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SPIRITUAL: Spiritual At-one-ment
sexual beliefs and spirituality
Yin & Yang
raising the serpent power
identification - assuming the godform
alchemy - sublimation (ennobling)
merging as god/goddess
unification with the Beloved
meditation and mysticism
Coins in the hand
Can be stolen,
But who can rob this body
Of its own treasure?
The last thread of clothing
Can be stripped away,
But who can peel off Emptiness,
That nakedness covering all?
Fools, while I dress
In the Jasmine Lord's morning light,
I cannot be shamed --
What would you have me hide under silk
And the glitter of jewels?
So long as this breath fills your nostrils,
Why seek out fragrant flowers?
Peaceful, compassionate, patient, already your own master,
Why do you need to cross your legs to Know?
Once the entire world is yourself,
What could a life of solitude add?
O white Jasmine Lord --
Love and Devotion
"Mystic love is experienced from soul to soul.
We have to remember that we are not the body.
In reality we are soul.
When we become lost in the Master,
what is happening is that our souls are merging.
This is an experience that is independent of the physical body.
It can be compared to two lights moving
closer and closer until they occupy the same space."
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, 1991
I am a sculptor, a moulder of form.
In every momment I shape an idol.
But then, infront of you, I melt them down.
I can rouse a hundred forms and mix them with spirit.
But when I look into your face,
I want to throw them in the fire,
Do you merely fill this drunkard's glass!
Or do you really oppose the sober?
Is it you who brings the ruin to every house I build!
My soul spills into yours and is blended.
Because my soul has absorbed your fragrance, I cherish it!
Every drop of blood I spill says to the earth:
I blend with my Beloved when I participate in love.
In this house of mud and water
My heart has fallen into ruins,
Enter this house, my Love, or let me leave.
Sexual Beliefs and Spirituality
Keith Hall teaches Tai Chi, Tantra and Tantric Qi Gong in Rockville, MD.
Our fascination and fear stem from the fact that the energy of eroticism is the most powerful primal force within ourselves. The Ancients of all cultures revered and worshipped this force particularly in the form of the Goddess. Lilith, Astarte, Parvati, Isis, Hecate, Venus, Kerridwin, Freya, Ixchel, Tara, the Virgin Mary - all are Goddesses revered in antiquity for bringing forth life, divinity, and wisdom through the mystical power of sexuality. Historically, Tantra arose from the worship of these Goddesses and woman's innate link with the energies of creation.As Tantra evolved in India, Tibet, Egypt, and
China, adepts of yoga and meditation tapped into
increasingly powerful and efficient techniques for safely
accessing the cosmic forces inherent in sexual energy.
What had begun as awe and mystery became a science.
Schools arose to instruct initiates in precise methods to
awaken this primal life-force and master it's use for
healing, ecstasy, and enlightenment. Later, as war and
other forms of technological manipulation increasingly
arose in civilization, patriarchal societies developed and
Man's awe of Woman's fertility and cosmic sexual capacity
turned to fear. Out of the desire to dominate rose the need
to subjugate and control that which they could not
understand - Woman's overwhelming power to create the
Universe as Goddess, her tremendous and mysterious
connection to " the starry dynamo in the machinery of
As this Age of Darkness descended on the world,
persecution of those who possessed the secret of the
erotic/divine connection soon followed, and continues to
this day. From the 13th century Moslem invasion of
Tantric temples that resulted in the wholesale slaughter of
Tantrikas and destruction of manuscripts, to the burning of
the books of Wilhelm Reich in 1957 New York, our
left-brained patriarchal paranoia has until recently
succeeded in suppressing this knowledge. The resultant
war between our higher selves and society's prejudices in
this regard has led to our psyches being badly fragmented
and the entire planet's survival threatened.
As a spiritual path for attaining union with God,
Tantra accepts the body, senses, sexuality, and emotions to
help us evolve spiritually. Tantra does not force us to make
a choice between being spiritual or sexual and encourages
us to fully enjoy the world we live in as a way to discover
our higher nature. As we begin to realize our own Divinity,
we can see the Divine in our beloved, in all people, in all of
Paramahansa Yogananda, in Autobiography of a Yogi,
relates accounts of the Mahavatar Babaji and his disciples.
