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Baptism of Shakti: Light and Dark Rivers

It is said that Mary Magdalene would baptise others into the faith at the confluence of two rivers. Baptising in this way goes all the way back to pagan times. The meeting and merging of two rivers is a symbolic representation of what baptism means - the birth of a new being, forged from the alchemical fires of two seeming opposites, melded down into One unknown but familiar expression, outside of our dualistic understanding and cultural norm.
Baptism of Shakti:  Light and Dark Rivers

It is this kind of imagery that holds the key if we are to really understand the greater task of merging the Light and Dark Rivers. When they meet and meld within us, we are invoking the Baptism of Shakti. A fully liberated body, heart, mind saturation of serpentine euphoria and pulsating vibrant presence.

But first lets go back a few steps and come into contact with what the Light and Dark Rivers actually are.

These 'rivers' are meridians, nerve/light channels of subtle energy also known as nadis. They carry, transport and channel universal life-force in and out of our physical and spiritual bodies.

The Light River channels a very soft, passive, tender, loving, innocent, gentle flow of life-force, whereas the Dark River carries a richer, more voluptuous, pulsing, primordial, urgent flow of unchartered being-ness through our subtle veins.

The Light and Dark Rivers can also be personified as Lilith and Eve, the good girl and the bad girl from the creation stories in the Old Testament in the Bible. Before we go any further we have to realise this good/bad girl understanding is a false construct dreamt up by Patriarchy. This split between Lilith and Eve is what we most need to heal in both man and women. But to get there we will have to push past the church and their heavy doctrine, disregard and detach from the media and their 'you have to be/look/act this way' dogma and quite possibly move beyond our own judgment and fear.

Shakti, is a word that describes the creative divine presence of the feminine. You could say Shakti is the essence of vibrant health, feeling good in your own skin and feeling that your life has meaning and value.

Our task as women, and especially women of the Grail is to seek out the emergence of the Light and Dark Rivers within, and to then share that not only with our beloved partners in the realm of intimacy, but also as a representation and expression of a whole woman, out there in the world.

In the West we often imagine that the Dark River, Lilith is personified in pornography, prostitution, taboo sexual practises and dark novels or movies. But this representation is not the Dark River, this is patriarchy's idea of the Dark River. This is their love/hate relationship with the feminine. It is made up out of pure fantasy, projection and laced with their distaste for their own creation. We on the other hand, under the influence of patriarchy have denied and supressed our true connection with her, as her. Until we have retrieved and welcomed her back into the fold, we will always know something important is missing.

The true Dark River, or dark goddess emerges from the void. Pre-verbal, unknown, nameless, rhymic, intelligent and forward moving. A deep, yearning, longing that is willing to not know, willing to lose the grip of the mind and be transported into whatever is needed in the moment to serve the full glory of Creation. Her essence holds the key to ignite, catalyse, reveal and permit gnosis (direct knowing). This expression of the feminine is the medicine we most hunger for in this moment of our evolution. We are sick and tired of stasis, remaining the same, not getting anywhere&emdash;it is this Dark River that will demolish the false self, the inhibitions, the conditions placed upon us and the too small and too tight little box we have lived most of our lives in.

The Dark River as she flows will open us to gnosis, revelation and wild ecstatic freedom. Many people, hold back, fearing these dark waters will tip them over the edge, and they will become too wild, too ferocious and unpredictable. This is the voice of fear, that will always keep you from her. The dark goddess holds open the door to our full potential and empowerment, and urges us to take the extra step and reach for them.

The Dark River is the fierce feminine, sacred outrage and most needed expression on this earth at this time. She is unapologetic, brazen, bold, vastly intelligent, initiatory and mesmerising. But she does not harm. She does not harm, misrepresent, endanger, misinform, manipulate or coerce the self, or others. She lives outside of rule and order.

She does not harm any aspect of life. Her outwardly action is the shattering of lies, denials and illusion. Her inward action is initiation, revelation and authentic gnosis.

The Light River emerges from our sacred origins. She is exquisite tenderness, the sacred heart, purity and virgin light-power. The Light River is not passive, weak, naïve or ineffective. This again, is the false understanding as taught to us by Patriarchy. Eve, or the Light River's true strength flows within her purity, her absolute irrevocable union with what sustains, sources and births at the most incandescent levels&emdash;that is her virtue; her faith and knowingness of her own true nobility and elegance. She is graceful, dignified, compassionate, empathic, sacredly connected with all life, at peace and filled with devotional bliss.

Her touch, her glance, her voice, her body soothes, softens, eases and heals. Like the sweetest honey, the most refreshing spring water she brings us new life, faith and a restored vigour to join with life more than ever before. The Light Goddess holds open the door to our pure vulnerability and quiet humility, and encourages us to earnestly reach for them.

So, when we imagine the authentic coming together of these two… well, I am sure you can feel already, what that promises to deliver. Together, their fusion births us into an entirely whole and new reality. Her outwardly action is the comforting of the soul, healing of all wounds and the restoration of harmony on Earth. Her inward action is gentle guidance towards the heart, the softening of all that is rigid within and the restorer of trust, innocence and immaculate soverignity.

The Light River seduces our soul, as she pours us into the secret Rumi heart, bringing us into contact with our unspeakable purity and worship as we drown in devotion at what we find there. The Dark River loosens up our mind, shakes off our mask, vivifies our sacred purpose and makes real our soul memories and your reason for being here. As the two rivers come into contact and merge in the psyche, the long awaited union explodes the body, heart, mind into a third and currently unknown new being. Something the patriarchy has feared for a very long time, but the Sacred Masculine patiently longs and delights after.


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Anaiya Sophia

About the Author

Anaiya Sophia is an independent mystic of an almost forgotten faith and a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. She carries an Oral Transmission from the Sacred Feminine Mysteries which she weaves into all her gatherings. This mystical tradition is a continuous lineage with the Feminine Principle that throughout the centuries has preserved its spiritual dignity, without need for permission or recognition from any other source. Anaiya breathes the Wisdom of the Feminine Principle into the transformational processes we long for.

She recognizes the need for Initiation, and uses the vast intelligence of her years to orchestrate those Rites of Passage. Her methods carry the hallmarks of a mystic, so unmistakable in today's sugarcoated world of partial truth and placating love. Her ferocious allegiance to direct experience and radical revelation imparts a wisdom that enflames you.

Anaiya is no spiritual lightweight. She has spent the first half of her life soaking up the Christ teachings of the Sacred Heart and Mary Mysteries of the Holy Body. She now turns her attention to Gnosis - the absolute 'in your face' obliterating truth of Direct Connection!

Her realm of transformation lies within the internal conflicts and influences within us that resist the staggering awakening that lies before us. She beckons us towards the Initiatory Rites and powerful processes that ignite the Permission and Power to Speak Up, revealing our divine remembrance in ways that can, and must be lived. She addresses head on the many challenges that stand in our way and the inner alchemy to overcome them.

Her books include:

  • Open your Heart with Kundalini Yoga (Harper Collins, 2002)
  • Pilgrimage of Love (Lulu, 2011)
  • Womb Wisdom (Inner Traditions, 2011)
  • Sacred Sexual Union (Inner Traditions, 2013)
  • The Rose Knight (Lulu, 2014)
  • Sacred Relationships: The Practice of Intimate Erotic Love (Inner Traditions, 2017)

Anaiya lives in the Occitan region of Southern France with her beloved husband Pete Wilson. They operate a Bed & Breakfast where individuals and small groups can come and stay. All their guests leave forever changed.

Anaiya is able to conduct Baptism, Marriage, Divorce and Death Rite Ceremonies.

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