Kali is the Hindu Goddess of Time and Change. She is a fierce warrior, wife of Shiva, the Lord of Death, and a kick butt goddess who is all about embracing chaos and change.
She’s my girl. Even though she always wears a necklace of human sculls, has a whole lot of blue arms, and never stops sticking out her bloody tongue.
Kali got all of her gnarly jewelry helping a fellow goddess fight off a whole battlefield of demons. Her bloody tongue came from sucking the blood from the head demon – and then putting the rest of them in her mouth. She was not afraid to do the unthinkable.
So Kali became associated with the chaos necessary for true transformation.
Accepting my daughter Teal’s death was such a moment for me. Like Kali, I stood in that hospital room surveying the scene of my broken, half-dead child and I knew what I had to do. God whispered in my ear, telling me that my destiny had arrived. I merely had to accept and say yes, and understand that I was not in charge.
We all must pass through radical re-awakenings at certain times in our lives. And if we’re paying attention, what we get is transcendence.
So it was in this present chaos that Grace occurred and I was delivered.
I always knew this time would come, when I would serve the world on a much bigger level. Though I never knew exactly what it would look like.
In a childlike way I always assumed it would involve phone calls, contracts, agents and possibly Oprah. But life provided a much truer, more powerful scenario – one that was sure to do the trick.
They call Kali ‘The Redeemer of the Universe’. For me, she represents the courage to get things done – even if they are unpleasant or frightening. And even if someone else doesn’t like it. Kali is about doing what you must do in service to God and your own purpose.
Before her death Teal introduced me to the Goddesses – an assortment of female deities from many beliefs that she prayed and meditated to every day. Only now, a year and a half after her death, have I begun to appreciate the truth behind their stories and the comfort of their support.
I’ve gotten to know them by using Teal’s pack of Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards, created by Doreen Virtue.
The entry for Kali reads:
I sing praises to those whose hearts accept the Universal order, which only appears to be chaotic and ever-changing. In actuality, everything is designed down to the smallest detail. The dance of the Universe is a happy one, with energy swirling and twirling in a never-ending celebration of life itself. Join this dance, dear one, and enjoy the remarkable journey of the weavings of the story of your life. Do not fear what appears to be a change or a loss. It’s only the transitioning orbit of energy interplaying with you and your loved ones. Embrace it as evidence that you’re alive. Embrace your deepest emotions as a signal of your true human essence.
And so it was that I met Kali directly the other day.
While meditating on the new Joy Studio I am about to launch, I envisioned a board meeting of my guides – and in walked Kali, representing the spirit of my project.
Kali was bold, direct, and fearless as usual. And she sat at the head of the table. So I feel powered up, a little braver than usual, and more ready than ever to give these newly inspired gifts.
As a friend pointed out – you can get a lot done with all those arms.
God Bless you Kali and the rest of the Goddesses. I dance with you like never before – and so I dance with life and with myself in a truly ecstatic waltz of joy.