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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 →

Yogini Wisdom

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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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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Yogini Wisdom

 

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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Yogini Wisdom

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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Yogini Wisdom

 

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

Yogini Wisdom

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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Yogini Wisdom

 

When we explore mythology, we explore maps that not only describe and illustrate the connections between the seen and the unseen world, but that also create these connections. Both are true. Just like art. Sometimes we speak about art as if it is illustrating reality, but art also creates our reality. Just like myths.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

We so easily search for the divine in books, theories, systems and steps. Right here in this breath, there is a deep intimacy between you and Spirit that is yearning to be seen, acknowledged and valued. In the women’s circle, we are carving out a place for this intimate, direct experience of Goddess to be recognized and explored. It is revolutionary when a woman begins to trust her own experience of Spirit.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

How is your body?

Take a moment to bring your awareness inside the body. Feel the rhythms, the sensations, and the atmosphere inside.

Perhaps emotions are here; perhaps tiredness, excitement. Perhaps there’s a lot of spinning thoughts. Notice how this feels in the body.

Perhaps you can notice how awareness and presence are like space, like a room without walls. In presence, the energy in your body has more space to flow. It can rise, take form, dissolve, change, and transform, just as it is meant to.

Without having to change anything about your experience right now, see if you can, with your breath and your awareness, give space to what is here for you.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

The symbol of the web points us to a certain aspect of consciousness: a webbed consciousness, or a webbed vision.

Having a webbed view is to see your life in a larger context. This is not to bypass our feelings or our experience in the moment, but to include it all in a bigger picture.

Awakening to this multidimensional view, we are not only aware of the leaves falling from the trees in this moment, we are also aware of the recurring patterns of the seasons, of cycles, and how this leaf falling in this moment is uniquely happening right now; this leaf has never fallen before. Yet the pattern of the leaf and the cyclic pattern that makes it fall is repeating itself.

In Yogini sadhana, we learn to see with webbed vision. We see connections. We see patterns.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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A Revolution of Roots and Remembrance

 

Loyal to a society that is afraid of the dark,
we have made spirituality into a grand escape plan,
yet another way to judge and reject the Mother. Continue reading →

Be kind to yourself

 
The innocence and evolutionary intelligence of your spiritual longing can easily be kidnapped by ambitious, critical thought loops. Before you know it, you associate being really harsh and judgmental towards yourself with being a good and responsible Yogini.
 
We criticize and push ourselves; we cringe in shame of all our flaws and bad habits; we compare ourselves with others and call it “growth.” We fear that if we don’t push and judge, nothing will change.

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Yogini Wisdom

The Goddess path is not towards a goal in the future or some kind of static state of perfection. The deeper we awaken and jump off the carousel of grasping for certain states and resisting others, the deeper we dive into life itself and realize that nothing is static. Shakti energy is constantly shifting and changing. In the alignment with that flow, we find peace, a freedom that is not conditional on any circumstances or feelings. We access a freedom that is always here.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

We think that letting go of our rigid stance against someone or something means that we give up—that we lose our power. We think that nothing will change if we surrender our dual view and move deeper than our right or wrong opinions. But through the willingness to move deeper than duality, we tap into an active force, the same creative power that moves the planets and creates all things in this ever-changing world.

The only place where real change—a change that liberates us—can take place is in that deeper, wider presence of who you really are.

When we are tapped into presence, we are more able to set clear boundaries, or carefully move away from a hurtful situation. Here we still feel with the world: we may roar in pain and agony and feel all the feelings that need to be felt, and we can speak up when needed. We are not in a passive or aloof state; we are in touch with a pure, unfiltered intelligence. Here, immersed in the impermanent realm of embodiment, you realize the eternal and limitless consciousness all this is made of.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

Goddess is closer than your own breath.
She is a vibrational reality that permeates through all that is.
Endlessly taking form and dissolving herself,
She is experienced as thoughts and feelings,
as the cosmic library that is your DNA,
as the breath sustaining you, as the molecules and cells that form the universe of your body.
Goddess sadhana is a living, breathing intimacy with your experience.
Right here. Right now.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

The raw energy that can be expressed as violence and create horrible consequences is not intrinsically negative: it is just energy, and it is what we do with it that creates the negative experience.

With practice, instead of pushing this energy away and creating a split within ourselves, we recognize that the energy that creates violence is not “out there.” It is within ourselves.

We bring it into consciousness and discover that within the feeling we had tried so hard to avoid, there is a lot of Shakti and transformational power available. And with presence we can refine this energy into a force for healing and upliftment.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

The organic process you call “my body” is pure innocence, sourced from ancient rhythms that pulsate everything into Being and swallow us all back into the void.

You don’t have to look any further than this body—so fully surrendered, so eager to serve—to know the divine secrets the wise ones speak of. Your body is spirit dancing: constantly changing, evolving, aging, rejuvenating, dying, decomposing.

Shakti Yoga is placing you in the heart of the paradox where, immersed in the impermanent realm of embodiment, you realize the eternal and limitless consciousness all this is made of.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

Bring your focus into the body; rest in the rhythm of the breath. Just by directing your awareness like this, the breath is allowed to enter you a little bit deeper down into the body, as if you would open an inner embrace between the breath and your pelvis, welcoming the breath like a loyal lover.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: Vaschelle André – Lalita Devi Weekend, Boulder.

Yogini Wisdom

 

Shiva symbolizes a part of our consciousness that is always awake, always here. He is pure presence.
Without the recognition of our Shiva consciousness, we are in the material experience—but we are in it asleep. Without presence, there is no possibility to do our inner yoga; there is no possibility of choice. There is a sense that “life is happening to me and I’m a victim of it; I have to do what everybody else says. I have to make my life about proving something.” Presence opens this great space and possibility of choice. Presence is freedom.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: SimoneRita Egger – Yogini Winter Ashram, India.