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. Whatever form she takes, whether the form of a man or a woman, is the superior form. 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. There is not, nor has been, nor will be any destiny to equal that of a woman; there is no kingdom, no wealth, to be compared with a woman; there is not, nor has been, nor will be any holy place like unto a woman. There is no prayer to equal a woman. There is not, nor has been, nor will be any yoga to compare with a woman, no mystical formula nor asceticism to match a woman. There are not, nor have been, nor there be any riches more valuable than woman.
- Shaktisangama Tantra
Shakti is the feminine primordial cosmic energy, she represents the dynamic forces that flow through the universe. Shakti is usually manifested here on earth through the feminine creative force, the change agent and embodied feminine energy. This potent force lies mostly dormant in males, awaiting activation. Shakti is considered to be the great divine mother, Adishakti, in Hinduism.
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo!
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo!
Prithum Bhagvati, Prithum Bhagvati, Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namo!
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo!
Primal Shakti, I bow to Thee!
All-Encompassing Shakti, I bow to Thee!
That through which Divine Creates, I bow to Thee!
Creative Power of the Kundalini, Mother of all Mother Power, To Thee I Bow!
- Kundalini-Shakti-Bhakti Mantra
Devotees believe that the whole universe is the divine manifestation of Shakti, that this power creates, destroys and lives in balance with all universal energies of creation. Shakti is often personified as the Goddess and through the practice of Goddess worship, whereby the Shakti force of pure potentiality is related to the creation of the physical world and the divine archetype of fertility, the very essence of all life. Worship is practised through devotional rituals and embodiment practices which invoke the true essence of the feminine creativity, grace and intuition.
This divine earthly creative power is often symbolised by the image of the Yoni, the sacred vessel, womb, the abode, the creative power of nature. And this being the consort of Shiva, the masculine transcendental source of all existence. United Shakti and Shiva are the coexisting states on immanent reality and transcendental potentiality.
This mudra is lovely when incorporated into our meditation and yoga practice, enabling a more introverted experience through withdrawal from the external world, pratyahara. It is used as a healing, meditative gesture that brings you inward and soothes both mental and physical anxiety as the nervous system is calmed and stabilized, balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The mudra enables us to see into the truth of our own existence.
Bring yourself to a comfortable, upright, sitting position, spine long with a soft gaze or gently closed eyes. You may find it easier to place a cushion beneath you.
Place your palms together, fingers straight and pointing away from the body.
Interlace your fingers, left over right.
Straighten the index fingers pressing them together, and bring the thumbs together
Open the palms slightly, pointing the index fingers to the earth and the thumbs pointing up, creating a diamond shape with the index fingers and thumbs.
Rest your hands in the lap.
Breathe slowly and deeply, leisurely being present in this moment only, remaining totally relaxed and present, guided by each breath and subtly aware of all sensations.
Practise for 10 minutes to find peace and calm among life’s varied fluctuations.
This can be integrated with other yoga practices or practiced on its own.
“The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. ”
- Virginia Woolf
May the moon guide your inner tides to the rhythm of your divine feminine birthright.