If there's one thing I've learned in my life, it's that a truly self-empowered state comes from a feeling deep within.
It comes from feeling, with my whole body and soul, that the Universe sees me as a vital part of it. When I feel into how much the Universe loves me, how it just knows it would be incomplete without me, I can feel how truly loved and supported I am.
I can feel the love in my heart, the love that connects me to all the beautiful things I dream of. I can feel God shining onto me, and I feel myself shining back. As we commune and I drop my walls I feel like I'm coming home. I can feel the power of higher dimensions of consciousness guiding me, wanting me to succeed.
They want me to feel happy and expanded and safe and powerful because I am as important to to the Universe as the whole Universe is to me.
If one cell in my body, one single cell, fell into dis-ease I would give it unconditional love and support. I would send it waves of love, nourish it with good food, drink plenty of water, and all in hopes that it returned to health and harmony. I would do this, because it is a part of me, each cell is vital in making me whole.
You are the same to the Universe. The Universe wants you to be happy, healthy and whole because without you, it's incomplete.
When I feel into that, into the knowing that vast and powerful resources are asking, begging, pleading with me to stop trying so hard and to let them help, I feel empowered. I feel it's all okay, it's all taken care of. And that is what I love the most. I feel it. I feel it as I go about my day. I don't have to think it or affirm it or keep reminding myself of it.
Whenever I feel lost, alone, sad or scared I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and I feel that the atoms of my body are composed of the same material as the stars.
Then I feel the cosmic connection I have to those stars, and then I feel the power, the literal power of all that mass, all that hydrogen burning and churning and crushing down on a core so hot it lights up entire worlds.
This state of empowerment within me feels like warmth. It feels like ease. It feels good. Really, really good. And that's all being self-empowered is. Feeling good from within.
If you need a little boost with your own sense of self-power, I've made a guided meditation to help tune you in and reconnect you to all that you are. You can play the abridged version above (via SoundCloud) for free. It's 11 minutes long and contains beautiful background music called "Heaven and Earth," by Christopher Lloyd Clarke.
This is a mantra that came to me from the Sivananda Kirtan.
Kirtan is a Sankskirt word that can be translated many different ways, but generally means narrating, praise, or reciting.
I began experimenting with this mantra in 20 minute meditation sessions. Twenty minutes for me is the ideal length of time to meditate on a mantra. It's long enough that I have no choice but to let go, because at some point I always lose track of the feeling of time and surrender to the fact that I have no idea how long I have left. It's also long enough that my mind clears and I free fall into the energy of the words.
And the words in this meditation are truly powerful. I would feel waves of energy come into me, things release, and often felt like I was falling deep inside of myself. I also felt as if the chant was truly calling in these powerful figures, particularly Kali Ma, right into the room with me.
Kali Ma is often known as the Goddess of destruction.
She is a Goddess that is swift and efficient in her answer to your prayers. If something needs breaking apart, destroying, or clearing in order to make way for the new, she is the Goddess to call on, and she will respond without hesitation. By chanting her name you will call in her powerful energy to help break up old patterns, feelings you're done with, events you're done with, and so on. She can even break apart your current reality so that you can build an entirely new one. She can also help break apart an unbalanced grip on what you perceive to be the only truth in life, allowing in more room for the magic and mystery of life that can miraculously shift everything.
Although Kali Ma is the focus of this meditation, you will also be calling in other powerful feminine forces (Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Mary & the Divine Mother). The Divine Feminine is an energy that is often over looked or considered less potent in this world. The idea that the masculine is more powerful is an entirely human created concept. Feminine energy is soft, loving and in tune with the feelings of creation, harmony, divine right timing and grace in persistence.
Feminine energy is the ocean lapping against a rock, over and over, carving through it with its gentle embrace.
Most of us tend to embrace and turn to masculine energy, even in our idea of God and divinity, because that's simply what we're used to. Therefore, this meditation will not only call in and envelope you in the divine and powerful love of the Goddesses of the Universe, but it will help to restore feelings of receptivity, flow, compassion and harmony. The divine feminine is not about charging forward and forcefully making things happen. It's about being in communion with everything, from the smallest ant to the most distant star, and allowing things to happen from that expanded place.
If you have a hard time letting go of control and feel anxious when you must trust in the unknown, this meditation will help you.
The meditation below repeats the Kali Ma mantra for 5 1/2 minutes. It's long enough that by the end of it you will know the words yourself, but short enough that you don't need to find a lot of extra time to do it. If you enjoy the meditation I would highly encourage you to try it on your own, repeating the words in your mind, for twenty minutes. Put some music on, set a timer, and enjoy the magic and power of Kali Ma and the Divine Feminine.
Background music "Adrift" licensed from Enlightened Audio
Raise Your Vibration in 5 Minutes