Awakening Shakti: Embodying the Maha Vidyas
An exploration into the cycles of life from menarche to menopause, honouring your own inner cyclical wisdom as woman.
Online course launching Winter 2020!
This container is intended to elevate your relationship with the feminine at a time when it is crucial to our planet and our species. We were made for these times. Humanity is waking up to the importance of the rise of the feminine as we navigate centuries of patriarchy and the catastrophic results of the oppression of feminine energy in both men and women. Right now, women need a safe container for this work and this course, for this reason, is for women.
The inner resources to navigate the challenges of our times are hidden in plain sight. The female body offers us so many pathways to power.
Each module links one female life stage (from menarche to menopause) with the energy of one of the wisdom goddesses of the tantric tradition through diverse practices: mudra, mantra, sacred geometry, movement, asana, deep rest and sharing.
In this radical immersion you, as woman, are invited back to a reconnection to breast and womb, compassion and passion. To feel your cyclical power, explore your abundance, pleasure, intuitive voice, ancestral wisdom and sacred rage.
Through exploring and expanding our connection with the divine feminine, we integrate and expand our own power, creativity and fertility and embody each life stage fully. These practices are recommended for menstrual pain and pathology, fertility struggles and blocks and dis-ease with any feminine life stage.
CLASS 1: KALI MA
Kali is the Great Mother, Kali Ma. Time herself, Transformational, Revolutionary, stripping away and shattering what we cling to, for our own good. The goddess who teaches us cyclical wisdom and the necessity to embrace change.
CLASS ONE – Recorded Live Sunday May 24th, with so much gratitude in collaboration with The Beloved Be Woman Sisterhood in Bali
In this first class we explore the energy of the Goddess of time herself, Kali Ma. We explore the connection between Kali and womb space. Learn the meaning of the Bija Mantra Kreem and it’s sacred vibration, Experience Kali as movement and release and activate practices to rid you of what no longer serves you life. Jo Shakti guides you through the practice with love and devotion, the unconditional love of the divine mother.
Kali is the Great Mother, Kali Ma. Time herself, Transformational, Revolutionary, stripping away what we cling to, for our own good.
2020 has met Kali, stripping away systems and structures, the very foundations of our society. So many have talked of the feminine rise (I prefer root), and here she is in the form of a deconstruction of everything that is familiar and comfortable about consumer culture and democracy.
I’ve had warnings from women who warn me of the dangers of cultural appropriation, ‘The White Middle Class Yogini who mess around in ancient and sacred teaching’. And years of tantric study would not make me a Kali Kaula adept, correct. But surely, the point is she is right now, in our laps and we must rise to the occasion. The Maha Vidya reveal themselves without ceremony or ritual, tradition or tapas in insights and in visions without restrictions.
In your own life your dark nights of the soul, the moment of loosing everything are Kali. Once stripped of what you held dear, life rebuilds in ways you never knew were necessary or part of your soul calling. We have all experienced this in one way or another. I honour you.
Kali clearly is doing all she can in 2020 for a new age of peace, beyond the material and destructive habits of the Yuga (Kali Yuga!). Kali is the Nirodaha (the cessation, the deep rest beyond illusion and the ‘neti-neti’, I am not this and I am not that. She is this opportunity to reassess, filter, come to stillness and be at home. With half the solar system in retrogade in 2020, we may have no choice but to slow down.
Kali is the current of change, the natural cycle of destruction and renewal.
She is the darkness of the womb space, that holds us, a deep dark blue hue of absolute darkness whilst wrapped in unconditional love. She is misunderstood as ‘destructive’ in the traditional sense. Buddhists call it Shunya, the eternal void. In her blackness, absence of colour, there is the immeasurable reservoir of inexhaustible potential, that gives rise to life. In the stillness there is all of life and her potentiality or shakti.
In Nada Yoga, Kali’s Adya Bija (1st seed sound) is KRIM
K stands for knowledge
R means she is auspicious
I means she gives (boons) or gifts/blessings
M freedom, enlightenment
KRIM is the seed sound of Kali, also the seed sound of Yoga, to voice the sound is to connect to Pratyahara and the transformational energy of Kundalini Shakti.
KRING – the divine Mother. Kali is the Maha Mother of all the Maha Vidya
Om Krim Kali
Om Kring Kalikaye Namaha
Om Sri Maha Kalikaye Namaha
Kali’s Yanta, deep symbolism
Eight-petalled lotus: Prakriti, she is the cause of material nature. Each petal earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect, and ego-sense
The circle symbolizes the circle of life and death which we must pierce in order to reach the Absolute Reality.
Five downwards pointing triangles – Shakti, the creative force of the Universe
The fifteen corners of the five inverted concentric triangles represent the fifteen psychophysical states- five organs of knowledge (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), five organs of action (hands, feet, speech, organ of evacuation, and organ of procreation), five ‘vayus’ (prana-upward air; apana-downward air; vyana-air within the body; udana-air leaving the body; and samana, the digestive force).
The bindu as Shiva, consciousness
CLASS 2: SODASI TRIPURA SUNDARI
AIM KRIM SOHA – BIJA MANTRA FOR SODASI
AIM, the creative principle, KRIM the pleasure principle, Kama, compelling formless into form and SOHA, radiating this energy
Lalita Sundari is the Beauty of all 3 worlds – Physical, Subtle and Causal. As the innocence of the 16 year old, she is beauty herself (Sodashi).
In the feminine lifecycle she is the menarche, the tenderness and delight of our first moon.
She is our ovulation compelling the allure and cosmic desire to form.
In this class we invoke the Panchadashi mantra, that unifies our being and connects us with Grace.
We meditate on our female siddhi of ovulation, of Kama, as we tenderly connect to the radiance of womanhood and reclaim the beauty of the first moon.
We root and move in an exploration of what is alive right now and use our own movement as a contemplative mirror on ourselves as the temple space.
This class was recorded on the dark moon, we connect to our crown energy as radiant light and bliss and shimmer and close the practice. Our own personal solar eclipse (as she was recorded on the eclipse!)
This class was recorded on 21st June 2020, the Summer Soltice, in the sign of Cancer, calling in the Mother.
Prepare for this class with flowers, Incense, honey and spoon, pillows (and blankets if cold)