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What is Shakti?
Shakti, in Yoga, is the Goddess. The Feminine Power in all of us. She is active, powerful, vital - the animating, creative force of the universe. When we embody Shakti we value 'power with' not 'power over'. The patriarchal constructed hierarchy disappears and the truth remains. Each unique expression of the Divine Feminine (you and me) is imperative to the whole.
Let's explore how Shakti expresses through each of us.
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THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Shakti, Our Sacred Feminine Spirit
WHAT IS THE SACRED FEMININE?
The Sacred Feminine Spirit (Shakti) is in all of us. It is infinite creative energy, generative and fiercely loving power that enables our hair to grow and our minds to contemplate the deepest mysteries of the universe. This is the power of Shakti, and it transforms itself endlessly.
THE MASCULINE FEMININE RELATIONSHIP
The Sacred Masculine Spirit (Shiva) represents consciousness, and the feminine (Shakti) energy, represents creation. Each needs the other. Feminine needs masculine to ground it otherwise it becomes erratic, and Masculine needs feminine to move it, fill it with meaning and love, otherwise it becomes stagnant like an inert corpse.
TOGETHER MASCULINE AND FEMININE ENERGIES MAKE UP THE WHOLE
Together Feminine and Masculine make up the full spectrum of expression of energy in the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest. There are many desireable qualities inherent in Shakti. However, rather than grasping for pieces of the puzzle we are better served by understanding the whole.
POWER OVER OR POWER WITH?
In any society, we can see male ambitious energy and female creative energy. Male energy, expressed without the feminine, is competitive and rubs against others. We get the ‘Tall poppy syndrome’ for which Australia is famous, where jealous people try to sabotage the success of others. The masculine is expressed as power over, characterised by greed, insecurity, ego, fear, anger. This type of power is highly frictional and causes many problems collectively and for us as individuals. There are always losers in this type of power.
When we become more aware of what makes a well individual and society, we infuse the male conscious energy with inspiration, passion and purpose. You know when you are in that place because the mind is compassionate and clear. We now have power ‘with’ and this is true power, and feels great for all. It is 'win/win’, there are no losers when we express this type of infinite Feminine power in our choices.
WHAT IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM?
The elephant in the room is the unseen, unacknowledged and unexpressed feminine power. The Elephant is a fitting symbol of wisdom, intelligence, gentleness and great strength. Elephants embrace a matriarchal system, where mothers and children form the hub of the community, relationships and loyalty are nurtured and each member of the community is honoured for their individual strengths.
Like the captive elephant that is tied to a post from when young till it grows bigger. And when it is freed of the chains, the now big and powerful elephant does not flee for freedom because it does not know the power it has been robbed of and the strength it possesses, or even that it is enslaved.
SUPPRESSION OF THE FEMININE
The power and even existence of the feminine has long been staunchly denied perhaps because it is seen as a threat by those pushing the patriarchal system (think burning healers at the stake). Like the elephant, the potently feminine power of life in women has been harnessed and tied down to prevent this power from coming into its greatness and to keep us in service of patriarchal systems.
We have acquiesced to collective amnesia. We have chosen to implicitly accept that feminine qualities are inferior to masculine ones, thus the patriarchy has controlled our lives and destinies.
IT IS TIME!
Because the Feminine has been buried for so long, we have to dive deep to get in touch with the true Feminine Spirit, it is soft, delicious, intelligent, powerful and beyond comprehension to most of us. The sooner we become conscious of our feminine agency the more effective and fulfilled we will be. As individuals, we will find joy, and our communities will flourish.
The patriarchal path we’ve been on for millennia never really worked. It has not worked in our individual, aka all the depression, addiction, and chronic disease in the world. Nor on the planetary level, see the degradation of the environment and disruption of countless species.
WOMEN HAVE GATHERED IN CIRCLES FOR MILLENIA
Despite all the subjugation and violence against the feminine, women have gathered in circles for millennia. We gather to, share, connect, feel and grow. We gather to heal ourselves, our communities and the world with the compassionate powerful Love of the feminine.
My friends, I invite you to join in circle with other like-minded women to safely explore the power that lies deep within, to come to know it, and to compassionately entice it forward. All of YOU is welcomed and held in this space; your shadow self, your most bright shiny confident self, and anything in between.