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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sally Kempton's newsletter 

Here is Sally Kempton's Newsletter for this month.   Because I consider Sally one of the most important spiritual teachers of our time, I am reprinting the newsletter in full here.  Note in particular that she is offering a weeklong retreat on the island of Maui--and also  that she is going to present a web workshop on the Kundalini journey through Shift Network beginning November 4:

The Shift has asked me to offer an advanced level of The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment. This one starts November 4, and in it we'll be focusing on the journey of Kundalini and the way that the goddesses unfold within us as Kundalini unfolds. I'd deeply looking forward to it, and we'll be sending out more information in the coming weeks.


Sally is a major force for presenting a "feminist spirituality," for she recognized that only an approach which incorporates the feminine principles of receptivity, intuition, and welcoming the inner shakti will serve out time.  Thus her work stands as an important corrective to thousands of years of male teachings, which stress something quite other (repressing the bodily energies, discipline rather than joy, and mind over body).  For me her attitude is quite gratifying--I recall the time in the chi gong class soon after my awakening when I tried to tell the teacher about the inner bliss I was experiencing and was told that the texts described nothing of the sort--and then there was the other (male) teacher who said of my bliss states, " If  you are lucky, you will get over it."  I only wish there had been a teacher such as Sally to guide me at that time.

Sally Kempton's Awakened Heart News

September 2014

Sally's Upcoming Schedule

For full details on Sally's schedule visit her website.

September 19-21, 2014
Yoga Journal Conference, Estes Park, CO
Variety of workshops.
Details and registration here.

October 1, 2014
Interview during Spiritual Awakening Global Summit
Details here.

October 24, 2014
Science & Non-Duality Conference, San Jose, CA
Shakti & Self-Awareness: The Way of the Non-Dual Feminine.
Details and registration here.

October 26-November 2, 2014
Lumeria Retreat Center, Maui, HI
Awakening Shakti: Power, Love, & Wisdom with Sally & Sianna Sherman
Details and registration here.

November 8, 2014
Yoga Tree, San Francisco, CA
Falling in Love with Meditation
Details and registration here.

November 21-23, 2014
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
Loving Your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of Outrageous Love with Marc Gafni
Details and registration here.

November 30 & December 7, 2014
Open Center, Webinar Series
Karma, Relationships, & Transformation
Details and registration here.

March 15-20, 2015
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
Meditation, Kundalini, and the Inner Marriage
Details and registration here.

There are just a few places left in the Awakening Shakti retreat with Sally and healer-priestess-yogini Sianna Sherman in Maui, HI, October 26th through November 2nd.

Dear Ones,

It's been wonderful having so many of you on our current Telecourse, The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment on the Shift Network. I've been especially moved to read people's accounts of how the goddesses are showing up for them in so many different forms.

One of the gifts of this class for me is that I've become more and more aware of Shakti as the life-force energy that lives through "my" body and mind and nervous system. In other words, that it's She who lives as me. It's similar to what Buddhists call an experience of no-self. But rather than feeling like an absence of something, it's a feeling of presence--a deep Presence that is both impersonal and completely loving.

The Goddess in Maui: Lumeria Retreat

Next month, I'm looking forward to going deeper into the rich texture of the divine feminine with the wonderful Sianna Sherman. Our ten-day retreat, Awakening Shakti, begins Sunday evening, October 26, at the luxurious Lumeria Retreat Center in Maui. There are a few places left in the Retreat, so if you're feeling drawn to be there, I hope you'll pay attention to the call, and come!

I can promise you this: It will be a profoundly rejuvenating time. We'll practice deep meditation, dynamic and gentle asana, ceremony, mantra, goddess wisdom teachings, and many more powerful teachings and practices for deepening your experience of yourself as Shakti. There'll be time for deep silence and time to explore the island. You'll make new friends. And you'll be guided and opened by the unfolding energies of sacred feminine Presence, moving through everything we do together.

I'll be teaching from the texts of the Shakta tradition and leading meditations, mantra sessions, contemplations, and exercises designed to transform your experience of yourself. Sianna will teach asana, ceremony, mantra mudra, and fill her sessions with myth, story, and the dynamic qualities of her own presence. Together, we'll create a transformative vortex that can take you to the next level of your practice!

And of course, we'll be on Maui, which is one of the most healing environments on the planet! The Lumeria retreat center is state-of-the-art, created lovingly to nurture spiritual growth. The accommodations, on 6 acres of sacred gardens with sunset views of the ocean, are magnificent. The company will be great, the food delicious, the ocean a living canvas of sacred feminine energy, and the possibilities enormous!

You can find out more, or register here.

Save the Dates: Advanced Goddess Teleconference Class

The Shift has asked me to offer an advanced level of The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment. This one starts November 4, and in it we'll be focusing on the journey of Kundalini and the way that the goddesses unfold within us as Kundalini unfolds. I'd deeply looking forward to it, and we'll be sending out more information in the coming weeks.

Save the Date: Spiritual Awakening Global Summit Interview

On October 1 at 12pm Pacific, I'll be speaking with Narayani Gaia on spiritual awakening and the journey that follows. This interview is part of the Spiritual Awakening Global Summit that runs September 22 to October 17 and features 18 other spiritual leaders as well. For more details and to sign up for free click here.

Love to you all,

from Shift:
Sally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of ancient and contemporary wisdom, unfolding the energetic practices of the tantrikas in an atmosphere that creates space for real inner change. A former swami in a Vedic tradition, she has been teaching for nearly 40 years and is known for her powerful transmissions of meditative states. Sally is the author of the recently released Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga and the best-selling book Meditation for the Love of It. She also writes a popular column, Wisdom, for Yoga Journal. Her audio program of meditations on the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Doorways to the Infinite , was recently released by Sounds True.

(picture from Sally's newsletter)

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