Saraswati is the ancient goddess of wisdom, learning, and music. 

HEALING AND THE DIVINE FEMININE

is an artfully crafted process by which you can learn and practice spiritual healing 

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Through studying and practicing an ancient Tantric ritual made simple for you, both women and men can learn to heal on deep levels as you as you seek to know the divine feminine in her pure and exalted state.

1 Watch A Video: The Invitation To Heal

In order to understand the value of what you are embarking upon, you need to understand our corruption of the pure principles ...

2. Read three short text articles

So you can understand the value of ritual, especially the kind you can do on your own at home, or conduct in a spiritual center of your choosing.

To understand the value of the healing that Tantra offers us, we must understand the difference between the pure principles of the divine feminine (and sacred masculine) found in Ultimate Reality, and the corrupted principles of the masculine and feminine that we encounter within humanity. We might call it being human, and we might be deluded by it, as is often the case in human relationships. Yet, we intuit the pure principles, as well. In fact, we long for it. And this is what the healing rituals of Tantra offer us, the rediscovery of the pure principles. In this program, we focus on the healing of the divine feminine. And, in the process, there is also the discovery and rediscovery of the pure feminine principle.

In Tantra, Ultimate Reality contains absolute aspects of the feminine and masculine principles in their purest, unmanifest essences. They are referred to as the Shiva and Shakti, but they are different from the Shiva and Shakti we know in the manifest world of time, space, matter, energy, and consciousness. The Shiva and Shakti we know through forms, shapes, concepts, and qualities, are always, to a degree, corrupted. The pure essence is obscured by the limitations of our own mind and the way we construct and project our reality, which is not the same as Ultimate Reality. The healing rituals of Tantra built around the divine feminine and sacred masculine, are ways into the nature of Ultimate Reality through healing the disfigurement that is naturally a part of our human condition.

Our parents, teachers, and caregivers are meant to embody and reveal the divine feminine and sacred masculine to us in childhood. However, they all fall short of it as they cannot be expected to maintain healthy egos without lapse. Our parents, teachers, and caregivers are generally preoccupied with this world, earning a livelihood, and dealing with the stresses of life. Unless they have been taught otherwise, can we expect them to know the pure essences of the divine feminine and sacred masculine? As a result, we construct a sense of the masculine and feminine around corrupted sensitivities of the pure principles. Once we can face the truth that our own feminine and masculine principles fall short of their inherent purity, we can begin our quest for the pure principles, much like the search for the Holy Grail. It is this sense of spiritual adventure that motivates us on the Tantric Path. In adulthood or late adulthood, we can seek the pure and rebuild ourselves around the knowledge of the divine feminine. That is what Tantra is offering us, at least how we teach it in our Yogic Mystery School.

The premise of my work and what we do in our Yogic Mystery School has been deeply affected by revelations of complex trauma in very early childhood that broke through into my conscious awareness in late 2017. Before this, sacred sound dominated everything I practiced and taught. Tantra, through yogic practices and healing rituals, was also part of my vocabulary. However, since 2018, I have needed to resort to both The Yoga of Sound and Tantric Healing Practices to heal myself from rather severe anxiety and depression. My understanding, practice, and teaching of esoteric spirituality has now necessarily evolved to integrate western psychology and its understanding of trauma. At the heart of this healing is the rediscovery of the divine feminine and sacred masculine. Shodasha Upacara is one of the central practices of this process that focuses exclusively on the divine feminine.

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Beyond the pronunciation of mantras is the Shodasha Upacara, an expression of a profound Tantric practice. For those who have not done the Mastery of Mantra, there is no need to chant the mantras to tap into the healing power of this practice and the empowerment it offers. You can simply speak the mantras as you do the mudras and ritual actions.

The hallmark of this program is the ancient mantras from the Rig Veda. This scripture is the oldest scripture on the planet. When you learn to speak these words, there is a magical quality to them. If you have not studied mantra chanting, you can still speak these words and feel their power. It will be a bit like being Hermione or Harry going to Hogwarts to learn spells. The Sri Vidya tradition is rooted in this sense of magic and mystery.

Mantras are a form of sacred speech. In Tantra, mantras can be uttered or muttered under the breath, much like a magical spell. The degree to which mantras can penetrate our everyday world of matter and energy, however, depends upon how much we can dissolve the boundaries that separate the invisible world of spirit from our visible world. A Tantric ritual is designed to help us learn how to thin out this boundary and make it more porous and permeable.

Many Tantra practitioners are deeply attuned to non-dualism. However, an interesting point of convergence is that Adi Shankara, the most influential non-dualistic teacher of India, practiced and endorsed pūjā (ritual worship). As a matter of fact, Shankaracharya, who actually developed Advaita philosophy (non-dualism) in the 8th century, was a Sri Vidya practitioner and used pūjā in his practice. In fact, he passionately advocated pūjā when he was alive.

Our intention to incorporate ritual into our spiritual practice is not inspired by institutional religion, the desire to engage in collective religious worship, or devotion to some entity outside of ourselves. We study and practice this healing ritual to sense the tremendous power of pūjā to facilitate first-hand changes and openings in our ordinary human consciousness.

