The term shakti refers to the creative power of divinity—what artist and teacher Ekabhumi Charles Ellik calls “the electric juice of life.” Shakti is personified by an array of revered goddesses who represent universal virtues and archetypal energies we all share. The Shakti Coloring Book was created to help you begin to activate the transformational currents of this sacred power in your own life—even if you’ve never considered yourself an artist.
With The Shakti Coloring Book, Ekabhumi invites you to a serious yet thoroughly enjoyable practice. This comprehensive guidebook begins with “Recognizing Shakti,” a survey of the goddesses and their traditional attributes along with the origin and purpose of mandalas, yantras, and sacred geometry. Part two, “Embodying Shakti,” discusses the creation of mystic artworks and the making of art as a spiritual practice. Part three, “Coloring Shakti,” presents 21 stunning images of goddesses paired with 21 mystic diagrams to color and meditate upon as portals to new insight, transformation, and, ultimately, self-realization. The book concludes with “Manifesting Shakti” a step-by-step training in creating a simple yantra (or “realization device”) to be used for purification and as a foundation for higher-level yogic practices.
“Making sacred art is a type of meditation,” explains Ekabhumi, “helping us to come into stillness, focus our attention, and align with the principles portrayed in our artworks.” Is there a virtue or trait that you would like to cultivate or strengthen? Are you looking for a way to deepen or expand your spiritual practice? Do you feel compelled by the beauty, mystery, and power of the goddesses? If so, The Shakti Coloring Book gives you a resource you will turn to time and again for inspiration, support, and self-expression.
“A tantalizing, nearly irresistible invitation to deepen your devotional practice as you color both inside and outside the sacred lines Ekabhumi so beautifully provides. Working with these gorgeous images will certainly provide hours of delight and deep pleasure. But if also performed with reverence and a full heart, real transformation is available as well. Try that with a typical coloring book.”
—Mark Morford, yoga instructor and author of The Daring Spectacle
“Unparalleled in its combination of rigorous research, precision, and exquisite beauty. I know of no other resource for the sacred art of South Asia as powerful, inspiring, and accurate as this one. Ekabhumi’s thousands of hours of care and attention show through. A masterpiece made available to the world.”
—Christopher Wallis, PhD, author of Tantra Illuminated
“A unique and rare contribution, The Shakti Coloring Book offers both the sacred art forms that are central to the classical Tantric paths and a wise elucidation of the meaning of these forms.”
—Aditi Devi, yogini and author of In Praise of Adya Kali: Approaching the Primordial Dark Goddess through the Song of Her Hundred Names
“A thoughtful, subtle, and evocative exploration of both craft and subject matter. This is no mere ‘coloring book’: it is a guidebook to painting as prayer, to artwork as sadhana—an indispensable and inspiring reference work for generations of sacred art makers and admirers to come.”
—Devi Bhakta (Michael Bowden), painter and author of The Goddess and the Guru