There have been three critical junctures of healing in my life. Through my odyssey with ovarian cancer at the tender years of 18 to 23, I was fortunate to uncover pearls of the spirit that can never be stripped away. These gems formed the early foundation that led me to my purpose. I discovered my true purpose as a woman: that we are empowered with the energy of Shakti- the power to create life, nourish and nurture nature, preserve the creative forces that support life to make us Whole, and Happy and Prosperous. Each and every woman’s has a powerful energy – the nexus for healing self, family, community and the world. Unfortunately, the majority of women do not recognize this divine gift that effortless lay at rest awaiting its awakening.
For a quarter century I lived in the forest communing with nature and the animals, whilst disseminating the work and education of Wise Earth Ayurveda. Through this education, I restored the earth-based sadhana practices of the Vedas wherein we reclaim the light of awareness in which presence we heal and become Whole. Through this long journey I have come to know the pathway to wellness, joy and enlightenment, peace, and the cultivation of inner harmony. But in order to reclaim salubrious life, we must be prepared to let go of the erroneous beliefs, ideas, and habituations which we have garnered through centuries of mentalized living. The reality is simple: First, peace must start within! The cultivating of inner harmony is the most critical accomplishment each woman can endeavour to attain.
First though, we must heal ourselves, regardless of our advantages and because of our disadvantages. Having been privileged by the sankalpa of a great Guru (Pujya Swami Dayananda Sarasvati), I continue to learn and observe the magnificence of Isvara in my life.
In my own healing, I see the process as Isvara. God is all there is. In aligning myself to this truth, the hidden cavern of unresolved desires, fears, weakness, and hurt were revealed to me. The baggage of hurt that we seamlessly transport from generation to generation, from life to life through the cycle of rebirth, shows itself for what it is. When we fall ill, or in despair, this distress is ours alone; we cannot live anyone else’s karma, or their illness, their happiness, or their process. Whatever is the challenge, and however we feel about it- right or wrong – the glory and the fight is ours and the way in which we get through it is also specific to our individual karma. This reveals the content and context of whom we are and where we are on our life’s journey. The goal through any challenge is to heal. However, the only way we can accomplish this goal is by accepting what is and, in invoking a clear intent to honor the journey however it unfolds.
We are better equipped to influence a successful outcome when we understand how critical it is to honor our process to heal however unexpected or challenging it may be. The process is often hard to face because it is not so pretty. It contains, at the heart of it, that part of our journey which is hidden, that “stuckness” and staleness that need to be shaken loose, and brazened out. If we are able to face it head-on, we open up to spirit and find resolve. In so doing, we develop a greater awareness of who we are, where we are going, and the nature of our purpose. In other words, we find our golden wings. Bear in mind, this course of action is sacred, and requires a sanctum of privacy around you. To expunge negative energy, violent habits, untoward image of self, it is best you create a retreat for yourself so that you can more easily open the shroud to reveal honesty. It is equally important in this space that the process be witnessed by one other person to whom you feel intimate in spirit- a spouse or a friend who listens and hears you, and who would never judge you or your process.
Herein lies the perennial truth: the path of healing is transported within the spaces of our vulnerability, in dank and darkly lit crevices of our being where we tend to hold onto our weaknesses, dislikes, aversions, illnesses, disappointments, flailing dreams, and unsupported visions. To fully heal we must first enter this cavern of self, recognize the content of our darkness and embrace it all. To do this, we must recognize the importance of respecting our process: we cannot push it away, disregard it, or disrespect it. This is what wellness and lightness of being is about- the growth we earn that ultimately brings harmony, love and happiness to the fore. Healing is about nurturing, mothering, accepting and loving the self; it requires courage to embrace our regressions and honor our progression. This is the only way we heal, and become free from all burdens - to live within the divine light, to be a woman in all of her glorious power, ascending the grand spirit to fully own our Shakti!
We must awaken the Shakti energy if we are to once more to guide the development of tranquility, nurturance, compassion and harmony in our world. We are – each one of us- the emissary of the Divine Mother – ourselves the Mother of Ahimsa, nurturance. We have the perennial responsibility to safeguard life, to respect the life force of all species- and in particular- that of our children and the animals; to take action against injury to our children and against the slaughtering of innocent animals. We must not only heal ourselves, but grow awareness so that we mitigate suffering whenever and wherever we are able to do so.
How do women access the power within to heal themselves, live fully, and embrace their female source of energy? They can start by reconnecting to cosmic rhythms, to the moon cycles and the seasons as they connect with their feminine nature. My book, Women’s Power to Heal Through Inner Medicine draws upon my own dramatic recovery from life-threatening ovarian cancer thirty eight years ago. I have witness so many miracles and experienced the gems of spirit from the fascinating and inspiring stories gleaned from a quarter-century of working with women from around the world who have come to me to learn how to heal themselves. May we heal our body, mind, womb and spirit by reclaiming our Shakti prowess.