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There are mothers.

Poem by Mette Welhaven Næss

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There are mothers.

There are birthmothers.

And there are stepmothers.

There are adoptive mothers

and there are soul mothers.

There are real life mothers

and there are heavenly mothers.

There are deceased mothers and mothers alive.

There are mothers of darkness and mothers of light.

And there are mothers of Heavens and of Earth. Continue reading →

Oxytocin: The Healing Key within the Female Body


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My most eye-opening moment in the Awakening Women Leadership Training was learning about the ‘Goddess hormone’ oxytocin, and the science behind the healing bliss of Women’s Temple.

Chameli began her oxytocin talk by explaining that up until about twenty years ago, all stress research was done on male subjects. The female body’s hormones fluctuate so much that it is challenging to measure hormonal responses, so researchers simply didn’t include them in their studies. Thankfully, a group of pioneering researchers embarked upon a ground-breaking study. What they found could have a potentially radical impact for women, especially women who are engaged in a healing journey of any kind.

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SILENCE

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Guest blog by Nicoletta Abbate

Silence is the knot in my throat I have known since I was a child
of withheld tears running back inside
it has the taste of immeasurable pain that cannot be held by loving arms
so it gets swallowed back

It knows the sadness of others that has no river banks
and so it engulfs and floods the whole of you.

Silence has claimed love words from me too
and it has robbed me of moments of joy and connection
and sometimes of the possibilities of softening in a loving embrace.

Silence has no words
and yet fights to find them.

Silence is the silence of my mother
and of many generations before
Their cries have been inserted in my bones
like little precious and poisonous scrolls of a sacred text
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The Great Pause

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The day will come when we will turn a corner,
and the Great Pause will scoop us up.
It is not a mistake: it will happen to ALL of us,
yet we keep death hidden in the
corners of our consciousness we refuse to face.

We keep our breath shallow;
we keep our ecstasies under control,
our intimacies safe.

One day, your body will surrender into the
cosmic compost pile that sustains us all
and the Dark Goddess will,
in her breathtaking devotion to life,
devour you.

But she is not only physical death
waiting for you there at the very end,
she is also the shedding of your
old and outgrown, hand-me-down clothes.
She feasts on your collection of masks gone stale;
she laughs at all your strategies;
she dances fiercely on the funeral grounds of your smallness.
She sets you free.

Beloved, she is calling you, howling for you to face her
and reclaim the wholeness of who you are.

You don’t have to know how.
Bow down to her
and she’ll take the lead.

::  Chameli Devi

 

 

Photo: Roberto Kusterle

 

 

Jiddu Krishnamurti Talks With Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche — Gold…

 

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An Encounter with Durga: What I Learned While Riding a Tiger


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Guest blog by Vanessa Nova

It was an afternoon in February, but the sun was warm and bright and there was a fire building in my belly. I had been in retreat already for several days, gathered with Chameli and yoginis from around the world, in a quiet valley in the foothills of the Himalayas. The air was clean and sweet to breathe, and felt thick with a sacred buzz, a pulse of spiritual energy like none I’d felt in any other place I’ve traveled.

In the afternoons we were free to practice our personal sadhana. We were to work with a chosen goddess in our own way and I had chosen Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess, powerful demon-slayer, goddess of victory of good over evil, who stands for truth, justice, and empowerment. I was longing to be compelled along my path, knowing all along, that I have a job here, a contract to fulfill in this lifetime. For years it was a fight, an uphill battle. I carried this knowing like a burden. It was larger than life. How could I ever make a difference? Little old me?

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Womanifesting: New Year the Feminine Way

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The power of the womb gives birth to all things. It is completely astounding that this feminine body knows how to take a drop of liquid seed and create the miracle of life. So in this month of new year beginnings, let us not be seduced back into the hyper-masculine conditioning of frenetic pushing to produce outcomes. Let us remember to be wary of hopping on the rah-rah resolution train barreling through town.

When our action flows from authentic inspiration and enthusiasm, it feeds us and increases our Shakti. When we slip into the old pattern of efforting to make things happen, exhausting ourselves in “hurry-up-not-enough-all-alone,” we can feel the difference. If we ignore the message, our feminine soul will surely offer us either gentle or more forceful feedback. And thank goddess for that. Remember that we signed up for this, dear sisters, to be emissaries of the new way.
We are awakening women.

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What if I said Yes to the Moon?

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 Guest blog by Clare Dakin

What if I said yes to the moon?
What if I let my calendar mind fall quiet and forget
Let that incessant load of lists get parked
Over there,
by the side of the road
That I used to follow
when I thought I knew who I was
when I thought I knew what I was

What if I fell still enough to hear the tides
The ones that rise and fall me
The ones that deeply inform me
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Durga Ma

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Om Durga

You can be sure
She is awake
Summoned by the gods again
For battle

Perplexed by their own chaos
They quietly confess they need her
Now more than ever
To move mountains
Put out fires
End the endless fighting
And lay down their shame
For what they have created
For what they have destroyed

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Retelling the Adam & Eve Story: A Talk by Eve Ensler

In this powerful talk (featured below), Eve Ensler retells the story of Adam and Eve in a way that empowers and liberates women rather than condemning them for Eve’s choice to eat the apple from the Tree of Life.

