Hello. . . Here I am today, these early, and crisp December days in New York City. . .my studio nice and warm my thoughts wandering into poetry pages. . . pieces of music which move me, inspire me to stretch out and open my body to the vibrational pull. . .and I thought of You. . . thought of what I might say or feel if you were in front of me. . . and so I felt moved to write something down and share it with You . . .
“The observer is the observed. . . ‘ J Krishnamurti
My thoughts about Tantra, the path. . . for YOU. . .
What Tantra teaches is for you learn to respect and love your own body, love for others’ bodies. To really learn a reverence for your own and others’ existences. Tantra is the religion of the body. Of course Tantra moves past the body into a spiritual connection to source, but we ground through our senses as the pathway to this source. Tantra is the only religion that is grounded in the Earth, it has roots. Many other religions are more focused on spiritual essence being outside of you, above you, and not in your body. But in my belief, denying the body stops the vital flow of juice in the body, and stops a growth of life. That if we cut off from our bodies and follow religious practice that tells us that following the grandness of our bodies is bad, we are essentially cutting off from our very own life force. So we really want to try to unlearn and non-sense you have been taught about you and your body.
This new practice may require you to look at your thoughts throughout the day about your own body, about other peoples’ bodies. To begin to notice when you are judgmental, or notice when you are so enamored that you forget the person is a living being and you look at them as a tjing that you want to posses, disrespecting the natural creature that stands before you as a separate entity. This is often for ego fulfillment. The body is your beginning. Working on an evolved and expanded, open hearted led intention toward your body you will then open up the vast mystery of ultra life force connection which is spirit and resides inside of your body. But your body has to be purified of repression. Working toward a purification of the body is the very beginning basis of a Tantra practice. Often people have been repressing their bodies for many years and have become miserable and closed down. This may lead a person to live up in their head trying to fix whatever feels off to them, yet what they need to do is re-enter their own bodies and find a vitality through purifying energy flow. Removing blocks by first becoming aware of ones personal energy patterns, patterns of intentions and actions that work against their natural vital flow and lead us to living in a shame based or repressed state of regarding our own bodies. This will cause us to block our natural sexual energy and vitality.
Most people have been programmed to be somewhat tight. They don’t breathe. If you notice your own breath right now. Notice where your body expands when you inhale and releases when you exhale. Notice that perhaps you don’t breathe, out of fear, out of fear of your own sexuality. Just start to notice your breath again and I will be back in just a few minutes.
Checking in with your breath. . .
I always go back to the breath because a the very basis of any Tantric or Holistic living practice is learning to tune into connection with your own natural breath and connection to the sensoric experience in your body. Making a practice of checking in with yourself over the course of every day is where we begin cultivating a practice. Checking if you are holding tension in your body and finding a way to release that tension through sensoric awareness and acceptance. Checking in if you are able to be fluid or if your are rigid and uptight. This is the basis for being able to go more deeply into Tantric practice and union with a greater life force through clarity of your emotions and intentions. Honesty in your authentic voice, in your own life. So working first on becoming more grounded in the essence of your body is the very nature of Tantra.
. . . Speaking about looking at your own body as divine. . .
Lets look at how you relate to your own body. . .
Do you look into the mirror and tell yourself you should look differently than you do, do you look in the mirror and see yourself as an object, one that ought to be given away to others in order to receive the things that you think give you value in life, rather than finding your own natural essence as your own value, and learning to take care of yourself?
Are you looking at your body as a machine, something that can help prove your validation in the world through things that you can do physically that will then give you a sense of pride?
Or do you look at your body as something that is a very beautiful creation from God through which you can access a spiritual connection to a greater life force? Do you see others in this same way. . . can you look past their skin, your own skin, your form, their form and see, feel inside of them the spirit that is Creation. . . can you look within and see, feel the spirit that is Creation?
Big Kiss xo, Dakini