Shakti Rising — Women Rising

by Lakshmi Raman

The Dalai Lama once said, “The world will be saved
by the western women.”

I say, “The world will be saved by Women.”

As women, we are bestowed with the power to create, the power to restore and destroy. Shakti lives in us. Through the ages, women have been taught to silence Shakti. They are taught to dim down their light.

I call bullshit on this. Stop dimming your inner light. The world needs you to shine bright.

Now you may ask, “Lakshmi how do I harness the power and light of Shakti?”

First, YOU are Shakti. She lives within you. Her form maybe different, but her message remains the same; heal the World.

Second, her power is harnessed through your everyday act.

Healing the world does not require you to touch the lives of the masses. Healing begins at home. As a mother, you touch the lives of your children everyday. Our children go on to building the future.

Shakti is the mother that caresses her child in her arms
Shakti is the sister who supports and uplifts you.
Shakti is the aunt whose simple advices soothe the soul.
Shakti is the grandmother with years of wisdom.
Shakti is you and I.

How to harness the power of Shakti?

Here are three simple ways to harness the Power of Shakti within you:

Let the inner goddess lead
the way.

Raw Dance

I press play on my Iphone, close my eyes and begin to move. I let my soul guide, me. I let the inner goddess lead the way. My mentor Belinda Davidson introduced me to this concept.

Initially as you begin to dance your ego may resist it. Thoughts such as, “You can’t dance,” or “just look at yourself,” may pop up. I say keep moving. Give yourself about 30 minutes. Gradually as you get absorbed in the music, your body will begin to flow, and the ego melts. Through raw dancing any excess energy you might be holding onto will melt away.

You’ll begin to feel more grounded and energized. Staying grounded helps you carry out your tasks efficiently.

Remember to fill your own cup, before giving your time to others.

Goddess Hour

I cannot stress on doing this enough. It is so important that, as women, we take time out for ourselves. During this hour take a nice hot bath, soak yourself in the tub with Epsom salt or any aromatherapy oils, read a book, meditate, do you yoga. Practice whatever relaxes you. These moments energize and prepare us to care for our family and friends.

Remember to fill your own cup, before giving your time to others.

Let Your Passion Lead You Forward

A woman who is immersed in her art has a certain spark about her. Have you ever noticed lady walking into the room and heads turning?

This lady is so rooted in her passion; she knows she doesn’t need a man to complete her. She is strong and confident in her light. That women right there is someone who, through falling several times, was steered in the direction of her dreams.

You don’t need to be an expert at what you’re doing. You just need to take the first step.

Take out a piece of paper and write down what lights you up, what gives you those butterflies of excitement in your belly?


Now pick one that really speaks to you. This could be painting, dancing, writing; absolutely anything.

Got it?

Now go and start living it. Practice your ART. You don’t need to be an expert at what you’re doing. You just need to take the first step.

These practices have completely changed my life. I feel much more grounded and energized. For a long time I believed my power lied in a man, in a relationship.

Your POWER lives within you. You have the power to create, heal and destroy. When you realize and take the first step towards harnessing this power you may feel a LOT of resistance. Let it be.

Resistance shows its face when you’re on the right path. Keep at it. Devote your time to your art and I promise Shakti will speak through it.

It is time for Women to RISE. The world needs YOU.

Lakshmi Raman is the co-author of the book Women Rising Volume 2 : Embrace Your Story, Find Your Power. May you find peace in our stories, may you embrace your own story and find power in it.

Journal, Volume 3 Issue 1