Tantra Says….

Tantra says:

“There is joy in sex and there is frustration in sex. Because the moment of orgasm is very small. That moment can become very deep, that moment can remain there for hours. That moment, once you know the art of remaining in it, can surround you twenty-four hours. Tantra transforms sex.. It does not choose between the fascination and the frustration, it transcends both.

It uses sex as a key. And it is a key — because all life comes through it, all flowers bloom through it and all birds sing through it. All that you see around you, the green and the red and the gold, all comes through sex and is sex energy. All the poetry and all the songs and all the music is rooted in sex-energy. All art, all creativity, is nothing but an expression of sex.”

Become loving. When you are in the embrace, become the embrace. Become the kiss. Forget yourself so totally that you can say, “I am no more. Only love exists.” Then the heart is not beating, but love is beating. Then the blood is not circulating, but love is circulating. Then eyes are not seeing, love is seeing. Then hands are not moving to touch, love is moving to touch.

Become love and enter everlasting life. Love suddenly changes your dimension. You are thrown out of time and you are facing eternity. Love can become a deep meditation, the deepest possible. Lovers have known sometimes what saints have not known.

What we call love is really a whole spectrum of relating, reaching from the earth to the sky. At the most earthy level, love is sexual attraction. Many of us remain stuck there, because our conditioning has burdened our sexuality with all kinds of expectations and repressions. Actually the biggest “problem” with sexual love is that it… never lasts. Only if we accept this fact can we then really celebrate it for what it is–welcome its happening, and say good-bye with gratitude when it’s not.

Then as we mature, we can begin to experience the love that exists beyond sexuality and honors the unique individuality of the other. We begin to understand that our partner often functions as a mirror, reflecting unseen aspects of our deeper self and supporting us to become whole. This love is based in freedom, not expectation or need. Its wings take us higher and higher towards the universal love that experiences all as one.”
~Osho

The art of tantra should not be mistaken for material hedonism. Perhaps it could be called “spiritual hedonism,” which says, “eat, drink and be merry, but with full awareness.” Remain awake as you enter into sex before the old habits come and take over. Just remain conscious of the energy. Tantra says Yes! to sex, Yes! to love, and Yes! Yes! Yes! to unconditional love.
~ Nostradamus Virato

Heart (Anahata) Chakra

The fourth Chakra is “the balance point, integrating the world of matter (the lower three chakras) with the world of spirit (the upper three chakras),” according to Yoga Journal. “Through the heart chakra, we open to and connect with harmony and peace.”

Location

The fourth Chakra is located in the heart, lungs, upper chest and upper back. This is the center space of the body—it’s the origin of emotional and physical circulation, moving blood and air, as well as emotion and expression, throughout our bodies.

This area can often become closed with physical and emotional weight. Daily practices, such as driving and desk work, can roll the shoulders forward and push the heart space inward. Challenges and hardships in our lives can also result in restriction of the Heart Chakra.

Association

The Heart Chakra, or Anahata, is the Sanskrit word meaning “unstruck” or “unhurt.” In this way, the fourth Chakra is associated with our core foundations of love and compassion—found only by uncovering the layers that so often close-off our heart space.

“When the heart chakra is deficient, you may experience feelings of shyness and loneliness, an inability to forgive, or a lack of empathy,” according to Yoga Journal. “Physical symptoms can include shallow breathing, asthma, and other lung diseases.”

This central space in our bodies is also associated with the element of air, as well as the sense of touch and actions and expressions of the arms and hands.

A balanced and healthy Heart Chakra allows individuals to “follow their hearts”—harmonizing their love for others with their love of self.

Color

Green, with a grey or white center.

Relative Foods

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts, have a similar structure to the heart space—with rose-like layers that unfold to reveal a central core. These vegetables and other heart-healthy greens, including avocados, limes, lettuce, spinach and soybeans, can help to enliven and balance the Heart Chakra.

Growing your own food—as well relating to food with gratitude and generosity—are ways to share love and spread compassion from your fourth Chakra.

Healing Techniques

Chest-opening yoga poses, as well as shoulder and arm stretches can help to tap into this central space. Backbend postures can be gentle with the aid of blocks and bolsters—incorporating ease with openness. You can also tap into the strength of the body to circulate energy from the top of the head to the bottom of the toes. Try Camel Pose (Ustrasana), Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana), and Fish Pose (Matsyasana) as backbends to open the Heart Chakra.