Recently revealed in its entirety, Babaji's Tantric Kriya
Yoga is probably one of the most advanced and powerful
spiritual discipline available on the planet. The central
practice of this rich tradition is the Cosmic Cobra Breath.
As it prepares the body for the conscious movement of
Kundalini (Life-force), this ancient breath technique was
long held secret because of its great power.
Ipsalu Tantra is
the most accessible form of Tantric Kriya Yoga that is
taught in this country. In this lineage, the focus is on
Self-Realization, attention to emotional clearing, in addition
to techniques for safely activating Kundalini. Methods are
taught to amplify and transmute sexual energy, to learn
true intimacy, to balance our male and female polarities,
rejuvenate the body, clear old patterns, and live in the
present moment while being profound, yet playful.
Our sexual relationships can become fuller vehicles for
intimacy, self-knowledge, and spiritual evolution. As you
make love, look deeply into the eyes of your beloved. Feel
the electric heat of your union rippling upward with your
breath, transforming into Divine Ecstasy as you gaze upon
the face of God. Practicing sacred sexuality primes the
mind and body to accept and amplify the creative life-force
and ecstasy that is slumbering within us.
Stanislav Grof, in Beyond the Brain, speaks of this Tantric
ecstasy as being "characterized by extreme peace,
tranquillity, serenity, and radiant joy. The individual
involved...experiences a blissful, tension-free state, a loss
of ego boundaries and an absolute sense of oneness with
nature, with the cosmic order, and with God. A deep
intuitive understanding of existence and a flood of various
specific insights of cosmic relevance are characteristic for
this condition." In Tantra, we know that this ecstasy
derives from Love, and Love is sex energy transformed.
To know the elemental truth of love, we must first accept
the divinity of sex and learn to worship through the senses.
Total acceptance and surrender to natural energies leads to
the most sublime experience.
Keith Hall teaches Tai Chi, Tantra and Tantric Qi Gong
in Rockville, MD.
Wheels of Life : A User's Guide to the Chakra System Anodea Judith
Eastern Body, Western Mind : Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self,
The Sevenfold Journey : Reclaiming Mind, Body & Spirit Through the Chakras Anodea Judith, Selene Vega
Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation Harish Johari
Chakras and Their Archetypes : Uniting Energy Awareness and Spiritual Growth Ambika Wauters
Color and Crystals : A Journey Through the Chakras Joy Gardner-Gordon
The ABC's of Chakra Therapy : A Workbook Deedre Diemer
Your Personality, Your Health : Connecting Personality With the Human Energy System, Chakras and Wellness: Carol Ritberger
The Chakras Charles Webster Leadbeater
Your Aura & Your Chakras : The Owner's Manual Karla McLaren
Wheels of Light : Chakras, Auras, and the Healing Energy of the Body Rosalyn L. Bruyere
Book of Chakra Healing Liz Simpson, Teresa Hale
New Chakra Healing : The Revolutionary 32-Center Energy System Cyndi Dale
Opening to Spirit : Contacting the Healing Power of the Chakras and Honouring African Spirituality Caroline Shola Arewa
"Wheels that Heal"
From the book Eastern Body, Western Mind — Psychology and The
Chakra System as a Path to the Self
By Anodea Judith
WHEELS THAT HEALThe chakra system is a seven-leveled philosophical model of the
universe. Chakras have come to the West through the tradition and
practice of yoga. Yoga (which means yoke) is a discipline designed to
yoke together the individual with the divine, using mental and physical
practices that join our mundane and spiritual lives. This goal is
achieved by passing through steps of ever-expanding states of
consciousness. The chakras represent these steps.
A chakra is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and
expresses life force energy. The word chakra literally translates as
wheel or dish and refers to a spinning sphere of bioenergetic activity
emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the
spinal column. There are seven of these wheels stacked in a column of
energy that spans from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
There are also 11 minor chakras in the hands, feet, fingertips, and
shoulders. Literally, any vortex of activity could be called a chakra. It
is the seven major chakras that correlate with basic states of
consciousness, and it is these that we will examine in this book.
