ME 2 Challenge: Meditation and Sacred Archetypes

August 13, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit

Participating in the ME 2 Challenge I am taking at least 20 minutes each day to meditate. This almost always involves chanting a mantra while counting the repetitions on my wrist mala. Inspired by Celedra’s interview with Lama Palden I am looking into meditation on some of the world’s beloved goddesses.

GreenTara

Green Tara

As a writer I have always had a deep interest in archetypes as communicators of information from beyond our immediate understanding. I also appreciate how archetypes serve as embodiments of a timeless source and therefore provide spiritual nourishment and illumination.

In the past I have found that meditating on the goddess Kuan Yin (the embodiment of compassion and mercy in Chinese Buddhist and Taoist traditions) brings to me a sense of being embraced by a calm, loving and infinitely strong energetic source. This meditation came to me spontaneously several years ago and I have been I using it to quell anxiety or feelings of isolation and disconnection ever since. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the qualities associated with Kuan Yin are embodied in Tara, who has several manifestations each associated with different aspects of her qualities or virtues.

At this point in my life’s journey I am consciously working on releasing judgement. Much like the meditation on Kuan Yin came to me like a gift surfacing from my subconscious, placed there lovingly by infinite sources, today I found a mantra to Green Tara, who is the mother of compassion and associated with enlightened activity (like non-judgement!).

The mantra is Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha. OM represents Tara’s sacred body, speech and mind. TARE means liberating from all discontent. TUTTARE means liberating from the eight fears, the external dangers, but mainly from the internal dangers, the delusions. TURE means liberating from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion. SOHA means “may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind.” I found a beautiful slide show on You Tube that repeats the mantra 108 times to stream of Green Tara’s many beautiful depictions. The gentle cadence of the mantra certainly connected me with my center, my true nature, which is love and therefore harbors no judgement. I am excited to work with this mantra and look more into meditation and sacred archetypes.

As a woman striving to always be committed to the 3 goals of this Challenge I am blessed to be a contributor to this blog. As a member of the community here I am curious, what kind of experiences have any readers had with spontaneous prayers, meditations and rituals? Also, are you working with any meditation techniques that are new to you?

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3 Comments to “ME 2 Challenge: Meditation and Sacred Archetypes”


  1. I am on my fourth day of the challenge and feeling wonderful. I invited a group of my friends to join me, and got one enthusiastic partner. So we are encouraging each other. I am grateful to find such a great resource at a time when circumstances are putting my faith to the test. It is an opportunity for me to see my principles in action, and so far, I have been blessed with all the right reminders at just the right time.
    Thank you for this challenge. I look forward to sharing more with my challenge partner and friends about the benefits I have derived from this simple spiritual practice. The Green Tara mantra has been such a joy. Thank you for the links; it has opened up the world of chanting in a new way to me. After a personal study of the Tao te Ching for the past three years I feel as if I’m being welcomed home for the first time. Bless you as you all continue on your journey. Namaste….

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    • Brenda thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s wonderful to hear your experience and insight. I love how you see the challenge as an opportunity to see your principles in action – well put! Also, I am so glad you are enjoying the Green Tara mantra. For me it is so soothing – like a cool green breath of compassion fills me.

      Thank you again for your comments, we are blessed to have you participate in our community.

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  2. thank you. i cannot tell you how moved i am when someone feels the intention and the love and the energy from those wonderful nuns there in tibet praying day and night.

    blessings to you

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