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Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga Paperback – February 1, 2013
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“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
“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, cofounder of the Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
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There's no "woo-woo" factor here: Kempton doesn't insist we believe in goddesses as beings in the sky. This could just as easily be a positive alternative to the Myers-Briggs or the Enneagram, particularly for women. Of course, she doesn't dissuade us from conceiving of them as actual goddesses, either; giving us the gentle reassurance that inviting them into our lives will indeed make a difference.
I'd particularly recommend this book to women in transition, whether that's college graduation, about to embark on motherhood, menopause, the empty nest, or moving toward the end of life. It's comforting and freeing at once. Bless you, Sally Kempton, for putting so much love, life energy and responsible reporting into this project. You are truly changing lives.
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.
So instead of repressing our sexuality so that we are not branded as sluts or told that we "deserve what happens to you" when you express said sexuality in dress or in other ways, that aspect has its own goddesses who are celebrated and honored for those very qualities. There are avenues of expression such as devotion to one's spouse or lover, or other outpourings of expressions of love that are available and again, worshipped and wished for, as opposed to here where those longings remain secret on behalf of both men and women.
Here in the America most women are taught to repress their anger lest they be deemed "bitches". But Durga is worshiped in India exactly because when she gets angry, legions of people, entire countries, are saved from horrible fates by the compassion her righteous anger represents and delivers.
The Hindu goddesses serve as archetypes representing aspects of ourselves, all of which come together to make us whole. We need all sides of ourselves to fully function in order to fulfill our life's purpose. The repression of anger and sexuality takes out of play two very powerful energetic forces for change in our lives and in the world. This book discusses ways of looking at ourselves that bring understanding and eliminate shame embedded in our psyches by the conditioning of our cultures.
This book is an opportunity to heal some of the wounds our conditioning has inflicted. I invite all women and their male consorts to get a copy and read so that you may begin to recognize which archetypal energies you manifest naturally, which ones have met with societal resistance and led you to repress them, and which ones could serve you if you are lacking them, so that you may be a more fully realized person having a more complete life experience.
Blessings on your journeys :-)
Top international reviews
Several meditations are offered here and each practice will suit you in a particular moment of your life.
I'm fascinated by Indian Gods and Goddesses, but this book is something more: it shows you a way to work with yourself (your thoughts, emotions, relationships) through the goddesses.
And it is NOT only for women.
I recommend the accompanying CD, too.
(Personally, I wouldn't recommend the kindle edition, this is one of those books I prefer to read on paper)
But an awesome introduction to including goddess practices. Love the mantras.
Beautifully written and a keepsake by the bedside.
I love her descriptions of the different goddesses and the practical aspects
Thanks so much for this brilliant book