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For Wildness I strive

Postby Moonlight » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:31 pm

I am a Wild Woman
I Love myself
I Embrace myself
I Praise and encourage myself
I trust the deep Wisdom pouring out of me
I let life enfold naturally
Walk my path with dignity
and listen to the precious whispers of my Soul

I am a good woman
and I am bad
I am soft, I am mad,
I am pure, I am chaos,
I am gentle, I am fierce,
I am mild
I am a Wild child
Nothing can tame me

As I am a Wild Woman
I Dance to the beat of my own drum

At night I howl to the Moon
and as the wind takes my sorrows
I let the wolf moan
Connecting with our Elders
Reflecting on life
Nothing can destroy our purity
For Wildness I strive.

~Tara Isis Gerris

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Re: For Wildness I strive

Postby Eelco » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:45 pm

Love it..

Many forget that early buddhism is a wilderness tradition.

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Postby Naga_Fireball » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:29 pm

Most excellent.
Good grief good stuff @@
Brotherhood falls asunder at the touch of fire!
He finds his fellow guilty of a skin
Not coloured like his own, and having power
To enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause
Dooms and devotes him as his lawful prey.
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Postby Eelco » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:23 pm

The lifestyle of a Buddhist monk is founded on the ideal of life as a homeless wanderer who renounces the world and goes forth from the household, dresses in robes made from discarded cloth, depends on alms for a living and takes the forest as his dwelling place. This ideal of the wandering forest monk intent on the Buddha’s traditional spiritual quest is epitomized by the Thai Forest tradition way of life.


Taken from the Thai forrest tradition.
http://www.forestdhamma.org/about/thaiforest/

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Postby Christine » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:51 pm

Lest we overlook the role of women as the traditional shamans throughout the world, they embody women who walk on the wild side.

As with other "traditions" there is a forgotten/ suppressed history of the role the divine feminine enacted. Buddhism has a deep shamanic root that many female practitioners are reviving.

To be sharing like this gives me some primordial shivers. Thank you Moonlight and all those intrepid divers out there. So tangible is the sense that we are re-collecting our past so that we may go into the next big unknown.

A Chukchee proverb declares, “Woman is by nature a shaman.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ2awfZKrr0#t=123

http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/womanshaman.html
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Postby Eelco » Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:16 pm

Yeshe Tsogyal, whose name means Victorious Ocean of Wisdom, was a disciple and consort of the Indian master Padmasambhava during the 8th century in central Tibet. This was during a time when it was thought that women’s bodies themselves were a hindrance to enlightenment. Padmasambhava, however thought the opposite: women’s bodies were superior to men’s in the ability to attain enlightenment. She was said to have lived over 200 years and wrote an autobiography titled Mother of Knowledge. The book is written as a guide to the path of spiritual awakening through the practices of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism. Yeshe Tsogyal was, and is, widely considered a Buddha – a person who has achieved full enlightenment.


from http://wildhunt.org/2015/07/building-a-sacred-temple-dedicated-to-a-female-buddha.html

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Re: For Wildness I strive

Postby Moonlight » Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:15 pm

In a very dark period of my life, I read Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The story of La Loba stayed with me ever since. La Loba sang over my bones and I was reborn. Here is the story:

La Loba

There is an old woman who lives in a hidden place that everyone knows but few have ever seen. As in the fairy tales of Eastern Europe, she seems to wait for lost or wandering people and seekers to come to her place.

She is circumspect, often hairy, always fat, and especially wishes to evade most company. She is both a crower and a cackler, generally having more animal sounds than human ones.

They say she lives among the rotten granite slopes in Tarahumara Indian territory. They say she is buried outside Phoenix near a well. She is said to have been seen traveling south to Monte Alban in a burnt-out car with the back window shot out. She is said to stand by the highway near El Paso, or ride shotgun with truckers to Morelia, Mexico, or that she has been sighted walking to market above Oaxaca with strangely formed boughs of firewood on her back. She is called by many names: La Huesera, Bone Woman; La Trapera, The Gatherer; and La Loba, Wolf Woman.

The sole work of La Loba is the collecting of bones. She is known to collect and preserve especially that which is in danger of being lost to the world. Her cave is filled with the bones of all manner of desert creatures: the deer, the rattlesnake, the crow. But her speciality is said to be wolves.

She creeps and crawls and sifts through the montanas, mountains, and arroyos, dry river beds, looking for wolf bones, and when she has assembled an entire skeleton, when the last bone is in place and the beautiful white sculpture of the creature is laid out before her, she sits by the fire and thinks about what song she will sing.

And when she is sure, she stands over the criatura, raises her arms over it, and sings out. That is when the rib bones and leg bones of the wolf begin to flesh out and the creature becomes furred. La Loba sings some more, and more of the creature comes into being; its tail curls upward, shaggy and strong.

And La Loba sings more and the wolf creature begins to breathe.

And still La Loba sings so deeply that the floor of the desert shakes, and as she sings, the wolf opens its eyes, leaps up, and runs away down the canyon.

Somewhere in its running, whether by the speed of its running, or by splashing its way into a river, or by way of a ray of sunlight or moonlight hitting it right in the side, the wolf is suddenly transformed into a laughing woman who runs free toward the horizon.

So it is said that if you wander the desert, and it is near sundown, and you are perhaps a little bit lost, and certainly tired, that you are lucky, for La Loba may take a liking to you and show you something - something of the Soul.


If you prefer to listen: https://youtu.be/0IU60fRlCYo (with Clarissa's explanation of the story)

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Re: For Wildness I strive

Postby Moonlight » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:58 pm

If you feel that you can’t smile, stand before a mirror and with your fingers pull your mouth into a smile. It is that important! Yogananda

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Re: For Wildness I strive

Postby Naga_Fireball » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:09 pm

Moonlight, I've not finished that book but the passage of the four rabbis was so beautiful
Brotherhood falls asunder at the touch of fire!
He finds his fellow guilty of a skin
Not coloured like his own, and having power
To enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause
Dooms and devotes him as his lawful prey.
~William Cowper


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