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Sophia, the Goddess arising: Psyche, Parvati, and Shakti: Goddess energy and kundalini
excerpted from OM, baby! a pilgrimage to the eternal self, by Jack Haas
After our two months- of receiving vast blessings and benedictions from India- had come to their end, my soror and I flew back to Canada where it soon became obvious to me that although the pilgrimage was over, the journey was not about to end.
I say this because I realized after my return to the 'western' world, that I had gone east so that I could then return to the west with the inner expansion which the east provides. Without such expansion I would have remained within the effortful confinement of the worldly paradigm, and so I would not have been capable of attaining the next stage of my cosmic increase. Which is to say, I would not have been capable of receiving …Sophia.
Sophia is the cosmic Goddess, the one who contains all aspects of the Mother Goddess, and yet is beyond all of these aspects as well. She is of the earth and of the heavens.
Sophia is the House of God, and the bride of Christ. She is a living, infinite, divine, archetypical spirit. She is also the consummation of the Christ path, in that She assists in the transfiguring union of spirit and flesh. She is our most expansive, macrocosmic, female self. She is God.
Sophia is the Tao of heaven and earth. Sophia is the cosmic body of Christ; Sophia is the feminine aspect, the Shakti of Issa, the eastern Christ.
Unfortunately for the west, Sophia has all but been buried under the festering mound of conventional religion. However, She is real, and infinite, and waiting for humanity to embrace Her once again.
When we are united as being and non-being, spirit and flesh, Sophia and Christ, then we are one, the om, dynamic timelessness- the all-encompassing Tree of Life, pulsating in the living now of the Self which is beyond personality.
This happens as the kundalini within rises upward and out of the lotus- the crown chakra- exiting the confines of the body. Through this opening, at the top of the head, the serpentine flesh-consciousness is united with spirit, and Earth and Heaven commingle into one.
Though duality merges at the third-eye, the inner soul cannot get out through that chakra, but only through the crown chakra.
The inner sanctum lies above the crown chakra, in 'the thousand-petalled lotus', as it is called in the east. This is where Sophia rises out of the individual.
It is for this reason that Shiva is often depicted with his female aspect, Parvati, emerging out of the top of his head. It is also for this reason that most of the female Hindu deities are represented artistically as sitting upon a lotus- for they have risen into consciousness and then reside above the thousand-petalled lotus, which is the open crown chakra. 
This emergence of the inner, divine feminine is the alchemical stage of purification, when the soul, grown conscious and enervated from the overtures of the spirit, rises out of the flesh through the crown chakra. Thus the soul of matter has been freed from limitation.
The Mother energy exists initially as a potent, writhing mix of molten, primordial chaos- a viscous pool of ethereal, unconditioned prima materia- which dwells in the root chakra, which is the earth. She then rises through the individual, up the kundalini pathway, and is transformed into Sophia- or the Goddess, or Psyche- after exiting the physical form, through the top of the head.
The kundalini is thus the primordial snake-Mother energy, rising into flight through the transformative human body; the serpent taking wing. Thus the snake rises into the Christ, as the Christ descends into the snake. And they are one.
The kundalini merges like a double helix, and the dual-snaked caduceus is healed into one.
Immense energy is exchanged through the third-eye and crown chakra through which we are awakened to our eternal, androgynous, limitless true nature. 
Spirit becomes dense like flesh through the crown chakra. The flesh becomes light as spirit, through the same.
The rising of the kundalini ends as the absolute union of Mother and Father forces, in the astral inner sanctum where one is divine.
Because the spirit has descended into the flesh, the soul, housed in the flesh, can now rise into union with the spirit.
This is the Assumption of Mary, who was considered to be an incarnation of Sophia by the early Christians.
Thus the human body is a factory for the alchemical transmutation of the base ore, lead- the prima materia- into the precious metal gold, the consciously operating anima mundi, the world soul.
Humanity is the ephemeral bridge between the eternal below, the Mother, and the eternal above, the Father. To become both is to merge the divided waters into a living oneness.
The Earth is now connected to Heaven through the bridge of the transfigured individual. The mustard seed has grown into the Tree of Life.
Ascension has occurred. The individual is immortalized. The flesh is redeemed through the kundalini channel.
In the union of spirit and matter, via the kundalini, the body becomes as empty and vast as space.
A reversal occurs- the male becomes matter, and the female becomes spirit.
The physical becomes the chemical, the chemical becomes electrical, and the electrical becomes nuclear, and that is when the transmutation of matter into energy takes place. That is when the body becomes light. Transfiguration.
 The word 'Sophia' is mistranslated in the New Testament Bible as 'wisdom'. I say 'mistranslated' because although the word 'Sophia' might also have that meaning, most importantly it is the name of the Goddess who was and is the ubiquitous creatrix of the universe. This is my experience. It is for this reason that the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is one of the most profound architectural masterpieces in the entire world- because a building is often symbolic of the invisible force which it represents. For other reading on Sophia, I would refer the reader to Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy's book Jesus and the Goddess (originally published as Jesus and the Lost Goddess), as well as The Sophia of Jesus Christ, an apocryphal work which can be found in The Nag Hammadi Library.
 "History can only be sung into being upon the Poet's lyre,
thus in the hidden Mythology of the Ancient Mysteries
the heavenly theater stages the ultimate celestial romance:
The Love of Sky and Earth in the Totality of Unity.
Within this framework each must discover the dream of dreams: the awakening of the Redeemer,
He to whom Psyche is reunited (Two in One)." Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
 This outcome is historically symbolized by Hermes' caduceus, which shows two winged snakes intertwined around a pole. It is also the esoteric symbol showing the kundalini rising completely.
 This Assumption was finally acknowledged by the Vatican in 1950, by a simple statement in which the Pope declared: "Mary is holy."
by Jack Haas