by Dhyana Kluth
Temple of the Feminine Arts retreat at Prama Institute, Asheville NC
It’s been a day since the retreat ended and I am still here on this mystical mountainous wooded land, waiting for my ride to the airport, feeling like fresh nettle tea leaves that have been steeped in the cauldron of the Divine Feminine, green with juicy vibrant nourishing color. Yesterday I began to write about my experience the first day of the retreat. Today, I continue with my journey on Day Two of this beautiful immersion when I danced a cathartic dance with the Dragon Elements of Creation around the Womb Medicine Wheel.
Becoming the Earth, the element in the bottom of my womb, feeling her fertile heavy rootedness first before I felt the searing pain and devastating grief in the Womb of the Earth. But dancing as the dragon of the Earth’s global multi-dimensional fullness, I also felt her unwavering resilience, the strength of her immense body and soul, the power to carry her weight and hold the weight of us all on her Dragon Earth-body, and her ability to transmute our suffering and all that does not serve love into life-nourishing mulch, cyclicly welcoming our release. As she is restored, she restores us. I dance her dance, weep and grieve for her and celebrate her continual rebirth.
Embodying the Fire Dragon as I danced around the Womb Medicine Wheel, I welcomed the rising flow of the rivers of fire from the center of the Earth to flow up through me, igniting the masculine fire power of my right ovary. The raw energy of power that propels this liquid fire to jet upward from the depths of the Earth into the Air. The organizing principle of creation, the masculine gift of manifested action and direction which when combined with heart-centered love births beauty into the world.
Rising on the currents of Air the dragon soars with grace and purity, expansive wings outstretched, heart open, eyes open and all-seeing. My dragon tail and body gently rippling as I ride the swirling currents of Air. I could feel my ka body being cleared as the currents of Air caressed and cleansed and coursed through me, giving my being and body a feeling of lightness, ease, pleasure and joy. The wisdom of the Air element at the top of my womb also giving my body wisdom a discerning experience of continually returning to balance with harmony.
In the past when I’ve journeyed with the element of Water, I have been the rain and waterfalls descending from my flight in the heavens, like clouds dissolving. This time I found myself diving, plunging to be immersed in depths of this element with the dolphins and mermaids. Embodying the currents of water now, rippling my limbs—like the Fire, but this time in its opposite, descending and cooling flow—I swam underwater and was the Water. This receptive feminine quality of Water in the left ovary, teaches me to open to receive as the embodied Waters of nourishing Love course down my fluid arms and legs into my heart and womb, undulating in my oceanic body.
I come to rest in the center of my womb temple, the holy of holies, the Grail Rose where all elements of creation converge, my consciousness adrift in the void of the womb. I experience a palpable feeling that I am held with great love by the Great Mother.
The dragons are real. They are everywhere. The old myths and stories are codes for this quantum experience of the multi-dimensional life all around us and within us. When we journey with the Womb Mandala this way, we don’t need to decode the story. We are the story, we embody the message. The information we receive from these Elemental Dragons of Creation lives within us—because the dragons live within us. We are creation. It is time to awaken the dragons within.
Carol, Aine and Dhyana are Womb Priestesses and Fountain of Life teachers and mentors who love the path of motherhood, dancing, shamanism, creative living and sisterhood.
I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.