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Editor's Note: For those who prefer to use the term Divine Mother, Divine Feminine, Mother Mary, or another similar term (instead of Goddess) for the Divine Feminine energy, please do so.
The following exercises have been created to teach you how to bring your heart into resonance with the Divine Mother and feel the immense power of her healing power within you.
As you practice the exercises, simple gifts of faith, charity, patience, gentleness, and kindness will fill your life. A new understanding of the needs and concerns of others will develop and your heart will be filled with spontaneous feelings of generosity, love, and compassion.
Breathe in, picturing the clear empty ocean of divinity at the still point or womb of manifestation. Breathe out. Witness how the whisper of your breath begins to stir those dark waters, creating a silently spinning vortex from which streams of life-giving energy spontaneously spring. Relax and imagine that from the center of this vortex, from the very heart of the Goddess, a radiant lotus flower is rising, with you seated tranquilly on its soft petals.
As you rest peacefully on this lotus notice how the sparkling waters seem to move and twirl and dance around you. See how they rise and swell and reach out to support you, as if the Great Mother is gently rocking you in the sweet cradle of her arms. Breathe in and out, in and out. Let all your cares and worries melt away, purified by the powerful tide of the Goddess's deep and selfless love. See your problems dissolve like tears or raindrops into the shining sea of feminine bliss.
As you rest quietly atop the glorious fountain of love, feel the rich cleansing current begin to caress your spine. Sense the energy flowing up your central channel through the lotuses of your womb, solar plexus, heart, throat, pineal, and crown centers. Experience the luminous waters gently nourishing each of these chakras, stimulating them to stir and spin open like beautiful blossoming flowers.
Breathe in the sacred baptismal water of the Goddess. Feel it swell up and around your luminous energy body, washing through every subtle channel until you are totally immersed in its radiance. Breathe out. Allow the secret gates of your perception to swing open and your hidden passageways to be filled to overflowing with this holy essence. Feel the life-enhancing energy stream out of your body and envelop the world in a magnificent shower of sparkling crystalline dew.
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Attuning To The Energy of Love and Compassion
The following exercises are designed to attune you to the purifying and transformative energy of the goddesses of love and compassion and teach you how to refine and direct the flow of this sacred healing energy from your heart through your eyes.
Through the process of attuning yourself to the serene, harmonious, and merciful energy of these goddesses, your heart will be strengthened and a great sense of inner peace will fill you. From this clear tranquil place you will begin to trust your own insight and intuition so that you can more deeply explore the subtle passageways between your heart, the world around you, and the multidimensional universe we inhabit.
Take a few slow deep breaths in and out while gently dropping your chin toward your chest. Lower your eyes and look inward toward the lotus of your heart, the sacred abode of the Divine Mother. Close your eyes and allow your eyelids to softly tremble as you see her standing there, her body blazing with the clear light of truth, sincerity, and compassion.
Breathe in. Gently lift your eyelids as you look deeply into the Goddess's warm and loving eyes. Breathe out. Let your eyes become soft and passive as they gaze into hers. Slowly lower your gaze in deference to her extraordinary healing power. Bow your head as you stand humbly before her, surrendering your small egotistical self to the vast healing current of her love.
As you continue to breathe softly in and out, relinquish your fear, lust, arrogance, jealousy, and pride. Drown yourself in the ocean of her wisdom, allowing the corners of your mouth and the corners of your eyes to turn upward in a soft smile of inner peace and serenity.
Inhale sharply, lifting your head and eyes up toward the right diagonal as you feel the sacred energy of the Goddess surge through your body.
Breathe out. Open your eyes wide as you imagine that your mind is soaring upward like a bird, spreading its wings and flying effortlessly on the powerful currents of the wind.
Breathe in, reaching out with your vision as you picture your mind rising even farther, beyond the clouds, toward the sun, and into the heavenly realms of light.
Breathe out. As a sparkling ray of sunlight extends down and strikes your third eye, it illuminates your mind and stimulates your imagination, providing you with insight into the sacred mysteries of life. Rest in this powerful feeling of inner clarity, awakening, and gnosis.
Close your eyes and relax. Inhale slowly and deeply and allow your spine to lengthen, your head to fall back, and your eyes to turn toward the sky as you feel a rejuvenating wave of divine energy wash up through your central channel, infusing your body with new life and light. Breathe out, letting your gaze expand out to the periphery as you feel the sacred nectar of the Goddess shower your body in gentle waves of love and kindness.
Breathe in. Follow the upward motion of the light with your eyes as the energy swells up into your heart and fills it with the distilled essence of the Goddess's love. Breathe out. Allow your eyes to fill with moisture as you open your heart to the extraordinary healing power of this love. Relax and with each breath feel the generous warmth of her divine love spreading out from your heart to permeate every cell of your body.