Stretch your arms and shoulders with Eagle Pose (Garudasana), as well as arm binds in body side-angle and twisting poses. Strong standing postures can help to ground your Heart Chakra, and breathing practices can help to move the Chakra’s element of air throughout the body.

Sacral (Svadisthana) Chakra

Location

This is the area in our bodies—our hips, sacrum and genitals—where we can be open, or closed, to the movement of emotional and sensual energies. This is the where we experience pleasure and intimacy, as well as desire and sexuality.

The second Chakra encompasses the body’s hips, lower abdomen, lower back, sacrum, reproductive organs, womb, bladder and kidneys—areas where a lot of people hold tension or pain. The hip areas are where people tend to store heavy and excessive emotions—a sort of overflow-zone where we hold the feelings and ideas that we may not be address or releasing from our lives.

Association

This Chakra is related to all watery things in our existence—tears, urination, circulation, menstruation and orgasm. Water represents and creates movement, change and flow in our bodies, so healthy care and attention to your Sacral Chakra can help you to embrace these elements in your life.

The even-numbered Chakras—including the second, fourth and sixth—are associated with “feminine qualities,” such as openness and relaxation. It’s these even-numbered Chakras that open us to feelings of love, compassion, trust and intuition, and they are the areas where our bodies can produce calm and cool energy—versus the more “masculine” traits of productivity, knowledge and action, which creates more warmth and generates heat in the body.

Color

Orange

Relative Foods

Orange-colored foods are associated with the second Chakra. These foods include citrus fruits such as oranges and tangerines, as well as squash and pumpkins, according to MindBodyGreen. Nuts are also foods that are associated with the Sacral Chakra, as well as water and all liquids.

Healing Techniques

The power of pleasure can be a healing elements to the second Chakra, so gentle and restorative yoga postures are often effective in relaxing the tense areas around our hips and lower backs.

Groin and hip-opening postures—such as Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana), Seated Splits (Hanumanasana), Prayer Squat Prayer Squat (Namaskarasana), and Half-Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)—can help to release tension in your second Chakra, and allow you to be more open to energetic and emotional flows. Do not force these poses, but instead use softer approaches of surrender and sensitivity.

“The second Chakra encourages us to feel the feelings that arise as we open to life just as it is,” according to Yoga Journal. “When we relax our resistance to life, our hips let go, our reproductive organs become less tense, and we’re open to experiencing our sensuality and sexuality.”

DISCOVER YOUR WORTH

Say Good-Bye to Self-Sabotage and Open Your Arms to Abundance

Those who live in harmony with themselves
live in harmony with the universe.
Marcus Aurelius

Of the many factors that shape our lives — geographical location, family dynamics, resources and influence, beliefs, self-concept, support systems, motivation, relationships, luck, karma or fate — our sense of self-worth is the single most important determinant of the health, abundance, and joywe allow into our life.

To the degree we doubt our worthiness, we limit or sabotage our efforts, and undermine our relationships, finances or health. Ever wondered, for example, why so many young actors, who gain sudden wealth, fame, and celebrity, go on to self-destruct with drugs and erratic behavior? Or why many able-bodied people live on the streets, reduced to begging for spare change. Or why some people continue to accept abusive mates or undesirable work conditions?

Once we understand the lessons of self-worth, we are in a better position to help such people — but first we must help ourselves. So, as we proceed, note the following points:

No one else can give you an improved sense of self worth. Self-worth comes from doing what is worthy.

This session is about discovering your worth, not raising it. Your innate worth has never been lowered, compromised, or touched by fate or circumstance. It exists as a fact of life, like air and trees, and doesn’t need to be raised, revitalized, or earned.

To make this topic relevant to your own life, let’s start with —

Self-Reflection on Self-Worth
Consider the following questions, and answer “Yes,” “No,” or “Sometimes.”

