• Amanda Ahern

Awaken the Goddess in You

Navaratri is an ancient festival celebrating the Goddess. Something of a different perspective from western culture, where we have revered an all powerful masculine principle. Particularly so in the past 350 or so years with the advent of science, which gets behind the idea that if you can see it...it doesn't exist. Since I was 24 years old when I first visited India, the sharp contrast between what I had grown up with and observing India running on the devotion to the invisible forces that rule our lives, has always been a source of curiosity to me. But as the years have rolled on and I have spent more time visiting and living in India, immersed in Yoga philosophy and discovering the magic that rules their lives, I have become more and more convinced that there is something to be said for belief in 'our invisible power'. Since visiting an ancient temple on the Ganges many years ago, where a temple had been constructed to honour the 10 Mahavidyas (Tantric Wisdom goddesses) I have become enthralled with the various aspects of the Divine feminine. I will cover each one of these in more depth in the months ahead. What captured my attention was that they were deeply honouring of some less than attractive aspects of myself and regarded them as gifts. So have been studying them ever since...trying to understand and get to know and accept and revere these qualities in myself and others.

So what is the Goddess?

According to some teachers she is a super human feminine presence that has created the world....through the moving dynamic energy of Shakti. The masculine principle conceives of the idea and the feminine principle creates it. This creative Shakti energy is hiding inside of each us waiting to be discovered and activated to light up our lives and according to the Tamil Siddha, Dr Baskaran Pillai.....

“The Goddess is the miracle-performing intelligence within the brain … called ‘Arul Shakti,’ or ‘Chit Shakti.’ ‘Chit’ means super-normal consciousness, which is the consciousness to do anything, to know anything, and to be anywhere, anytime. She is not simply a vibration or frequency. She is a mega-divine female, the mother-divine. The counterpart of God the Father, she is the Creatrix of the phenomenal world.