The chakra system originated in India, more than four thousand years
ago. Chakras were referred to in the ancient literature of the Vedas,
the later Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and most
thoroughly in the I6th. century by an Indian yogi in a text called the
Sat-Chakra-Nirupana. In the I920s, chakras were brought to the
West by Arthur Avalon with his book, The Serpent Power. Today,
they are a popular concept linking areas Of a the body and psyche
with associated metaphysical realms.
Chakras are not physical entities in and of themselves. Like feelings or
ideas, they cannot be held like a physical object, yet they have a strong
effect upon the body as they express the embodiment of spiritual
energy on the physical plane. Chakra patterns are programmed deep
in the core of the mind-body interface and have a strong relationship
with our physical functioning. Just as the emotions can and do affect
our breathing, heart rate, and metabolism, the activities in the various
chakras influence I our glandular processes, body shape, chronic
physical ailments, thoughts, and behavior. By using techniques such as
yoga, breathing, bioenergetics, physical exercises, meditation, and
visualization, we cam, in turn, influence our chakras, our health, and
our lives. This is one of the essential values of this system—that it maps
onto both the body and the mind, and can be accessed through either.
Thus the chakras are said to have a location, even though they do not
exist in the physical sense. These locations may vary slightly from
person to person, but remain consistent in their overall relationship to
While they cannot be seen or held as material entities, the chakras are
evident in the shape of our physical bodies, the patterns manifested in
our lives, and the way we think, feel, and handle situations that life
presents us. Just as we see the wind through movement of the leaves
and branches, the chakras can be seen by what we create around us.
Based on their location in the body, the chakras have become
associated with various states of consciousness, archetypal elements,
and philosophical constructs. The lower chakras, for example, which
are physically closer to the earth, are related to the more practical
matters of our lives—survival, movement, action. They are ruled by
physical and social law. The upper chakras represent mental realms
and work on a symbolic level through words, images, and concepts.
Each of the seven chakras has also come to represent a major area of
human psychological health which can be briefly summarized as
follows: (I) survival, (2) sexuality, (3) power, (4) love, (5)
communication, (6) intuition, and (7) cognition.
"Tantra, Mantra, Yantra, and the Activation of the Chakras"In India today, mention of the word Tantra
from the book Spiritual Sex by Nik Douglas
inevitably leads to the related Sanskrit
words mantra and yantra. Tantra-mantra,
Tantrayantra, or Tantra-mantra-yantra are,
in modern Indian culture, virtually
synonymous. These three very similar,
related words tell of the subtle and immensely potent
interconnections between ourselves and the universe we
inhabit. A person who perceives and can apply the
interconnectivity of Tantra, mantra, and yantra has access
to tremendous personal power and unlimited spiritual
The sound of our breathing and our heartbeat are our most
personal mantras, as is our most intimate name. Mantras
are the keys to our identity; in Tantric tradition, they are
used to unlock our personal power. They are power words
or phrases, loaded with energy derived from spiritual
realms. When they are repeated with willful spiritual intent,
they focus, empower, and transform the psyche.
A mantra is by definition a protection of mind. It can be a
personal prayer or chant, used in meditation, in ritual, and
in all types of magical acts. All archaic spiritual traditions
used them. In traditional Tantra, mantras are primordial
vibrations, revealed originally as spiritual insights, then
passed on from one initiate to another. By repeating such
mantras, following initiation, minds are protected and
connected, mental processes purified, and the spirit
The Kalarnava Tantra, an important Hindu text, explains
how a mantra gets its power:
The perfection of a Mantra is caused by the
power of transmis-
sion, by the teacher's grace, by the natural
effect of the Mantra, and by the reciter's
The first, simplest, and most potent Hindu mantra is om,
which is comprised of three sounds: aah, ou, and mm,
transcribed as aum. The threefold nature of aum or om
reflects its triple interactions on every level, from the very
subtle to the gross. From om follow all the other mantric
seed-syllables, which, by their subtle and gross vibrations,
manifest and define the invisible and visible universe.
