ears” (Her words),  can hear this voice and can understand.  It’s our work to do what we can to remember the soul, to remember the love that is at the heart of how we heal.

We are not perfect.  The point is to constantly arrive, for some of us with each breath.  We constantly return to love.  It is actually right here.  Within.  Our own private heaven.  If like Mary magdalen you can listen to the silence inside of you, hear what love wants you to say and do, then no-one outside of you can ever silence you again.  “I will teach you what is hidden from you”   The Gospel of Mary 6:3

 

SEE YOU IN CLASS – NAMASTE.  JAHNE