CALLING ALL WOMEN!
AWAKEN THE GODDESS WITHIN YOU! by Sophie Terrasse
Believe it or not, but you are a goddess…Yes!!! You!!! Despite your natural tendency
to constantly criticise yourself, there is, hidden in your deepest self, a goddess both powerful and gentle who is only waiting for you to notice her to emerge! Awakening to your own feminine power, you ensure that your inner world becomes more balanced and moves away from the old model of patriarchal prerogatives.
What would your life be like if you perceived each day as if you were a goddess?
– would you at last stop doubting of your own value?
– would you like your reflection in the mirror and would you enjoy moving your hips?
– would you love yourself unconditionally and be able to always feel loved?
So many centuries have passed since the religion of the Great Mother goddess dominated the world that the very nature of the feminine has been lost in the meanders of human memory. The feminine suffers in the present world and through its wounds it asserts its right to exist. The feminine desperately tries to find its essence again.
Really… me… a goddess?
Absolutely… deep in your heart, when you were a child, you knew that you were born to live something infinitely special and no matter what you went through since then, there remains within you a trace of this certitude. You were born with a high purpose, but from a queen, a goddess, you became a slave: slave of fears, of illusions, of desires of every kind and of an aspiration for an illusory power. It is now time to awaken the goddess of your heart and to let her gently emerge into the world.
“Why?” you would ask. Because the goddess of your feminine self is the feminine power, the real power and spiritual glory deeply asleep within every woman. The goddess sleeping within you can manifest herself in many ways: kindness, receptiveness, profoundness, intuition and valorisation of the body… “Maybe”, you would say, sceptical and quite worried…
“But how to wake up this sleeping goddess?” You can reclaim the sacred Feminine, the essence of the woman, through goddess archetypes rooted in different traditions and mythologies.
The notions of archetype and collective unconscious were first defined by Jung; according to him, there is a collective unconscious, a basis of the imaginary which is common to all peoples throughout history. This collective unconscious is manifested through legends, myths and religions. Common to all humans, this unconscious is made of archetypes, which are the universal symbols making up the language through which is handed down the deep heritage of humanity. The archetype is universal and transpersonal; it lives at the very heart of the collective human psyche. The same archetype is personified in various forms in all civilizations and in all myths. Source of spiritual wisdom and inner guide, the archetype influences our way of thinking, of being and of behaving. Each archetype is the keeper of knowledge and of lessons which it wants to share with us. Archetypes help us to face the hardships of life and to heal our wounds. Sources of new energy, they accompany us and incite us to discover new ways of doing things. So, do not wait any longer and do not go against the archetypes of the goddesses!
Every goddess represents a particular energy, an aspect of you.
Begin a journey to the core of your heart and encounter the archetypes of the goddesses who live there; you will then be able to see the events of your life differently.
Dare to let every one of them speak – this will allow you to live a life that is increasingly creative, more complete and more fulfilling.
Open a dialogue with each one of them so that you learn to see yourself differently and allow yourself living in an authentic way.
Enter the labyrinth of your soul and go in all confidence to the end of the self-knowledge quest.
Celebrate the coexistence of the masculine and the feminine within you and enjoy a fully balanced life.
Get rid of automatic behaviour and conditioning of every kind.
The goddess archetypes are there to give you a shake and to urge you to be vibrant with life rather than complacently existing. Let yourself be exultant with the manifestation of the many goddesses who dwell in you and thus become the heroine of your own life!
WAKE YOUR INNER GODDESS THROUGH YOGA! by Sophie Terrasse
A goddess of modern times is a woman who is happy, who feels beautiful and comfortable in her own body; a strong woman determined to live a passionate and exciting life. She has self-confidence and remains true to her values. She nurtures her goals and her dreams and knows that she has the power to make them real.
And to do so… the goddess of modern times will need tools, tools which Kundalini yoga can give to her, helping her to fulfill herself while nurturing her sacred feminine.
Issuing from a very ancient tradition, Kundalini yoga is one of the purest and most refined of all yoga systems. For a long time kept secret because of its immense power to transform, Kundalini Yoga was introduced in the western world in the 1970s by Yoga Bhajan (1929-2004). Rightly considered by many to be the oldest yoga practice in the world, Kundalini Yoga incorporates in the body of its techniques all forms of yoga, including the most popular system of yoga in the western world: Hatha yoga.
Kundalini Yoga is a complete science which comprises physical toning exercises through asanas (static and dynamic poses), breathing exercises (pranayama, which has very specific techniques), relaxation, meditation and sound (mantras). The psychological and physiological aspects of the individual are worked on through a specific process in order to improve the condition of the muscular, nervous and endocrine systems as well as that of blood chemistry and brain performance. Not only does the practice of this system of yoga energise the body, but it also helps the circulation of life energy, improves the immune system, stimulates the body’s self-healing abilities, helps mental rejuvenation and in general makes it easier to be grounded, attentive, joyful and optimistic.
At a more advanced level, it allows people to define their personal spirituality, to deepen their consciousness and to develop inner wisdom. Also known as the Yoga of Consciousness, Kundalini Yoga is very powerful in its effects; in this system, sessions are very carefully structured and planned, each one working on a particular theme. The techniques it provides are diverse and many, making it possible to stress some aspects more than others in order to work on the particular goals and aspirations of each person.
Its numerous beneficial effects help create a balance in the inner world of the goddess within you, awaking you to your own feminine power. One of the strengths of Kundalini Yoga being the possibility of matching particular exercises to a variety of themes, this discipline can be used as a means of developing the specific energy associated with the archetype of goddess of one’s choice. This way, through Kryas (sequences of exercises) and carefully chosen meditation techniques, you will gradually discern, befriend and interiorise the qualities carried in the archetype.
Whether you wish to define, pursue and reach objectives like the goddess Artemis; improve your fighting spirit, your self-control and your rational mind like Athena; or – and these are only 3 examples! – like Hestia, expand your inner world and sharpen your intuition, take part in the yoga of goddesses though Kundalini Yoga, and you will tap into a truly inexhaustible resource!
“Our deepest fear is not that of being incapable… Our deepest fear is that of having a power without equal. It is our light, and not our darkness, that scares us the most…” (words attributed to Nelson Mandala)
Dare to welcome in your own light by stepping on a path of transformation through yoga and meditation and by joining the adventure of discovering the different traits of your inner goddess…