Shakti is defined as the power, ability, strength, might, effort, energy, of the primordial cosmic energy, representing the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe. Shakti is the concept or personification of the Divine Feminine creative power, referred to as the Great Divine Mother.
On the Earth, Shakti most actively manifests herself through female embodiment, creativity and fertility. Shakti is believed to be responsible for creation and also the agent of all change. The Kundalini Shakti is a mysterious psycho-spiritual force that activates, stimulates and initiates all things.
Shakti is the creator of the universe, the universe is her form; woman is the foundation of the world, she is the true form of the body. In woman is the form of all things, of all that lives and moves in the world. There is no jewel rarer than woman, no condition superior to that of a woman.
The Adi Shakti devotional mantra (a Bhakti mantra), invokes the primary Creative Power which is manifest as the feminine. It calls upon the Mother Power. It will help you to be free of the insecurities which block freedom of action. By meditating on it one can obtain a deeper understanding of the constant interplay between the manifest and the unmanifest qualities of the cosmos and consciousness. This powerful mantra belongs to all women to call upon any time. She can chant it freely and powerfully, any time.
POSTURE: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.
MUDRA: Bend the elbows down by the sides. Bring the hands into Ravi Mudra, Sun (ring) ﬁnger held down with the thumb, the palms face forward and the ﬁngers point straight up. Keep the other ﬁngers straight.
Important: The wrists are at the level of the shoulders, with the hands in line with the ears. Make sure the spine is kept very straight, and Neck Lock engaged.
EYES: Eyes are closed.
Kundalini-Shakti-Bhakti Mantra (for Vitality):
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo!
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo!
Prithum Bhagvati, Prithum Bhagvati, Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namo!
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo!
Primal Shakti, I bow to Thee!
All-Encompassing Shakti, I bow to Thee!
That through which Divine Creates, I bow to Thee!
Creative Power of the Kundalini, Mother of all Mother Power, To Thee I Bow.
"Merge in the Maha Shakti. This is enough to take away your misfortune. This will carve out of you a woman. Woman needs her own Shakti, not anybody else will do it... When a woman chants the Kundalini Bhakti mantra, God clears the way. This is not a religion, it is a reality. Woman is not born to suffer, and woman needs her own power." ~ Yogi Bhajan
So, Shakti, who is responsible for creation, can also be an agent of change, to destroy evil forces and restore balance.
Personal power is the courage, determination and capacity we gradually gain throughout the course of our personal evolution. When exercised in healthy and natural ways, it becomes a nexus for the love, well-being, happiness and meaning that we find within our interpersonal world. Without personal power, true empowerment will be hard to grasp. And, ultimately, empowerment is where we want to be.
Empowerment is the destination on our path. Personal power is like the bridge that take us across the flowing river – carrying us across, on our path and keeping the process moving forward. And just like the actual bridge that needs to be cared for over time, so that it doesn’t crumble into the river, personal power has to be consciously attended to by the individual. Otherwise, it begins to deplete and disintegrate.
To do so, we can utilize several different techniques.
We can focus on movement, which will generate endorphins – those lovely feel-good neurotransmitters in the body. We can focus on nutrition. We can also focus on boosting our vitality.
Ultimate health and wellness of the mind, body and Soul are dependent on strong vitality. Strong vitality increases the capacity of our mind to process and deal with the challenges of everyday life, which becomes part of our ability to apply our resolve – our will – with unwavering determination.
As we establish a reservoir of vitality, we will be more able to tap into the conscious direction of our Soul and the life energy needed to fulfill our purpose on the planet. The positive feedback loop created between personal power, vitality and empowerment permeates our Soul with motivation, dedication, self-confidence, joy, and divine connection.
Adi Shakti means the 'first power'. It is the primitive power which resides in every human being. This power is feminine in aspect. Adi Shakti or the cosmic energy resides within all humans. This source of energy lies hidden inside each of us since birth. It needs to be activated to realise its immense power.
Self care shakti meditation: