In many spiritual traditions, the goal is to transcend matter, to remove ourselves from the body, from our emotions, and to rest into a kind of backdrop we can call Shiva consciousness or witness awareness. This is where we are told we will find liberation.
In the Shakti tradition, in the feminine practices, we view this as a conditional freedom, because accessing such a freedom that is removed from life, removed from our body and our feelings, although a tremendous important step, is only useful in itself if we are not supposed to move or live, talk or feel. To view this as the end of the spiritual path makes sense only if we are meant to live in a monastery or a cave.
As modern day Yoginis, our awakening is happening in the midst of life, as we fully engage with the world. Ours is a path of embodied awakening. We explore how the freedom of limitless Spirit, of Shiva consciousness—the freedom of our own awareness—takes form through Shakti, lived and breathed through our bodies and through all of life.
The Goddess returns us to wholeness.
~ Chameli Ardagh
we have endless decisions to make throughout life about life….how to live….who to honor……how to make meaning…..who we let in……maybe we can ease up on ourselves…..
inquiry for today~ how do you connect to this day with a little more intention and a little less worry?
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them. ~Thomas Merton