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(Continued from Pt. 3 - EAST MEETS WEST: (In the "Shack")
A fourth 'entity', in addition to the 'trinity' of The Shack - Papa, 'Jesus', and Sarayu is Sophia - or 'wisdom'. Sophia portrays the "mysterious 'psychospiritual force' of Shakti".
Shakti has been defined as, "a cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini-shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force. Shakti Force is described as, "Devi Prakriti (a Shakti) in the context of Shaktis as forces unifies Kundalini, Kriya, Itcha, Para, Jnana, Mantrika Shaktis. Each is in a chakra. "
Shakti is then, in part, defined as 'Liberation'. It is after his meeting with this mysterious person, Sophia, that the main character of the book, 'Mack', finally begins to feel 'liberated', or set free, from his great burden of sadness.
In addition to this 'Liberation' there is also a connection to the Kundalini force, the 'Kundalini-Shakti' mentioned above. Pastor Larry DeBruyn exposes this connection in the following 'Herescope' article entitled, "The Shack: 'Elousia' and the Black Madonna":
"Kundalini is Sanskrit for “snake” or “serpent power,” named as such because of the belief that it lies coiled within the body ready to strike at any moment. (see Gen 3:1) Kundalini describes the mystical experience when energy enters the body and arouses the “sleeping serpent” via the chakras, vortices that penetrate the body and the body’s aura, through which various energies, including the universal life force, are received, transformed, and distributed."
"When that happens, . . .this transient moment of arousal is defined to include, 'physical sensations . . . clairaudience, visions, brilliant lights . . . ecstasy, bliss, and transcendence of self.' With this description in mind, let’s look at one incident in The Shack to see if Mack, the novel’s main character, experienced kundalini."
"Upon hearing the sensual Sophia ask him, during his journey into the darkness, 'Do you understand why you’re here?” the novel records that, “Mack could almost feel her words (clairaudience) rain down on his head first (the 7th chakra) and melt into his spine (the 1st chakra), sending delicious tingles everywhere (the 2nd chakra)."
"He shivered (physical sensations) and decided that he never wanted to speak again (transcendence of self). He only wanted her to talk (bliss) . . .' (Shack, p. 153). What do you think? Did Mack experience kundalini? If so, then it came to him at a spontaneous moment in the darkness via the voice of the goddess-like Sophia."
See Pt. 5 - SOPHIA: ('Wisdom')
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