The word yantra means "instrument." Our
body is our sacred yantra, through which
we communicate spiritually. In traditional
Tantra, yantras are viewed as mystical
diagrams, the tools of Tantra that define,
contain, and channel what is normally considered
undefinable and uncontainable.
In some traditions of Tantra, special postures, generally
derived from Hatha Yoga, are used as yantras and are
dedicated to specific tasks or functions. By a process of
resonance with spiritual energies or divine powers, created
through use of the human body as a yantra, the whole
process of spiritual evolution can be sped up.
The use of mantras in conjunction with yantras enhances
the whole process of spiritual evolution. This is a secret
science and an occult art. It is an authentic ancient teaching
derived from shamanism. For success in the use of
mantra-yantra interactivity, initiation is key.
As can be seen here, oral evocations are inherently
powerful and are used prolifically in Tantric practices.
According to Tantric tradition, the five principle Chakras
are activated by five seed-sounds (known as bija mantras).
These are the sound lam in the sex center, vam in the
assimilation center, ram in the navel center, yam in the
heart center, and ham in the head center. In Tantric rites
devised to awaken the Kundalini Shakti and guide the
potent evolutionary energy through these five principal
Chakras, these five seed-syllables are used. They are
evoked at each of the centers.
The whole procedure of awakening and
channeling the Kundalini energy is a
mystical process, not a physiological one.
Tantras teach different methods, some of
which are closely guarded secrets. The
identity, however, of the five primary Chakras and the
seed-sounds used to evoke and transform the Goddess
energy at each of them remains consistent. The overall
picture of the relationships among the parts of the fivefold
Chakra system looks like this:
These five principle Chakras and their "correspondences"
are of prime importance to the Tantric practitioner and to
anyone earnestly desirous of practicing spiritual sex. The
elemental and sensual correspondences of these five
Chakras are key to taming the "wild horses" of
consciousness and empowering one's spiritual evolution.
These are easily accessible truths that can be applied in a
straightforward manner, with just enough mysticism to
make spiritual sex interesting rather than mechanical.
The fivefold correspondences aid the process of
self-realization, steering the raw sexual energy through the
various stages of refinement down the Tantric path. These
correspondences help focus the mind, help structure and
organize the normally disorganized, and by the powers of
resonance, speed up the evolutionary process.
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"What is Spiritual Sex?"
from the book Living Life In Love by Peter RengelIf you are here on the planet to become more loving
and to evolve spiritually, how does sexuality fit into
your picture? In most spiritual traditions, sex has long
been held as an obstacle to Enlightenment. It has been
seen as something to overcome, to transcend, or to go
beyond. Vows of celibacy have often been praised as
seekers try to conquer the "burdens" and "illusions" of
earthly desires. The underlying and usually
unquestioned assumption is that sexual denial eventually
leads to Enlightenment.
But isn't Enlightenment the realization that all the
Universe is contained within the infinite depths of your
Heart? And doesn't all the Universe include your
sexuality and your lust? Are you supposed to somehow
cast out an integral part of your own humanity in order
to become a fully-realized person? Celibacy may occur
in a natural, organic way as you embrace all aspects of
your sexuality and go through to the other side. But to
try to force it upon yourself is destructive. It may be a
by-product of your evolution, but it is not the goal.
The spiritual vow
To give up sex
Instead of celibacy.
Lust no longer smolders
When the hot name of
Your sexual desires
Easily and effortless!,
Becomes a cool breeze
When sex is nonflammable
Celibacy will surprise you.
Sexuality can be a vehicle into spirituality rather than an
obstacle to it. One way to express your desire to be
reunited with God is by merging with another person
through sharing your sexuality. The more deeply you
feel the longing to return Home, the more deeply you
may want to free your sexual nature. And that very
expression, when realized as such, adds fuel to the most
significant fire there is: the burning up of the human ego
and the subsequent dissolving of the illusion of
separation. The gift of your sexuality is that it is a
profound modality for the ecstatic affirmation of human
Love. Why not include sex and God in the same
breath? Why would you ever want to see them as
opposing forces rather than as partners?
