In the weeks since my recent wedding, I am delightfully discovering this delicious sense of freedom spiraling up from within. Wide swaths of my energy are returning home to me. Aspects of myself that had been unconsciously tied up in some kind of relentless pursuit “out there” (perhaps trying to get love, approval, validation, and meaning from the outside world) have now slingshotted themselves back inside of me, available now for a new purpose. It’s not that I’ve now directed these energies to my husband, but rather that I have returned them to Source, to my Self. 

I will never again underestimate the incomparable power of a big, public, and well-crafted ritual to reorganize and recreate the inner and then outer worlds. I am bursting forth with creative ideas, oozing with a kind of quiet ecstasy, feeling a deeper sense of self-acceptance than ever before. I am engaged deeply with my muse, set free to pursue my creative sexual vitality and channel it toward projects that bring beauty and healing into the world. Here’s to a renewed daily celebration of life and my particular place in it. And here’s to your own!

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Written 11/2/2012

So here I sit, propped up in my bed on the 13th floor of our hotel in downtown Abu Dhabi, in a kind of jet-lagged fever dream, bleeding and seething with emotion while simultaneously feeling bottled up and hidden. It’s 7:45pm local time, and it must be some kind of morning hour on the West Coast. It doesn’t feel like either time to me. I got my period while in flight and today is the first day of real bleeding.

Women in burqas and long black abayas walk the street. Do they like being in there? Does it somehow feel comforting? Protective? Or is it stifling? Does it hold them in? Or keep life out?

Our hosts took us to a shiny, air conditioned mall today. Two malls, actually. One of them had an ice skating rink inside and a tall spire with a rotating restaurant on top. Starbucks. Krispy Kreme. Techno music. More women in burqas and hijab. Men in thawb, the traditional long white robe-like tunic. Men in suits. Men in shorts and t-shirts. Women in Lady Gaga-style platform heels, leggings, miniskirts. Subway. Baskin Robbins. Chik Fil A.

This afternoon we visited a hotel whose rooms cost $5,000 a night, just to wander the lobby and admire the gold-gilded rotunda, enormous paintings of the Shaikh hung prominently on the wall. Missy Elliott and her entourage were in the lobby, on their way to her concert tonight. She’s in town as the headliner for the after-party of the huge Formula One auto race that has drawn thousands of race enthusiasts from all over the world to Abu Dhabi this week.

I lay here in bed, half awake and half asleep, floating in the liminal space between time zones and cultures, my mind skipping along the surface of a swirling sea of thoughts, images, impressions. I focus my attention inward with gentle but intent curiosity for a few moments. What IS this feeling I am having? Can I name it? The vibration is low and sorrowful, like a slow cello with a soft but foreboding drum beat in the background. Like a drawn-out art house suspense thriller film where the impending dread stretches on and on: beautifully rendered and painful to experience.

I feel guilty. For what? Is this my feeling? Or is it ambient? Is it the jetlag? Is it Islam? The oil business? I also feel that something terrible is about to happen and that I am guilty, impossibly blackened, unredeemable.

I do not, for a moment, actually believe this to be true. Not in my conscious awareness. But this is what I perceive right now, oozing like an iridescent oil flow through my first and second chakras.

This river of psychic-emotional information arising within me commands my full presence. When I am distracted from it in the least, when my attention bobs to the surface and begins to analyze, fix or wander, I am left feeling ambiguously irritated, listless, helpless and somewhat vacant. Then, dropping the anchor of my attention back down into the darker waters, I focus my still and curious awareness on my spine, my belly, and my womb itself. There must be a better word for this than the amorphous and ubiquitous term “energy.”

Now I begin to perceive directly the pulsation that I’ll resort to calling energy that is moving, always moving, from tailbone to skull. When I do, an orgasmic wave of sensation ripples through my body. My shoulders shake; these orgasmic waves often get stuck at the back of my throat and everything bottlenecks in the levee of silence I have either created or inherited there, resulting in a cascading series of jolting little quakes as the energy diverts course and finds alternate passage. This is where I hold myself in apparently, creating a dam in my the river of my energetic body. My shoulders are the detour. But the condition of my body’s locks and dams are good enough; these waves of sensation can still get through despite the apparent barricades.

This is what my body is meant to do. I am a woman, built for life to flow in and out of me in its entirety, designed to receive all that is happening within and around me as an unbroken flow of information that passes through me, the energy itself transformed by its journey through my inner space. I know, not in my mind but in my cells, how to take the electrical charge in my ambient environment into the converter station of my body and then deeper, through the electrical transformer of my heart.

When I am in the Red Tent, even this red tent here on the 13th floor of the Sheraton in downtown Abu Dhabi, my task, my desire, and my service is to receive. I open my body, turning my attention inward, feeling what is there, and then arching my spine in response to the gravity of this force that wants only to flow through the river of me and back into the ocean of us.

Receive (verb): to accept delivery of something.

I am in a Persian Gulf port town tonight, and I am receiving.

 

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Intimate connection with nature and the perceptual shifts that restore our sense of wholeness with the world around us. Robyn Lynn of www.thepresentsense.com.

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She’s not a woman, not a girly way of being, not pink, not lipstick, not strippers, not belly dancers, not ballerinas.  She’s not a bunch of Burning Man tribal “goddesses” wearing leather and feathers (although they’re lovely and probably open to Her).  When speaking of “the feminine,” I am not speaking of anything that is not wholly available to men, butches, transfolk, and tomboys.  When I speak of the feminine, I’m talking about Her, with a capital H.  The big one, the Mother.

She is the sensuous earthly weave of interconnected sentience, the emotional and energetic stream that pours through me, the trees, the soil beneath us, and the living universe.  She is the miracle of information that arises in my body in response to the tides, the magnetic resonance of the planet, and the tea I drink for breakfast.

When I acknowledge the absurd impossibility of my aloneness, when I taste my communion with the web of life, surrendering to my inextricable interconnectedness with all that exists, this is when I begin to experience the feminine directly.

She is teeming with life, pulsing with electricity and erotic intelligence; she is the river of current moving through us and as us, available to each of us at all times, even in the city, even behind the glare of this screen.

And “the masculine?” What is He? 

He’s not a mountain man, an auto mechanic, or that buff fire spinner you saw perform once.  He’s not Robert Bly, or David Deida, although they often embody him.  When I speak of the masculine, I’m not talking about a specific person, nor am I talking about men in general.  I’m not talking about a set of attributes or a way of being.

When I speak of “the masculine,” I am speaking of the pure awareness of consciousness.  He is the silent light that perceives Her, the background of silence, the I Am consciousness.

Seen from this angle, sex is the dance between the sensual pulse of universal aliveness (the feminine) and the silent pure light of consciousness (the masculine). It is far broader than anything that occurs between a penis and a vagina (or any other combination of genitals, for that matter).  Intercourse is that great loom of sensory give-and-take that is continually being exchanged between the sunrise and the morning dew or between the air I breathe and the tiny, delicate alveoli in my lungs that drink that air.   The orgasm in my body mirrors the pulsing orgasms of the universe, the infinite churning creative power that makes new worlds.

 

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