The Power of the Divine Feminine in a Dark Time, Part 5: Today’s Woman

THE POWER OF THE DIVINE FEMININE IN A DARK TIME: Today’s Woman

We have come a long way in a short period of time towards equality between men and women in societies around the world. But there still remains a lot of work to be done in our minds and hearts so we can see each other as true equals – different, yes, but equal in our importance and in the roles we each play.

The problem is not “out there”, but within. We must trust our true inner beauty and not buy into externally controlled ideas of beauty. We must trust our innate inner wisdom and not doubt the ways we operate, which is different for men and women.

After years of practice, my partner and I have begun to develop a good sense of humour around the way we see things differently. He understands that at times, I just need to talk and only need him to listen and “receive” me – not try to fix me. I understand that he will set up a spreadsheet in an opposite manner to how I would, or he will just need to go out as though he is on a hunt to bring back goods for us to enjoy. Some of these simple things that make up our day we do very differently.

Yet it is our differences that give us strength. As women, we add value to society to create a whole picture, one that is both yin and yang. I do not believe that women’s rights are about women becoming men. It is about being treated with the same dignity, justice and rights.

We must learn to be relaxed as women, appreciating the changing moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, and know that we are part of a much greater picture. We are the planet. We are her children that are stewards to care for the earth and all beings on it. If we treat all beings equally, this sets the correct example on how we wish to be treated.

Nature is not in a hurry, but evolves over time. So too we must take this bigger picture and not despair or fall into feeling against what is. This will pull us down. We must stay focused on who we are, take one day at a time and be with what is so that this singular moment may flower into an exquisite tomorrow.

I would like to leave you with a poem by mandala artist Mark Golding whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Brighton, while I was on my last UK tour this past fall. Mark came up to me and recited it having overheard that I love the Divine Mother. I was so moved by his spontaneous sharing, as his words spoke to me deeply. May it inspire you as it did me! Enjoy!

 

THE FLEETING MOMENT

Thy shimmering ethereal

appears so solid and so real

when truly all we ever know

is that still moment we call now

 

She tries so hard to grasp the air

to freeze the moment, ‘cos she’s scared

of freedom’s flight, its majesty

of soaring ‘bove the tops of trees

and feel the view the angel sees

of all the connectivities

‘tween thee and me

 

She knows perfection, silent grace

and then upon her perfect face

her smile appears

and so she hears

the love within her soul

 

She feels the peace that dwells within

and tingling through her softened skin

is fearlessness and dignity

for realising it is she

the Goddess, once again reborn

 

Alive, her magic and her power

that gain momentum every hour

through every day of journeying

to her perfected dreams

 

Within the essence of her soul

she holds the keys, she knows the goal

to raise communion’s destiny

and surging ‘pon her Goddess light

resolves her duty, and her right

to be the love of all

 

For – Equal in this sacred time

and space, that breathes the pure divine

empowered she

enabling me

to witness her ascending airs

of subtle breath revealing stairs

illuminating journeys of the soul

 

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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