Sex and God
Transcending your sexuality
To become more spiritual is
An Enlightenment illusion.
When God touches your Heart,
Your sexuality is awakened.
Your body lights up and Your life lightens up.
Sexual expression can be frightening. It is a movement
from everyday limited levels of consciousness into an
expansion of your energetic aliveness. Two activities
that challenge the ego structure down to its very core
are meditation and sexual/emotional expression. Both
require letting go of the negative mind's usual control
over you. The mind/ego has power over you whenever
you make negative thoughts real by focusing on them.
In meditation and in sex, in order to become the master
of your mind, you must escape from its traps that keep
you absorbed at the level of thought. You achieve
ultimate freedom if you can access a place inside
yourself that lives only in the present tense, not trying
to go anywhere or to accomplish anything. In this
receptive state, Love happens. Fulfillment happens.
Happiness happens. Union happens.
The mind wants you to be at its every beck and call. It
becomes very threatened if you surrender into the flow
of sexual energy. Therefore, it tells you that sex is
wrong, or a waste of time, or an addiction, or not
spiritual enough. Or it starts a fight with your lover
when the possibility for a new level of sexual intimacy
is available. Listening to your mind's negativity has you
miss the bliss that you could be experiencing if you
were to truly let go into the formless. Dive in
underneath the superficial motivations of your sexual
desires to the deepest stirrings within your Soul.
Approach lovemaking with an attitude of reverence and
awe because untainted sex is the sharing of divine
nectar. With the safety created by this underlying
context, all avenues of pure sexual expression open to
The Lovers' Dance
Sexual seduction can be
A lovely dance between
Tension and relaxation.
If you frolic together
In a free form flow,
You start waltzing
With your divinity
What, then, is "spiritual sex"? Take a moment to
envision your ideal of two people engaged in "spiritual
sex." Do you picture candles and incense burning? Do
the lovers bow to each other, kiss one another's feet,
and then sit in the yab-yum position (cross-legged, one
on the lap of the other)? Do they see the whole
Universe in each other's eyes? Do they gently breathe
together, barely moving? Have they transcended the
trappings of hot, animal lust? Are they beyond the need
for genital orgasms?
Whether your pictures are similar to these or not, notice
if you do have any ideas of what spiritual sex is
supposed to be. What experiences are spiritual lovers
supposed to have? Just notice what your beliefs are.
Then, see if the following questions challenge those
What if spiritual sex has little to do with how
spiritual it appears to be?
What if spiritual sex is much more
encompassing than you have envisioned?
What if holding on to your pictures of
spiritual sex limits the possibilities of other
What if spiritual sex has more to do with the
intention of the lovers than with the activity
Spiritual sex arises out of both partners' desire for union
through uninhibited self expression. What if you are
here on earth not to transcend your humanness, but to
revere yourself exactly as you are right now? You are a
fascinating combination of a heavenly
angel/god/goddess and an earthly animal/beast. As you
let go into the formless with the intention to become
one with your lover, what can emerge is a dance back
and forth between your god/goddess and your animal
urges. As your animal nature releases into an
uninhibited expression of lust, perhaps the absolutely
perfect spiritual union becomes available to you in that
moment. Then, in another moment, when you are
softly touching and looking into one another's eyes, you
have included your human, animal lust rather than
trying to bypass it. As you surrender to your lover's feet
in devotion, you can worship each other's divinity and
each other's humanness. In fact, as you let out your
lust, you create the foundation upon which to build
When your sexual roots
Explode into the Earth,
Your spiritual wings can
Fly freely into Heaven.
Are lust and Love enemies waging war against one
another or friends complementing each other? When
sexual energy begins to flow, you can be overpowered
by your genitals if you let them sweep you into actions
that you regret later. You need not do anything about
your sexual arousal unless your Heart is in agreement
with your genitals.
Lust disguises itself as Love
Only when you have failed
To know Lust intimately.
Enjoy the burst of Life
From Lust's explosion,
But do not be fooled
By a fickle turn-on.
Lust needs no Heart,
But Love is enhanced
When it includes Lust.
