You spend lifetimes comparing yourself with others,
wishing you could be more like this and less like that.
Stubbornly you cling to your flaws, collecting evidence and reasons
for why you have to be fixed before you can fully shine.
Busy building wobbly towers of new and shiny selves,
the freedom you long for seems always just out of reach.
Yet its sweet fragrance keeps pulling you closer, again and again,
to the portal of a terrifying vulnerability we have become so skilled in avoiding.
It is from this very door of intimacy you hear the ancient call from the deep feminine.
Kali, Inanna, Lakshmi, Durga, Saraswati, they all are challenging you
to take a chance, in this lifetime, to trust that you are not a mistake.
That you are whole. That you carry a unique medicine in this world.
Just as you are. That even the most unenlightened, unwanted,
part of you is more soaked in freedom than all those abstract ideals
you keep comparing yourself with.
Shakti Dharma is the creative power of the universe, creating itself
as you. The path of Shakti Dharma begins in this exhale, in the unclenching
of the grip of the small me-plan, in the courage to for once not automatically reach for
the familiar strategies of re-enforcing the rigid identities,
and instead stay in the vulnerability of your magnificence.
Yes, you can connect with your Shakti Dharma right now.
Put a hand on your heart, can you feel something stirring after reading these teachings?
Let your breath wash through your heart and listen
to the creative intelligence present within you.
It may be strong, it may be subtle, it may be clear, it may be mysterious.
With practice and patience you will remember this language of embodied wisdom,
it is a bottomless well of guidance and vitality.
With Eternal Love,
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