Painting Goddess Yantras in Naples, Florida
This past weekend I was invited back for the 3rd time to teach a Goddess Yantra Workshop at Love Yoga in Naples, Florida. The studio owner, Carla Olla, transplanted from the Hudson Valley, has created a very beautiful space filled with shakti, a perfect spot to get in touch with Goddess energy. Students had a choice of working with 1 of 5 aspects of the Divine Mother; Kali, Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Gayatri. Once they pick their Goddess, we start by constructing the yantra, finding the center of the paper and then creating a large circle. From that point, the square bhupur is found and everything goes from the outside in, back to the center, the bindu, the point of creation and dissolution. While constructing and painting, students are chanting the mantra associated with that goddess. By chanting, the energy of the Goddess is infused in the yantra. The whole process is a deep, profound meditation, one spends hours absorbed in Ma's energy, eventually merging and becoming one.
So what are the different energies? Kali is the Goddess of Transformation and removes fears, especially fear of death and attachments. She helps you get rid of what is no longer necessary in your life, so be ready for it if you work with her.
Saraswati is the Goddess of Wisdom, Learning, Creativity and the Arts. She is good to work with when you want to start a serious study or you are a musician or artist, we ask for her blessing on our creative path. Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth, Prosperity, Abundance and Love, to name a few. Who can't use more Lakshmi energy in their life?
Durga, also called the Invincible, is a Goddess who removes fear and sorrows and gives strength and courage to those who invoke her. Gayatri, the Mother of the Vedas is connected to the Sun and to light and reminds us that we are healers, full of light.
Mavis Gewant, Sacred Artist & Doula reflects on life