by Walter Last [Edited]
Sexuality is closely related to spirituality in several ways. In its negative aspects of lust, sexual excess, degradation and rape, it appears as the antithesis of spirituality, and in this light it has been seen in the Christian tradition. However, in its positive aspects our sexuality can open our heart to love, and enable us to have experiences similar to meditative states and mystical bliss during or instead of an orgasm and its afterglow. In a less obvious way, sexual energies can be channeled upward to develop our energy centers or chakra system and higher energy bodies. According to esoteric and yoga teachings, this is all part of our spiritual evolution.
The idea of celibacy for priests, nuns and monks is to spiritualize sexual energies as in meditation, rituals and other devotional practices. While this generally involves conscious exercises as in yoga, Christian mystics commonly transformed their energies without conscious awareness through intense Continue reading
From Dhamma Wiki
Kapicitta is a term occasionally used by the Buddha to describe the agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behaviour of ordinary human consciousness (see for example Ja.III,148; V,445).
Once he observed: “Just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go only to seize another, so too that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night” (S.II,93). Anyone who has spent even a little time observing their own mind and then watched a troop of monkeys will have to admit that this comparison is an accurate and not very flattering one.
On another occasion the Buddha said that a person with uncontrolled craving “jumps from here to there like a monkey searching for fruit in the forest” (Dhp.334). In contrast to this the Buddha asked his disciples to train themselves so as to develop “a mind like a forest deer” (miga bhutesu cetasa, M.I,450). Deer are particularly gentle creatures and always remain alert and aware no matter what they are doing.
Monkey Animal Spirit
From Spirit Animals
The Seven Chakras: Natural Development and Sustaining Consciousness
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara): The memory center, muladhara, located at the base of the spine, creates a consciousness of time through the powers of memory. A person lives predominantly in this chakra during the first seven years of life, acquiring language skills, relationships and cultural ways.
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadishthana): Once the ability to remember has been established, the natural consequence is reason, and from reason evolves the intellect. Reason is the manipulation of memorized information. We categorize it, edit it, rearrange it and store the results. We open naturally into this chakra between ages 8 and 14. This center controls the muladhara, as does each progressively higher chakra control those that lie below it. Continue reading
From THE CHAKRAS
BY C. W. LEADBEATER
VITALITY AND MAGNETISM
The vitality coursing along the nerves must not be confused with what we usually call the magnetism of the man – his own nerve-fluid, specialized within the spine, and composed of the primary life-force intermingled with the kundalini. It is this fluid which keeps up the constant circulation of etheric matter along the nerves, corresponding to the circulation of blood through the arteries and veins; and as oxygen is conveyed by the blood to all parts of the body, so vitality is conveyed along the nerves by this etheric current. The particles of the etheric part of man’s body are constantly changing, just as are those of the denser part; along with the food which we eat and the air which we breathe we take in etheric matter, and this is assimilated by the etheric part of the body. Etheric matter is constantly being thrown off from the pores, just as is gaseous matter, so that when two persons are close together each necessarily absorbs much of the physical emanations of the other. Continue reading
The Occult Sun: Part One
By Elva Thompson, 2015
Everything is one of a pair of opposites…. The Kybalion.
Occult Tradition: the polarities of the sun
According to esoteric tradition the sun has two polarities, positive and negative: a physical sun and a spiritual sun. The seat of the sun is the third chakra of Fire and resides in the solar plexus of the human energetic system; this is also dual and can be divided into Fire rising (+), Fire at neutral, and Fire descending (-).
The rising sun
The dawn Sun is the movement of Fire rising upwards into the fourth chakra of Air (the heart field). The sound of Fire rising in Pythagorean intervals is the mystic 6th C+A. At twelve noon the Sun is at rest in the centre point, and then descends into the second chakra of Water (Emotions). Continue reading
Where in the World is Dantian?
By Sifu Anthony Korahais, 2012
The Chinese word dantian (丹田) literally means “elixir field”. A better translation is “energy center.” It is the natural center for your body’s energy. Dantian is important not only for energy arts like Qigong, but also for martial arts, especially Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kung Fu.
So where in the world is dantian?
Traditionally, it is located slightly below and slightly behind your belly button. The classical measurement uses a biological inch, which is the width of your own thumb. So your dantian is located 3 thumb-widths below and 2 thumb-widths behind your navel.
But if you go searching for dantian with your thumbs, you’re not likely to find it. First of all, dantian can be in slightly different places for Continue reading
Chakras & Dantians
By Elizabeth Reninger
What is the relationship between the chakras of Hindu yoga systems and the dantians of Taoist yoga systems? Chakras and dantians share a similar function. Both are spaces within the subtle body where energy (prana or qi) gathers. Taoist yogis – practitioners of qigong and inner alchemy – use the lower, middle and upper dantians to gather, refine and circulate qi (also spelled “chi”). Hindu and Buddhist yogis tend to use the seven chakra system to accomplish the same.
Does it matter which map we use to access the terrain of our subtle bodies? I tend to think not, but others might disagree. Many have speculated about ways in which the two systems relate to each other. In the neidan practice of the “Microcosmic Orbit”, we circulate energy/awareness in a way that traverses the dantians as well as the chakras. There are acupuncture points along this pathway that can be used Continue reading