My Mother was bipolar, and we had an intense love-hate relationship. Shortly after I moved
to Santa Cruz, my mother-- who was going through a phase of feeling very positive
about our relationship-- moved to Santa Cruz to be near me. My Dad had
Alzheimer's and she found a good home for him there. Within a few
months, she went into one of her depressions, blaming me for everything that
had gone wrong in her life. As I sat in meditation, feeling deeply confused
about this painful relationship, and praying desperately for help, I felt inundated by swirls of pink energy.
Then I felt an incredibly compassionate, reassuring female presence who introduced
herself as Pink Tara.
Thereafter, Tara visited me every morning for several months. Her
gentle council enabled me to salvage the difficult relationship with my
mother. Pink Tara has appeared numerous times since, both in response to
my personal needs and to the calls of my clients. Later I learned that the
Goddess Tara had been worshipped in India and Tibet since the seventh century
AD. The Buddhists consider her the female form of Avalokita, the Compassionate
One. Some people consider her a sister energy to Kuan Yin (from China) or
Historians have been unable to explain when and where this female form of
Avalokita emerged. Male historians seem reluctant to admit that this Goddess
appeared among women and peasants long before scholars and royalty took notice
of her. Many stories are told of Tara when she was the daughter of the Emperor,
before she became a Goddess. She was well loved yet deeply misunderstood by
her father. Consequently, her heart goes out particularly to those who have
Tara is well known for being accessible to anyone who calls to her
out of great need. Unlike those elite deities who require complex and demanding
rituals before they deign to make themselves known, shrines to Tara and
Kuan Yin are found all over the Tibetan and Chinese countryside, where any
peasant can walk in and make a humble offering. The proliferation of these
shrines bears witness to how many people have been blessed by visions of
the Goddess and by the granting of their prayers.
Just as Tara herself has no clear historical origin, Pink Tara has emerged
quietly, through myself and several other people. Pink Tara is the embodiment
of the pink heart ray. She is the Goddess of Gentle Strength. Pink Tara
is a kind but incisive, honest counselor for those who seek guidance about personal
relationships and matters of the heart. Many of my clients and students have
met her through me, and then some of them have been able to invoke her presence in their
own meditations. She comes to some in a visual form, to others in spoken form,
and to others as a profound sense of well-being. I do not actually see Pink Tara, but one of my students, who does see her, created the image above.
I have transcribed many of
Pink Tara's readings, and 25 of them can be found in a self-published booklet, Pink
Tara--Teachings of the Heart from a Goddess of Gentle Strength.
I also offer Pink Tara readings in person and by phone (808 345-5838).
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