We are trees. We have family trees. We speak of roots, ancestors and the spirits of our ancestors. Planting “roots” is an archetypal need – the need to belong somewhere on the Earth, to come to know a part of the Earth intimately, to call it “home”. The absence of roots often makes a person a wanderer, a nomad or sand-dweller. Roots cannot grow deep in sand and so the nomad travels; and yet a nomad is rooted in a tribe of fellow travelers and great traditions. Roots mark our beginning, our entry into life, our first imprint with physical form. Topics we will cover in the second class:
- The significance of your identity: How do you define your identity? With what do you identify?
- Earth treasures: items/belongings that hold power and authority for you
- The archetypal significance of being grounded
- Earth energies and the survival instinct
- The trauma of being uprooted
- Example of initiation: Losing identity/treasures/status