As you sense each fresh wave of love swell into your heart, gently lower and blink your eyes in acknowledgment of and appreciation for the boundless generosity of the loving Goddess and the sacred gifts and blessings she is continuously bestowing upon you.
Breathe in and close your eyes. Focus your awareness inward toward the glistening lotus of your heart. Picture the magnificent Goddess standing serenely in its center. Breathe out with a whisper. See the loving Goddess emerge from your heart on a glistening wave of light as you slowly open your eyes and gently sweep your gaze outward.
Relax. Let your gaze rest on the Goddess's translucent image, which is now floating in the air before you. Recognize her; feast your eyes upon her, for she is the glittering reflection of your own divine essence ? pure, fresh, and vital. She is the shining one who opens the door to your heart and guides you on the path to ultimate liberation.
As you slowly breathe in widen your gaze; allow it to be clear, open, and unobstructed as you sense vibrant beams of light flowing directly from the Goddess's heart to yours. Slowly breathe out. Contract your eyes slightly, projecting the pure untainted energy of your faith and trust in this powerful transformative process deep into the Goddess's loving heart. Look deeply into her wise and shining eyes as you take refuge in her glorious path of love, wisdom, and compassion.
Breathe in and out, in and out. As you breathe, rock your chin forward and back and turn your gaze inward and out from your heart. Feel the attraction of the strong magnetic current that flows between you and the glistening Goddess, who is the shining reflection of your own divinity.
On the next inhale allow your eyelids to relax as you picture the Goddess riding on a shimmering moonbeam, streaming into the pure lotus of your heart. Breathe out. Let the corners of your eyes and mouth turn up as you feel the light of her divine being dissolve into your heart and flow through all the subtle channels of your body, like a snowflake melts into a clear mountain lake.
With each gentle inhalation and exhalation feel the divine energy of the Goddess permeate your being until your body and mind become inseparable from hers. Feel your face and eyes begin to glow with the innate knowledge and wisdom of the Goddess within. Let the sparkling light of your essential spirit shine out, as clear and radiant as the morning sun. As you do so, recognize and nourish the spark of divinity that exists deep within the heart of all human beings.
Inhale slowly and deeply. Close your eyes and focus your attention on your heart. Hold your breath for a moment and feel the vital power of its pulsation. Breathe out. Sense your eyeballs gently pulsating in synchronicity with your heart's primal rhythm. Breathe in. Gently open your eyes and let a soft smile form on your lips as you feel the rich, healing light of the Goddess flowing into the mystic lotus of your heart. Breathe out. With every beat sense the Goddess's warm cleansing energy swirling around and washing through every inch of your heart.
Breathe in. Look inward and picture your heart as a bridge between the Goddess's sacred realm of light and love and the material world we inhabit. Breathe out. Reach out with the subtle antennas of your awareness and visualize before you the people of this world.
As you continue to breathe in and out, feel your heart becoming warm, soft, and receptive to these people. Notice that as you open yourself to these feelings your heart begins to beat in gentle harmony with their hearts. Soften your eyes and see the ripples of light and energy flowing out of the luminous energy bodies of these people; this light and energy is a subtle energetic display of their every thought, feeling, and action. Let your eyes fill with the tenderness of the merciful Goddess, as your heart becomes a clear and direct channel for her warm and loving energy.
Breathe in, recalling the calm translucent sea of the Goddess. Breathe out. Rest your mind in the beauty and serenity of its mirror-like clarity. Breathe in and out, in and out.
With each breath feel the sparkling light that resides in the depths of the shining sea begin to course through and around you, showering your body with waves of vital energy. Allow the divine nectar of the Goddess to revive and replenish you, elongating your spine, lifting your chest, and filling your eyes with light.
Feel your senses expand and gaze serenely out toward the horizon. Feel the restorative energy fill you with a sense of spaciousness, freedom, and possibility, as if you are the Universal Mother standing on a mountain overlooking the whole of your creation.
Slowly inhale and exhale. With a feeling of dignity and love for your children, turn your head from right to left, your eyes scanning the horizon. As you continue to gaze from side to side, open your eyes even wider to take in the wondrous beauty of your world.
Bring your head and your gaze back to the center. Let your breath become soft and fluid as you lift your chin slightly. Feel your eyes glow with a sense of motherly pride, respect, and reverence as you look upon your vast shining kingdom.
Breathe in. Feel the purifying stream of celestial grace arise from the empty essence of divinity. Sense it flowing up through your body and into the sweet, sensitive ocean of your heart. Breathe out. Let your eyes be soft and full as you picture the sparkling liquid light gently flooding into the depths of your heart, filling it with love and mercy as naturally as a river flows into the sea.
