The Divine Feminine: An Early Exploration

I recently hosted a class themed around awakening the divine feminine in my students. This is a topic which has fascinated me for a while, but for which I hadn’t found much satisfactory information. By no means in this a comprehensive guide, but I will be sharing what I learn as I go through my journey of tapping into this powerful place.

Why do we need to get in touch with our divine feminine?

Perfectionism and pleasing tendencies tend to lead to emotional burnout. When we suppress our divine feminine in order to fit into a masculine world, these tendencies become more and more pronounced. Though they’ve become the norm, they should really be seen as red flags that you’re losing touch with your feminine energy.

Freedom from the ego occurs more easily when we are in our yin (or lunar) energy. We are no longer weighed down by the importance we place on the opinions of others, and we feel lighter without that emotional baggage.

We’ll look in the mirror and love the body that encapsulates our souls. We will regard our flesh with the utmost respect and love. We will no longer crave sharper edges as those are a masculine characteristic that our society has deemed to be the epitome of beauty. We will appreciate the extra padding, the curves, the lumps, because all of these “imperfections” are what makes up your wholly perfect body.

Divine feminine and the Chakras: Where does it live?

Root Chakra, Muladhara

Representing Muladhara is the colour red, uncoincidentally located at the bottom of our spine, at the tip of the pelvis.

Its basic right is to be here. To simply exist. Ever walk into a board room and get an inkling that you’re not welcome? That feeling may lead to blockages in the root chakra if the environment is truly toxic. Diet culture uses language that alludes to shrinking and vanishing (“shrink your waist” or “banish cellulite for good”), and is directed mainly at women (whereas for men it’s all about “bulking up” and “growing muscles”). In order to connect with the root chakra, we need to allow ourselves to be and to take up space. Broaden your shoulders, spread the knees, and expand your body.

Muladhara’s demon is fear. The root chakra represents all that is ancient, deep, and ingrained in generations of karma. Fear is one of the primitive emotions we feel shortly after birth and can impact the development and connection with all other chakras.

Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana

Orange is the colour representing the second chakra, and it is located at the sacrum. Divine feminine energy resides here.

The sacral chakra touches our reproductive organs, and governs our relationship to our femininity. Its basic right is to feel, which is so often taken away from us in most Western societies. If we show emotion, we are labelled as being “unstable”. You can start to see why the sacral chakra for so many women is shut tightly. As this chakra governs our relationship to our intuition, blocks that occur here can leave us feeling disconnected from our own selves, lost, as though we do not know what is the direction of our lives.

Svadhisthana’s demon is guilt. As women we can tend towards guilt as a default response, and it can manifest subtly or as a crippling pang at the pit of our stomachs. Describing your choice to have dessert as “naughty” or apologizing incessantly are indicators that you may have some blockages related to your sacral chakra.

Divine Feminine Archetypes

The divine feminine appears in every culture or regligon, from Mother Mary and Fatema in Christianity and Islam, to all of the godesses of Hisduism, Greek and Roman mythology, as well as the worship of Pachamama, Mother Earth, of ancient Andes tribes like the Incas. 

In my class I invited my students to put their culture and religion and work with the archetype of Gaia: the mother of the whole earth, of the sea and mountains, and of the Titans who later birthed the ancient Greek deities. She is the ancestral mother of all life, and with the recent full moon in Scorpio bringing upon us a time of growth and transformation, I invited my students to imagine the diving Gaia within themselves engaging in a rebirthing process of the next version of you. A version that is closer to their higher self. A version comprised just a little more of Parusha (the universal divine) than the self that was coming into the class.

Using a chosen divine feminine archetype can help us root deeper in our own feminine energy. Practical ways of doing this range from visualization meditations, where you imagine yourself as this archetype, or simply asking “what would [insert archetype here] do?” Whenever I’m skittish about speaking up in a meeting (I often find myself at large tables surrounded by middle-aged men, few female allies in sight), I sometimes ask myself what one of my heroines would do, and I try to imitate how they’d act. This calms me down and gives me the confidence to speak my mind or ask insightful questions.

Connecting to the Divine Feminine in your practice

We will explored a few methods of connecting to our divine feminine in the class. They included:

  • Establishing a deep connection with the body to tap into generational wisdom
    • We did this with our asanas, connecting movement with breath
    • Also with a few pranayama techniques to get our energy flowing and gently removing blockages within our root and sacral chakras
  • Connecting with our divine mother via imagery as well as asanas
    • I lead the students through a meditation where they moved through imagining transforming into their higher selves, and that higher self transforming into Gaia
    • Kali mudra was used in goddess pose as well as tree pose to fortify the image of the self as Divine Feminine
  • Inner child work and intuition
    • We did this by incorporating playful elements into our practice (free movements, lion’s breath, crow hops, etc.)

In conclusion, connecting to the divine feminine within each of us is so important in living a full and. vibrant life. Asanas and meditations are wonderful tools, especially when focused on specific chakras or themes. There’s a lot more to explore here, and I will continue to provide classes and workshops aimed at helping women reclaim their power.

If you’re interested in learning more, please leave a comment! What else would you like to explore? Would you find more classes like this useful? I’d love to hear from you.

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