The primary purpose of pūjā is twofold. First, it is to open the five senses of those who do the Puja and bring him or her to a higher level of consciousness. Second, it is based on the Indian traditions of honoring a guest, with each upacārā serving the deity present in the image for the Puja's duration. Evidently, this is not about the worship of an object outside of ourselves, but to recognize ourselves as a manifestation of the qualities that we see reflected in the deity's image.

The ritual you will learn to approach the healing of the divine feminine within you is through the channel of Saraswati, goddess of wisdom, learning, and music. If you are someone who senses the beauty and eloquence present in Indian music, art and architecture depicting the sacred, you now have a method to tap into higher states of consciousness related to the Shakti. You will have the opportunity to learn this ritual to practice in your home, or even at a spiritual center that you teach or serve at, offering new and exquisite experiences to groups and communities that you intersect with.

The process of the ritual can be broken down into many parts. First, we learn specific ways of purifying the body and mind. We also learn to create the protection of our space. Once we have learned to do this, we start to do the ritual. The ritual begins by inviting something that is not typically part of our self-consciousness to enter into our self-awareness so that we can experience it. At first, we treat this quality of consciousness as a guest visiting our everyday awareness by arriving from some other realm or dimension.

And so we invite this "guest" presence to be seated in our awareness, and we make various offerings that intensify our sensitivities. The process keeps building to the point of climax that can be compared to human lovemaking. This climax is followed by a deep meditation we call absorption that can be compared to the intimacy shared after human lovemaking. The idea with ritual is to introduce a quality of relationship within the formlessness of the non-dual experience. At its core, there is a sense of intimacy with the sacred.

There is a mythical quality to the process. It is the equivalent of the heroine and hero journeying into the unknown, to discover a magical power. You need to be inspired by the spirit of quest and discovery. You cannot know what this is or how it will be. You should be open to discovering it for yourself and in your own consciousness.

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This upacāra is about coming close to Shakti, about developing a closer relationship with feminine energy in ways that supersede how we usually experience it. We learn more advanced mantras, but we couple these mantras with a healing ritual, visualizations, and powerful spiritual practices.

This healing ritual is primarily for anyone who needs healing around the feminine. It is also for those who wish to tap into a sacred portal at home or spiritual center. Finally, it is for those who desire to create a healing container for students or clients. The process is designed to empower you. It is you who becomes the priestess or priest. At the very least, you get to feel what it feels like to be a channel for the pure Shakti.

Practitioners and teachers of spiritual disciplines such as yoga, mantra, meditation, as well as therapists of any kind, may derive personal and professional value from this type of specialistic knowledge. Spiritual seekers, in general, and busy professionals who are turned off by institutional religion but desire the atmosphere of sacred spaces, can learn how to create this for themselves at home or anywhere.

You are now entering what we call the "Power Level" in our Yogic Mystery School. At this level, our practice includes the study and performance of healing rituals, such as the śoḍaṣa upacāra, that can heal deep wounds in the psyche, transform our living environments into sacred spaces, and create powerful portals in consciousness that we can access directly.

If you have taken the course "Shakti: Sacred Visions of the Divine Feminine" previously, know that this mastery level is based on it. However, we take the program to an entirely new level with revised and upgraded modules that train you in the pronunciation of the mantras and other components of Sri Vidya, depending on how far and how deep you wish to pursue this process. This is a quest, an adventure in the sacred dimensions of consciousness.

This Upacara can optionally be combined with an immersion in the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition for those who have an interest in Sri Vidya. There is a sensuousness to this practice, which is characteristic of Tantra, although, it must be clear that ours is a gnostic school, which means, we do not teach explicit sexual practices.

Even so, śoḍaṣa upacāra profoundly affects our sexual energies, transforming, healing, and directing it towards higher consciousness. śoḍaṣa upacāraa helps draw a powerful sense of blessing into many areas of our life. For this practice to bear continued fruit in our inner and outer life, we keep it alive lifelong. 

The śoḍaṣa upacāra is a 16-part ritual that you will learn to invoke the Shakti and draw close to the Shakti, through Saraswati, who is the purest embodiment of Sri Vidya (auspicious knowledge). We, in our Yogic Mystery School, use the container of the śoḍaṣa upacāra to "heal all things feminine."

In this process, we learn to create a safe space to heal and then use a combination of mantras, sacred gestures, and various other elements that activate our spiritual senses to bring about profound changes in consciousness. The process is thousands of years old and still works! 

The degree to which mantras can penetrate our everyday world of matter and energy depends upon how much we can dissolve the boundaries that separate the invisible world of spirit from our visible world. This healing ritual helps dissolve the boundaries between the visible and hidden in a safe manner that facilitates our healing and enlightenment.

 Each of the sixteen parts is a separate practice. There are numerous forms of 'paying homage' among the Hindus, of which Puja is one of the most popular. While Puja is the traditional "worship" of a god or goddess, Puja is central to Tantric practice in the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition that Russill teaches.

