On Kali, Playing the Death Card and New Beginnings
When I found out that I was to lose my beloved yoga teaching venue in Truro City Hall I had this idea… “I could stop the class”… and in the way that ideas do, it grew and took hold until it became a reality. Kind of an interesting move; stop an established class which has been running for over 5 years and start a new one on a different day, at a different time and in a different place.I wanted to play the death card.In the west death = the end. But I say no, death = rebirth, a massively transformative process. Transformation means letting go, I mean really letting go of what no longer serves you so that energy can be transmuted and you can flow in a new direction. In Hindu mythology Kali is the goddess of death. She’s kinda scary: usually adorned in a necklace of skulls and holding several severed heads, she is to be worshipped with caution. But sometimes, with caution we need to play that death card. We need Kali’s fearlessness that says “The time for change is now.” She stops us making excuses, she stops us saying I’ll do it tomorrow or I’ll give him one more chance or I’m not brave enough or I’m not good enough. Or whatever our story is. She says “No – I’ll do it… and I’ll do it now… and I mean it.” Kali which can be translated as “the blazing one” is scary but she’s also fearless and courageous, burning away all that is not needed on our journey to becoming our fullest self.
“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” Alan Watts