Sexuality can be a doorway into bliss instead of a
stumbling block to be overcome. Embracing both soft,
cool sex, and hot, lusty sex creates more colors with
which to paint a richer self-portrait. "Spiritual sex"
includes the entire spectrum from Life's rainbow, such
Diving into each other's eyes.
Tenderly touching each other's face.
Experiencing the pain of having any walls
Holding each other Heart to Heart and
letting your energy flow.
Being of total service to your lover.
Rutting like wild animals.
Crying as new doors open to deeper levels
Following your sexuality's own expression
without preconceived pictures.
Allowing yourself to be created into whoever
your partner wants you to be.
More magic happens if you allow yourself to be seen as
an archetype. You can be the most beautiful or
handsome person in the history of humankind, or the
sexiest, lustiest human on the planet, or a Greek God or
Goddess, or more in Love than any couple has ever
been. As you surrender into the unknown, new
possibilities arise from the innocence of your creativity.
The reward for your risks is a surprise that delights you
and relights your Love.
If you let go of your thoughts about how sex should be,
new experiences become available to you. Pure
sexuality arises out of a more fundamental core within
your Being than your mind. You can enhance your
arousal by using energy from thoughts. For instance,
you may turn yourself on with phrases like "I love
you!" or "This is really hot!" or "This feels great!" or
"Jesus!" With an enticing mental image, "Shazam!" - an
orgasm is triggered. As you further explore the dance of
sexuality, you may be blessed with orgasms that arise
from a place beyond thoughts. There, you touch the
source of all Life.
Profound orgasms unfold when
"You" dissolve into Love's void.
If you allow a thought-free energy
To pulsate throughout your Being,
You are swept into a Reality where
Time is not and Perfect Silence is.
Do you know the tantric secret about orgasms? While
releasing into orgasm, you can perform "white magic"
by visualizing ways you would like Life to be, You can
picture anything, such as being deeply in Love forever;
or money flowing abundantly in your life; or the healing
of a friend or relative; or finding relief for the hungry or
homeless; or the whole world living in harmony.
What you envision at the moment of orgasm plants a
seed within that level of consciousness. Because you
are so open, your picture filters down through all the
other layers of consciousness. It eventually shows up in
your outer world, if you do not let doubt get in your
way. You can actually change your everyday Reality
through this "white magic."
With this additional incentive, what are some ways that
can you take yourself deeper into Love and into sex?
By embracing all sexual acts.
By integrating the lust-filled, sex-hungry
animal and the soft, gentle angel.
By being sexually creative and not settling
for a sexual routine.
By being sexually curious and discovering
what you want to explore next.
By being willing to ask for 100% of what
you want without expectations.
By allowing the energy to freely dance between talking,
emotional vulnerability, soft, cool sex, and hot, lusty
What are the actual experiences that are available out of
diving into intimacy? They are boundless and infinite.
Donna and I feel more in Love than any other couple in
the history of humankind; and we want every other
couple to have this same feeling. We are head over
heels in Love with each other about 99% of the time
(or is it "heels over head in Love"?). After ten years of
intimate sexuality, we feel like we are at the very
beginning of exploring infinite realms of relating. We
have psychic experiences which indicate that we are
attuned to one another in the natural way that all of us
are meant to be. We are often moved to tears of
gratitude for being in each other's lives and touching
each other's Soul. We know that at least one other
person on this planet accepts us completely, loves every
deep, dark corner of us, and lets us feel absolutely safe.
We sometimes see each other as all men or all women,
so that we can fall in Love with all human beings
through each other. Through our respect for each other,
we feel a sense of reverence and awe for all human
beings as gods and goddesses. We have the opportunity
to worship another god/goddess disguised as a human
being from a place of true surrender and devotion.
As you fully embrace your animal nature, a profound
integration of Heaven and Earth emerges. As you
celebrate the gift of your sexuality's unique expression,
you discover that you do not have to wait until you die
in order to be liberated. As your Hearts and your sex
soar together, you free yourself to celebrate in
Heavenly bliss while still in your body.
With Love, there is nothing to free yourself from.
