There is a way to live that is in harmony with all life. This path
is characterized by self-discipline, respect, knowledge, and creativity.
Its goals are health, skillfulness, freedom, wisdom, excellence, self-realizaton,
and inter-relatedness. Its rewards are joyous wellbeing, beauty, peace,
courage, empowerment, and community. It is called the Way
of the Dragon.
The Dragon is a mythical
archetype that symbolizes the life force (elan vital) that
courses between heaven and earth, animating all that is alive. Also,
it symbolizes the mastery of living through the wisdom of personal
empowerment and alignment with Nature. If properly understood and
harnessed, it glorifies all.
This site is a gateway to information, classes and workshops about the Way
of the Dragon, which is both a spiritual practice and a cultural vision. Classes in meditation, tantra, shamanic practice are offered as well as workshops in permaculture, sustainable technologies, and more.
We can live as empowered, creative, and gracious
men and women with healthy bodies, noble hearts and enlightened minds.
We can create culture that is empowering, creative, gracious, healthy,
noble, enlightened, and beautiful as well. This is the Way
of the Dragon.
The Great Mandala
Essentially, a mandala
represents an all-encompassing space wherein the self-existing energies
of life are integrated. Our souls are mandalas because
each soul is a holistic integration of various kinds of energy expressed
as Embodiment, Emotion, Will, Heart, Creativity, Mind, Spirit, and Space.
The process of integration is symbolized by the play of the Dragon,
which weaves the energies of our lives together in a dance of being,
becoming and destruction.
Below are eight links to pages about
eight general categories of principles that correllate to the eight fundamental
qualities of the human soul already noted. These categories are represented by the
iconic elements: Earth, Water, Iron (representing metals), Fire, Wind, Air, Light
and Space. Each category is a mandala in itself, presenting the kind of
knowledge and wisdom needed to foster enlightened health and growth with regard to the eight
qualities of our nature. Taken together, these mandalas describe the character and culture of the
great mandala, known as the Way of the Dragon.
The Earth Mandala presents wisdom, knowledge,
practices, and technologies that pertain to fulfilling our physical
necessities for survival and our desires for physical prosperity, progeny,
health, and sensual pleasure in an enlightened manner. We can transform
our physical experience from one of struggle, selfishness, pain, and
fear to one of compassion, mutuality, pleasure, and courage by understanding
and living in accord with the laws of physical health and abundance.
The guiding enlightened principle of the Earth Mandala is that our way
of living should engender health and well-being for ourselves and all
The Water Mandala pertains to the flow
of energy within us and around us as well as the world of emotional
and sexual relations and nonverbal communication, including the performance
arts that express passion and feelings rather than ideas, such as dance
and music. It is concerned with sexual and emotional health and intelligence
as well as sympathetic intuition. It pertains to our emotive relations
-- family, friends, lovers, spouses, children, professional peers, and
enemies. This mandala is the seat of serpent energy (kundalini).
The Iron Mandala pertains to the world
of volition and will power, which is characterized by the Iron Horse.
The knowledge and wisdom governing this mandala pertains to right use
of our intent, will and power.
The Fire Mandala pertains to the world
of the Heart--mediator of Earth and Heaven. From out of the Heart bursts
the all-consuming, alchemical fire of loving compassion that transforms
fear into courage, judgement into understanding, hatred into charity,
ugliness into beauty, and lack into abundance. This mandala represents
the seat of the soul.
The Wind Mandala pertains to the world
of creative expression and communication; hence, it regards the theatrical
arts, literature, social intercourse, the oratory and expressive arts
and artistic culture in general, as well as the act of rendering scientific
knowledge into useful technology. Energetically, it is the wisdom, knowledge,
and technology of creative process. The guiding wisdom of this mandala
is creativity, honesty, integrity and diligence.
The Air Mandala pertains to the world
of thought; hence, it regards philosophy, political theory, law, scholarship,
intellectual development and progress, the sciences, and intellectual
culture in general. Energetically, it presents as intellectual prowess
and vision. The guiding wisdom of this gate is rigor, impartialiaty,
inquiry, and integrity.
The Light Mandala pertains to the world
of inner vision (intuition) and spiritual knowledge. It regards the
phenomena of myth, wholistic vision, mysticism, spirituality, true religion,
as well as the magical occult powers and technologies. It is the domain
of spiritual transformation and growth, of discerning wisdom (prajna)
and transpersonal ways of knowing. The guiding wisdom of this gate is
understanding the ways and nature of all things directly through experiencing
the suchness of being and honing spiritual mastery.
The Space Mandala pertains to our sense
of place and relationship to the world and universe that surrounds and
includes us. As the Dragon awakens within us, we begin to increasingly
understand and identify our relationship to the whole of life as the
whole of life. The world in all of its diversity and strangeness becomes
unified in experience as self and home. Eventually, the Dragon is fully
realized in the dissolution and emancipation from any self identity.
*** Featured Visionary ***
Brian Swimme: The New Cosmology
Brian Swimme is a
dragon, and he sees the unfolding of the Cosmos as sacred story.
In his vision of a New Cosmology, Brian reflects upon where we came
from, where we are, and where we could go. He talks about the attitudes
we need to cultivate as persons and cultures to insure as best we
can that the journey forward is sustainable and honors all life
as sacred. Embracing some form of this new cosmological story is
absolutely critical to our maturity as human beings because the
religious cosmological myths of the past, which are not without
wisdom, are based upon worldviews that are largely obsolete. We
need a new vision of who we are and where we are going that takes
into account the vast complexity of our understanding of ourselves,
our world, and the universe as discovery and insight progresses.
The Way of the Dragon
is as essential to the new cosmology as it was the old, eternally
revealing spiritual wisdom throughout the ages.
Enjoy the journey!
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website is my creation, it is not about me. It is about fostering
enlightened culture and society according to the dynamic principles
of the Way of the Dragon.
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then it will be considered for incorporation. Of course, credit
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