~ The Hidden Goddess Beneath It All
& The Global Yogini Circle
May 1 - 21, 2019
She shows up as matter,
as the world of form and differences,
yet underneath Her skin She is a shimmering
weaving of energy,
conscious, unfathomably creative,
never not One.
She is a sovereign totality,
the splendorous power of Durga.
She is Kali Ma, the holy destruction.
She is Lakshmi, abundant wealth and beauty.
She is Bhuvaneswari, the cosmic womb
of space and stars.
She is the demon inside the world myth
as well as the triumph of love,
and She is the shimmering veil of perception
that makes these powers
appear as two.
The magnificent MahaMaya arises out of ancient roots, appearing as perhaps the most paradoxical Goddess throughout the eastern tantric traditions. She is both the Great Liberator who awakens us from the illusion of separation, and the very veil of ignorance that makes us forget the union we are made of. Through this bewildering enigma, She challenges our deeply ingrained habit of fragmenting a reality that is ultimately undividable. She awakens in us authentic power and wisdom, not as a goal in the future but as the process of evolution itself, always happening right here and now.
Our collective fear of the rich wilderness of the feminine has led us to view Maya Shakti as a flaw we should dread and one day be free of. Her illusionary nature has even been used as a means to spiritually bypass our human reality, and the relational, environmental and social challenges we are facing on Earth. However, the Goddess path offers us maps of spirituality not as an escape route “out of here”, but as an awakening into the essential nature of this world as process, as the very body of the Goddess. When we recognize the mythical and universal patterns beneath the surface, we are initiated into a life of deeper contribution and meaning.
In embodied awakening, we are not accessing transcended freedom as an end goal or landing place, but as the very source of life lived as a Yogini. As modern day mystics, we walk with one foot in both worlds, awake to spiritual transcendence simultaneously as we learn to navigate creatively and gracefully in this cosmic dream of life.
The basis for all spiritual exploration in the Women's Wisdom tradition is the insight that that which we are longing for is who we already are. Thus our practice in sadhana is not toward a goal of attainment in the future; it is a process of melting, of unraveling the wisdom and beauty already inherent within each woman.
In ancient Goddess mythology, we find maps supporting us in this awakening process, and you will be initiated into practices from this alive lineage of women's embodied spirituality that Chameli and the Awakening Women community have explored intensively together for more than 15 years.
On Saturday, May 4, we will meet for the first of three retreats with Chameli. These phone/webcast retreats (your choice) will take place on Saturdays (May 4, 11 and 18) at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, 19.00 Northern Europe.
The calls will last 90 minutes. The last 30 minutes will be for Q & A. The retreats will be recorded so you can listen to them at any time.
In between the phone retreats, you will practice on your own. You can check in with your Yogini sisters as often as you like in the online Yogini Sadhana circle.
If you long to root yourself in a deeper truth, to live awakening in your daily life, to embody Shakti—the divine creative power—more fully, then this sadhana is for you.
We will go deep. We meet in a shared dedication to living awake.
If you feel called, with a sense of YES inside…then claim your seat in the circle.
You don’t need to have any previous experience with these teachings. Our focus in the feminine embodiment practice is on direct experience.
YOUR experience is the authority. Always.
Many of us are inspired by spiritual teachings but to actually embody them, in a daily practice of breathing them in and sweating them out, is a radically different proposition. Chameli Ardagh is masterful at illuminating the ancient Goddess teachings in a way that is supremely tangible for modern women, without sacrificing their depth, creating a kind of frequency that sparks awakening.
Founder of Awakening Shakti
Founder of Art of Allowing Academy
:: Daily practices and/or short awakening poems into your email inbox
:: 3 Tele-Retreats
:: Access to an online Yogini Circle* where you can connect with women from all over the world, practicing just like you. This is an already established and cherished online sanctuary, which will also be there for you after the 21 days are over.
*A private Facebook Group
:: Recordings of all 3 Tele-Retreats (also available to download as MP3)
:: Once we have received your payment, you will get a welcome email.
:: From Wednesday, May 1, you will begin to receive your daily emails, as well as reminders and recordings before and after the live phone retreats with Chameli.
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Chameli is a passionate practitioner of embodied feminine spirituality. She is the creator of the Yogini Winter Ashram in India, the Yogini Summer Ashram in Greece, the initiator of a global network of temple groups for women, and the author of two books on feminine empowerment and spirituality. Since 1991, she has studied mythology and spirituality in India. She is especially appreciated for her passionate love of mythology and storytelling as a method for spiritual awakening and embodiment.
Dominique is a lover of words, beauty and integrity. Since 2011 she has apprenticed with Chameli, assisting in retreats, coordinating events, supporting in sadhanas, and organizing the Yogini Ashrams. She is the Creative Director at Awakening Women and teaches the Women’s Temple Facilitator Training. Dedicated to learning how to honor life, she longs to be an offering to the Great Goddess of this beautiful Earth that dreams us all alive.
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