With the full moon energy just behind us, many will notice the drop in energy that follows as we gradually make our way towards the new moon. In this darkening time, we can begin to turn inward and listen to the needs of our temple (body) and psyche. How often do you push your limits for the needs of others? How often do you put others needs in front of your own? What practices do you tap into when it comes time to take care of YOU – finding the true, self-loving harmony with all that is before you?
Here, we introduce Tara, the second Dasha Mahavidyas (Ten Wisdom Goddesses), known as the Goddess of Protection. The name Tara means “Star.” She acts as the light leading the way; the beacon in the dark; the guide to help lead us along the path to our highest and truest Self. They call her the great white flame – burning away ignorance and suffering so that we may see and remember ourselves in our innate light.
Tara is also known as the Goddess of Compassion, the Shakti source which births warmth and offers us the limitless space to be who we truly are in any given moment, with the love and gentleness of Maha Shakti (the Supreme Mother). We look to Tara to guide us along, to shine her light so that we may see ourselves in a similarly loving gaze, truly listening to what we need most. Tuning into Tara’s power and strength can help us take better care of ourselves, and in turn, those around us. She can support us in making the necessary internal shifts to honour and love ourselves more fully.
“What is more of a symbol of eternal growth and change than the Goddess?”
Here is a short practice by Kavitha Chinnaiyan to integrate Tara’s light:
Close your eyes gently. Visualize Tara in your mind’s eye. Allow her forms to fill your inner vision. Ask her for guidance.
Recall a situation that should or should not be the way it is. It can be a past event that did not turn out as you expected or an ongoing situation that causes you discomfort. Bring your attention to the thought that is saying it should be different. Notice the intonation, the timbre, and the energy of the thought.
How and when did you learn what the outcome of this situation should be? Can you recall an incident in childhood where you learned how things should be? Whose voice was speaking then? Who is speaking now?
Are there many voices in your head, each saying how life must be and what you must do to change thing? Can you identify the speakers?
What if you never learned that there is a right outcome or behaviour? Allow the questions to sink into silence. Sit in silence for a few moments before opening your eyes.
As you go through your day, carefully observe how you justify your thoughts and actions, and how you seek validation. Can you identify the speakers?
Once you have identified the voice(s), examine your relationship to it (them). Do you obey it (them) blindly? If so, why? Whose belief is it that the rules you live by are the right ones or that you are unlovable, or lacking in any way?
Merely observing the constant commentary in our mind has the profound effect of quietening it. When we are able to stand apart form the voices and observe them non-judgmentally, we can examine the relationship between them and Awareness.
In this series, we continue to gift just a little taste of what we will be offering in Shakti Sadhana: A Woman’s Spiritual Pilgrimage into the Indian Himalayas. We will cover aspects such as yogasana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, self inquiry, and more.
Watch for our next post in which we will peek into the grace of the third Dasha Mahavidya – Tripura Sundari – who represents the beauty of Truth, Consciousness – and our intrinsic Bliss.