You've got a right to take what life offers you
don't let others mark out your scope
You better break out from all what chained you up
there is more to be than they said
The inner search needs more than words
Just hear the call for the inner search
You can hear a lot, but to understand
let the confusing voices die first
blow the flickering light out that's in your head
see the one that's always been there ...
Get up for a sense, take your life in your own hands
hear your inner voice leading you to the right choice
That you are is yours, belongs just to you ...
~ Rage ~ The Inner Search ~
Sometimes I just need to get my Kali on. Kali, being the Hindu Goddess of empowerment and shakti (strength). Sometimes I just need to be strong and stand up for myself. And this is hard when striving for a non-violent, yogic lifestyle.
The yogic calm can at times be a mask that is covered with difficult emotions, knotty feelings and desires that feel socially unacceptable. Yet the deeper I reflect on my yoga practice, I learn to confront those parts of myself that may be suppressed by fear, trauma, or social conditioning. I uncover what squelches my joy, undercuts my confidence, an sabotages my health.
So where is the gift in all this ... bringing forth repressed passion and purifying it into energy ... accessing sublimated anger and wisdom that is now owned and channeled to renew my mind, body and soul.
“Invoking deity energy is a way of opening yourself to energies within that can support, protect, and act with a kind of numinous power ... “
The goddess Kali can be found in yogic art and is suppose to have arisen out of the warrior-goddess Durga during fierce battle with demons. This would explain her association with spiritual and psychological liberation. Kali symbolizes enlightenment ... freedom from conditioned beliefs, false personal identities and preconceived notions that keep you from recognizing your true identity. Kali represents the power to release that which is true in you.
Personally, I am finding that Kali in my daily life often means tuning in to aspects of myself that I normally don’t have access to. I don't become free just by going with the flow. I become free by knowing when to say no, fighting for what is right, and engaging with the fiercer forms of grace. So by “getting my Kali on”, I seek out permission ... to realize in those moments when suppressed anger or fear is threatening to overwhelm me, I can look to discover and integrate Kali, my energy.
You see we seek Kali when we feel like we are living in dissonance with parts of ourselves we may not fully understand or know. Kali helps us by pointing toward those parts of you that you have rejected, feared, or ignored. Kali inspires you to transform your identity over again, letting go of the old rigid ideas of who you are, stretching your emotional range, your mind, and life itself in beautiful ways.
So explore your daily dose of Kali and bring an extra dose of ferocity ... just what is needed to keep growing through this wild journey called life.