  • When fortune smiles on you, do you think, “This can’t last?”
  • Do you find it easier or more ‘natural’ to give than to receive?
  • Does your life feel like a series of problems?
  • Does money seem scarce or hard to come by?
  • Do you find your work or relationships unfulfilling?
  • Do you work long hours and lack leisure time?
  • Do you resent or envy people who take frequent holidays?
  • Do you feel driven to work more, do more, be more than others?
  • Do you overeat “comfort” food, smoke, drink alcohol daily, or use other drugs?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable when you receive praise, applause, lots of attention, gifts or pleasure?
  • Have you turned down or passed up opportunities in education, work, or relationships and later regretted it?
  • Do you seem to get sick or injured more than other people?
  • If someone asks the cost of your services, do you price yourself lower than others in your field to be “fair”?

If you answered “Yes” to a number of questions, did these circumstances or situations just happen to you solely through bad luck? Or is it possible that the choices you made, and actions you took, led to where you are? By acknowledging your role and responsibility in your current life, you find the power to make different choices.

That is not to say that someone who is robbed at gunpoint or run into by a drunk driver somehow “attracted” or “drew” such experiences due to low self-worth — such ideas are superstition or magical thinking.

But when we make choices that lead to difficulties, it is worth understanding in this context. For example, if you were abused as a child, the abuser was responsible — not you. But if you are abused as an adult (say by a troubled spouse), the abuse itself is not your responsibility — but the choice to stay with that person may point to low-self worth. (This session is not about blame, but it is about acknowledging our role or responsibility, which leads to the power to change.)

By the end of this lesson, you will be better equipped to give yourself the compassion and respect that you would give to your best friend. Discovering your unconditional worth can help you expand fully into the world. It begins with a first step — awareness of the problem is the beginning of the solution.

Taking Charge by Taking Responsibility
Sometimes bad things just happen — a toss of the karmic dice: a hurricane or freak storm, or earthquake or other natural disaster — we may become a victim of circumstance. We can only make the best of those circumstances and learn from them and grow stronger.

But much of the time, our lives are shaped by the choices we ourselves make, and the actions we take. So if life isn’t going well, ask yourself this question: “Who’s doing this to me?” If the answer is “someone else” — if your boss or spouse or partner or another person appears to be the cause of your suffering — then ask yourself, “Who chose to be around this person? Who chose this job. Did I truly have no other options? Or do I believe that ‘beggars can’t be choosers’?”

Maybe it’s time to take another look.

We end self-sabotage only by taking responsibility for the choices and actions that created it. Only when we stop blaming our boss, the government, our parents, spouse or partner, children, circumstances, fate or God can we change our lives and say with conviction, “I chose where I am and who I’m with, and I can make other choices.”

Taking responsibility has nothing to do with blame or finding fault. Rather, taking responsibility is taking control, because it represents the power-moment when we recognize the degree to which our difficulties are self-generated, and that what we created, we can also change.

The Heart of Self-Worth
We don’t always get what we deserve in life; we get what we believe we deserve. So the problem is not your actual worth, but your perceived worth. Most of us have lost touch with our intrinsic goodness — our courage and humanity — allowed our worth to be covered over by memories of a thousand transgressions, real or imagined, so that we feel only partly deserving of life’s blessings.

EXERCISE:
Ask yourself: “How deserving am I?” Then give a numerical rating, somewhere between 1 to 100, based on how deserving you believe you are. Come up with whatever rating feels right and true for you. 60? 70? 80? 90? 95? Why?

Bear in mind that you have been subconsciously rating yourself since childhood. Now we bring it into the light, and consider how this self-perception has shaped your choices and your experiences.

Our sense of self-worth (or deservedness) comes from many influences, beginning in our early years — how we were treated by parents or other caregivers (as judgments placed upon us by others become internalized). Abused children, as well as people from stable and loving households, but with extremely high standards, may both grow up with self-worth issues. The source of self-worth issues is complex, and does not come exclusively from how well or poorly we behaved.

But whatever the reasons or sources for your internalized level of worth, the purpose of this week’s session is to draw it up from the depths and into the light of awareness.

Self-Worth and Self-Sabotage
As I’ve noted, self-worth is a subconscious self-assessment of your perceived value, goodness, and deservedness. You allow yourself to receive only those people, experiences and blessings that reflect your sense of worth.

Success involves talent, effort, and creativity. But first and foremost, it requires a willingness to receive. As the saint Ramakrishna once said, “Rain or blessings may pour down from the heavens, but if you only hold up a thimble, a thimbleful is all you receive.”