There is no place to try to get to nor anything to
accomplish. Love includes and embraces the entire
Universe. Nothing is an obstacle to overcome because
you have already arrived.
The classic descriptions of the Tantric orgasm talk about aunitary or fusion experience. This is where it can get a little
confusing. It is possible to have some sort of fusion
experience via drugs, at a party, dancing, at a sporting
event. The energies harmonize and merge and there is a
moment where you feel like you are "one."
The "oneness" of any real Tantric experience, however, is
radical oneness. It rips your mind off. It alters your view
of reality. It forces you to reconsider the purpose of your
life and who and what you are. It takes you closer to
answering the question "Who am I?"
If your intent is to do Tantra, then the bottom line is that
you need to have a regular meditation practice or similar
self-discipline for self-transcendence that gives you the
all-important reference point. Then your involvement in
sex means you are bringing an enhanced awareness via
meditation to your sexual experiences.
In yoga, it is recognized that there are three levels of
energy: tamas, rajas and sattua. Sex that is crude, violent,
selfish, unredeeming, where people are treated as if they
are objects without feeling, is tamasic. As the sensitivity of
the partners is undeveloped, they resort to gross stimuli in
order to "get off." Tarnasic sex is symbolized by the color
Rajasic sex, which most people would call good or great
sex, is passionate, thrilling, romantic, exciting. As it has the
qualities of fire, it is symbolized by red. While far superior
to tamasic sex, it often leads to frustration unless sattvic
consciousness is introduced as the relationship matures.
For example, a hot-cold involvement, as in the expression
"the fire went out," may develop. A typical response is
either to find a new partner or keep the relationship but
have an affair. If the conflict further degenerates, then the
classic love-hate relationship results. Tamasic behavior
such as verbal or physical violence tends to dominate.
Sattvic sex, which is the Tantric or sacred sexuality path,
incorporates the qualities of openness and space so that
lovemaking is experienced as beautiful, meditative, healing,
serene, flowing, peaceful, heart-felt, profound, blissful,
harmonizing, mystical, spiritually beneficial. No longer a
problem, sexual energy now contributes deeply to your
personal growth path and overall sense of fulfillment.
Through sattvic, Tantric loving, the sex energy is
harmonized with the spiritual life and its powerful energies
made available for love, healing and self-transcendence.
Sattvic sex is symbolized by the brilliance of the rising sun
which, when it reaches its zenith, radiates a dazzling white
brightness that burns away the ego.
In practice, most loving couples will find they tend to
alternate between rajasic and sattvic lovemaking. They
may even go through times when sex seems unimportant,
only to emerge a few months later into a period of fiery
passion where lovemaking is fresh and exciting again.
The intelligent desire to make love and experience a
meaningful union should be allowed to arise from within as
a spontaneous flowering. Rigid rules for spiritualizing sex,
even if well intentioned, tend to backfire, obstructing the
natural inner flow which knows the best way intuitively
The point of sex meditation or Tantric sex is that it will
take you out of your head and down into your body and
your heart. As Fritz Perls said, "lose your mind and come
to your senses." Tantra is all about learning to let go of the
mind and discover your supreme Self hidden deep in your
Paradoxically, by going deep into your familiar, physical
body in a conscious, loving manner, as a yoga, you
discover a deeper, truer body, a body that is pure presence
and has no form. When you are lost in love, when you are
swept away by the current of ecstasy during lovemaking,
when you are melting into the clear light space above your
head during the orgasm, when you are fused as one via the
Tantric energy climax, you experience this.
Tantra is about the lighthearted joy of bodylessness, of
formlessness. Admit it. During your really great orgasms,
you completely lost track of who you are, of your body, of
your partner--it all just simply melted away, overwhelmed
by the power. Usually, we are very wary of this idea of
having no body. But in Tantra we discover that it is; fun!
Ultimately, lovers have as their nature joyous, open,
luminous oneness. In Tantra, we go through the body to
the source of the body, to the true body. By totally feeling
the body, we actually taste a purity that is fully spiritual.
Yes, the body is the temple, but we must go deeply into it
and explore it completely if we are to find the inner shrine.
