Sally Kempton - Wisdom Goddess Empowerment
The Story of Goddess Parvati and her Beloved Shiva
And Learning to Love Each Moment Open
From renowned spiritual teacher Sally Kempton
For me, one of the most gorgeous expressions of feminine spirituality is revealed in the story of the goddess Parvati and her beloved Shiva. I fell in love with their story almost 30 years ago, and its been at the heart of my journey ever since.
Parvati’s story offers us a radical alternative to the austerity of so-called "masculine" spirituality. Traditionally, the spiritual journey has often been described as a path for solitary heroes —Buddha renouncing the world, Jesus leaving home and family to go into the desert and battle delusion.
But the journey can also be a romance — the sacred romance between soul and spirit, where the lovers meet, separate, and come together again. The feminine path is not just for women — Rumi and Hafiz, the Sufi poets, followed this path all their lives. But it’s one that women understand deeply, which is why so many women resonate with the model of sacred couplehood personified by Shiva and Parvati.
Shiva is an ascetic, a yogi in love with meditation. When he meets Parvati, he is struck by her beauty. But he refuses to be distracted from his meditation. So Parvati realizes that in order to win his love, she has to match his spiritual power with her own.
Does that idea make you shiver with recognition? Then you may be a Parvati woman! For a Parvati woman, the true lover is the one who challenges her to grow, one whom she meets in the inner realms. Yes, she may find him (or her) in a romantic partner. But what she really longs for is the kind of meeting that has to take place in the soul.
Defying her parents, Parvati goes into the forest and turns herself into the world’s greatest yogini, as Siva is the world’s greatest yogi. The intensity of her focus magnetizes her beloved, so that he comes out of meditation to take her in his arms.When Shiva and Parvati marry, they spend cosmic eons in erotic play before giving birth to two divine sons, Ganesha and Kartikeyya.
In India, Parvati is the goddess women pray to when they are looking for the perfect mate.
Here are the mantras you can recite to draw this gift of Parvati:
Om hreem yoginam yogeshwaree
Yoga bhayankahree sakala sthavara
Jangam asyamukha hridayam mamah
Vasmakarsha adarshaya svaha
“Oh, you who are always in union with the Lord, Yogini,
goddess of yoga, heart of all that is living and non-living,
please give me the power of attraction, o Noble One.”
Parvati has always been my private love-goddess. She’s a powerful role model for contemporary woman on a path of inner growth. (And for some of the men I know, she’s what one friend of mine called the "inner girlfriend!")
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Like so many modern yoginis, Parvati is both a romantic and a kick-ass practitioner. She’s a warrior, a multi-tasker, and a mother. She’s hopelessly in love with her husband, but she takes no s—t from him. To me, she’s the goddess who embodies the balance of inner and outer, spirit and body, work and life. We hear her voice coming through Michelle Obama when she talks about what it was like raising her daughters and working full time. We see her in Beyonce’s dance moves, crying “Girls rule!” She’s When we, as women, allow the Parvati energy to flow through us –– we become easy with our power, able to love each moment open, even as we open ourselves to let the universe make love to us.
HHave you wanted a distinctly feminine spiritual path that is embodied, ecstatic and fulfilling... and actually leads to the awakened life you desire?
Have you suspected that goddess worshipping traditions are working with REAL forces and energies rather than symbols and metaphors – forces that can liberate you into a wholly new way of being?
It’s no secret that religion and spiritual practices have tended toward the masculine for the last 5,000 years – often to our detriment.
Too often, traditional visions of spirituality have denied the body, contributed to self-judgment and emphasized ego-slaying in lieu of nurturing a truly divine life.
It’s time for a spiritual path that evokes, awakens and communes with the feminine forces of the universe that are always available to support you – if you can only learn to open to their power.
In Tantric lineages of the East, such a path has been kept alive but almost always taught from the perspective of male teachers. Only now have these ancient transformational traditions started to benefit all genders, thanks to powerful female teachers who bring a new dimension and depth to these ancient practices.
This new, inclusive path promises to create a sacred marriage of masculine and feminine qualities that leads to a life of reverence, ecstatic mindfulness and delicious fulfillment.
Drawing on the transformative power of goddess practices passed down for millennia, this path empowers you to awaken, recognize this world as an expression of the Divine, and move through it with greater power, integrity and clarity.
