Thank you for joining us at Shakti Stories!
Shakti Stories is on a mission to empower The Feminine for all people to flower and thrive.
Shakti is Sanskrit meaning 'the female principle of divine energy’. It is important to me to honour the Hindu lineage and Vedic philosophy from which the concepts of Shakti (creative power) and her consort Shiva (consciousness) are birthed.
What I mean by "The Feminine" is an internal and eternal principle that transcends gender, but can also be expressed through gender.
For centuries, women have been twisting and contorting themselves in various ways to fit into the norms & expectations of the world as we know it.
We are now waking up to all the ways that we’ve been limiting our deeper wisdoms or hiding aspects of our whole truth. The Feminine is not only "passive" and "nurturing".
Expressing more of our essence means becoming aware of the true potential that we have in the body we reside in. The Feminine can be safety, mystery, power, eros and pure aliveness.
Today’s greatest threat to women’s freedom is what Marion Woodman called the “addiction to perfection”. This “never good enough” mentality means that no matter how much we do, it is never enough.
Inspired by great leaders in the field of Feminine Psychology & Spirituality such as Marion Woodman and Sally Kempton and my teachers Dr. Ana Mozol, Dr. Leslie Ellis, Dr. Jalaja Bonheim, Toko-pa and Tami Lynn Kent I have created this podcast with the hopes of broadening our understanding of feminine psychology and growing together in our embodiment of purpose and pleasure.
Shakti Stories seems to have a life of its own and I am also along for the ride!
I am so thrilled to share this special interview with you with the brilliant Sally Kempton.
Sally is a powerful teacher of applied spiritual wisdom, known for her capacity to kindle meditative states in others and help students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life-change. She's the author of the best-selling books, "Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Yoga Goddesses" and "Meditation for the Love of It.” A former swami in the Vedic tradition, Sally has been practicing and teaching for over four decades. Her teachings combine profound knowledge of the texts of yoga and tantra with practical wisdom from contemporary psychology and integral thought.
In this episode:
-Sally gives us the traditional Tantric definition of Shakti.
-She explains why devotional practice relating to Shakti is considered absolutely necessary for spiritual progress in this tradition.
-She describes how the traditional practice of kundalini yoga as Sally learned it from her teacher, Swami Muktananda, show you how to recognize your true self and liberate yourself from suffering.
-She shares how she shifted from the usual way of yoga the value of if you want to make progress in your life, if you want to experience relief from emotional pain, if you want to work with your suffering in really skillful ways.
-She also answers my questions about the erotic Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari, known for opening this thousand petal chakra. We discuss Eros as life force itself. Sally says it’s why we’re alive.
You can stream the audio on Spotify if you're out and about: