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Yogini Wisdom

Sometimes our motivation to enter sadhana is to ‘get results’ for ourselves—I’m going to be more empowered…I’m going to be more…I’m going to get more…

Although that may be a valid motivation, those who stay with the practice soon discover that this is not what sadhana is about. It is a radical surrender of all that. In that surrender, we are initiated. We become instruments of something much greater. We aren’t required to be perfect, to build ourselves up or to create a new mask or identity. On the contrary, we are asked to expose our naked vulnerability and in that, we become more permeable.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Corfu Summer Ashram, 2018.

Yogini Wisdom

Each and every one of us will experience times when things fall apart; times when we lose a loved one, lose a relationship, job or house. These are times when we are forced to let go of the way things used to be. The identities we were used to no longer apply, and we don’t yet know what the new will be. We are thrown into a reality that is not predictable or obvious any more.

We call these times of crisis, times of transition. It can be immensely frightening to face the great unknown, but as yoginis—as students on the Goddess path—we lean into the opening available to us when things fall apart. We learn to harvest the freedom waiting behind the masks of who we have taken ourselves to be.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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One of my greatest fears is that I would live the rest of my life in coping strategies and miss the real intimacy available. This life—all the animals, trees, fish, water—everything would be engaged in this unmasked intimacy while I would be busy keeping face, defending some kind of castle that I’ve built on nothing.

Let it rip, Devi Ma. Let it rip! I’m ready for truth. I’m ready for you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Feeling Into Life

It’s Karen from the Awakening Women team, with a little glimpse into my world…

I would like to share with you what I am experiencing in my life these days: the simplicity and efficiency of a balanced life!

I initially didn’t think I had anything noteworthy to share with you. Overall, life seemed pretty calm and routine with the inevitable ups and downs that I was navigating pretty well. Continue reading →

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Worthy, unworthy…those words do not apply. They are irrelevant—because you are alive; I am alive, and there are billions of cells in perfect orchestration working and creating our lives. Yes, I have doubt, I have shaking legs, I have a dry mouth and sometimes can’t find the words for what I stand for in this lifetime. But commitment—Iccha shakti—carries me through. The love for what I am serving is bigger than the fear.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Bibbie Friman

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At the junction between obstacles and possibilities, there is an evolutionary tension carrying a tremendous creative power. Every challenge that we navigate through creates us.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Bibbie Friman

Surrendering to Joy

It has been a couple weeks since I left Mama Corfu, and I am on my knees in awe of how love is blossoming and rooting within me. I am carried in an ocean of calm, no matter how shaky and messy the surface of life seems. Continue reading →

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There are different goddess myths about the symbol of the web and the spider medicine. There is Spider Woman as the spider grandmother from both South and North America. We have Spider Woman as the Earth goddess, as the creator of all things, She who creates out from her own center. This is a potent Shakti Key: she is spinning the threads that create all things, but they are never severed from her; they are never cut from her.

In each being, there is a thread of the goddess, of Spider Woman. There is an unbroken connection from the physical individual into a more expansive, wider, all-encompassing sense of self. It’s not something we have to cut off from the human experience in order to imagine something bigger or grander, lighter or brighter somewhere else.

The portal is right here. This is the thread. The thread is this experience. And it’s made of Her web.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Bibbie Friman​

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Mothering is present always, all the time. Mothering is what keeps everything together. Yet we collectively act as if Mother energy is some kind of a side-track to what we call “real life,” life “out there.” As if Motherhood is a pause from the so-called “important” things that are happening in the world. We create an artificial distance between ourselves and the profound creative intelligence of the Mother. We judge it, devalue it.

The voice of patriarchy within us may tell us that mothering is a soft, weak, quality that is only valuable in family life. That it’s too open and vulnerable to play any role in the harsh and aggressive atmosphere in the world today. We tend to look to warrior figures as role models to solve the very real problems of the world and relate to all of the wars, conflicts, greed and manipulation happening today. But look around … something is not working. The Warrior is needed, but can only serve the whole if rooted in Mother Medicine.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Will I bow down and accept what I am made of, or will I insist on my unworthiness? I will never get to be right in being unworthy. Goddess will never accept it. It’s actually blasphemy to say I am unworthy. Who am I to say that this miracle of this body, of this woman, this miraculous creation that I am—who am I to say that that’s not worthy?

