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Maha Shakti-Universal Power

THEME FOR JANUARY 2019:

Maha Shakti – Universal Power
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This month I would like to connect deeply with my routines and habits. I am a firm believer in the hermetic principle that we are a microcosic reflection of a greater macrocosmic reality, and that every small action can contain the wisdom of its universal lesson. That is why for me, to be able to connect to a Universal Power, I must first connect with the power in myself. Connect with the energies within myself.
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Personally, the easiest way for me to do it is to hold myself accountable, to have the willpower to follow through certain routines and habits. Nothing impossible, very realistic things, but that I do every day because they give me a sense of grounding in the present, and a sense of giving myself the time I need for my process. Even if it is 10-15 minutes of doing something just for you will give you the power to set healthy limits when you need them so you can concentrate on becoming the most true to yourself that you can be.
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One of my morning routines is Japa Mantra, the repetition of a sacred sound/phrase that mantains the mind concentrated in the moment, normally using a mala with 108 beads in Hinduism and Buddhism, although praying with a rosary or similar in Christianism or Islam works in a similar manner as it uses the science behind this concept of concentration and meditation on a fixed object.
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As I am working with Maha Shakti, the great archetype of feminine power, I will use the bija mantra/seed sound “Hrim” associated to her during the month of January.
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Through this act, I not only mantain my mind concentrated in an action, but I also rest my heart and awareness in the feelings this brings me. I rest in the idea of the divine, understood by me as complete acceptance of what is, that which always is and will always be, emptiness always full of possibility.
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I practice this every day of the year, I just change the mantra used according to the goddess/archetype/energy/theme I work with. If you do this too and would like to share your experiences with me, I would be happy to listen.
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I’ll leave underneath a little bit more information from Sally Kempton’s book ‘Awakening Shakti’.
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You can recognize Maha Shakti as:

-the force of life in all things.
-the swirl of your thoughts and emotions.
-the power behind the breath.
-the energy that makes the heart beat and makes cells divide, works through your mind and body to allow you to function in the world.
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Invoke Maha Shakti for:

-experiencing the world, your body, and its energies as divine.
-healing.
-receiving power and love from the divine feminine.
-dealing with unpleasant experiences by recognizing them as aspects of the divine.
-working with stress by recognizing the energy within it.
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Bija Mantra: HRIM
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Colours: red, gold and yellow.
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Flower: hibiscus.
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Themes 2019

This year once again, I have decided to focus on a particular aspect of self study each month. I will be using the archetypes of Shakti (feminine energy in Tantra) as the base for each theme. I will use different methods including meditations, japa mantra, journaling, sacred art in the form of Yantra, but especially methods that help me in my everyday life, observing and analising my emotions, thoughts and actions.
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My main goal this year is one important goal, to be coherent in every aspect of my self and how I externilise it into the world. What I feel, think and do, and the way I communicate and share my existence, has to be balanced and true to my Self. To do this I have to see where I need more focus and more work on myself, that is why I love methods that keep me engaged for long periods of time.
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I won’t be sharing everything I do, but if someone is interested in walking this journey by my side, I will be using Sally Kempton’s book ‘Awaking Shakti’ as my manual, between other books, notes, research and practices I have been gathering for the past decade or more. You can also send me a message any time and I will always try to help as much as I can.
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Here is a list of the aspect of Shakti I will work with each month:
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JANUARY: Maha Shakti-Universal Power.
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FEBRUARY: Durga-Strength and Protection.
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MARCH: Lakshmi-Good Fortune.
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APRIL: Kali-Death and Rebirth.
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MAY: Parvati-Commitment and Willpower.
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JUNE: Saraswati-Creativity and Wisdom.
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JULY: Sita-Surrender and Service.
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AUGUST: Dhumavati-The Shadow.
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SEPTEMBER: Radha-Passion and Longing.
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OCTOBER: Chinnamasta-Spiritual Energy.
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NOVEMBER: Lalita Tripura Sundari-Beauty and Grace.
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DECEMBER: Bhuneshwari-Expanding Awareness and Compassion.