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SHAKE MY SHAKTI FREE by Catherine Ghosh


In the most ancient cultures, all around the world, everything revolved around adoring the Goddess…

Once upon a time, the universe was seen as the Goddess's womb and all of us her creative energies. 

In India, one of her many names is Shakti, the primordial force woven into the cosmos, the Sacred Mother nourishing all life and empowering us from within.

According to the Yoga tradition of India, at our core we are all made of Shakti: divine feminine consciousness. It is believed that our life is meant to awaken this dormant goddess within, and engage her in the creative service of the Supreme Goddess, known as Radha in Sanskrit.

Radha and Krishna
From the Bhakti Yoga perspective we are all Radha’s servants, assisting her in fueling the love she exchanges with Krishna, her Divine Beloved.

Yoga in Sanskrit means “to link”, or “connect”. It is this Divine Love that yoga is meant to connect us with, and this Love is capable of expressing itself through each of us, tiny goddesses, if only we let it.

When I doubt myself, or feel insecurities or fears swelling within me, I know I’ve disconnected from my inner goddess: My shakti is stuck and my love is not flowing so freely. That’s when I become restless and achy to set her free again so she can dance!  


Art by Jia-Ju

Shake My Shakti Free

I know you from the heartbeat
Within my mother’s womb,
Soothing like a mantra
That transports beyond the tomb.

I know you in the silhouette
Of mountains as you rest,
Sweet nectar inside of flowers
Warm milk from mother’s breast.

Oh! Goddess! You illuminate
The divine essence at my core,
Inviting me to exhale love
Through every single pore.

Oh! Goddess! I think I feel you
Conspiring with my heart
To move me into blossoming
My petals opening apart.

I long to shake my shakti free
Let my soul run bare
Dance like no one’s looking
Let down my untamed hair.

I long to let my wildness out
Splash like ocean waves
Swell like tides that draw
Precious treasures from their caves.

So jingle me like an ankle bell
that adorns your dancing feet,
Swirl my life with your beauty
in sweet, syncopated beats.

Brew me in your magic cauldron
Like a potion that will enchant
Strike from my vocabulary
The useless phrase “I can’t”.

Oh! Goddess! I can feel you now
Flowing through my veins
You animate the love-dances
In me I can’t contain.

You inspire my inner journey
The unfurling of my heart,
As doubts and fears abandon me
And insecurities depart:
Marking the celebration
Of my life’s brand new start.


Catherine Ghosh is an artist, writer and yogini. Passionate about inspiring women to share their spiritual insights and honor their valuable voices, she founded an online poetry project in 2012 called Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry Blog, through which emerged the books Journey of the Heart: An Anthologyof Spiritual Poetry by Women (Balboa Press, 2014) and Where Journeys Meet: The Voice of Women's Poetry (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2015). Catherine has been an active practitioner and student in the Bhakti Yoga tradition since 1986, and is co-founder of The Secret Yoga Institute with her life partner Graham M. Schweig, for which she develops materials for teacher training workshops. She has served as a contributing editor for Integral Yoga Magazine, and has been published in Mantra, Yoga + Health Magazine, Rebelle Society, Namarupa, The Tattooed Buddha, The Harmonist, Interfaith Observer, etc. Together with her writing partner Braja Sorensen, she's co-authored Yoga in the Gita: Krishna & Patanjali, The Bhakti Dimension, due out in 2016. Presently, Catherine is editing the first volume of poetry by contemporary women in the Bhakti Yoga tradition via her latest project "Vaishnavi Voices". A lover of nature, Catherine divides her time between her two homes in Northern Florida and Southern Virginia, painting, quilting, and writing poetry, among other artistic activities. You may connect with her on Facebook or visit her website:catherineghosh.com

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  1. Sarah Courtney DeanAugust 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I love this thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Sarah. I am so happy you love it! :)

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  2. What a magnificent expression of drawing on the love and strength of Goddess! I can feel the rhythm of my own heart beat with the cadence of your poem expanding the love in my heart and soul and sending it back out into the world!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary! I love imagining that. xox

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