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Yogini Wisdom

The Goddess Kali represents the cycles of time, of death and rebirth. When you experience loss, it is Kali cleaning the house, clearing out what is ready to let go in your life. It’s not pleasant when she is around. It can feel painful and scary. A lot of the time, she drags us, kicking and resisting, attached to our plan of how things should be. But as time goes by, many of us can recognize her blessing. We can see that, yes, it was necessary, so that something important could grow from the ashes. Humbly, we bow and whisper, “thank you, Kali Ma, thank you so much for not having it my way.”

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Awakening Women Institute​ – Yogini Winter Ashram, 2018.

Yogini Wisdom

Harsh words can make you feel powerful, but remember that those words go through your own heart. The more you awaken in the body, the more it feels unbearable to allow toxins through your own heart.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Vaschelle André​

Yogini Wisdom

Through the portal of this body, you can hear the voice of a deeper truth, the language of signs and dreams, symbols, poetry, wails and song. The Living Goddess constantly speaks to you, teaches you, grows you. In the organic and embodied process of opening yourself to her, her wisdom unfolds in you as a becoming.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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photo: Vaschelle André​

 

Yogini Wisdom

There is a deep longing in the human heart to be fully heard. Sometimes we need to just express how things are without being fixed or analyzed, and in the space that listening opens up, we soften, we allow, and change happens. We don’t have to make a whole story around what we hear or have the right solutions for another person; just to really listen can change everything.

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

 

Photo: Awakening Women’s Institute – Tara Weekend, Boulder 2018.

Yogini Wisdom

Goddess is the formless, expansive freedom and the form it takes. By taking so many forms, she shows us that we don’t have to reject appearances. We don’t have to wait for certain obstacles, unwanted feelings or unwanted behaviors to go away. She invites us to come closer, to bring it all into practice, so that we can see the secret garden, the reality of love pulsating through it all…

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

 

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

Yogini Wisdom

What in your life have you been drawn to more than anything else? What does your heart love? What makes you excited? What do you really care for?

No one else on the planet feels life exactly the same way you do. You are the leader of those longings burning in the depth of your heart. This is yours to guard, for the benefit of all.

Or not. No one can do it for you. No one can hinder you. It is totally up to you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

photo: Awakening Women Institute​, Corfu Summer Ashram 2018

Yogini Wisdom

 

As human beings in the modern world, we have structured our society to heavily emphasize doing, doing, doing at all times, at all costs. We want to do and achieve. We have disconnected ourselves from the laws of nature, causing us suffering no matter how successful we may look on the surface.

The Women’s Wisdom path is not about gathering “new” information or more food for the hungry ghost of the mind. It is a re-membering, a re-alignment with the cyclic nature of who we are and all we are part of; a re-claiming of humanity rooted in the Great Mother.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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

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Since the beginning of time, there have been women guarding the flame of truth in their hearts, even through times when it’s literally been life-threatening to do so. Today, I offer my respect and gratitude to these wisdom keepers, our ancestors, and to all the women today protecting and feeding the vision of a world where compassion and reverence are at the center of all we are and all we do.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

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

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

Yogini Wisdom

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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‍‍‍‍photo: Awakening Women Institute, Summer Ashram 2018

 

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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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‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍photo: Awakening Women Institute, Yogini Winter Ashram 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 →

Yogini Wisdom

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

Yogini Wisdom

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 →

Yogini Wisdom

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​

Yogini Wisdom

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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photo: Bibbie Friman

Yogini Wisdom

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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photo: Awakening Women Institute

Yogini Wisdom

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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photo: Awakening Women Institue

Yogini Wisdom

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