Stories of the Forest Goddess: Bringing Wisdom to a World of Travail
Led by: Douglas Brooks
From March 17, 2018 at 9:00 am until March 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Gowanus
There is a form of the Great Goddess called Brahmachamundeshvari. She has four faces and wears earrings that conceal her form and reveal her beauty. She has a remarkable, compelling story that is relevant to our lives today. She stands for the possibilities of greatness in a world of vulnerabilities. She is a great goddess of the forest. The forest is made of light and shadows, where everything that flourishes knows too there are dangers and the need to face true vulnerabilities. To be of the forest demands wisdom, the power of the heart and mind to fathom what is possible and necessary. All of us will find ourselves in the forest of feelings, under the canopy that shades and protects but also encloses and shrouds us from the light. In the stories of the Forest Goddesses, drawn from Hindu mythologies and rich folklore, we learn how to navigate through our inner wilderness and manage our way through the dense pathways of a mortal life. These stories are about living in a world that challenges us just with living, life that invites us to enter all the places where dreams, for better and worse, find a place because we must. These are the stories we need for an age when so much we’ve hoped for must be renewed, revaluated, and reconsidered. These are stories of hope, empowered by honesty, candor, and effort. We need the wisdom of the forest more than ever and here we find resources and tools for making our journey forward. No previous knowledge is expected or required. Bring an open mind and a willing heart.