The Choices You Make: The central theme of self-worth is that you subconsciously choose (or allow into your life) the level of people and experiences (both positive and negative) that you believe you deserve. Until you come to realize that life is full of cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.

In any moment, you are free to choose the high road, by being kind to others, working hard, finding supportive partners, and following good role models. Or you may burn bridges, use drugs or alcohol, or choose destructive relationships. Through your choices, your sense of self-worth influences whether you choose to learn easy lessons or more difficult ones, to strive or to struggle.

These choices are not conscious. We don’t wake up one morning and say to ourselves, “I think I’ll sabotage my relationship today — oh, no, I already did that last week; today I’ll sabotage my finances.”

Some of us get in our own way and block success or abundance — we start but don’t finish that schooling or training that leads to a better career opportunity. Or we experience great success but self-sabotage, self-destruct, or don’t allow ourselves to ride the wave and enjoy it in perspective.

Looking back on your life, have you wondered, Why did I say that? Why did I do that? Have friends or loved ones advised against a choice or action, but you did it anyway because you just felt you had to? Now you understand the source, and can finally get out of your own way, and make more positive, empowering choices and to take actions to build a new life — whether in the realm of exercise, diet, rest and recreation, travel, improved working conditions, more education or training for a better income — the world opens up to you.

Your Innate and Unconditional Worth
Coming to appreciate your innate worth has nothing to do with entitlement or putting yourself above others. Rather it involves a basic recognition of your essential value as a human being — realizing that you have done the best you could and made the best choices you could see at a given point in your life. More important, unconditional worth does not have to be earned; it belongs to you just as it did when you were a young child.

Let’s say someone invited you in to gaze upon their newborn child or month-old infant. Most of us would gaze into that infant’s wide eyes and rate it 100 on the deservedness scale. You were that child once. When did you start subtracting, and why? Because you made mistakes? Said unkind things? Weren’t always respectful or kind? Had slips of integrity? (Well, if you were already perfected, you wouldn’t be living on this planet!)

Each of us is a H.I.T. — a human-in-training. It’s time you recognize that you’ve done the best you could each day of your life, taking into account your own baggage, information, limitations, wounds, and struggles. You made the best choices you could see at the time. And now the time has come to appreciate your innate worth and choose the higher roads of life.

The Power of Grace
Even when you don’t feel very kind, or brave, or deserving, the roof over your head continues to shelter you from storms, the sun shines upon you, your chairs keep supporting you, and so does your life. Life itself is an unearned gift. This is the hidden meaning of grace.

If you have debts to pay, then pay, then pay them forward in the currency of kindness to others — not by punishing yourself. Not ever again. It is not necessary. It never has been.

At the end of this session you’ll find a link to a discussion group. By clicking on that link, you can respond to the lesson, answer the questions, read the comments and interact with others who have also taken this course. Remember, the discussions that happens after the lesson may be just as important as the lesson itself so please utilize this link.

Daily Life Assignments:
(1) Remind Yourself: Write out the following words on a post-it, or piece of paper, and post it on your bathroom mirror so you see it each and every day: How good can I stand it today? (Because that’s how much good you’ll allow)

(2) Just Imagine: Let your imagination drift to a better life. Fantasize yourself as the star of a new movie of your life. You no longer have to be an extra or bit player, being told by others where to go and what you can or can’t do. In this exercise you become the director, the writer, and the star.

  • Imagine, just for a moment, how specifically you might have an improved relationship (it may be with your current partner, but with some different elements); or, if it is a troubled relationship, then with another partner.
  • Now do the same in the workplace — your current work, or another career or calling. What kind of work situation might you wish for?
  • Let your mind drift to another area of life — what possibilities might await you there?

For any and all of these areas:

  • Is it possible to draw closer to your dreams? Why or why not?
  • What steps might you take?
  • Who is stopping you? (If the answer is “me,” then this “me” can instead become a friend and supporter.)

Most of us have been our own “worst enemy” sometime in the past. Can you recall a choice you have made or action taken that you now see as a subconscious act of self-sabotage? What will you do to avoid such sabotage in the future?

How have you responded to favors, gifts, or opportunities? How might you respond differently now? What advice might you give yourself, as your own best friend, about allowing yourself to live a more abundant, enjoyable life?