Relax. As this nurturing light of the Goddess pours through you, picture your eyes as deep caverns overflowing with the distilled essence of her love.
Imagine that you are the Great Mother riding on a cloud in your pure land of light and wisdom.
Softly and slowly breathe in and out, in and out. Lower your head and tilt it to the right as you cast your eyes down toward your nose. As the Great Mother, regard the pain and suffering of your lost children. Sense their loneliness and isolation, their deep longing for release. With each gentle breath, feel great currents of love and kindness swell in you. Slowly blink your eyes as they become wet with the glistening jewel-like teardrops of your compassion. Do not hold back the tears; let them flow freely like a warm healing rain falling on a parched field.
Visualize the distilled essential light of your compassion piercing the hearts and permeating the bodies of these sad and lonely beings, dissolving all negativity, obscuration, pain, and sorrow. Fill the luminous energy bodies of your children with radiance and their minds with a new sense of clarity, freedom, and possibility.
Delicately close your eyes as you picture the clear light of divinity rising through your central channel like a star rising over the sea ? a light so bright it dispels all darkness. Breathe in. Raise your eyelids slightly as you feel your pupils drift slowly to the outer corners of your eyes. Breathe out. Let your gaze expand to the periphery as you sense the sacred light showering around you like a fine mist.
Take a long, slow deep breath in. Allow the corners of your eyes and mouth to turn upward in a soft smile as the warm healing light of the Goddess pervades your luminous energy body and seeps into the very marrow of your bones. Breathe out. Feel your heart chakra open like a blossoming flower. Having fully surrendered your small self to the clear light of your divine essence, a feeling of total relaxation and release sweeps over you. Your eyelids relax and your eyes shine as glittering rays of light stream from your every pore. The entire atmosphere is charged with joy. Rest in this lucid state of pure immediate presence that is the essential nature of mind.
Softly close your eyes, drop your chin to your chest, and look inward. Breathe in slowly, letting your head lift and fall back as you feel a moist intoxicating wave of divine energy swell up through your body. Feel it flow up through your womb and solar plexus, filling your heart with joy. Feel it rise even farther until, as you breathe out, the wave curls and breaks over the top your head, delightfully splashing around your body.
Relax. Focus your awareness on your heart as you lower your chin to your chest in preparation for the next pure rush of light and energy. As the next wave swells and breaks, breathe in, lift your chest, and raise your head and eyes to the sky. Gently lower you gaze toward your heart as you surrender your body, mind, and spirit to the pure healing power of the Goddess's loving current.
As the next wave rushes through you, breathe in. Let your gaze expand, your heart open, and your face shine with a radiant smile. All suffering dissolves and you feel as if your heart is taking wing and flying into the pure realms of heavenly bliss. Breathe out. Let your eyes shine with celestial glory and your eyelids softly tremble. Feel your heart soar on the wings of the Goddess's divine love.
With each breath feel your heart fully open to welcome and embrace the vast healing energy of the Divine Mother. Let your heart overflow with the sacred nectar of her love as you blissfully ride on this sacred current of joy and exaltation.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher,
Inner Traditions. ©2002. www.InnerTraditions.com
The Path of the Priestess: A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine
by Sharron Rose.
A guide for personal exploration of the path to the divine feminine and the spiritual power of women. Beginning with an analysis of the basic issues and frustrations inherent in contemporary society's conditioning of and expectations for women, readers travel back in time to the age of the great temples, schools, and sacred societies in which women still held and transmitted the spiritual light that nourished all of civilization. Through its mythic and historic tales, descriptions of sacred ritual practices, and teachings on the Goddess traditions, The Path of the Priestess provides contemporary women with the means to enter this time-honored path. In keeping with the experientially based teaching methods of these traditions, it also offers exercises and visualizations designed to align women with the powerful, sensuous, and loving energies of the most profound feminine role model that shaped and preserved culture and society--the Great Goddess.
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About the Author
Sharron Rose, M.A. Ed., is a filmmaker, choreographer, composer, author, teacher and performer. She transits the worlds of art and commerce in a unique and compelling way.
In the realm of filmmaking, Sharron is producer of the visionary feature film, The Last Avatar, writer/director/host of the documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey and Timewave 2013, executive producer of the documentary, Infinity: The Ultimate Trip, and producer of the films in the Sacred Mysteries DVD Collection. Since 2000, she has been president of the film distribution company, Sacred Mysteries Distribution and VP of Sacred Mysteries Productions.
Sharron is the author of the award-winning book, The Path of the Priestess: A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine (Inner Traditions). She is also the director/composer of the world music and dance performance project, Shakti's Bliss, a celebration the many aspects of the Divine Feminine. In addition, she is the owner of Shasta Style, for which she has created beautiful Shamanic feather earrings as seen in The Last Avatar.
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