Author(s): Sally Kempton
"This is the path where even suffering transforms into pleasure, where poison becomes nectar, where the world itself becomes the abode of liberation." -Utapaladera, Tenth-century Kashmiri sage What do you do when you yearn to have it all-radical joy as well as spiritual depth, abundance along with deeper love? How do you bear witness to the suffering and darkness of the world, yet passionately celebrate life's sweetness? The sages of tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti-the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga-these gifts manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of the inner feminine energies. When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to show up for every aspect of your life. They let you open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with more skill, and, above all, find the kernel of ecstasy at the heart of even the most painful times. In Awakening Shakti, Sally Kempton shows readers how to recognize and invite: . Kali, bringer of strength, fierce love, and untamed freedom . Lakshmi, who confers prosperity and beauty . Saraswati, for clarity of communication and intuition . Radha, who carries the divine energy of spiritual longing . Bhuvaneshvari, who creates the space for sacred transformation . Parvati, to awaken creativity and the capacity to love With a wealth of meditations, visualizations, mantras, teachings, and beautifully told stories, this book provides a practical guide for activating the currents of the divine feminine in every aspect of your life.
"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, Co-founder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow "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 has been studying and teaching the wisdom of yoga for 40 years. A highly regarded teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy, she writes the popular Yoga Journal column "Wisdom." Known for her gift of making yogic wisdom relevant to daily life and for transmitting deep states of meditation, she teaches retreats and teleclasses internationally. Sally is the author of Meditation for the Love of It (Sounds True, 2011). She resides in Carmel Valley, California.