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What is Shakti?

We are living in a time, where the rising and re-awakening of the Divine Feminine becomes more and more apparent. Women's Leadership Trainings, Shakti Dance, Temple Arts, Womb Healing and Women´s Circles all show the importance of sacred spaces for women, to cultivate their feminine essence, sisterhood and sacred feminine energy with a dash of wild warrior spirit.

The word Shakti has its root in Sanskrit and means the creative life force energy we hold within. It stands not only for what we usually associate with feminine qualities, such as beauty, gentleness and softness, but also for power, ability, strength, effort, energy, capability and the power of transformation.

Sarah-Jane Perman, one of the presenters at BaliSpirit Festival, describes Shakti especially as the embodiment of this creative energy, as the wisdom living within the body, the wild nature of every women and the balance of masculine and feminine on the planet:

Shakti in the Hindu Tradition

A lot of the Hindu deities associated with Shakti, such as Durga, Kali or Tripura Sundari wear beautiful dresses but ride a lion, wear a sword and chop off the head (of ego), or are the dancers that lead all male deities such as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Shakti also means the embodiment of the Divine Mother, the protector of all beings and the personification of the creative power that moves through women, which is only latent in male beings. She is active in women as the fertile, creative, playful energy, and in men as the unmanifested energy of ideas that can be awakened and manifested into existence by a women. In the Hindu tradition it is believed that Shakti is creation and an agent of change.

Shakti as Kundalini Energy

Shakti is also the representation of Kundalini Energy, a psycho-spiritual force that lies dormant in us and can be activated through spiritual practices, mantras, and Shaktipat given by a Tantrik Guru, or Mahasiddah (great master). When Kundalini is activated she brings an alteration of the DNA, an expansion of consciousness and a deeper spiritual connection in this life.

The Shaktisangama Tantra scriptures describe the embodiment of Shakti as: 'Woman is the creator of the universe, the universe is her form; woman is the foundation of the world, she is the true form of the body. In woman is the form of all things, of all that lives and moves in the world. There is no jewel rarer than woman, no condition superior to that of a woman.'

Women as Leaders in Shakti Societies

In the Tantrik tradition women are seen as superior to men in terms of initiations, connection to Source energy and the guidance of rituals. The connection through their womb with life force energy, the primal forces of creation and the sacred space to receive deeper wisdom, gives them the power to intuitively manifest into the world, what men can only imagine.

In ancient times of temple arts, tantrik societies and indigenous cultures women were the leaders of their community. Their intuitive nature, direct connection to Source and their capacity to awaken and hold Kundalini was the holy grail of a balanced society in which men and women were working together for the common good of all.

Their guidance was not based on knowledge, but on inner wisdom that would arise moment to moment and was cultivated through rituals, connection with nature, oracle, deep connection with their bodies and intuitive feeling.

It´s the playful, nurturing essence in women, that is deeply connected to higher consciousness. And although Shakti never comes without Shiva, she is the force that creates while Shiva holds the space for this creation to anchor this powerful energy into the material plane.

Shakti in Men and Women in the Awakening Age

On a spiritual level however, the awakening of this feminine essence has an influence on men and women alike. It´s a global shift in consciousness that affects not only how we act, but also how we feel in our bodies, how we co-create and how we shift our perception to the bigger picture and not just our individual needs. It´s a shift that calls in a new paradigm of leadership, self-love and authentic communication based on values, principles and feelings.

How do you feel Shakti entering your life and how can you connect more with this intuitive, primal, moving essence inside of you?

Written by ANNA SOFIA










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