We just had an amazing foray into Mother Nature in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, with all the flowers of summer blooming, Hummingbirds displaying their dharana Shakti, the rabbits of the wilderness, an auspicious visit by a soma deer! In many ways these are all divine blessings in our lives that nature provides us but which we are rarely presence to receive or have the attention even to recognize.
Shakti sadhana is not about making personal efforts to fulfill our desires but about being receptive to the ever-changing flow of Shakti’s transformational grace! The art of truly being present in a sacred space is to be aware of nature around us and embrace it as the ground of our own being. Most of the time we busy ourselves with the outer world, its fleeting enjoyments and achievements, moving from agitation and obsession to eventual anxiety. We lose the vastness of our deeper Self and get caught in social images and commodities instead.
The individual human being is but a pawn in this Maya of forces that one seldom comprehends. Life is full of shifting appearances that keep us ever wondering where any ultimate reality may ever dwell. As we begin to become aware of these diverse forces we realize that our little familiar world is but an island in a greater ocean of collective and universal forces.
However, while the energies in the human world are largely ignorant if not belligerent, those in the world of nature and in the greater universe are largely beneficent and full of grace, beauty and wonder. We must learn to look beyond the boundaries of our outer personalities and human lives and embrace the cosmic presence within and around us. In being nothing we can become everything.
The Universe of Shakti
The universe weaves a divine tapestry of cosmic light and energy, which has been tapped by our ancient Rishis and by Native Guides all over the world resonating with nature’s overflowing beatitude. The Seers perceived the subtle vibrations, the ‘aliveness’ of light, pervading the Tanmatras or root essences of sight, sound, taste, touch or smell, as well as the inner intuitive perception of one’s sixth sense of Being. Our mergence into the all-pervasive light allows us how to experience a pure state of illumination inside and outside, ushering us through the gateway of higher consciousness to a clarity beyond thought and desire.
Shakti prevails on all levels, from the supreme Brahman beyond all time and space to the minutest living organism. Every light form has its own Shakti, from the rays of the Sun to the luminescence of Moonlight. The highest Brahma Shakti is Chit Shakti, the power of consciousness existing as one with the Shiva principle. Ishvara as the cosmic lord is the power or will of God to transform and nourish every living being. All the forces of nature represent Shakti, unfolding the lila or play of the Goddess, allowing all possibilities to lead us to the Supreme at every time and place.
Jai Maa Guru!
Yogini Shambhavi Devi