This morning I experienced a transformative and expansive yoga practice that was guided by the vibration of the divine feminine. My teacher presented a beautiful metaphor that involves the cyclical nature of ocean waves and the power of goddess energy. Kali, Saraswati, and Lakshmi represent growth as it arises, much like the flowing and ebbing of ocean waves. The goddess Kali is the primal fiery force of nature that seeks to create. It is the undefined energy of creativity that wants to powerfully bring energy into form. The power of Kali can be understood as the swirling and flowing of the water underneath the waves, that which pulls up the sand and brings the unconscious into our conscious awareness. It is our need to create from the darkness and bring that to the light.
The wave begins to take form, which can be likened to the energy of Saraswati, who represents the flow of wisdom and consciousness. It is not until we define what we want to create that we can ground that energy in the world of manifestation. Saraswati, then, is the energy of creation that knows what it wants to create because consciousness has been illuminated with wisdom. The peak of the wave is where we bring our creative awareness to full fruition, when we have churned up the darkness of the unconscious, given it form, and then defined and refined it to its fullest and most beautiful expression.
Lakshmi represents the crest of wave, as she is the goddess of abundance who embodies perfect beauty, grace, and love. She rises from the muddy waters of the unconcious, untamed mind in order to embrace the desires of the heart and bring them to their fullest expression in the physical reality. This is the process of listening to deepest desires of the heart to create, to transform and transmute energy in order to express itself. It is not about denying our feelings, but instead, to enter the space of deep awareness in order to truly know what we want to create.
Using this beautiful metaphor, imagine yourself becoming a wave, first as it swirls along the ocean floor, then rises up to form the beginning of the waves and its peak, finally letting it all go to crash into the water. The cycle repeats itself, and the flow of water embodies the same energy that flows through all existence. In this manner, you can get in touch with that which you want to create and manifest. It begins as the primal energy of consciousness, but it is not until we shine the light of awareness on our desires that we can begin to bring them into form.