SHAKTI TANTRA

Women’s mysteries. Ancient, sacred, esoteric – and you can’t talk about the details of what’s involved. How to promote them?

My answer: convey the essence of the experience, its transformative power, the yearning, through creative prose and poetry.

Workshop 1: Women’s Invitation

“Try.”
What?
“Try.”
WTF??
“Just try.”
We breathed. We waited.
And one among us took that first tentative step –
stepped up, stepped into the lake,
kicked the first trembling ripple into the superficial surface of
our fearful existence.
The invitation held wisdom beyond words.
But it would have meant nothing,
that step could not have been taken,
without her courage.
The courage to be vulnerable, to be seen.
Her courage was witnessed. And, in its witnessing,
was softly shared,
spread out among us.
Being witnessed, she found recognition, commonality, acceptance, permission.
Permission to be.
And then. Oh, then.
Then we saw the effects of our acceptance. Saw her relax fully into the experience,
saw her fears start to dissolve,
saw flashes of the bliss of being fully
embodied,
moving and showing and feeling and expressing
without shame.
We saw her return to innocence – and, paradoxically, to knowledge.
Full and frank, real juicy knowledge.
And we wanted it. Yearned for it. Desired it for ourselves.
“Come on in. The water’s fine.”
Fine, we though, fine.
So in we waded, individually, together.
We didn’t know. We had no clue.
We thought it was fine. We sought for, hoped for, longed for fine.
We never ever dreamt that we would find
transcendental.

 

“I’m speechless at the wonder of these words. You really are a writer, Rowena. This is mythic and magic, artistry that breathes soul. Thank you so much.”
Annabel Newfield, Shakti Tantra

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