Holi! Holi! Holi!

The Hindu Festival of Holi happened about a week ago, but I think that its message should resonate all through the year. Although Holi is primarily celebrated in India, it has grown in popularity all over the world and depending on the region in which it’s observed,  it can be a festival celebrating the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring, the love story of Krsna and Radha, the victory of Vishnu over evil and so on. The participants celebrate the holiday by throwing bright colored powder or water at each other and for that reason it’s referred to as the ‘Festival of Colors’. One could say that it’s a combination of Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, New Year and Easter all rolled up into one great big beautiful multi colored ball.

But one of the most significant meanings of Holi is that it is also known as a “Festival of New Beginnings”. It is customary to forgive transgressions, forgive or repay debts and to make new friends. What could be better than that? If only we could carry this attitude of a fresh start throughout the year instead of waiting for one particular day to express these thoughts and deeds. It’s said that life is a gift and every morning that we wake up that gift is given to us all over again. So why not see every day as a fresh start? Each new day is an opportunity to shed what no longer serves us and to move forward into our future.

David Bowie drawing the Tree of Life

Putting this into a Western perspective, the Kabbalah mentions that there is a negative aspect to the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and it’s known as the ‘Qiploth’ or ‘Kingdom of Shells’ referring to the shell or skin that an animal sheds when it no longer serves them. I think that this serves as a good metaphor for Holi. And so in the spirit of this festival why not begin the day by casting off those unnecessary shells to renew and move forward.

Vishnu

Here is a simple exercise that one could perform to cast off unwanted energy:

Naulis are belly rolls that help to clear the Third (Manipura) and Fourth (Anahata) Chakras respectively. These two chakras work in tandem to either brighten your day or sour your day since they possess a symbiotic elemental correspondents of wood and fire. So it’s important to keep these two energetic centers in a state of balance.

Begin by taking a deep inhalation through the nose, followed by a complete exhalation through the mouth. Be sure that your lungs are completely devoid of air and when they are, begin to roll your belly as if you were drawing a circle with your navel. Up, down, out, in. As you roll your belly say these words to yourself: ‘Forgive, forget, let go.’ See whatever memory or emotion that vexes you disappear with each roll. Keep rolling your belly until you need more air then stop rolling; inhale deeply and exhale completely then begin rolling again. Repeat this sequence over and over again until you are exhausted and your stomach muscles can no longer roll.

anahata & manipura

This exercise helps to simultaneously massage the organs and glands of Manipura and Anahata allowing for the production of hormones that promote positive thoughts and general well being. One of my students who happens to also be an endocrinologist told me once that most of the serotonin in out body is produced in our stomach so it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and practice this exercise for a healthier outlook on life.

Practicing Naulis also helps to strengthen the Uddiyana Banda which is an important energetic lock found in the solar plexus and is responsible for assisting safely awakening Kundalini flow through the Subtle Body. The other two locks being Mulabanda (root lock) and Jalandhara Banda (throat lock). Below is a link to a very good video demonstrating Nauli rolls. The Yogi also shows variations on the roll that can suit a persons personal ability.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this blog and encourage all to visit my website: www.universaltantra.org for more information about my practice. Namaste!

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Tantra Massage for Lovers Returns November 11, 2017

‘Tantra Massage for Lovers’ Workshop returns!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Please join us for the final workshop of the year. This is my most popular workshop and space is limited. In this workshop you and your partner will share sensuous Tantric Massage techniques that will awaken and deepen your relationship in a safe, non judgmental environment. This event is open to couples only and advance registration is required.

~*~Space is limited so please register early.~*~ 

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 ~ 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: Universal Tantra Temple, Houston

(location will be provided upon registration)

Registration Fee: $150 per couple, $100.00 repeaters

All participants will receive a complimentary copy of my eBook:

‘Tantra Massage for Lovers’

For more information or to register please call : 281-832-1191 or email: workshops@universaltantra.org

Or visit my website: www.universaltantra.org

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The Woman in Your Mind

The Woman in Your Mind

Inside every Brain is a Woman at it’s Core.