Awake and aware, we celebrate the formless ocean of
Raising the Serpent Power
Lama.Yeshe:Control of kundalini energy (=libido, sexual energy, naga energy) is important even in ordinary orgasm. You cannot have a perfect orgasm if you cannot control your energy. It is the same in tantra. You cannot experience perfect bliss if you cannot control your energy. The fact is that if we lose our energy, we have to energy to utilize. In order to use energy, we need energy. If we don't have it, we cannot use it. This is logical, and you can see it clearly from your own experience. When you concentrate well and control your energy, you can experience more bliss, which you then unify with the wisdom of nonduality.
If kundalini starts to flow uncontrollably during your meditation and you begin to experience orgasm, try as much as possible to hold it and have it expand inside the secret chakra. Try to hold the energy there as long as possible. The longer you can hold it, the more pleasure you will experience and the more possibility you will have of utilizing that pleasure by unifying it with the universal reality of nonduality. In this way, you learn to control your body as well as your mind.
Lama Yeshe: further readingLama Thubten Yeshe: The Bliss of Inner Fire, Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa (from
lectures given in 1982-83, eds. Robina Courtin, Ailsa Cameron, 230 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1998)
Introducation to Tantra - A Vision of Totality (from various lectures given between 1975-83, ed. by J. Landaw, 173 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1989);
Lama Yeshe: The Tantric Path of Purification (from various lectures given between 1974-82, ed. by Nick Ribush, 311 pp, Wisdom Publ./USA 1995).
Identification - Assuming the Godform
Through the process of identification and Assuming the Godform, it becomes "as if" were embody that Divine archetypal Spirit in either male or female form. In the case of tantrikas, it is the assumption of the vision of one another as Shiva and Shakti.
According to Jungian psychology, the gods exist in a symbiotic relationship with humanity. We serve them and they serve us, providing we learn how to cotnact them consciously. Both Magick and Yoga provide remedies which allow the soul to begin its journey home. The magicakal tecnique begins with the following:
1). Rigorous practice in the development of visualization ability.
2). Thorough study of the characteristic god-forms, powers, functions, and attributes of each sphere. This research is enhanced by outing to museums and art galleries, viewing aesthetic representations of the god in great paintings and sculpture. Literature make a wide range of references to the gods.
3). The astral god-form is contemplated in creative imagination daily until its radiant form takes on dynamic life to the aspirant.
4). Presuming the rite is absolutely necessary for the aspirant, s/he now proceeds to the ceremony of invocation, the calling-in of the form into the magickal circle.
5). The aspirant then becomes identified with the force he desires to manifest. Using will and imagination, he picttures the astral form permeating his Body of Light. This coincidence of form transmutes the aspirant, inbuing him with the qualities of the god. They are unified through this vivid realization. For a more detailed account and examples, see Israel Regardie's Tree of Life.
6). The aspirant moves in an ordered sequence through identification with the rulers of each planetary sphere. Each moves him one step up the ladder of the planes, until he embodies perfect realization of the qualities of all these entities. He arrives at the One through the Many.
alchemy - sublimation (ennobling)
merging as god/goddess
Lama.Yeshe:The nuclear essence of tantra is that the human being is the deity. The human being is the god; the human being is the deity. I have to emphasize this. We have the qualities of the deity within us. You always think that the deity is something rarefied and inaccessible, but through tantra you can touch the deity, recognize yourself as the deity. That's why it is very powerful. Buddhism teaches that the basic human problem is the ridiculous thought that we are hopeless. This way of identifying ourselves damages our human quality. Therefore, we need to discover the divinity within us, the divine qualities that are already there. Buddhism is really so realistic, so scientific, so down-to-earth, so clean-clear: human beings do have a pure nature and divine inner qualities, so they should recognize and unify with them. And according to Lord Buddha, the way to recognize our divine qualities is not simply to know that they are there, but to act, to act. The way to act is to practice tantra. Tantra is not about words; the essence of tantra is action.
unification with the Beloved
meditation and mysticism -- divine melody, celestial music, at-one-ment
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