In Service Through Sacred Sound

Would you like to taste freedom?  Join with others using simple sound practices to free your body and liberate your mind.  I went from a life of abuse, stress, and chronic illness to completely healthy, free to live a life I love, beyond my wildest dreams.  You can, too.

When we align our personal frequencies with the larger natural frequencies of the Universe, our nervous systems calm down and go off of high alert.  In these volatile times we live in, giving our nervous systems time off is essential for health and well-being, and creates a better world for all beings.

Shāktānanda Āshram, located on occupied Ssts ‘p-abc (Sammamish) land, is a place for gathering in community.  Founded on the Universal principles of Love, Compassion, Cooperation, Integrity, Grace, and Ease, we are a safe and welcoming space for people of all races, religions, genders, sexual preferences, and political leaningsRespecting our inherent right to self-determination is of the utmost importance.

We are a community āshram; a private residence has space reserved for gatherings of people from all walks of life and practitioners of all spiritual paths. We meet at pre-determined times to engage in activities that enhance our individual internal connection to the Divine as well as to each other in community.

Events at Shāktānanda Āshram use Matṛka Shakti, the power of Sacred Sound, woven together with New Thought principles that we co-create with the Universe.  The sacred sound practices are sourced from Indian Yogic Philosophy including Tantrism and Hinduism.  We honor and give gratitude to the elders and teachers who have preserved these practices and shared them so generously down through the millennia.  We strive to teach them as authentically as possible, in order to protect and honor their legacy.  Their purpose is to expand our awareness, so that we awaken to our true nature, and they enhance our experience of life on many levels.  Beneficial side-effects include an increased capacity to live in the world with peace and power.

Sacred activism is a responsibility we take seriously.  Sound is generative, including the words we speak and thoughts we think.  We use our voices backed up by our actions to create an inclusive, compassionate world.  We do this by using our time and energy to center indigenous voices, promote indigenous events, and using any privilege we may have to speak up for the purpose of dismantling systems of oppression and exploitation.

Shāktānanda” means the all encompassing bliss that comes from recognizing our true nature of Oneness with Shakti, also known as Consciousness in form.  Shakti is the power of the entire Universe, and is the power that animates our body/minds.  She is the source of our aliveness.

Āshram comes from the Sanskrit root śram (shram), meaning to make effort or to strive toward higher consciousness. Adding the ā at the beginning of a word in Sanskrit denotes the opposite of. So, āśram literally means with ease. It’s also closely related to āśrayaya which means refuge.

You are welcome to share your ideas for how this community space can be used for the benefit of our individual and collective journeys.

Devi Bhaktānanda offers spiritual coaching sessions, workshops and private sessions in chanting, meditation, and sacred art, leads kirtan, and hosts community events that encourage mindfulness and spiritual exploration. They healed a 8 1/2 year chronic disability through chanting Mantra for six short weeks back in 2007, which ignited their passion and insatiable appetite for ancient Indian spiritual practices, which has taken them to India for a combined 24 months over the last 10 years.  They claim multiple lineages, both in the US and in India, including Guruji Amṛtananda Nātha Saraswati of Devipuram, Gina Salā –> Papaji –> Sri Rāmana Mahāṛshi, Pt. Vāgish Shāstriji of Varānasi, and recently began studying Sanskrit and Non-dual Shaiva Tantra with Christopher Wallis.