Important Note: As you will come to better grasp in our coming sessions, you do not have to generate feelings of self-worth or deservedness — you only need to treat yourself that way, to behave as if you are worth 100 on the scale of worth.

In other words, the next time an opportunity arises that might interest you, or someone offers to give you something or do something for you — instead of the reactive, “Oh, thanks, but I couldn’t” open your arms and heart and mind, and say, “Yes! Thank you!” (Even if you don’t feel deserving.)

When you are alone, in quiet moments — as odd as it may feel — every once in a while, open your arms wide and say to an imagined person, or to life itself: “Yes! Thank you!” And let this be your approach to living — from now on. Dan Millman, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

8 Steps to Communicate With Your Own Higher Intelligence

WARNING! For some readers this article will be off the top. Some will find the concepts here to esoteric. It is not my intent to disturb you … or maybe it is my intent but in a healthy manner.

What I describe in this post is a concept which each one of you can and should test for at least 30 days and make a judgment afterwards based on your own experiences.

It is therefore in alignment with what I’ve said before … don’t take the teachings of someone else (including me) for the ultimate truth. Dare to find out for yourself!

The Answers Are Already Within You

As I stated already in my earlier post, I truly believe that the answers you need to develop yourself are already within you. You just need to ask – and maybe Higher Intelligence will use external sources like books, people or the Internet to remind you of that knowledge, but it is your subconscious that will lead you to it.

However instead of hoping that your subconscious will someday lead you to an answer, there is a much more direct approach. You can simply ask for it. But you need to ask in the right state of mind to communicate with Higher Intelligence (you might call it God, Super-Conscious or whatever other name. I don’t mind since it has many and no name at all).

The Alpha-State – The Key To Your Higher Intelligence

The key to communicating with your higher intelligence is to get into the Alpha-state. It is the state of mind that is associated with daydreaming, meditation and deep prayer. I call it the Zone. It is here where you leave all the wrappings of false beliefs, etc. behind and re-connect with your real being. You will find below an easy way to get into the zone or the Alpha-State within minutes.

About Your Emotions

Another key is that you must align your emotions with your intent. While I want to elaborate on that in another post it is crucial right now to know, that whatever you feel while being in the zone, in meditation or in prayer is far more superior than the words you might use.

You see, when you say you want to solve a problem there is no power to it. But when you feel that you have already solved the problem you align your mind and your beliefs in the feeling.

Feel it has already happened. Feel the joy and peace while being in the zone. Feel the connection. Become sensitized to your feelings. Your feelings are the bridge to your Higher Powers.

About Visualization and Imagination

Whenever I mention the words visualization or imagination here don’t become irritated just because you think you don’t see pictures.

Do you know the color and shape of your car? When you can answer a question like that, you are able to visualize, because you can establish an internal representation of a remembered object. So visualization means remembering an object with one or more of your inner senses (not necessarily the visual).

What would your car look like if it was in … Pink? If your car isn’t already in pink (then pick another color) you are able to create an internal representation of an object that you don’t remember but you create. That is called imagination. You create a picture or other internal representation of an object that is new to you and therefore not remembered.

So with this foreword you are now prepared enough to get the method for creating contact with your Higher Intelligence through getting in the zone.

Overview Of The Process

You will learn to relax your body, then your mind. After that you will deepen your level so you get even deeper into the zone.

Once you are there you create a special place for you – a sanctuary. This should act as an anchor that will help you to establish the needed level of relaxation and focussing even faster. It will also enable you to establish different ressources you might need in your further development.

After you established your sanctuary you can invite inner experts or mentors that will help you to get the answer to your questions. These experts or mentors act as internal representation of you universal knowing. They are imaginations that will help you to access what is currently hidden within you. This might be needed information but also support for anything that you want to change in their area of expertise. I advise you to create several experts for the different areas of your life.

Step 1 – Prepare your Place

For the first months I would really advise you to prepare a special place where you can make sure that while going to your zone, that no distractions will get you out of it.

