by Becca Tzigany
Modernism, while heralding advances in science, education, medicine, art, and certain social sensitivities, has also served to cleave us from our elemental roots as well as from our cosmic identity. Most indigenous traditions, on the other hand, cultivate(d) relationship with Mother Earth and Father Sky.
Integral Spiral Dynamics conceptualizes human evolution in this order:
Archaic (instinctual, survival) –> Tribal (magical, clan consciousness, Earth connected) –> Warrior (egocentric, heroic) –> Mythic (rules & roles, purpose-driven) –> Rational (scientific, capitalistic, achievement through merit) –> Pluralistic (sensitivity, inclusion, environmentalism) –> Integral (worldcentric, synthesizing, balancing).
This scheme supposes that Integral begins a 2nd tier of transpersonal awareness, and as such may draw from all the earlier worldviews. Since an Integral perspective seeks to “transcend and include” all perspectives instead of rejecting or distrusting entire belief systems.
Thus a re-examination of Tribal values is right on time, with the hope that we can heal the modern disease of alienation. At this Change of the Age, our wounds and neurosis simply will not pass. We must heal them, if we are to have the strength, clarity, and courage to make this transition as whole human beings.
Enter Transformational Festivals. They provide a safe space for us to be held and remind us of our roots . . . communing with Nature, ecstatically dancing into the night (now with electronic music from all over the world), participating with others (not just being an audience), and engaging in spiritual ceremonies. Attendees can be inspired by visionary art (and create it themselves) and co-create theater — both invoking archetypal themes.
Through Transformational Festivals, we have a chance to re-myth ourselves, to feel how we are nested in a greater reality. Feeling ourselves as Earth people — as children of Pachamama — we can grow up to care for Her as well as for one another. . . Tribal values expanding to a global and even a galactic embrace.
These participatory festivals happen all over the world, and Venus & Her Lover participated in the Water Woman Festival in South America. Here’s what we did:
29 August-2 September 2012
Becca Tzigany and Sienna Lea (author of Stealing the Moon and founder of Rise Multiversity) collaborated on workshops for the Water Woman Festival in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. South America’s answer to the Burning Man Festival in North America, Water Woman celebrated life in the “New Earth” through art, music, dance, yoga, indigenous teachings, ceremonies, and creative explorations. Sienna and Becca declared “the Goddess is rising, and she is bringing a new, humane system of exchange.
1. Stating the Problem ~ Our History, and Women’s Part in the Dominator Culture.
2. The Triple Goddess and further splintering of the Feminine. Qualities of the Mother archetype that went missing. Goddess Kali. With the Mother fragmented/missing, care and commerce show up in pathological forms.
3. The Greco-Roman myth of the Triple Goddess: Hera, Athena, & Venus. Competition and dominator values in our lives as women (and the effect on men).
4. Experiencial exercise – The Money Game.
1. The Shadow and how it works in a person.
2. Collective exploration of how the Ego, scarcity, and greed dominate our culture.
3. Reading from Stealing the Moon: The Goddess Café.
Becca & Sienna:
1. Dyad intensive: How have scarcity and greed impacted my life?
2. Processes to feel our grief/shame/guilt, etc.
3-2-1 Shadow Process
Deep Breathing to feel feelings
3. TRANCE DANCE – dancing the energies of money / flow
4. RITUAL – Purification by water
in the afternoon to continue to move emotion, etc.
Becca & Sienna:
The Golden Shadow of greed and scarcity. We embrace compassion. What would a Gift Economy feel like? How to get in the flow of life?
1. Re-writing our story
2. GROUP THEATER
3. Water RITUAL restoring and glorifying the Divine Feminine.
Dedicating ourselves to sacred commerce in our dealings with one another and a worldview of abundance, in accordance with Nature.
Note: All honor to Jeet Kei Leung, Akira Chan, and the video team that made the documentary “The Bloom: A Journey Through Transformational Festivals”. Video appears above on this page, and if you look closely, you’ll catch a glimpse of me, Becca, in a couple clips.