~ Rooted in Union
with Chameli Ardagh
You can start this course at any time.
There is a place in the heart where everything meets.
Go there if you want to find me.
Mind, senses, soul, eternity, all are there.
Are you there?
Enter the bowl of vastness that is the heart.
Give yourself to it with total abandon.
Quiet ecstasy is there—
and a steady, regal sense of resting in a perfect spot.
Once you know the way,
the nature of attention will call you
to return, again and again,
and be saturated with knowing,
“I belong here, I am at home here.”
Answer that call.
~ The Radiance Sutras by Dr. Lorin Roche
With unwavering devotion, facing ridicule and rejection, Parvati called for Shiva to give Himself to Her. She knew the balance of the universe depended on their union.
The marriage of Parvati and Shiva symbolizes the wholeness that we and all things are made of. It is the union of inner and outer, the holy and mundane, mind and heart, spirit and body, of the limitless vastness of Divine essence and the world of form. In their mythology, we see that it is Parvati, the feminine, who takes leadership in bringing this wisdom into our world.
With fierce tapas, spiritual heat, she went to the depths of her own practice and awakening, knowing it was here in the inner bridal chamber of her heart that she and her beloved could become one.
Parvati is a profound mirror of the very essence of the Yogini, of standing for our deepest truth no matter what, of committing to our spiritual path not as a hobby on weekends, but as an essential piece of the evolution of our world. No one gave her permission: she had to stand, sometimes utterly alone, rooted in her vision of wholeness.
Once married, Parvati and Shiva embark on the challenging and exhilarating journey of intimate relationship and family life. They birth children and the deepest wisdom teachings; they play and quarrel and make love, creating a much-needed imprint in our consciousness of spiritual and family life as one integrated path of embodied spiritual awakening.
Is it true that no partner can fully meet the depth of our heart and that we have to compromise in order to find a partner? Or that our spiritual life is on hold while we are immersed in raising children, or even that wanting children is a distraction from our path? How do we reconcile the fear of losing ourselves in relationship (again) with the longing for surrender and union?
In our sadhana, we will dive into the deep symbolism in the stories of Parvati, Shiva, and their children, drawing inspiration from the many wisdom teachings and practices that emerged from their love nest, such as the Vijñānabhairava Tantra, a set of 112 practices for touching the divine in the midst of daily life.
The teachings will be delivered in e-mails and audio recordings,
you can participate from your own home, start anytime.
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“I learned to lead myself ~ from within”
The 21 day Sadhana immersion was a dream come true for me. To feel held as I learned to hold me. To feel listened to as I learned to listen to me. And to be lead, by the voice and inspired words of Chameli, as well as the shared writings of my wise sisters, as I learn to lead myself ~ from within. I have been softly kissed by the Goddess. She is real and presides in this circle. I am home again.
“In this Sadhana I was able to feel the presence of Goddess like never before.”
In this Sadhana I was able to feel the presence of Goddess like never before. The message of softening was there again; softening of the senses and the mental grip. Thank you Dear Chameli and sisters at Awakening Women for taking the leadership to hold this Sacred Space. May all that’s done be a blessing to all. Namaste.
Frequently Asked Questions
“I feel this Sadhana will go on and on, deeper and deeper.”
Dear Chameli and Sisters, thank you for this precious sadhana. From all the sadhanas I have joined, it was the deepest, and feel it will go on and on, deeper and deeper. I feel so connected to you and your beautiful sharings of photos, songs and words. Love to you all from the bottom of my heart.
“I have a deeper sense of belonging, stewardship, and devotion.”
I find no language for so much of what has transpired within me during sadhana. It will take time to integrate… I have a deeper sense of belonging, stewardship, and devotion to the shimmering, sacred web of life. I have a more keen understanding of discerning what is relevant and what is not. My heart has cracked wide open. For me, it feels as though sadhana has just begun… Forehead to the floor. I bow.
What is included?
:: Daily practices and/or short awakening poems daily into your e-mail box
:: 3 Audio recordings of Chameli speaking on the myth and meaning of the Goddess (listen on the web or download MP3)
:: Access to an online Yogini Circle* where you can connect with women from all over the world, practicing just like you. This is an already established and cherished online sanctuary, which will also be there for you after the 21 days are over. *A private Facebook Group
What do I contribute?
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Welcome to a powerful journey!
With Love, Always
Chameli & The Awakening Women Team