How should such a place be:

  • No noise and other distractions: Try to make it as quiet as possible. I know that can sometimes be difficult. You might be in a room with other people. If possible get there agreement not to disturb you while you practice. Otherwise you might go for a time, where they are sleeping (that might be late at night or early in the morning), however you must make sure, that you aren’t to tired and sleepy yourself or you will just go to sleep during the exercise.
  • Clean: A room that is just a mess is a great distraction for your mind. You don’t want to think about your room, so tidy it up, before practicing.
  • Comfortable and peaceful: You want your room to emanate a peaceful and harmonious vibration. There are several ways to do this: use candles or burn some incense. You can place photos or things that are spiritual or sacred for you there. I am not going into religion here but symbolic things can help you to get into the zone faster.If there has been any negative emotion in the room, let some air in, burn some incense or make anything that you feel would clean the atmosphere of the room. Listen to your own developing intuition for this. You can create a cleansing ritual for yourself.

Step 2 – Relax your body

The next step is to relax your body. Your body and your mind share a very deep connection, so whenever you relax one of them the other one will follow. Although later on you can get into contact with your higher intelligence while moving or even driving I would advise you to start with a very relaxed and comfy atmosphere .

Here is how to achieve that within just minutes:

  1. Close your eyes Closing your eyes will bring you to a natural Alpha-State within seconds.
  2. Take a deep, relaxing and slow breath. Use your diaphragm for this. You can do this several times until you feel a certain relaxation.
  3. Know that every cell of your body knows what relaxation feels like. All you have to do is to focus you attention on a part of your body and tell it to relax. Tell it in a deep, soothing voice and make it remember the best relaxation it ever felt. You can remember a time where you felt deeply relaxed and good. For me that would be lying in a hot bath or in the sun under a giant tree. You can pick whatever you like. Then expect to feel the relaxation in that part of your body.I normally start with my head first and go down to my feet.The order would be: scalp – forehead – temples – eyes – nose – cheeks – mouth – jaw – back of head – neck & throat – spine – shoulder – arms and hands – chest – abdomen – sexual region – thighs – knees – lower legs – feetAfter having gone through your body in that complete order you might find out that you only need to relax some parts and the rest of the body will be relaxed immediately. For me this means relaxing the eyes, jaws, neck and sexual region. I then scan through my body to find out whether there is anything left that needs special attention. Because of this shortcut I now can relax my body in about 15 seconds.Remember – your body remembers what total relaxation feels like. So all that is needed is to remind him to remember!

Step 3 – Relax Your Mind

After your body feels calm and relaxed you should go for mental relaxation. This just means to get in a peaceful state, where nothing bothers you. Again you have been in such a state and all you have to do is to remember that. It hels to visualize and remember passive, tranquil scenes like walking along a beach or lying under a tree on a beautiful sommer day. Just indulge for a moment in those memories and you will be mentally relaxed soon.

Step 4 – Go Deeper

Now you have reached a basic relaxation level. Now it is time to go deeper. Again – your body and mind know what that feels like. You can just say „deeper“ every time you breath out. You can visualize being in an elevator or on an escalator going down. You can visualize floating in a sea (if you ever have been to the Dead Sea or have been in a floating tank you will remember. If not go there!). You might want to countdown from 10 to 1 or even 20 to 1 (to your liking) and combine it with the word „deeper“. Try some things and keep what works best for you.

Step 5 – Create a Special Place

I have found that one of the best things of all the methods I use is to create a special inner place for me, a sanctuary. That could be a room, that could be a house with many rooms (for special occasions) or even a great piece of land. I have created through several experiences not only a house for myself with lots of rooms, where I can be and meet my inner experts depending on my situation or mood, but I also added a wonderful garden, a lake and a mountain to my estate. I enjoy being a creator here and you should too. But start with building one place, where you feel so comfortable, strong, secure and at peace like never before. This is your place where you control everything. Decorate that place however you like and take your time to do so and feel comfortable. You can change it, whenever you like or think you can improve it. It can be a room or outdoor. My favorite meeting place is a great veranda, where I can overlook the garden and the mountain. This place will change with your progress in this kind of meditation.

Step 6 – Create an inner expert for the wanted knowledge

Now you might invite your experts. If you come with a question in your inner sanctuary, you can call an expert to step forward and visit you in your sanctuary. At first you might not see him clearly. So give him and yourself time to establish communication. Get a feel for him. Again learn to trust your feeling and intuition. Inside you know already how to do it.

