This mantra came to me from the Sivananda Kirtan (kirtan means mantra chanting).
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