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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160407891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604078916
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sally Kempton is a true gift to the yoga world, for she is able to communicate the living wisdom of meditation through her engaging, natural, and practical writing style, which vibrates with flowing consciousness." -SHIVA REA Yogini

"Sally Kempton's new book is a treasure that brings myth, meditation, and everyday revelation together in a way that will allow every woman to embody the divine feminine in her life. Sally enlivens the full spectrum of the goddess-from independent protector, to lover, to dynamic and powerful creatrix. I highly recommend this soon-to-be classic!"
-Shiva Rea, Yogini

"Sally Kempton has given us a mythic manual for a new kind of feminism-a feminism of the soul. And this is a good thing, because humanity needs feminine power now as both a healing tonic and a source of reinvention."
-Elizabeth Lesser, Co-founder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

 

"Feminine energy is now rising all over the planet, and Awakening Shakti shows everyone - both men and women-both how to participate in and benefit from the truly healing power of Goddess energy."
-Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

 

 "Awakening Shakti is a magnificent contribution to the essential movement of our time-the return of the Divine Feminine in all her passionate glory. Kempton's book is not only a completely lucid and deeply felt exploration of the different facets of the Hindu vision of the Goddess; it is also as down-home as it is exalted, and as practical as it is ecstatic. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
-Andrew Harvey, author of Return of the Mother and Radical Passion

 

"Rekindling knowledge and worship of the Divine Feminine may be the most important thing we can do to balance our fractured civilization.  This book brings the Goddess alive in her many important forms. Well-researched, sparkling with stories, as well as practical applications, this book is your Bible to the Hindu Goddesses."
-Anodea Judith, author of Creating on Purpose and Wheels of Life

 

"With her signature combination of sound research, personal experience, and engaging storytelling, Kempton offers an authentic, experiential guide to working with eleven goddesses who embody the totality of life's beauty and challenges. I recommend it highly!"
-Constantina Rhodes, PhD, author of Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony

 

"The ascent of the Divine Feminine is one of the most important developments in contemporary spirituality.  As both a skilled journalist and a gifted teacher, Sally Kempton more than does justice to this significant subject."
-Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation

About the Author

Sally Kempton has been studying and teaching the wisdom of yoga for 40 years. A highly regarded teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy, she writes the popular Yoga Journal column "Wisdom." Known for her gift of making yogic wisdom relevant to daily life and for transmitting deep states of meditation, she teaches retreats and teleclasses internationally. Sally is the author of Meditation for the Love of It (Sounds True, 2011). She resides in Carmel Valley, California.

Customer Reviews

So whether you are interested in yoga or Hinduism or not, I think you will find much of value in this book.
L. Erickson
If you didn't love to meditate before reading her first book, "Meditation For The Love Of It," you will upon completion.
Phil Kenney
In Awakening Shakti Sally Kempton shares her depth of knowledge about the qualities of the Goddesses with us.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
I so love this book, and I think anyone interested in women's spirituality or personal development, regardless of religious beliefs, will too. It centers around the major female deities of Hinduism - Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Parvati, Saraswati, Sita, Dhumavati, Radha, Chinnamasta, Lalita, and Bhuvanehswari (these last few perhaps not so well-known) - and ways of working with them as archetypes or representations of energies within ourselves that can be brought forth. After an introduction to Hindu mythology in general, and her way of working with these goddesses, the author Sally Kempton devotes a chapter to each goddess, each of which follows the same basic format: The mythology of that goddess, and the energies and lessons these stories hold for us, practices for connecting with this energy ourselves, the 'shadow' aspect of each goddess, and then an overview of how that goddess' energy manifests in our world. While this material could get overly abstract or historical, Ms. Kempton keeps it relevant by including personal stories from her own life, and the lives of students and friends.

So for example, Durga represents the female warrior, and thus represents the energy we need to move through obstacles in our lives. The journal and practices outlined in this chapter are designed to help a reader awaken her own innate warrior instincts, and uncover ways she might have repressed this side of herself due to social conditioning or personal history. One of the 'shadow' aspects of Durga is becoming overly combative or angry, and so there are also suggested journalling activities and meditations for facing and working with these tendencies, so that this 'Durga' energy can be better directed and experienced.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Scott Marmorstein on February 25, 2013
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I'm still working with the goddess energies. I've made it to Lakshmi Goddess. I love the stories, the meditations, and the contemplations that Sally offers and invites each of us to use.