Through reframing this creation myth, Eve puts into perspective the shame engraved in the history of women, the insatiable pressure for approval from our fathers and father gods, and the gift of female intuition, whose power can spark revolutions.

“This is the time for radical change,” she urges.  “This is the time to come into our bodies to dance and drum and rise. This is the time to stop apologizing for our belief that it is possible to live in a world where everyone gets fed; taken care of.” Continue reading →

108 Women’s Empowerment Movies (Updated with Links)

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Dear Yogini Sisters,

We asked you on the AWI Facebook Page to share your favorite movies about women’s awakening and empowerment, and here is the list of movies compiled from your responses, updated with descriptions of each movie and a link to the trailer and reviews.

May this list feed your heart and soul during those warm, cozy nights spent on the couch…

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Can feminine spiritual practice change the way we work?

 

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There is a soft glowing buzz behind the scenes here at AWI, as we are preparing for sadhana start tomorrow. It is a deeply moving experience to feel the energy of so many awakening women gathering together again and again, so much gratitude is here,
for all the women who take a stand for a saner world (For the benefit of all.)

And I also feel unspeakable gratitude for the work flow and systems we in the AWI team have created together. It has been many years of patience and steep learning curves, but I can honestly say that today there is a sense of ease and joy in all we do and create.

Many women have asked me how we can do so many programs, how we can create
so much without being exhausted,
and I find this inquiry intriguing and worth looking into.

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Shakti Dharma — the unique thread of you in the vast tapestry of existence

 

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You spend lifetimes comparing yourself with others,
wishing you could be more like this and less like that.
Stubbornly you cling to your flaws, collecting evidence and reasons
for why you have to be fixed before you can fully shine.

Busy building wobbly towers of new and shiny selves,
the freedom you long for seems always just out of reach.
Yet its sweet fragrance keeps pulling you closer, again and again,
to the portal of a terrifying vulnerability we have become so skilled in avoiding.

It is from this very door of intimacy you hear the ancient call from the deep feminine.
Kali, Inanna, Lakshmi, Durga, Saraswati, they all are challenging you
to take a chance, in this lifetime, to trust that you are not a mistake. Continue reading →

The Yoga of Compassion

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Oh Sister,

This breath, this life, this earth…so full of incomprehensible suffering,
so full of unfathomable beauty. The trance of division so strong,
and yet open awareness–the medicine–is here, always available.

These last years we have witnessed horrendous, unbearable tragedies in the world.
We have cried, shut down, prayed, felt the depths of helplessness and compassion. Continue reading →

85 Women’s Awakening and Empowerment Movies (List)

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Dear Yogini Sisters,

We asked you on the AWI Facebook Page to share your favorite movies about women’s awakening and empowerment, and here is the list of movies compiled from your responses.  May this list feed your heart and soul during those warm, cozy nights spent on the couch…

Here is the list as a PDF that you can download

(feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below)

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  1. Whale Rider
  2. Persepolis
  3. The Color Purple
  4. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  5. As It Is in Heaven (Sweden)
  6. Water (Mira Nair, India) Continue reading →

Dear Yogini Sister..

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Dear Yogini sister, you have responded to the call. I bow. Feed your intention. Stay rooted in compassion, empathy, encouragement and intuition, and it will navigate you through the fear. Fear is just a feeling, coming and going, your deeper intention is the voice of evolution.

:: Chameli Devi

The power of the word Yogini

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Dear Chameli,

Thank you for joining us to the word ‘Yogini’.
Thank you for connecting us to something so huge, powerful, beautiful and divine. We are women who each in her own way is practicing her faith ~ whatever it may be. We’ve been doing it for years and years.

Being Indian, the word yogini is not unfamiliar. But I would not have used it or rather dared to use it. I’m comfortable with the word ‘sadhika’ ~ which means a woman who practices her sadhana. But it does not have the fire power of the word yogini.

A yogini for me is a woman who burns with the fire of her practice, who is uncompromising with her soul-work, who continually lives on the edge of her consciousness ~ forever aware and awake. Tinge of madness, dollops of compassion, mirth and joy. She’s forever tapping into mysteries. She’s loved and feared at the same time. She’s her own guru. It’s good to know that there’s a word that fits all this. Continue reading →

A Shadow Work Practice

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This practice is sort of intense.

It is about bringing the monsters in the basement– the exiled parts of ourselves —

up into the warmth of awareness, so that they no longer can run the show from the shadows.

Make sure to connect with your feet and your body before you begin.

Put a hand on your body, on your heart perhaps, or belly.

Make sure you breathe, deeply, throughout the practice.

The practice is to watch this short animated film from Steve Cutts.
It is about the disconnected, consuming, abusive, lonely part of ourselves.
This part is you. And the awareness of this part, is also you. Continue reading →

Do you want a Temple Name?

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We have already received many hundred requests for Temple Names, so we will have to close the offer for now. If you submitted a request but cannot see it here, it came in too late. Thank you so much for participating.

We will let you know when we will open this offer again.

Dear Yogini sisters,

For the next days I will give Temple Names to the awakening women in our community.
Yes, that is you.

A Temple Name is a meditation, a koan.  A Temple Name will support you, soothe you, hold you, remind you, or (if you are lucky) stretch you right over the edge of your limited sense of self.

It is not a public name and you don’t keep this name forever, it changes as life is evolving.

This is a gift free of charge. Continue reading →