The energy of the divine feminine is celebrated over nine days and nights in the Indian festival calendar every year, twice a year, in spring and autumn. The autumn celebration is more popular in the cultural ethos as it crosses many ethnic and regional boundaries, and informally kicks off the ‘festival season’ which reaches its peak with the ‘celebration of lights’ (Diwali).
So, what is this energy of the divine feminine, and in what ways can we invoke, honor and celebrate it in our spiritual practice(s) over these nine days? One invocation is by following the ‘rule of threes’. There are three forms of energy that govern our inner and outer aptitude. They are called tamas, rajas and sattva ~ tamas is the heavy, static, often lackadaisical form ~ rajas is the dynamic, passionate, desire-driven form ~ sattva is the serene, balanced, even-handed form of Life energy. If you have ever eaten Indian food, tamas is like the deep-fried, heavy breads and curries, rajas is the spicy, make you sweat flavors and sauces, sattva is the balancing yogurt and neutralizing rice-based dishes…
Applying the rule of threes to the nine days, each of the three energy forms may be reflected upon, in sets of three days each. One way of looking at the three energies is that the masculine energy predominates in us as tamas (the heavier, static form). The feminine energy, the ‘getting things done’ aptitude, predominates in us as rajas, and is often necessary to overcome our tamas based energy. The ideal mix of tamas and rajas, and the ideal is different for every person, depending on their intrinsic nature, moves our Life engine forward. The role of sattva can be viewed as a moderator or modulator of the net voltage across our life circuit. It restores us, reminds us, cajoles us towards That balance which produces harmony, joy, awareness of higher consciousness within us.
It is apparent that all three forms of energy are necessary, and none of them are sufficient by themselves to provide us with the Life current that can help us operate at our truthful optimum. So, we celebrate all three aspects of the energy, all three aspects of the divine feminine, in walking and in sitting, in inhaling and in exhaling, in happiness and in sadness, in health and in sickness, in taking care of others and in being taken care of others, in giving and in receiving ~ because they are all manifestations of the singular, primary energy, that unified force field that creates, destroys and sustains all of Life.
For those of you who are ‘regulars’ in our weekly #SpiritChat conversations on twitter, you are well familiar with the demographic – a majority of the participants are women! However, this does not necessarily mean that all of us, including the women participants, are of the different aspects of, or the influence of the energies of the divine feminine in their lives. It is to this purpose, that I invite all of you to visit us in #SpiritChat on twitter on Sunday, October 18th at 9amET, and share your perspective on this topic with all present. Do you have a cultural parallel of the ‘rule of threes’? Do you have a specific celebration of the divine feminine? Which of the three energies seems to predominate in your life, and how does it affect your spiritual practice(s)?
Till we meet and visit with each other again, I thank you for spending some time here and reading. May the divine feminine protect you and provide for you the energy to live a Life of fullness,
As I walked the reservation, signs of the divine feminine were everywhere – the static energy of the earth, the dynamic energy of the sun, the serene energy of the water – and their interplay to create a glowing energy current of Life!
P.S. The nine days/nights of celebration, also known as Navaratri (nava = nine, ratri = nights), are observed from October 13th to 20th 2015. Enjoy!