It is a lucid, well written work. I am probably a quarter of the way through it so far and keep sipping at it like a fine wine. One reason I don't want to rush through from cover to cover is because this is a book to really follow along with closely. I have made powerful insights and discoveries along the way. An important point I wish to make about this book is that it is not gender-biased. My being a man reading this has given me greater appreciation for both sexes, but more importantly, a deeper and expanded felt sense of the intimate divine, as I like to think of it.

I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to have a light beacon in dark times. You will derive much from this book. It will become your friend while you wade through mysterious and challenging life situations.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Phil Kenney on February 23, 2013
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Within the ever widening circle of today's spiritual discourse, no one I know of speaks with lucidity, intelligence and eloquence like Sally Kempton. If you didn't love to meditate before reading her first book, "Meditation For The Love Of It," you will upon completion. Her latest work, "Awakening Shakti," does just that. The book pulses with the same dynamic energy it describes so well. We are introduced to the family of Tantric Goddesses comprising the body of the eternal Feminine Principle. Reaching into the depths of this sacred mythology, Sally engages the varied forces of spiritual and psychological life revealing the elaborate jeweled aspects of the Goddesses and illuminating each in her most fierce and sublime features. As she does so, Sally demystifies the likes of Kali and Saraswati, making them recognizable to each of us in our everyday life.

From the opening pages, Sally's love, respect for and knowledge of these ancient teachings is obvious. But she does not leave the reader dangling from a thread of esoteric knowledge. Again and again, she brings us back to practice. Practices that help us understand these energies, relate to them effectively and deliver us into a direct experience of the Divine Feminine.

"Awakening Shakti" is a must read for women, and men alike, who wish to partake of a great adventurous story into the mythology and vastly inclusive spirituality of the Tantras. Like her first book, this is not simply a good read, but rather a piece of work to study and engage with. Enjoy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Leblanc on March 9, 2013
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To be honest, I haven't had much interest in studying the Hindu Goddesses, I've always been more of a Shiva and Hanuman kind of gal. I've seen plenty of their iconography, blurbs here and there, and of course, Heidi Klum's controversial Kali Halloween costume several years ago, but never enough information to draw me in. When Sally Kempton's book Awakening Shakti: the Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga was introduced to me, I decided it was high time I broaden my knowledge.

Sally Kempton has done a wonderful job organizing these lovely Goddesses in her book, both exploring the light and the shadow side of them, thus inviting us to explore our own light and shadow sides. There are eleven goddesses she fleshes out for us, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik, meditation exercises, lists of alternate names, capabilities, where and why to invoke them, their bija and invocation mantras, and their personal Gayatri mantra. In addition to the Goddess' story, Sally shares her personal experiences with them and experiences through people with whom she's been involved. On top of the beautiful biographies, Sally has included a pronounciation guide, a "which goddess are you" guide, and a reader's group guide that would be great for yoga and meditation teachers to use in class.

Personally, I found myself identifying with Lakshmi (Goddess of Abundance and Good Fortune), Sita (Goddess of Devotion and Mystical Submission), and Dhumavati (Crone Goddess of Disappointment and Letting Go). In the depth of these identities is more than just what their title implies. In Lakshmi, invoking wealth and sharing it, but not becoming materialistic and attached and when to not over extend.
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Sally Kempton is a master of meditation, yoga philosophy, and practical tantric philosophy. Her retreats and workshops are known for creating breakthroughs, born of her ability to help people turn sublime truths into lived, and life-shifting, experience. Sally spent 20 years as a swami in a Vedic order, and has been studying and teaching spiritual wisdom for 40 years. She is the author of Meditation for the Love of It, a seminal book on basic meditation practice, and writes the popular Yoga Journal column, Wisdom. Learn more at sallykempton.com.
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