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Have you felt the call of the Goddess? More and more women are feeling the longing to restore our relationship with the Great Mother. She is right here breathing you.

We don’t have to make this up; we only have to stay right here with this breath, this longing in the heart, these sensations, these rhythms, sinking into it all a warm bath, entering the inside of the inside. It’s a remarkable assignment to be part of this birth. Be curious, open and willing to be surprised. She may take different forms than we think.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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The container of commitment holds us as we step into honoring our sovereignty, the longing in our hearts, what we have been given in this lifetime, what we are serving, and what we are here for.

You will eventually meet those cold, rainy November days where you don’t want to get out of bed. And you will have days where you feel pumped up and on top of the world. The container of commitment will be there to hold you through all of those layers. It will keep you on track and in integrity with what really matters to you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women Institute, Yogini Winter Ashram 2018

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There are some visions that come to me, yet I know in my heart are not mine to manifest in this lifetime. I do bring many things into form, but there are some visions where I know I will not be the one doing it.

Still, this does not necessarily mean that I let it go completely. I can practice to have a relationship with the vision in its formlessness. A vision may not be mine to do, but mine to guard; I keep the torch lit. It is part of my assignment. Perhaps someone down the road will pick them up and bring them into form, but for now, it’s not time yet.

What visions are you the guardian of?

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Will you pray with us?

It’s Melina again and this time I am writing to you from the Yogini Summer Ashram in Greece. This is the 12th year that we have gathered here. The indescribable magic that unfolds from the women’s circle and the island of Corfu is life changing. Continue reading →

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As we give voice to the feminine, we may see visions and have insights and impulses to respond in ways that nobody will affirm for us.

You are the teacher of this next step in bringing the feminine back to create wholeness. You are creating the path. You cannot look to the old paradigm for applause.

To call upon the feminine and let her take form through us, we must be willing to stand with shaking legs facing the unknown and say, “Okay, I don’t know how to do this, but I’m willing to not know; I’m willing to no longer reach for the old and familiar so that She can have space to speak through me.”

If you don’t do it, who will?

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Bibbie Friman

Yogini Wisdom

In goddess myths from all over the world, we find the symbol of the web: the web of life, the web of illusion, the web that hides and the web that reveals the true essence of the world. The web is a powerful symbol to meditate on and to practice with because it is in its nature multidimensional. Tuning into it, your consciousness becomes multidimensional. It awakens your capacity to see with a thousand eyes.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Artist: Susan Seddon Boulet

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The commitment to sadhana, to spiritual practice, creates a safe container where we can explore all the arising layers along the journey to a deeper intimacy with ourselves and life. All the stuff, all the doubts and fears, all the times we want to quit—the container of commitment will carry us through. Commitment can take us to layers of love that we didn’t even know were on the menu.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women Institute​

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We weave radical compassion out of the discarded, the forgotten, the unseen, the unbearable, the rigid, the plastic, the embarrassing: all threads of our fragile humanness. When you breathe down, into and through this holy, ordinary, sensual earth—your body— you are dancing to her heartbeat of death and infinity. Oh, Karen, you are unleashing the medicine of the Goddess into the world.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Vaschelle André

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Our awakening journey is a collective one. Although we live in a world with incredible diversity and differences on the surface of things, looking more deeply we discover that there is nothing that truly separates us from anybody else, other than our own ideas. And those ideas are not even our own. They are borrowed; they were handed to us.

Rooting ourselves in this bigger perspective opens a joyful responsibility—not a burden—to do our part to contribute, in our little world, in our corner of the universe. For the benefit of all.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: Awakening Women Institute – Yogini Winter Ashram 2018

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Don’t overlook the pause. Don’t overlook the empty space, the negative spaces. We tend to focus only on objects, but what about the space between the objects? We focus on thoughts, but what about the space between the thoughts? Or the silence between sound? Don’t overlook the space, the pause, the gap between the in breath and the out breath. There is an opening. Pay attention. It is here that Lakshmi pours Her Amrita, the elixir of life.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: Bibbie Friman Awakening Photographer