Advanced initiates through the ages have created a reverential relationship with different goddesses and experienced the beautiful, blessed current of sacred energy they bring.
By entering into these practices – whatever your religious or spiritual background – you can begin to relate to the unique qualities of goddess energy, both in the world and in your body.
A Feminine Path of Liberation
As respected integral philosopher Ken Wilber says, “goddesses are REAL.” When invited, they have the power to support your evolution relatively quickly and easily.
Through the goddesses, spiritual liberation is less harsh but no less effective than the traditional path, and rich in subtle eros, heartfelt love and fulfilled desire.
This path not only feels better to walk, it also leads to the kind of radiant life we all desire: conscious, alive, ecstatic, impactful and infused with grace.
As this path arises in the hearts and minds of a new generation of practitioners, the heroic ideal of yogis straining to break free of this world is shifting toward enlightened teachers who can bless, savor and nourish life into its fullest expression – and guide you to do the same.
If you are called to go beyond a spirituality that feels dry and remote and into something that is juicy, fecund and beautiful – then The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment has been created just for you.
It’s more than a virtual course; it is an actual ignition of sacred channels of energy that can – should you choose to continue and deepen the practices – bless your life for years to come with specific qualities, powers and capacities required for a divinely human life.
Seven sessions will reveal great blessing forces that are available when you invite each goddess to live in you – and permeate your body, mind and emotions.
These goddess “empowerments” have thousands of years of history and reverence behind them. And they each can liberate YOU to become the powerful, sovereign – even majestic – being you are capable of becoming.
Each module in The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment will help activate and deepen an inner channel that calls forth the blessings of a particular goddess. The sages of the Hindu tantric traditions recognized that to live an awakened life, you need the help of these inner feminine powers. So they developed sophisticated systems for invoking and opening to the powers Durga, Lakshmi, Kali – and lesser-known, but equally powerful Hindu goddesses like Lalita, Bhuvaneshwari and Dhumavati.
Miracles happen when you tune into a particular goddess energy. She lends you her power and love, and brings alive your connection to the evolutionary Self, to others and to the physical universe.
Once these channels are activated, you can continue to open and deepen the relationship over time, infusing the enlightened qualities of each goddess into your life in ever-profound ways.
By the end of the seven modules, you will emerge with a literal re-wiring of your brain around what it means to engage in spiritual practice, meditation, and contemplation. You’ll have a deep understanding for how goddess visualizations and meditations can empower you with healing and transformation and the ability to engage these practices for specific challenges.
The Importance of a Sacred Guide
The crucial call for human beings to awaken and live in a new way can be answered in part when we understand the role of these sacred feminine energies in spiritual evolution. And there is no better guide into these mystical realms than author and renowned spiritual teacher Sally Kempton.
Sally is the author of Awakening Shakti: The Transforming Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, a book that has transformed the practice of many women in the yoga, business, academic and artistic worlds. She is a deep, transmitted practitioner of the Hindu goddess tradition and brings alive the wisdom and awareness of these deity figures.
Sally offers unique insights into both the dark and light sides of our relationship to the divine feminine. Her students attest to her ability to transmit a direct experience that can bring these energies alive in your own life.
During the seven modules of the Wisdom Goddess Empowerment, Sally will lead you into the powers and mysteries of these goddess energies through a radical transmission of the living practice of the Indian tantric tradition.
You’ll learn how to invite and invoke these energies and embody the qualities of the empowered feminine. Because goddess energies are at the heart of ALL life, theirs is a path to extraordinary aliveness and the emergence of your own divine nature.
By connecting with the powers and qualities these goddesses carry, you will:
Begin to experience deeper and subtler levels of reality around you
Discover hidden sources of spiritual power within your body and mind
Become initiated into the ancient tantric understandings of Hinduism through the lens of an accomplished teacher
Become skilled at invoking fierce goddess energies for both protection and liberation
Enhance your creativity and powers of manifestation
Identify and begin to release deep-seated karmic patterning
Discover a healthy and empowered vision for the sacred feminine in your spiritual life
Expand the sense of beauty in yourself, and harness it as a tool for creative expression
Speak with more authenticity, power and grace
Increase your skills of discernment and ability to recognize real wisdom
Experience deeper levels of bodily fulfillment, opening currents of bliss in your cells
Transform your relationship with disappointment and failure, finding the hidden power within them
Develop a specific set of practices that connect you with the goddess energy that is most important for you