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Yogini Wisdom

We have learned to be a little lukewarm with our longing. And if we bring lukewarm to our spiritual practice, lukewarm is what we will get. Your longing is Shakti—pure energy—and arises from the source of your being. Open yourself to that more vulnerable place in your heart, where you make the longing in your heart matter. From this place, miracles can happen; life can touch you.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

Shiva is a name for our inner capacity to hold presence with all the ways Shakti – energy- takes form. He is an aspect of your own consciousness, always right here. He is the promise that it is safe to be all that you are; that you can stay awake in the midst of the storm of any feeling. That you no longer have to amputate part of your life force in fear of drowning in feelings.

Shiva is a space within you that allows feelings to circulate through your body as energy, instead of something that you have to get rid of, analyze or project out onto others. Shiva is the magic key to freedom inside any experience, and he is closer than your own breath.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 

Mothers, remember your crown. You have literally been initiated into the creative source of the Universe.

So often, I have seen mothers uproot themselves from their own superpower when trying to act in the world, as if the big boys in suits know the rules of the game of creation better than they do. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Your Dharma is different from just an ambition. Ambitions often arise out of resistance to feelings—I don’t want to feel that I’m not good enough or I don’t want to feel that I’m worthless, so I’m going to spend my life trying to build up a career or circumstance to prove that I am good enough.

Often times, these are beliefs that we adopt very early on in our lives. A lot of our ambitions are unconscious responses to something our parents or teachers said many years ago.

Aligning with your Dharma happens deeper than ambition. It is to surrender to a creative unfolding uniquely expressed through you. It is intrinsically successful.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 
The magnetism of Spirit, of the Goddess, is what pulls you deeper into your path, into your holy assignment as a Yogini, as a feminine practitioner. It is Her attractiveness that keeps you going when it gets really tough, when you feel lost and as if you don’t understand the challenges that are thrown at you. No matter what, you keep coming back to your seat, willing. This is Her splendor. This is Her love for you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 

In the Yogini tradition, we call strong emotions like anger “strong Shakti”. It is neither intrinsically negative nor positive. It is just energy that is strong.

When we try to squeeze this wild dance of the Mother into orderly, tidy boxes, labeling everything as good or bad, wanted or unwanted, this or that, we begin to experience ourselves as fragmented. There’s an ache inside: the ache of separation. The Buddhists call this the root disease; the cause of all suffering. The impulse behind so many of the actions we take is an attempt to not feel this deep, deep, deep ache in the soul.

When we learn to feel our feelings as Shakti, as energy moving through us, we realize that all feelings are at their core made of the same stuff. Our project is no longer to try to get rid of some feelings and chase others. We “do our yoga”: we learn to relax our automatic patterns of reactivity. We practice staying open, cultivating our capacity to stay awake in the midst of strong energy. We become leaders and co-creators of our experience.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

Do not underestimate the power of the inner work you are doing. Even if you feel you have not been doing enough, or that you have been doing it the wrong way, or differently from everyone else. Know that once you commit to the path of awakening, you enter a current of evolution where there are processes happening so deep inside you —so subtle— all on their own.

You have such a bright heart. You have such a deep dedication.

Even in those periods when it feels like nothing is happening, or that you’re not going deep enough, you can trust that there are very deep currents of transformation moving below the surface.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Resting in freedom no matter what (video)

We don’t have to wait for that perfect moment or perfect circumstances to feel free.  As we are coming closer to sadhana time, ​​​​I wanted to speak about how we can, with practice, establish a relationship to our experiences which brings freedom instead of entanglement. ​​​​​​​

 

 

Yogini Wisdom

Perhaps the greatest Shakti key is devotion. Devotion is a space that opens up within you where things are clear, simple, and infused with love. Devotion gives you the strength and energy to move through whatever you have to move through. Devotion is a yoga; it opens your consciousness to the vastness that you are part of. You devote yourself to that which truly matters in your heart and your whole life blossoms with meaning.
~ Chameli Ardagh
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The Story of Durga (video)


 

 

Yogini Wisdom

Shakti, this superpower that is your life force, is 100% here, right now, always an ally on your path. You are never alone. You are never disconnected. No matter what you feel or what you are experiencing. You are moved by the mystery that moves us all. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

To stand in the authority of your untamed nature is to stand up and say, “I don’t know if anyone will agree with this; if it is right or wrong. All I know is this call, and that I have to follow it.” Continue reading →

Invisible Actions

I made this short video in honor of all the invisible actions, prayers and intentions people everywhere do, every day, to protect and feed the sacred.

With love,
Chameli 

 

 

Yogini Wisdom

The return of the Divine Feminine heals us from old patterns of fragmentation in our psyche, in our lives and in our spirituality. She heals the places where we have been taught to believe that Spirit and Matter are two separate things and that we have to be “liberated” from matter—from Mother—in order to reach freedom and spiritual maturity.

She is here to tell us that all we call “mundane” is nothing but spirit in form: full of differences; never separate. The call of the Divine Feminine is a call back to wholeness. Finally, the war against nature and against our own bodies is over. Jai Ma!

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 

Let your hands rest softly on your chest.
Let your breath touch your hands from the inside, as if your breath is kissing your hands. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 

Having lost confidence and trust in the wild realm of the erotic feminine, we tighten our bodies as we attempt to squeeze this unfathomable energy into digestible boxes of “not too much”, “not too needy” and “not too wild”. In our Yogini practices, we take a risk to soften the edges, to unclench the rigidness in our bodies. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Your experience of the Divine may not look like what you have read in the books. Remember that most of the Holy Scriptures were written down by men, for men—also in the Shakti Tantra tradition. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 

We are all part of a universal unfolding, with many influences co-creating our lives. The deeper we go into a creative relationship with our experience, we begin to realize that we have tremendous powers. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

This remarkable body that we are handed is our instrument of feminine leadership. The more we can drop into the body and become sensitive to its signals, the more gracefully we can navigate through life, relationships, and emotions, with creativity and leadership.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Breaking Up with Doubt

Dear Doubt,

I’m sorry, but I’ve had enough. 

It’s over between us. That’s right, over.

You and I have dragged on this relationship for far too long, and just look at us—we’re a wreck.

Our relationship is just not serving either of us anymore.

It’s not you, it’s me. Or is it you? I don’t know.

I just know I need some space—you’ve been hanging around way too often lately and frankly, you’re suffocating me. Continue reading →