Aum Aim Saraswatyai Namah
I bow to the Goddess of Creativity
Order out of Chaos : In the beginning surveying the formless chaos of the inchoate matter and energy Brahma felt confused and at sea. He had no idea how to fashion something out of that disorganize swirl. In desperation, he turned to himself and asked, "How can I create an ordered cosmos in the mist of this chaos?" From within him, the Goddess spoke. "Through knowledge," she said. "And through knowledge will come creative action."
With that she emerged from Brahma's mouth as the power of the creative word. She rode a snow-white swan - the hamsa- and carried a veena, a kind of lute. Fair-skinned, glowing with moonlike radiance, throbbing with power, her being vibrated with the mantra "Om." That sound, carried on Brahma's breath would eventually manifest as all the worlds. Saraswati's grace, her Shakti, kindled Brahma's creative wisdom - as well as his passion to make the universe. - Sally Kempton: Awakening Shakti the Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga
For a lengthy time in my life, I was drifting in darkness and chaos as a Yoga teacher, not knowing how to make sense of it all, until I did something I never really did before, I prayed. Not in the traditional religious omnipotent, "God help me" kinda way, instead I prayed with my heart, devotionally chanting mantras, and surrendering myself to the art of Bhakti - the worship of Love.
If we lean into what we love instead of soldiering toward what we 'should,' our pace quickens, our energy rises, optimism sets in. What we love is nutritious for us. - Julie Cameron: The Artist's Way
The most transformative practices of yoga is sadhana, one's personal relationship to the universe through spiritual practices, art and ritual. Like Brahma and Saraswati, it is our ability to listen, ask for help, and serve the knowledge granted when we let go of what we should do, and simply ask: how can I love today?
Be it chanting to the gods, creating art, yoga, teaching, or dancing silly in my room, it is with pure trust in the universe that I devote my whole Self to the unknown, allowing wisdom and creativity to emerge as a service to this world. Not what will my practice give me, but rather what can I give it?
My primary teacher, Shiva Rea initiated me into the practices of Navaratri, a 9-day Hindu and Tantric festival of worship and ritual to embody the triad of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati- the Mahashakti - the Great Mother. During my first experience honouring these holy days in 2012, I was transformed into the realm of the goddesses, wherein my soul sung an ancient lullaby I had forgotten, leading me down a river from which I have never stopped and will continue to ride. That river is the sacred flow of creativity in all manifestations and impulses.
As I drink from that river, I receive the Mother. As I sit by the river, I bless the Mother. As I offer the river to others, I serve the Mother. When I am in the river, I am the Mother. This full immersion into the rivers of life is living every moment with wild creative intent. I practice Navaratri twice a year, and wrote my sankalpa for life that year: God give me the experiences to serve my path, its not about victory it is about rising to the occasion. Raise the truth, we are all the beloved goddesses.
Creativity requires faith. Faith requires that we relinquish control. - Julia Cameron
Learning to surrender is never easy, but when you have the Goddesses to catch you its magnificent. Saraswati, means the "flowing one," according to Sally Kempton's Awakening Shakti, "she functions in you as the unmistakable drive that moves you when your work is flowing. The impulse of Saraswati is passionate, but in an impersonal way. Its exciting yet there's a subtle clarity about it. When Saraswati is in charge, your operating from a deeper center than usual. The ego is out of the way, and even thought is harnessed to her agenda."
To move into this sacred realm, I invite you to dance and chant with goddesses. Explore ways of listening to the universe, with the knowledge that you are divine. The impulses springing from your heart are part of your creative power. They are the universe in action, the call of your soul, and they must be served or it will fester into insecurity and self-animosity.
Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect. When we are dealing with people's dreams - their visions - we are in the realm of the sacred. We are involved with forces and energies larger than our own. We are engaged in a sacred transaction of which we know only a little: the shadow, not the shape. - Julia Cameron
Offered through the tradition of yoga is the sacred sound "Om", it's vibrating all the time making the universe, chant it when you feel uninspired and it will inspire you. This inspiration will feel as though you are being breathed by Saraswati in all her magical forms. Another beautiful Mantra is Ham Sa, meaning "I am that." On the inhale mentally vibrate the sound "Hum" on the exhale mentally vibrate the sound "Sa". Hamsa is the sound of the universe, the natural sound of the breath. Saraswati rides on the white swan, another meaning for hamsa, reflecting our ability to channel the power of discernment (viveka) to filter what is true for us, shift through the shadows, and turn knowledge into light.
Sat Nam - May you follow your truth. Live what you love.