Parvati Forrest Burke Â lead the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara at the Sakya Monastary in Seattle Washington Â October 22. One of the participants, Marsha Emrick, wrote this beautiful testimony.
Thank you for teaching me and your great kindness. I find that I am still crying every time I think of my experience during the Tara Dance Mandala and the entire weekend.
I had coffee with Rhiannon today and have emailed Phyllis. I am going to start going to their monthly meetings and dance with them, at least until SaraÂ gets a dancing circle going in our neighborhood. She lives a mile from me!
I joined Taradhatu today as well. I would like to learn about the student teacher program.
My new found enthusiasm stems from an experience I had of Tara. At one point on Saturday evening I felt her completely envelope and enter my being. Sunday evening when I came home I saw Her. Not with my minds eye, I saw Her and felt Her surrounding and holding me. As She faded (her face last) into the Emptiness I saw brilliant “Sparks flying upward” like many jewels or sparks from a fire that were many colored. At last the vision faded into blackness.
I have been practicing (and leading) ritual since I was 12. I have never seen or felt anything so strong and so beautiful. I will never forget the love in, Mary’s eyes Â ( my partner in the dance) when she held my hand on her cheek and mine was on hers. I cried looking in her eyes.
I cried when we were singing and walking out of the spiral. In practice I looked at the ground mostly just to keep from crying. Tara’s presence was so strong. I couldn’t contain it all. It just kept welling up and out like a fountain of tearful joy.
I am so grateful that Rhiannon asked me to come. I made life long friends with ladies I would have never spoken too. If I had seen the dance online prior to going I would have thought “what a bunch of new-ageÂ nonsense”. Or “What a girly waste of time”. I would have robbed myself of the opportunity to grow and to feel the Goddess embrace me in her
Now if I could just stop crying.