Adi Shakti is an ancient symbol of sacred feminine energy. Imagine a lone woman, arms held aloft in an arc, holding the world above her. This is Adi Shakti. Primal force, ultimate divine energy, Creator, Observer and Destroyer of the Universe.
In the Women's Circle that runs here at Earthtones, we explore the Sacred Feminine, both in the universe and in ourselves. We use a variety of tools to do this, especially meditation, mantra and discussion, but in other ways too.
In our Circle last month, we focused on Shakti and Kundalini power. Kundalini is symbolised by a coiled snake at the root chakra, waiting to be awoken:
In Hindu mythology, Kundalini is a serpent goddess who lies asleep at the base of the spine, coiled three and a half times around the first chakra. Her name is Kundalini Shakti, and she represents the unfolding of the divine Shakti energy, the energising potential of life itself, a living goddess who enlivens all things.
from Healing Energy Tools
When Kundalini energy awakens, it rises through the body, working its way through each chakra until it reaches Sahasraha, the Crown chakra. Activating Sahasrara, it clears the way for one to reach spiritual enlightenment. Many things need to happen for Kunalini to awake, and one of those things is to recognise and awaken the sacred feminine within us (men as well as women), because it has been negated, compromised and rejected.
Why a Women's Circle?
This then, is why our Women's Circle exists - to help us, as individuals to find, accept and nourish the sacred feminine within. Men also need to do this if they wish to awaken Kundalini. However, men and women generally have very different experiences in our society; society has taught men and women very different things about themselves. And so our circle is, by necessity, a Women's Circle. Before we can embrace the sacred feminine in ourselves, we need to recognise and dismantle the messages that society has sent us which dismisses such a thing as the Sacred Feminine.
So, in our last session one of the mantras we used as the Adi Shakti mantra. It is truly a beautiful mantra to hear and to sing. I've since incorporated it into my daily mantra practice. In the video below, I explain a little more about it, and demonstrate it.
The words of this mantra are:
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo
and translated, this means:
First force of all creation, to You I bow Divine force, everywhere, to You I bow Creative force, primal force, to You I bow Rising up, Divine Mother, to You I bow.”