Shiva and Shakti are the two powers that symbolise, pure consciousness and pure energy respectively. Shiva and Shakti had both now introduced me to their presence and given me an everlasting glimpse of what they both had to offer. Shakti, had come at tremendous force when she had made herself known, but Shiva had been a little more calm in his approach. I guess this was all going to make more sense as I stepped forwards into learning more about these two fascinating principles.
Shakti had been dominating the left side of my so called energy system, while Shiva had remained more hidden on my right. Both these energy systems needed one another to create harmony and balance, I had never known about this so called imbalance previously, only was it now that it was all coming to together. Shakti or energy is power and creativity, which in life leads to the processes of action, movement, inertia and change. Shiva on the other hand is pure consciousness, omnipresent, stable and unchanging. Both Shiva and Shakti are actually dualistic representation of the same. They are different sides of the same coin, separated when we came into existence. These two aspects cannot exist without one another, only when they combine will life’s conscious journey really start to commence.
For me I guess shakti had been dominating me for most of my life, she had been trying to give me the power to move forwards, embrace change and put me into action. Unknown to me at the time was that I was unconscious and asleep, shiva had been dormant and therefore shakti’s efforts had gone untended. He was now awake, consciousness had been awoken, I was ready now for shakti to give me her command. Energy without consciousness, is aimless, unstructured and misdirected. No matter how much time and energy you put into whatever you desire, if your consciousness is not active, it will not materialise. Just like consciousness without energy, is un-constructive and lies dormant. Shakti in effect is a magical projection of your life story, which can only be projected once the screen of Shiva has become fully active.
I knew that my energy had always been strong and powerful, but now I had found that it had always been aimlessly directed. A new entity had now entered my life, consciousness. I guess who I had become had been based on an overpowering left sided energy system (ida). I now had to find a new balance, I had to understand more about consciousness (pingala). I found myself starting to become a new person, as if I was leaving a old me behind. What I had identified myself with could no longer gave me confirmation, Who Am I? was the question that kept stirring around in my head. If Shakti had made me who I was, and Shiva was now showing me another side, then was what I had known all along an illusion? Things really were starting to get unnerving, but I had to keep faith. Having come this far there really was no turning back, where would I go? All I knew was that something was protecting me and it was this feeling that gave me comfort and strength to keep moving forwards.
‘There is no coming to consciousness without pain‘
– Carl Jung