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3. Watch Video: On The Shodasha Upacara

Experience what students who have gone through this spiritual process have to say about their study ritual and what they received from it.

This healing ritual called "Shodasha Upacara" is for anyone who needs healing around the feminine. It is also for those who wish to tap into a sacred portal at home or spiritual center. And it is for those who desire to create a healing container for students or clients.

The process is designed to empower you. It is you who becomes the priestess or priest though not in the institutional sense. At the very least, you can experience what it feels like to be a channel for the pure.

Options For Study Shodasha Upacara: A Healing Ritual built around the goddess Saraswati, channel for wisdom and music

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* Receive one year of access to the curriculum for this program. This is six months of additional access.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The moment you enroll for any option, you gain immediate access to our Shodasha Upacara online portal. You can access the lessons 24/7 from anywhere in the world while connected to the internet. Our platform has a beautiful interface across all devices: phones, tablets, and computers.

Each month, new content is added to your portal. The content for each month is substantial. Over the six month period, you not only learn the entire ritual but develop an expanded understanding of the ritual, Saraswati as a goddess, yourself as a divine channel, as you learn additional mantras, chants, and healing practices.

If you choose the monthly subscription option and feel that you still need time to learn the ritual, we will give you special access to the essential tutorials so you can complete your process through self-study.

Most certainly. Choose the second or third option, or contact us and we can make optional arrangements.

Once you enroll, you will be given access to a beautifully created online portal where you can access the tutorials 24/7 from anywhere, using a phone, tablet, or computer connected to the internet.

What is wonderful about the process is that every single part of segment is a healing practice in and of itself. By structuring the process in this way, you don't have to wait until you learn the entire ritual to tap into the healing. Each step offers its own healing along the way.

An extensive online curriculum in English and Sanskrit in which Russill Paul shares his expertise of this ritual through compelling videos and audios. It is like being in the same room with him, especially if you put on your headset. 

The tutorials are designed to arrive in the online portal in stages, so you are not overwhelmed. Instead, it feels like Russill is personally introducing you to each phase of the process, giving you time to assimilate each section before moving on to the next. Some of you may want to proceed a little faster than others, which is taken into account. The flow of content is well thought through.

Once you have learned the ritual through self-study, you will be ready for private coaching with Russill if you have chosen it.  If you have not chosen a study option with private coaching, you can always schedule an a la carte private coaching session or two after you complete the whole program.

Private sessions will not only train you in the ritual but address deep-seated matters around your healing and enlightenment if you so wish. Your private sessions may also exclusively focus on helping you develop skills and expertise in performing the ritual well.

For two of the options, an in-depth video assessment is offered as part of it. You simply submit a video of you doing the puja, and you will receive detailed feedback from Russill on dos and don’t as well as suggestions on how you can improve upon it. The reply video feedback is yours to keep forever.

Coaching sessions are recorded on audio and video for those who choose private sessions and provided to you for lifetime access. 

Taking this program with private coaching sessions enables you to be personally trained by Russill Paul in the proper pronunciation of the mantras as well as in the proper performance of the ritual. Additionally, private coaching allows for you to address personal issues that you seek to transform through your spiritual practice. The coached option also offers you a guided process so that you have expert help in discerning how you are assimilating the practice and the degree to which you are using it effectively for your own transformation.

Because of the advanced mantras and the coordination of these mantras with ritual actions, there is no group training for this program. It is not possible to help students on an individual basis through group training for a curriculum such as this. We consider four private sessions more than sufficient to train in the essential shodasha upacara. If you with to accelerate your process, or combinine your study of the shodasha with a larger number of private sessions and more involved spiritual goals, please contact us and we will set you up with a private coaching package that includes the shodasha upacara and the larger tradition of Sri Vidya. 

 

SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If, within 14 days of enrollment, you realize that this program is not for you, we will apply the amount you have paid towards any other signature program, mastery training, or private coaching process of your choosing.

Plus, to help you select the right program, we will grant you 30 day access our brand new 30-30-30 Portal.

This online Portal offers 30 unique daily healing meditations, 30 days of access to introductory webinars to many of our programs, and a 30-minute private consultation with Russill to help you discern the best course for you at this time.

NEW BONUS MODULES ON DEVOTIONAL SINGING AND MUSIC INCLUDED IN THIS VERSION

A new segment of devotional singing and chanting to Saraswati is now included as a bonus for the Shodasha Upacara program. It is not the main section of the course. It will add an aspect of music, vocal expression, and devotional singing that includes the basics of South Indian Classical Carnatic vocal music along with guitar accompaniment. Those who do not play guitar will still benefit from the vocal training process.

This bonus module also enriches students who are signing up for the Shodasha Upacara without taking the Mastery of Mantra Level 1 and, therefore, unfamiliar with the methods of pronunciation studied by those students. In other words, Saraswati Puja can be accentuated not only by mantras but also with music and singing.

Saraswati is the goddess of music and learning after all, and this feature may enrich students who are keen on the musical element. It will also inspire the live group sessions of those students who wish to engage this process with others. This module is active in the fourth month of the program, after the ritual itself has been well established.