The founder of SoulWork, Adi Shakti, on awakening and empowering the divine feminine.
What does it mean to be a rising woman? With a new era of opportunity and a reclamation of our personal power, there is change in the winds. What does the empowered woman look like, to you?
Am I to hide? To cover?
To express the truth of who I am triggers
Deep wounds of political correctness
To hide myself is to respect myself
To retreat in shame
My curves, my essence, my power.
I have been told throughout my life that my body is too sexual
Punished in school for the clothes I wore
When other women could wear the same and be celebrated in their smallness.
But I’ve always been too much
In how I speak
In how I move
In how I create.
My business is too much—I work too hard
My body is too much—too feminine, too big here and not big enough there
My ambition too much—too masculine
My mind too much
My anger too much
Don’t make waves
And then you are safe
You are respected
You are pure—holy
Denying the blatant truth that my very flesh came to be from the creative power of human sexuality.
And then I am to spend the rest of my life in some cave—accepting the customs of a repressed sick society to somehow appease what success and being a "good" woman is supposed to look like
My body is a political battlefield.
It is a place of war, of death and suffering, of triumph and victory, of damage and repair, of blood and tears and sweat.
Men and politicians have battled in churches, boardrooms and political halls for centuries to somehow decide my fate
My body is a symbolic cultural challenge, not for the faint of heart, beckoning us to face it with eyes wide open.
How it should look, how it should be dressed, how it should move, how it should express
To somehow please the status quo and make you more comfortable.
Thank God for the new era of my own life where I no longer need to print my resume, drape myself in some politically correct clothing, and pray my words and essence strike the interviewer as someone worthy to receive the money I need to feed myself and my family.
Entrepreneurship—and the era of women standing on their own feet with the ability to share their own voice
And commit to embodied authenticity in who we actually are without fear of losing our livelihood.
Rebellious intelligence meets the power to express myself as the primal, sexual, powerful animal I am.
May I channel my power to uplift the women who still feel trapped in a body that doesn’t belong to them.
May I bring women together to give them a safe space to dive into the truth of their own heart, and the trauma that still sits in their bodies from their great great grandmothers.
And may I offer a path and community of seekers searching to organize, rise professionally, and channel this burning inner passion into sustainable businesses and initiatives rooted in social justice and radical love of self.
May I be one who straightens the crowns of my sisters when they have lost their way
And may they hold me when I’ve lost mine.
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