Embodying the Feminine:
Life lessons and practices for Awakening Women
E-Book (in PDF format & Kindle) ~ 161 pages
What a wild ride this human life is. Every moment is an opportunity to show up fully as who we are, an opportunity to create and to be created. The choice is always between turning our back to the moment or turning our vulnerable, open heart and belly toward the moment. The divine feminine is radical in the way she guides us into a territory way beyond the confined limits of our thinking.
How to create your own Women’s Temple Group Manual
E-book (in PDF format) ~ 60 pages
Want to start your own women’s group? Here are the ABC’s of how to do just that, laid out step-by-step by Chameli Ardagh, founder and director of Awakening Women, and a seasoned international women’s group leader (co-authored by Helena Montelius).
There are an abundance of theory and conceptual books out there about the divine feminine, but this manual presents a rare peek into a vibrantly alive women’s culture where women meet for a radically fresh and embodied exploration of feminine spirituality.
The manual is chock full of useful guidelines and exercises. You’ll no doubt find an abundance of resources for starting a group of your own in no time!
“To me Temple is a portal through which we nudge each other, tickle, seduce, sometimes even drag each other until we find ourselves basking in those magical realms where our devotion and recognition of beauty is almost unbearable. Surrounded by glowing faces, unmasked, free and totally welcomed, ecstasy is rippling through the room like golden honey, erasing any trace of separation between us…
The practices we explore in Temple and that we will share in this “manual” cannot be fully grasped by only reading about them; we have to experience them through our bodies. And this, to me, is the core of the fierce challenge and loving invitation of the Goddess. We are called to embody and fully live our spirituality. In our Temple, spirituality is not an abstract concept of the mind, it is a down-in-the-body, fully-present-with-whatever-is-here way of life. Here spirituality is not to follow dusty dogmas. It is a spirituality felt intimately as each breath enters the body, as the body opens to the sensuous experience of the moment with such intensity that there is no space for any evaluation. Here we are all of a sudden one with life not as a concept but cell-by-cell, atom-by-atom. And beyond.
I am honored to be part of this experiment taking place in Nevada City with my rapidly expanding circle of dear women friends, mentors and sisters. I am excited to finally being able to share these practices with you. My exploration of them has transformed my life. My prayer is that they will serve you well, and through you that they will serve all sentient beings.”
(Chameli Ardagh from Create your own Women’s Temple Group)
Ordinary Women Extraordinary Wisdom
The Feminine Face of Awakening by Rita Marie Robinson
These real life stories show by practical example what it means to be fully awake and fully engaged, to meet the world without resistance—even and especially when it’s not easy—whether it’s death, divorce or illness. The invitation is explicit… “if these ordinary women can be fully awake and fully human, why not me, why not you? And why not now.”
Chameli is one of the spiritual teachers featured in this book along with Gangaji, Marlies Cocheret de la Moriniere, Sharon Landrith, Annette Knopp, Catherine Langram and many more.