|Durga, the radiant goddess of power
and beauty, killer of the horrific buffalo demon,
destroyer of greed, egotism and ignorance.
|Sekhmet, the wild and passionate
Lion-headed goddess of Egypt. The blazing, transformative
eye of the sun god Ra, personification of the darkness
of chaos from which new light and life emerges.
In sacred texts paintings, and sculpture of India,
Egypt, and Tibet, these powerful female deities are
known as the strong, fiery, and wrathful goddesses.
Wrathful not in the sense of anger, but in the sense
of movement, of energy, and action. These goddesses
were created as role models, models of right and appropriate
action, acting from a centered, integrated, space of
true wisdom and clarity.
Dancing amidst flames of wisdom and power, their postures,
gestures and expressions symbolize the playful and passionate
outpouring of the enlightened flow and activity of emotion.
Holding in their hands sacred implements, which assist
them in accomplishing their actions, the images of these
powerful goddesses were created to inspire us to understand
that true feminine power lies not in destruction but
in understanding and transformation.
The experience of a directly felt perception of and
communion with this essential light and power of divinity
lies at the heart of numerous spiritual teachings and
practices the world over. The clear, immediate, experience
of this awakening is known as gnosis or wisdom. It arises
as a bright lucid knowing, an intuitive realization
of the divine presence as it exists within all of creation.
It is the most sacred gift of the goddess, a gift which
has the pure penetrating power to fully open our hearts
eyes and minds to the beauty and majesty of not only
the concrete physical world we inhabit, but to the hidden
mysteries of the subtle spiritual realms as well.
Kali, the great
mother of time, symbol of all of the wild and
chaotic forces of nature, in whom all things are
created, preserved and destroyed.
the Tibetan Tantric Lion-headed Dakini or Sky-Dancing
Goddess of clear, direct and wrathful compassion,
the remover of obstacles who subdues evil spirits,
and destroys negative thought and delusions of the
Visualization - The Energy
Field of the Strong and Fiery Goddess
The goal of the following visualization is
to lead you to the profound experience of gnosis, perceive
the subtle geography of your luminous energy field and to
offer you the opportunity to not just see the Goddess in the
inner dimensions of your mind, or visualize her standing before
you, but directly experience the extraordinary power of her
powerful, shining presence dancing deep within your own heart.
So let us embark upon this sacred journey by becoming acquainted
with the natural upward flow of the feminine energy field
and the vibrant, inner sensations of the Strong and Fiery
Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with your spine
straight. Close the outer doors of your perception, release
all worldly concerns and turn your mind inward. As you do
so, become aware of the responses of your body and breath.
Have you ever noticed how the movement of thought through
your mind and the flow of breath through your body are completely
interconnected? How the ebb and flow of your breath seems
to reflect the state of your mind and emotions? How does anger
effect itís flow, or fear, or bliss or serenity? Have
you ever noticed that that no matter how restless and disturbed
your state of mind becomes, by slowly taking a deep breath
in and then fully releasing it your mind and body will begin
to relax, that as you focus your awareness on your breath,
for that moment, your mind will be quiet and the negative
thoughts will begin to dissolve? Hence the expression, breathing
a sigh of relief.
So begin by taking a few long slow, deep breaths in and out,
and as you do so, travel with me to the land of the eternal
feminine, the primordial ground of awareness and holy sanctuary
which lies at the bindu or mystic center of creation -a truly
sacred space in which all forms appear and disappear - the
womb of the great and powerful goddess. The mystic womb, which
lies in not only at the center of our galaxy, but the center
of our hearts, and the center of the earth. It is that still,
silent place of emptiness and serenity, the primal source
of life and light.
Breathe slowly and deeply in and out, and picture that deep
down in the hidden center of the earth upon which you sit,
there is a pool of liquid light, as calm, dark and placid
as a mountain lake surrounded by the blackness of night.
Visualize that from the very heart of this blackness, a glowing
sun begins to emerge, luminous and bright, the secret inner
sun of the divine feminine, the initiating and nourishing
force of life itself. See the primal energy of it's shining
solar face as a radiant manifestation of the vast purifying
power and wisdom of the wild and fiery goddess.
Now imagine that just like a tree or plant, from the base
of your spine, you have roots, which spread out and extend
way down into this glowing womb of the earth. Through these
roots you are able to sense and make a connection with this
ancient inner sun.
Breathe inÖ Feel it rise upwards from the heart of the
earth, through these roots and enter the subtle energy center,
which lies at the base of your spine. Breathe out... See it's
cleansing rays stream forth from this center as shimmering
particles of light. RelaxÖ Feel them radiating outward
through your thighs, your knees, your calves, your ankles,
your feet and your toes, clearing away any tension or pain
that resides there.
Breathe inÖ bringing this powerful illuminating light
of the Goddess, again upward into your body. Breathe out...
and rest. Now picture that running down the center of your
body, is a subtle, tube-like channel, as strong and supportive
as the trunk of a great tree.
In the Tantric tradition this subtle channel is called the
central channel, or Shushumna, in the Kabbalistic tradition,
the central pillar of the Tree of Life, and in the Egyptian
tradition the Djed pillar. According to the mystics, this
channel begins four fingers below your navel, in the area
of your cervix, at the base of your womb.
