Last year was the first time I had read about the Hindu Goddess Kali. While I had seen pictures of her throughout my life, I was almost always shocked and frightened that people would not only worship and honor her but would also welcome her Divine Energy and Light into their lives. Of course after a few reads I thought, she is kind of badass and I like her. Even though the photos of her still frightened me.
To limit Her to just destroyer; would be to miss so much. She is also a strong mother-figure and symbol of fierce motherly love. She beckons us to dive into the dark, to face the stark truth of what we may not want to see, in order for us to Wake Up. She goes into the darkness with us, killing our demons along the way. The darkness heals us but it breaks our hearts, cracks our beautiful masks, and exposes the wolves in sheep clothing that are in our lives. We will be opened, exposed and raw. This is where truth and love finds us. This is where our strength, our integrity, our tenderness, and our fight for justice not just for us but for all of earth’s children finds us.
This is but a small picture of the beautiful complexity that is the Hindu Goddess Kali.
The Divine Feminine,
The Teller of Truth,
The Fierce Protector,
The Gentle Mother,
The Demon Slayer
All rolled into One.
Within us all, she lives. While she appears angry and frightful it is because she is Furious, her world, her children are in danger. She presides over the mysteries of both life and death. Kali intends her bloody war to be for the protection of her beloved children. She she is not evil. The Goddess Kali’s destructive energies on the highest level are seen as a vehicle of salvation and ultimate transformation.
She says NO, not this time, Not My Children!
Now, when I look into the mirror on hard days I see Her. She is standing with a sword at the ready; ready to fight. When I am faced with injustice, when my family is in danger, when my children are hurt, I invoke Her Righteous Anger. When the world feels dark and I feel alone, when there are battles to be fought and I feel too weak to fight them. I tell myself I don’t fight alone, I embrace all that she is and instantly I am ready to go to war!
I Have My Kali On!