MOTHER TONGUE: REMEMBERING OUR OLD KNOWING
An Archetypal Journey through Story, Movement and Dreams
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“Mother Tongue” is place for remembering our deep song, for embodying our sacred conversation with Life itself, the wisdom of the unseen world and the bone-deep, original language with which they speak both to and through us.
Each individual series is a weaving through three profound portals of archetype and symbol- stories (from the oracular book Women Who Run with the Wolves), the ritual of physical movement and gesture, and the symbolic world of dream images – for the purpose of recovering embodiment, lost energy and sight, right-direction, meaning, and the necessary soul-fire to create and live with agency, hope and courage in these times.
Story, movement and dreams are of our oldest human languages and capacities. All contain the maps, mirrors and medicine that we need for the courageous and beautiful dance of surviving, thriving and evolving.
We come together to create just right light, to sharpen and soften our vision accordingly, so that we can peer into places that are just beyond the sight of our daily lives, to douse our way to cool, clear lagoons of renewal, insight, wise instruction and the true norths that can restore balance, harmony, and Soul…in our lives and therefore in the Great Wheel of our world.
There is a topside world of our daily living.
And there is an underside world of our deep song…
A world behind the world, a *river beneath the river. An unseen numen and powerful glow that stands just behind, and at the center of all that we can see…that is, if we can see.
It is this heartbeat, this ineffable soul-force that gives our lives sustenance, guidance, meaning and energy….or, as it were, it is our distance from this vital pulse and taproot that can steal these very same treasures from our days, leaving us running on fumes, wandering in a kind of aimless bardo, longing but never leaping, estranged from ourselves and our lives. We lose the shine in our eyes, the glow in our hearts and our sense of enduring meaning, direction, connection, hope and purpose.
One of our most meaningful tasks as human beings is to become adept in in learning to hear and recognize the deeply personal and specific language in which Life uses to speak to us… and then to come to understand, abide by and heartfully take up this conversation with the whispers and symbols of seen and unseen realms, thereby acknowledging that we are, quite literally, how Life itself emerges, transforms, creates and evolves. We learn to hear how Life is speaking to us, so that Life can speak more clearly through us, in our unique signature.
Our sacred work is to learn how to truly see and hear in communion with Life itself, and walk between the worlds with our feet planted firmly on the earth-effectively and with integrity.
Sarah chooses the specific stories and movements that we will work with very intuitively- or rather, the stories and movements, very intuitively, choose us…She is adept in hearing these calls and they alway yield just the right stories, at the just the right time, for the just the right group.
“The old knowing is long overdue.”
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from Women Who Run with the Wolves
Please note : Sarah Byrden no longer endorses the MogaDao Institute or study with Zhenzan/Zhenevere Dao in any capacity, no longer teaches or studies in association with the MogaDao Institute, operates under the designation of “MogaDao Teacher”, nor represents or endorses MogaDao as a tradition or entity in any way.