Focus your attention upon this area, this vital center of
feminine power and creativity and as you breathe in imagine
that from your cervix or the physical opening to this secret
place, you are drawing in the magnificent flaming energy of
the sun in the form of cleansing terrestrial fire.
Breathe out... think of your cervix as a doorway into this
blessed inner sanctum... Now with each gentle inhalation and
exhalation, allow your cervix to relax and open and your womb
be filled to overflowing with the stimulating and enriching
light of the goddess.
Feel her warm solar radiance enter this hallowed heart of
your womb, pervading this very private place, dissolving away
any tension, strain or congestion in your pelvis and female
organs. Experience it fading away as simply and naturally
as the morning dew touched by the brilliant rays of the rising
Again... focus on your cervix and draw this cleansing spiritual
fire of the feminine up into your body. Take a long, slow
deep breath in. Feel it rise in the form of a bright and shining
sun through the central channel of your body, up through your
womb and into your solar plexus, the powerful nerve center
located directly below your rib cage.
Breathe out with a soft sigh and relax, as you allow the clear,
lustrous energy of this pure, glistening orb to emanate outward
from this center, spreading through your small intestine,
stomach, liver, gall bladder, colon, spleen and kidneys. Feel
it's deep, liberating power clear away and transmute any anger,
tension, anxiety, and fear you hold with in the mid-section
of your body.
Breathe in... once again bring the rich, potent energy of
the goddess up through your body, in the form of a shining
golden disk. Breathe out... feel it passing through each of
these newly burnished centers, until it reaches the still,
silent ocean of your heart. Breathe in ... see the exquisite
beauty and majesty of her lustrous face rising up from this
dark ocean glowing with the luminous light of her infinite
warmth and wisdom. Breathe out.. open your heart to the vast
healing power of this divine light and energy.
Relax... feel the pure, distilled essence of this light flowing
through your heart, burning away layer upon layer of the tough
protective armoring you have created to shield this very sensitive
and powerful center. Sense it absorbing, purifying and transforming
all of the pain and sadness you hold there. Permit yourself
to release any sorrow, anguish, grief or apprehension you
may have been experiencing.
Feel this sacred spiritual fire of the goddess kindle the
fundamental light of wisdom that lies within its depths. Let
this light shine forth like a flaming torch, illuminating
the darkness of night, awakening you to the immense power
and dignity of your own resplendent spirit.
Breathe in....as you bring this unwavering flame of feminine
wisdom and awareness up from your heart into your throat..
Breathe out ... feel it's clear, vital energy flood through
your throat and upper body. With each inhalation and exhalation,
sense it fully opening this center, encouraging you to release
the choked up feelings and abandoned insights that have been
imprisoned there by a society that is afraid of the immense
power and potency of a woman's emotions.
Imagine that all of your speech, all of the concepts and words
that flow forth from your mind into the world are being energized
and purified through their contact with this blazing light
until they become a clear reflection of the boundless wisdom,
insight and compassion of the fiery goddess.
Relax deeply, as you allow your whole upper body to surrender
to this divine purification process. Let the stimulating fire
run down and suffuse your shoulders arms, hands and fingers.
Feel them glow with the radiant light of her primordial purity
Now with your next in breath, draw this living stream of goddess
energy up into your womb. Breathe out... continue bringing
it upwards through your solar plexus, your heart, and your
throat. Breathe in...allow it to rise into your head until
it reaches the psychic center behind your eyes known to mystics
as the pineal center, the seat of your third eye, dakini eye,
or eye of gnosis. This is the sacred metaphysical eye that
sees in dreams and visions.
Breathe out...feel the bright, shining energy of the fiery
goddess, blazing through this center, burning away your negative
thoughts, judgments and habits. Let go...relinquish all of
the idle chatter that runs through your mind, the incessant
flow of thoughts and everyday problems that trouble you.
Breathe in... and out... Feel your dakini eye open to reveal
the proud dawning of your innate wisdom in the form of a glittering
golden sunburst. See it's shining rays shoot forth, clearing
away the dark tangled webs of chaos and confusion that surround
Breathe in... once more drawing this sacred inner fire up
from its dark subterranean depths into and through the central
channel of your body. Breathe out... Feel its powerful warmth
rise up, permeate and cleanse this subtle shaft until it is
sparkling with the pure fire of divinity. Breathe inÖ
let it rise even further to make contact with the energy center
that lies at the crown of your head, the precious gateway
to total illumination. Breathe outÖ and relax, as in
a rush of power and sensation you feel this center spin open
to allow the pure blazing light of divinity to cascade down
and around the entire circumference of your body until it
is fully surrounded by these luminous flames of wisdom.
Imagine that these flames are creating a protective donut,
toriodal or egg-like sphere, sealing and protecting your energy
field with flames so powerful that all negativities and provocations
are cut off at its boundaries.
As you continue to breathe in and out, feel the extraordinary
strength of this sacred inner fire continuously coursing into,
through and around your body until all of your physical, mental
and emotional impurities and obscurations are burned away.
Feel its simmering heat melt this dark lead of your being
and transmute it into the pure gold of enlightenment.
As you feel the pure, abundant light of your own essential
spirit rise up and permeate the universe, picture yourself
as the fierce and fiery goddess exuding luminous flames of
clarity, wisdom and compassion from every cell of your being,
dancing with wild abandon the mystic dance of freedom and