Ask him the questions where you want him to help you find the answers. But don’t expect him to answer it immediately. Listen to him. Whatever comes to your mind – keep it for further approving. Maybe the answer will come immediately as a thought, maybe it will come some hours or days later. But just expect him to know the answer that will be right for you at this time. Expect it, believe it and it will come. Define rules of communication

When you first meet your inner expert for a given area you want to install some rules of communication.

  1. You ask for his name: A name is an act of creation. With a name you define him as a persona. Through this name you can call him, whenever you want to.
  2. You ask how he wants to contact you:, this could be a sign, when he wants to give you important information. It could be a specific tingling in a part of your body, or a specific thought or whatever.

Step 7 – Come back

Now it is time to come back to the here and now. Say goodbye to your new found friend and decide to return. You can leave your sanctuary in any way you like. I walk through a specific door I designed in my mind that connects me with this world. I count up (remember counting down is for increasing the depth of a trance) from 1 to 5 repeating several times, that when I reach the count of 5 I will feel perfectly fine, perfectly healthy and will be wide awake. When I reach 5 I open my eyes and repeat the statement that I feel perfectly fine, healthy and that I am fully awake in the here and now.

Step 8 -Take notes

Now you had a lot of impressions and insights while being in the zone. The best thing you can do right now is to grap a pen and paper and jot them down before they drift away from your memory. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you will not forget them – you will, so capture the memory while it is still vivid in your mind.

My experience with this method.

I had a remarkable experience with this method that shattered my own believe of reality and time and space quite a bit.

I had some problems while meditating with keeping my focus. So I went into my sanctuary with the question to my inner expert in Mental Techniques. When I asked her about focussing she asked me some questions that I will continue to elaborate on in another post. After a while she gave me a very deep insight about what the nature of focus is and how to easily maintain it.

Just two days later I was watching a video presentation of Greg Braden, where he described some secret teachings he had found in an ancient monastery in Tibet. And one of the central teachings of an ancient monk that describes how the universe and the mind work (according to their findings) was described with the EXACT sentence that my inner teacher gave me just 2 days ago. My mouth dropped as I heard these words.

You see – we have access to the information already within us. There is no need to go to Tibet (you can of course if you want to) – because the answers are stored already within you.

As it is been said: Ask and ye shall receive. That is a literal truth as you might find out if you dare to ask!

Test and experiment with this for 30 days and tell me your experiences.

Quantum physics looks at tantra

If you want an integrated life, at some point you must integrate your understanding of the objective world with your own subjective insight. What better place to start than by observing the interplay between objective quantum physics and subjective tantra?

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Let’s see how the insights match up by looking at a tantric description of reality in terms of quantum physics. A concise and classic tantric description can be found in the twenty statements in the eleventh century C.E. Pratyabhijñā-hrdayam.

Classical tantric descriptions of reality are very condensed and highly technical. You could almost call them equations of consciousness. For example, pratyabhijñā-hrdayam means heart of recognition. Heart of Recognition means the heart of the teachings concerning recognizing who you are in the fullest sense. Who You are in the Fullest Sense is you fully expanded into the universe.

Each Sanskrit word in the equation can be translated into English in multiple ways. For simplicity, we will rely on the excellent English interpretation of Swami Shantananda in The Splendor of Recognition.

There is one initial explanation to make. Quantum physics has re-defined the worduniverse to mean eleven dimensions, so what used to be called the universe is now more properly referred to as space-time. We can translate between quantum physics and classical Tantra as follows:

Type of universe Tantric term Quantum physics term
4 dimensions universe space-time
11 dimensions Consciousness or spanda universe

In the Pratyabhijñā School lineage of Swami Shantananda, the universe is often referred to as Consciousness. In the Spanda School, the universe is referred to as spanda, or vibrating energy, a term closer to the language of quantum physics. We will keep both meanings in mind, as we explore how the objective insights of quantum physics relate to the subjective insights of tantra.


For background on Tantra, see A history of Tantric traditions and Tantra, the weave of energy.

For background on quantum physics, see Volume 2: Living in Eleven Dimensions and The view from inside space-time.


1.  Consciousness, in her freedom, brings about the attainment of the universe.

The seven dimensions of the universe outside space-time create space-time.

Quantum physics and Tantra seem to agree on the fundamental nature of reality, with Tantra emphasizing the consciousness and will of the universe. 


