Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha (Book Review)

Last year I found a book called TARA: the Liberating Power of the Female Buddha, by Dr Rachael Wooten. The author is a depth psychologist and Tara devotee. It had been on my desk for months. Whenever I'd walk by I'd think to myself, I need to sit down and meditate. Green Tara has such a cool vibe but her energy felt distant somehow. I finally started reading it again this week after meeting up with a friend; it turns out she'd been connecting with Tara too 😅

Tara is a powerful female Buddha - known as Wisdom Moon in her early incarnations. Wisdom Moon is said to have taken on the challenge of becoming enlightened. At the time, the common belief was that only men could become enlightened (haha). What it means to be enlightened is a separate topic, but if it includes clarity, compassion and having a bigger picture view of life - there is no reason why men and women couldn't both become enlightened. 

The name Tara translates as Star. The idea is that the goddess Tara connects you with that infinite light that lights up your life. Her energy is very specific. Tara appears as one of 22 colors or manifestations - almost like a prism. Each color vibration has a specific effect on our hearts and minds. This is where Tara's energy flows easily with energy healing or depth psychology. We can connect with the color vibration that resonates with the part of the psyche that we want to heal and integrate. For example; White Tara is calming and soothing, Green Tara embodies compassion, Orange Tara releases spiritual & emotional poverty. Black Tara is fiercely protective. 

Her purpose is to free us from fear and insecurity and ultimately, to free us from the cycle of rebirth known as samsara. Green Tara is best known; she fills us with healing and compassion, similar to Quan Yin in other traditions. The Green Tara mantra invokes all of these protections: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha. Then each color vibration is associated with a specific intention, mantra and healing power. 


As a Healer, I've found it helpful to connect with Tara and then to visualize whatever color vibration I need at that time. I have tried connecting with Tara by following the energy healing steps in Chapter 5 of Chakra Healing & Magick; just setting the intention to connect with Tara after attuning to divine light. Funny enough, I included a bright shining star in many of the book's energy healing visualizations. Bringing Tara in consciously was an easy next step. 

There are also traditional (beautiful) ways to connect with all aspects of Tara. Dr Wooten goes through a full Tara practice in the book including mantras and many visualizations. It's amazing how the energy shifts after a few dozen repetitions of the basic Green Tara mantra. What I love is that it's always the same energy that we're connecting with - a bright shining star. It's just the vibration that changes with our spiritual, emotional and psychological needs. 

Reiki hugs, 

Regina 



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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 



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