The yoga of ‘Yes’
The white kāmahi glows
Into the world
Whakapapa: when I meditate I usually focus on the word ‘Yes’. ‘Yes’ is an anchor to return to. ‘Yes’ signals my desire to open to the ‘the Real’: ‘That’ which is beyond all concepts & frameworks. ‘Yes’ also signals my longing to follow ‘the Real’ as it unfolds in my life. In Alchemy the white rose symbolises the ‘albedo’ or white stage that occurs before the final reddening (or ‘rubedo’ phase). This is the feminine, silver, moon phase of the opus. In the poem the white kāmahi, a New Zealand native tree, takes on the symbolism of the white rose. When in flower the kāmahi is a mass of creamy pink flowers which attract multitudes of honey making bees. The red lion symbolises an integrated & potent masculine consciousness. ‘A red lion can also be a symbol of the completion of the opus; the elixir or Stone that has attained perfect redness & which can transmute base metals into gold’. 1) In C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia; Aslan (A Christ figure) has overtones of the Philosophers Stone (or Self). Following the completion of the poem I came across the following words by Karfried Graff Durkheim on the importance of saying ‘yes’ to our own unique lives. “The root-force of all human existence is the divine ‘élan vital’ that sustains every living creature and leads to the fulfilment of its destiny. In human beings, it takes the form of an instinctive ‘yes’ to life in general – but it does not become really beneficial and creative until we consciously say ‘yes’ to our own particular lives”.
1) A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery: by Lyndy Abraham: Pg 167.
2) Absolute Living: The Otherworldly in the World and the Path to Maturity: Karlfried Graf Durckheim Pg. 162