“Shakti-Ma, how do I begin to write about her?”
I almost feel like there is no way to really describe her essence. The best I can do is to use my words to express my personal experiences of her, my adoration, and my devotion to her. As I’m writing this newsletter, I am in the mid of co-creating and co-teaching Shakti Initiation, a women’s yoga leadership training with my beloved sister Grace Jull. We have the fortune to be doing this program in beautiful Bali, a Hindu island in Indonesia. To both Grace and I, this island is Shakti-Ma. The island of grace, beauty, awe, rawness, wildness, simplicity, and magic, Here we find God and Goddess in every corner, humanity in its full array of expression, and different colors bursting forth from flowers, fabric and fruit enchanting us.
This is a land where God, nature, and human are in constant relation, and in a constant dance of harmony.
I believe to be human is to be spiritual. The human spirit is probably one of the most powerful energies on earth. Spirituality is not limited to monasteries, it exists in every household. In fact, it is in the animal kingdom, nature, and the whole universe.
This is our third year offering this program. In the first year, my mother passed away in the beginning of the program, and in the second year, my father passed away in the middle of the program. And this year, something in me keep passing away as I teach the program. I seem to be in a deep trance, eyes wide opened, and witnessing the serpent in me continuously undulating her long spine, and slowly meticulously shedding her skin. Everything that I teach about Shakti Initiation seem to have a life of her own. She has turned around and she is teaching me her language, her cosmic dance, her temperament, her depth, her unfathomable presence, power, and magic. My chakras are blown wide opened by her divine force, extraordinarily wisdom, incredible creativity, and her undying love.