Shiva is the sun and Shakti is the moon and because of their UNION and their infinite Consciousness the whole manifested world springs.
I am currently in the Himalayas and today is a special night, it is the night of the full moon.
As you may know, the different lunar phases have some special and triggering effects on life on earth and on the earth itself; one of these phenomenon is known as “tidal force” where the moon affects large bodies of water such as the ocean. Many studies show that these special full moon nights have a strong impact, mostly on women, regarding sexual energy or desire, moods and reproductive tendencies.
I enter a hall and about 40 women are already sitting there. The room has a mellow light, with one or two candles and the smell of incense sticks is in the air. Initially we start with meditation and meditative dancing with our eyes closed. Slowly it is getting more intense and it really feels like “dance like no one is watching”. The course leader explains in a very calm and soothing voice that we have to awaken the Goddess in us. The idea is to awaken Shakti, the Goddess of Yoga.
Shakti also means power or empowerment and she is the wife of Shiva – the God of destruction and the God amongst the Gods. Shakti manifests herself in different forms, for example as the Goddess Kali, who some believe is the Goddess of death and destruction whereas others say she is the bringer of strength, fierce love and untamed freedom, or as Goddess Durga who is the inaccessible or the invincible.
After our dancing session we are asked to choose a partner, to sit down with them and to look into each other’s eyes without speaking. It sounds very easy but if you have ever done this, you will know that it’s not. Honestly it is so difficult, because it feels like you are looking directly into the soul of the other person, you really really SEE the person, the beauty but also the dark side.
While I am doing this experiment with my partner I start to feel a very strong aura or energy all around me. It is the same feeling that I felt earlier today when I saw His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the very first time. I felt like seeing God. Actually in Indian culture it is said and believed that everyone has God inside them and, because of this belief, they also use the greeting Namasté – as it literally means “I bow in front of the God within you”.
Each person in the pair has to speak freely for five minutes without being interrupted. You can literally feel the emotions in the air, tears are flowing and voices are rising. It is very interesting to hear that so many people would do something completely different if they weren‘t afraid. Are you one of them? What would you do?
Towards the end, things become even more interesting: we form groups of four people, one person has to lie down, and the others have to massage her gently with essential oils and whisper nice things into her ears. Then we switch roles. When it is my turn, the course leader instructs us to just let go, let go of the guilt to receive. Many people, including me, feel “guilty” about receiving and it is much easier to give. Have you ever experienced this? Initially I am very tense and feel strange but as soon as I let go and relax, it is a beautiful experience …
I stand up and shout out loudly “I empower the divine Goddess within me and let go of…”
Being the second person is much better, because after all LIFE is an EXPERIENCE and since it is something new, why not try it out? For those of you who wonder if there was any psychoactive substances involved at this meeting the answer is NO. It was not even something sexual, it was just a gathering of women, coming together and empowering themselves by awakening their GODDESS.
So what do you think? Are you one of the courageous, open and curious souls out there and dare to delve into this mystical world? Are you ready to find out one or two things about yourself and about the divine within you?