Ancient Stories for a Modern World
Link to join live emailed an hour before class starts
5:15-6:45 pm MT
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What is a myth?
According to Joseph Campbell a myth has four functions:
- to inspire a sense of awe
- to explain the origin and nature of the cosmos
- to support the social order
- to awaken individuals to their own potential, especially in the spiritual domain
A myth is a window. A story told anew through the ages, but how you hear it, the way it hits you or fills you with wonder and inspiration, that is the power of myth. It's potency lies in the moment you are struck , and the moments that follow where you re-organize because some principle, some value shown through in such a way that you understand something you couldn't quite put your finger on before. Myths illustrate meaning, and Indian mythology is a veritable sea of anthropomorphised archetypes of our own psyche. We are each of us the hero, the villain, the dutiful friend, and the beggar. Like a soap opera of Marvel superheroes from a land that once was but never has been, Sacred Soaps will take you on a bendy story-telling hayride through ancient India.
Join me for a monthly story about one or several of the deities from India, and do feel free to send requests to [email protected]
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is call and response chanting, usually in the Sanskrit language. It is one of the main practices of Bhakti yoga; the path of devotion and love. Bhakti yoga is a rich practice that arises after the Vedic era In India. Singing these vibrations typically coincided with story-telling practices and sometimes even in tandem with dance and/or visual arts. Singing and hearing stories focuses the mind, helps tension lift to the surface and allows it to dissipate; subduing the emotional storms.
Why is Kirtan practiced?
We're constantly vibrating with some thought or sound with varying degrees of intentionality and/or unconscious patterning. Some vibrations allow for harmony and resonance. Others create dissonance, impeding our ability to vibrate authentically.
Kirtan creates an uplifting vibration for the mind to swim in, enabling deeper states of peaceful awareness in our day to day lives.
How is Kirtan beneficial to the modern yogi?
Collectively, we can benefit from utilizing more tools that transform our internal resonance by way of sublimating the raw emotional material that causes inner disturbance. Kirtan is one such tool, revealing directly our essential nature by way of sound. This practice clears the path from heart chakra to throat chakra, allowing our hearts and voices to shine authentically, expressing both confidence and vulnerability in cleaner and clearer ways.
How can I attend Kirtan with Allison?
Subscribe through Teachable and receive unlimited access to join kirtan live (through Zoom) and watch missed kirtans through the Teachable portal. Kirtan is every Sunday 5:30pm MT and Last Fridays after Sacred Soaps at 5:45pm MT. You can also drop in by making a donation on Venmo @Allison-Dennis-8 or PayPal [email protected]