Goddess Empowerment: Secret Tools for Attracting What You Want

Image Credit: Original Painting by Amanda Giacomini

Bring on the Wisdom, Arts, Creativity and Music

When I was asked to write for My Yoga Online, it was thrilling to get a writing assignment that inspired me so much. But when I sat down to write, insecurities started taking over: “I’m not good enough,” “Who do I think I am?” and the good old, “I don’t have what it takes.”

Some of these thoughts could come from the repressions of women in the past—what women have gone through, and are still battling in our bodies and consciousness. Women have endured so much repression that it is in our DNA, and I have spent a lifetime learning ways to overcome this, to move forward and change the game! I am not blaming men and repression of the past for something that could have been writer's block, and I not an angry feminist either. I am an equalist. I believe in equality and walking together with men, not in front or behind, but together.

Because I’ve learned ways to work through the repressions of my ancestors and sisters of the past (and writer's block), I know what to do. I go to the Goddesses and ask for support.

Yes, I said Goddess, and I don’t care if it sounds woo-woo.

I’ll say it loud and proud—I connect to the Goddesses!

A Goddess is a female deity. And, for those of you who aren’t keen on “idols,” I understand. It’s hard to imagine an invisible means of support like this, because we can’t validate or prove it. I grew up a Sikh, and we didn’t do “Idol worship,” so I get it. So while I can’t prove what this kind of support does for me, I can share a little about what they represent and symbolize.

To me, all Goddesses represent what a woman is truly capable of. Imagine what we’d accomplish with all those arms and qualities of strength. A Goddess represents a woman in her full power, strength and sensuality. She may represent aspects that we want to acquire for ourselves to feel full and strong. Some Goddesses even have weapons. My definition of "weapon" here is an item, tool or belief that helps to combat life’s challenges and empowers us to move forward in life.

First in the series of Goddesses is the one I called forth to help me move forward in writing this article. Her name is Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, writing, arts and speech. The name Saraswati is derived from the word swar which means voice, tone or note. Another definition of Saraswati comes from saras, meaning "flow" and wati, meaning "she who has flow.” Saraswati is the embodiment of communicating eloquently with full creativity.

She is the Goddess of all the creative arts, especially poetry and music, learning and science. She is represented as a graceful woman dressed in white (representing purity), she rides a white swan or peacock. Her “weapons” are sacred scriptures (a symbol of true knowledge), and the vina (a symbol of music, love and life).

Saraswati is the companion of Brahma, and it was with her knowledge that Brahma created the universe. Just so you know, it’s not only Goddesses I’m hanging with. Their male counterparts are really cool too. The two form a union, and if we were to see the male and female divine as role models in our society, this would solve the imbalance in the world. The tendency is to teeter to one side or the other, and I don’t want to make it seem that I am teetering on the “girly side” since I’m writing about Goddesses. I am in the middle with both, and when I connect to her, I also connect to him.

You can think of Saraswati as your “smart-guide.” Her teachings lead with wisdom first, before material desires. She is known not only for academic knowledge, but for divine knowledge which is essential to achieving moksha (liberation of the soul).

The way I call forth the support from the Goddesses and their teachings is through a simple prayer, conversation, or mantras. The prayer goes something like this: “Dear Goddess Saraswati, please come forth and be with me, show me the way to strength and confidence. Please speak to me, teach me and guide me into serving in the best way possible.”

Sound easy? It is.

Then I breathe and listen, and follow what I hear. And If I don’t hear anything, I get up and move my body. Movement can be a meditation and dancing is a especially a way I connect with higher powers.

A mantra to Saraswati that I am chanting softly now as a I write is: Aum Aim Namo Devi Saraswatyai.

It's pronounced: Om I’m Na-mo Day-vi Sar-us-swat-yay.

Rough Translation: Oh! Divine Goddess Saraswati. You so fine, You so fine, you blow my mind, hey Saraswati, hey Saraswati...:)

Keep it light, fun and playful!

No matter what you believe, or how spiritual you are or aren’t you can benefit from having an imaginary friend (perhaps), or talking to a supportive being (Goddess) waiting to hear from you.

Hemalayaa is a wellness educator and has shared her talents throughout the world. Through her Lifestyle Counseling and public classes, she brings out the best in everyone, with inspirational messages that transcend all nationalities. Her unique combination of Yoga and Indian dance is presented in a variety of DVD productions that have gained public merit in Health publications and TV shows.

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Louloupin, posted on October 28, 2014

I think you may have the concept of feminism wrong. Feminism is about gaining equality in a world where we are losing the battle every day (the UK for example has just moved out of the top 20 World countries for sexual equality, a very dire thing to mark). The notion of 'angry feminism' is outdated and dangerous. We don't call people fighting for racial equality 'angry minorities' or those fighting religious suppression 'vicious believers'. I like your article but I must point this out. Any women that have been angry when fighting for our rights have been very justly so.
The reason there isn't a plausible 'andrism' is because men are already on top. Feminism is an ongoing serious fight for equality (and many men are also feminists). Thank you.

klg1269, posted on July 9, 2014

The way you talked about being an equalitist really put what I've felt for a long time into words! I'm in the male dominated field of police work. I never felt like a feminist but from now on I will call myself an equalitist!

yogiibee, posted on March 17, 2014

wonderful

yogianna, posted on March 12, 2014

Thank you, am feelng a little bit more enlightened!namaste!

mugek, posted on March 12, 2014

Thank you...Love! Namaste...

tajmooress, posted on March 12, 2014

Beautiful! Thank you1

Sarah8_2, posted on March 11, 2014

Very nicely written! Love the mantra, or more so the meaning of the mantra...bring in the fun and the smiles! Looking forward to invoking Saraswati (and Brahma) into my life! Namaste!

kaylaw1205, posted on March 11, 2014

Inspirational and informative article, thank you!

jennyjk37, posted on March 11, 2014

I'm going to be chanting that the rest of the night:)

houseofseven, posted on March 11, 2014

love love love, evolve, evolve, evolve, thank you:)

templarlover, posted on March 11, 2014

I love this article. You always speak from the heart; and it always moves me. :)

dwp31, posted on March 11, 2014

Great article , everyone in the world (male or female) has special abilities and talents that if they share with the world would be amazing. I think learning from struggles and success of one another is important. Thanks. Looking forward to what this practice guide has in store for all of us to learn and grow

yogagrammie, posted on March 11, 2014

Very informative reading. I'm not knowledgeable on Goddess at all so this series will be a great learning experience for me! Thank you for a great first day reading Hemalayaa! Namaste <3

tblockey, posted on March 11, 2014

From a male point of view trust me that insecurities is not a female trait. :) I don't use gods or goddess in my worship but I am very spiritual person who believes that we are all surrounded by spiritual energy. Liked your post and Yoga is a wonderful way to explore this.

Fezthedog, posted on March 11, 2014

Love it! Namaste

mmebelanger, posted on March 11, 2014

Its comforting to understand that I'm not the only one who feels these things. Namaste

fawniemae, posted on March 11, 2014

Thank You. Namaste

kitfromtipp, posted on February 7, 2013

never mind...found page 2 :-)

kitfromtipp, posted on February 7, 2013

is there more to this article? seems incomplete !

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