The Shakti of Tradition

There are many traditions, each containing many distinct lineages. Common traditions include Taoist, Vedic, Tantric, Celtic, Christian, Egyptian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sufi and even extraterrestrial. Some people belong to Solar traditions and other to Venusian. I’ve met people from all kinds of traditions – I find it very interesting.

Your tradition may be a lineage of masters that specialise in devotion to a Celtic deity or specialise in Taoist philosophical enquiry. I believe that everyone already belongs to one tradition or another, whether they are aware of it or not, in the same way that we belong to an ethnic tradition. Though we may temporarily spend time with another tradition, ultimately we stay with one. And, like our ethnicity, we don’t choose our tradition – it chooses us. (What I am referring to runs much, much deeper than just personal beliefs.)

Dr. David Frawley discusses in his book Inner Tantric Yoga “The Question of Tradition”. He says that traditional lineages that have been developed over centuries carry a special internal power (Shakti) that assists seekers and connects them to the tradition’s masters and deity. Dr Frawley says, “Just as a scientist today cannot ignore the greater tradition of science and go far with his research, so too a real yogi cannot ignore the greater tradition of Yoga and go very far in his practice.”

Each tradition has its particular practices and it seems to me that sticking to them, and following your intuitive cues, is the best avenue for evolution.

The masters of your tradition are inwardly available to you if you are intuitively receptive, and even if you are not aware of it they are still helping you out. I’ve found that this internal tradition is like a stream of consciousness – a powerful river – with its own momentum that can carry you along. Initiations and ceremonies are powerful aids for coming in contact with them and aligning yourself with their flow of consciousness.

And it is important to remember that the masters of your tradition are in fact all aspects of the One – they are the manifest, dynamic expression of pure consciousness.

Here is a part of a prayer that I say every day. It has had a very big impact on my life and I consider it an essential part of my practice.

I prostrate to all aspects of the Divine,
To all the founders of the universal spiritual teachings
Conveyed in all the great spiritual traditions,
To the founder of my lineage,
To the great realised ancestors,
And to all living spiritual masters.

I am that Absolute Reality
that is the One without second
beyond the modifications of mind
the Self of the conditioned individualised soul
the bright and discriminative perception
that knows by the experience of oneness
the essence of monism.


6 Responses to The Shakti of Tradition

  1. Suzanne says:

    I think mine must be Jungian.

  2. Kiwi Yogi says:

    Yes, I have heard some things about that tradition. I don’t know much about the Jungian psychology but I understand that it has a lot to do with archetypes and Greek gods and goddesses like Apollo and Dionysus.

    I’ve blogged about Drs Hal and Sidra Stone who created the brilliant Voice Dialogue system. They were Jungian psychologists who seemed to be a part of that tradition. I really like their work and can see the Shakti that goes with it.

    I know a woman who did a course with them and said that they had very good energy about them – and coming from her that means their energy must have been exceptional. They had a very spiritually active son – Joshua David Stone.

    Also, I know a man who is able to intuit people’s tradition (he told a friend of mine who is heavily into Indian philosophy that he is guided by Chinese masters – my friend was a bit bummed but then he did practice Chi Kung) and this man visited Jung’s place in Switzerland and met his grandsons. He said that the energetic force (Shakti) that resides there was very strong – much stronger than he’d anticipated. I guess it’s like other holy places on Earth that seem to have a concentrated power and attracts people to express that power – like Assisi and Arunachala etc.

    Also, Jung investigated Kundalini and other Indian ideas. So he was not just some intellectual theorist – his work had a lot of shakti with it.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I did a paper at university comparing Jungian archetypes, Hindu gods and goddesses and Tarot card symbolism. They’re just the same. They’re ALL the same. Each tradition is just a slightly differently skewed reflection.

  4. Kiwi Yogi says:

    Yes, the Mother, Father, Warrior archetypes etc are more or less the same in every culture.

    I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this here before, but I remember Adyashanti saying that as his ‘experience’ of enlightenment deepens he becomes more and more archetypal. Curious.

  5. I know what he means. The unfolding story is less informed by defenses, resistance, and other manifestations of fear, so the characters that arise are perhaps closer to the source.

  6. Kiwi Yogi says:

    That’s a nice way to express it. šŸ™‚

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