2.  By the power of her own will, she [Consciousness] unfolds the universe upon a part of herself.

The universe folds together seven dimensions to create space-time, and space-time is still part of those seven dimensions.

Both quantum physics and tantra suggest that space-time is created in just part of the universe. 


3.  That [Consciousness becomes] diverse because of the division of reciprocally adapted objects and subjects.

Space-time becomes diverse because the energy flowing in from the other seven dimensions create many different interacting patterns of energy in space-time.

Whether your preferred term is consciousness or quantum foam, everything made of one wave of energy outside space-time becomes differentiated inside space-time. 


4.  Even the individual, whose nature is Consciousness in a contracted state, embodies the universe in a contracted form.

Individuals who have space-time boundaries are the embodiments of seven-dimensional energies contracted into the four dimensions of space-time.

Every strand of space-time has the seven dimensions outside space-time twisted around it. Every pattern of energy, including individuals, is composed of the energy of the whole universe, even in a form ordered by the rules of space-time. 


5.  Consciousness herself, having descended from the expanded state, becomes the mind contracted by the objects of perception.

The energy of the universe, having been twisted into a four-dimensional space-time, becomes the energy within and affected by space-time.

Once the energy enters space-time, it is affected by space-time. Tantra adds the implication that the awareness of the seven-dimension universe is also affected by the new environment. 


6.  One whose nature is that [the mind] experiences māyā.

Awareness contracted into space-time experiences space-time.

Māyā is the illusion which surrounds us, the illusion that the universe is no larger than space-time. Quantum physics has implicitly adopted the position that our senses are restricted to space-time, and uses mathematics to infer possible properties outside of space-time (parallel universes, multiverses, holographic universes, etc.).


7.  And so he is one, is of two forms, consists of three, is fourfold, and is of the nature of the seven groups of five.

The energy (one) arising out of the quantum foam creates dualities (two), and separations between energy patterns, perspectives, and forces (three). Energy patterns are layered within each other (fourfold). The energy coming from the seven dimensions outside space-time create everything (seven groups of five, referring to the 35 categories of reality (tattvas)).

All of the numbers here are symbolic and point to all the distinctions that classical Tantra makes in consciousness and reality. The more important point is that everything arises from the flow of the universe’s energy, including space, time, and the material world. 


8.  The positions of all philosophical systems are stages of that [Consciousness].

All theories are reflections of of our understanding of reality and can only be partly true.

Even quantum physics doesn’t have a Theory of Everything that is big enough. Physicist Stephen Hawking suggests it may never happen. 


9.  That which is full of Consciousness, due to contraction of its powers, becomes a transmigratory soul, covered by impurities.

The energy of the seven dimensions outside space-time becomes constrained by the form it takes within space-time.

Did we mention that the Tantric language of consciousness is highly technical? The impurities referred to here are separateness, differentiation, and action. 


10.  Even then, the [transmigratory soul]  performs the five acts like (Shiva).

Within space-time occur patterns of creation, maintenance, and dissolution. Humans, as well as other energy patterns, are both within space-time and connected to the dimensions outside space-time.

The first three acts are creation, maintenance and dissolution. The fourth is concealment, which is feeling separated from the universe, and the fifth is grace, which is feeling connected.


From here, the next ten sutras in the Pratyabhijñā-hrdayam leap into a discussion of human consciousness, which quantum physics does not address. Even so, in the ten statements above we can see the broad outlines of very similar views of reality:

  • The universe is larger than space-time.
  • The universe creates space-time out of its energies.
  • Space-time is a contracted (organized and bounded) form of the other seven dimensions, and is still connected to those dimensions.
  • Everything in space-time is composed both of space-time and also of the seven dimensions.
  • Everything in space-time is bound by the laws of space-time, even while being composed of seven other dimensions.

Quantum physics isn’t sure how the seven dimensions outside space-time create space-time. The other seven dimensions appear to twist through Calabi-Yau manifolds and emerge on this side as space-time. The mathematics says the best description is in eleven dimensions, which suggests that all dimensions are “in play.”

So there are still many questions that could be asked. But it seems clear is that both the objective science of quantum physics and the subjective insight of Tantra have come to very similar conclusions about the fundamental nature of reality. And that provides a very interesting starting point for looking at everything else.