Chiti shakti is consciousness in which energy is not latent, but an inherent part. The energy cannot be separated from consciousness. Instead, consciousness and the energy with which it is enacted are indivisible in the concept of chiti shakti. Some teachings separate the notion of chiti shakti into God and nature, or purusha and prakriti, but others say that the division of this is arbitrary.
Yoga philosophy states that chiti shakti, or awareness which is energy, has the will to know its own power and strength. It is for this reason that the universe is manifest -- because chiti shakti has the will to know itself and its power.