As we gestate in our Mother’s womb, our gender is at first female and at around 16 to 20 weeks the embryo either stays female or evolves into another gender. So I guess that it is only natural to say that there is a female in our core. Metaphorically speaking, of course! But then, the other day as I was browsing though a dear friends FB page, I saw this GIF that he had posted with the commentary alluding to the Venus of Willendorf. Indeed! I thought. There really is a Goddess lurking within our deepest consciousness. And it’s only natural that she should resemble one of our most beloved and ancient archetypes. 

The image in the above animation is actually a representation of the Corpus Callosum complex within the human brain which houses the Pineal gland, the Hypothalamus and connects to the Medulla Oblongata. Or as we refer to it within the Alchemical process of Tantra: Bindu, The Hidden Chakra. This concept can also be referenced in Western Esoterica as the ‘Abyss’. I guess that makes our Venus the ‘Babe’ of the Abyss. Would it not? But let’s save that for another blog post. Shall we?

*Image of The Venus of Willendorf courtesy of the Natural History Museum in Vienna*

I recall that during one of my visits to the Glastonbury Goddess Conference that I attended a presentation by Katinka Soetens describing how the Yoni can be found in all shapes of nature. It was a fascinating lecture featuring all sorts of beautiful images of canyons, waterfalls etc. All bearing a remarkable similarity to the female genitals. This presentation later served as an inspiration for my two books ‘Yoniverse’ and ‘Worshipping the Goddess’. 

So going back to the image, it’s only natural these organic archetypes should be embedded within us. As Above so Below, from a Macro/Microcosmic point of view. So let’s honor and achieve this balance. Regardless of our orientation or point of view. The Hypothalamus embraces the Pineal gland much like the way the Yoni embraces the Lingham and the Cosmic Mother embraces us all.

Disclaimer: Any medical reference is strictly my own opinion and is not meant to be interpreted as medical advise. 

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Sex and World Peace

Sex and World Peace

world-peace

True Harmony and Equality can never be achieved until we learn to balance the energies within ourselves.

Having grown up in a house household where one of my parents worked for the State Department, there were always copies of ‘Foreign Affairs’ magazine laying around the house. This magazine was the trade journal for those in the diplomatic corps. A publication that offered an analysis of world affairs and how it related to american foreign policy. Even after my fathers retirement and transition, I continued to browse their website every now and then to get a different perspective on what was going on in our world. So imagine my surprise when one day I happened to click on to their site and find a review for a book entitled, ’Sex and World Peace’! 

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’Sex and World Peace’ is a book written by Texas A&M professor Valerie Hudson and in this book, she outlines the direct connection between achieving world peace and how it atomically correlates with society’s treatment of women. The author’s premise is that the treatment of women affects, on the most primal and taoist level on human interaction at all strata of society. In short the security of our planet and the future of our survival as a species depends on rectifying the inequalities between the genders and how this inequality can eventually unravel the security and survival of all. 

yoni-mudra

Given the recent turn of events in the US elections, this message comes hammering hard on our heads with a deafening resonance; I am not going to use this blog as a commentary on the misogyny, ignorance, racism and bigotry that fueled our electoral process, I will leave that to the paid talking heads in the media. But I would like to share that this book, along with our current state of affairs, reminded me of another message from the mystic Christian de la Huerta. I have always admired Christian’s approach to achieving harmony and balance both within and without.

glowing-angel

Our world is in a dangerous state of imbalance. It falls upon us to correct this and strive to achieve the ‘more perfect union’ ascribed by the Freemasons and Rosicrucians who founded this great experiment known as the The United States. According to Christian, true harmony cannot be achieved until the emancipation of women is complete. So in essence he takes this statement many dimensions further than the concept shared in Ms Hudson’s book by saying that only when we achieve the full emancipation of women can we achieve true harmony and world peace. That not only is it important to balance both male and female energies with equanimity but more importantly that this alchemical marriage must take place within ourselves. ‘A more Perfect Union’.
Listen to Christian in his own words:

https://www.facebook.com/lgbtcenternyc/videos/t.1374905031/71338023742/?type=2&theater

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