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Shoot That Golden Arrow

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Tantra Goddess of the Surrealist Movement 

Maria de Naglowska

Maria de Naglowska was a Russian occultist and author who was the founder of the Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow in Paris. In this occult society she lectured and taught about the rituals of Sex Magic and how orgasmic power can be harnessed for spiritually transformative purposes. She led her group from 1932-1935 and immediately became the darling of the French Surrealist movement. “The Brotherhood” included likes of Man Ray, André Breton and many other notable artists of that time. During these years she published a newsletter called “La Flèche (The Arrow) that featured contributions from herself and other occultists. Her writings were considered so revolutionary that it earned her the name of: “La Sophiale de Montparnasse” (The Wise Woman of Montparnasse). 

For someone who was so ahead of her time, Maria’s origins are decidedly bourgeois: She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1883 and after being orphaned at age 12 she was raised by her aristocratic relatives who expected her to become just another pretty face in St. Petersburg society. But Maria was having none of that; she eloped with someone outside of her social economic sphere and ran away to Geneva, Switzerland. As fate would have it, her jerk of a husband abandoned her and she was forced to go to work as a school teacher. In order to supplement her income, Maria also began working as a journalist and it was around this time that she discovered the works of an obscure American writer named Paschal Beverly Randolph, who was the founder of the American Rosicrucian Order and a practitioner of Sex Magic. As a result of his teachings, Maria began to advocate the power of Sex Magic in her writings and it caused so much controversy in stuffy Geneva that she wound up being imprisoned and eventually deported from Switzerland, as if such a thing were possible! 

Maria’s Lovers. Ritual led by de Naglowska at The Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow. Paris 1930’s

After her deportation, she continued working as a journalist first in Rome and then finally in Paris where her practice finally took off. She compiled and translated the writings of Randolph and had them published in book form. If it wasn’t for her proselytizing of his works, the world may have never heard of him, or Sex Magic. But again, the powers that be were out to get Maria and she found herself once again running afoul of the law. Fortunately the French were a bit more open minded than the Swiss and she was able to overturn her conviction for “outrage to public decency” in a court of law.

However she was not without controversy even within the parameters of her group. She was criticized for embellishing many of her rituals with satanism and the unsafe practice of autoerotic asphyxiation. Her explanation being that the latter helped the subject focus on their orgasm through sensory deprivation. I guess there are somethings which are too “out there” even for the French Surrealists. But I must say in her defense that there was an element of truth to her claim; Let me get one thing straight before going any further: I do not approve of the practice of autoerotic asphyxiation. It is too risky and we have lost many people as a result of this. (Can you hear me in the afterlife Messrs Bourdain & Carradine?) There is a safer way to practice sensory deprivation called the “Yoni Face Mudra” which allows the person to be in control of the sensory deprivation while preventing any unfortunate “accidents”.

Yoni Face Mudra-from my book “Tantra Massage for Lovers”.

Inspite of the prurient reputation surrounding her, Maria was a well travelled, cultured individual. She studied with many masters throughout the world, in Alexandria, Egypt she connected with followers of Madame Blavatsky and rumor had it that she became part of Rasputins inner circle when she was growing up in St. Petersburg. Maria was fluent in ten languages and in addition to publishing “La Flèche” she also authored over six books on the subject of Sex Magic  and worked as a journalist/translator. Click here to be directed to her Simon & Schuster Official Publisher Page.

Towards the end of her life, Maria became the muse of the Swiss architect, Le Corbusier. He was a serious occultist himself and found inspiration in her teachings and how they matched his own interpretation of sacred architecture. But Maria was not meant to be attached to her mortal coil for very long and in 1936 she a premonition of her own death in a dream. She decided to return to Switzerland where she died a year later. Leaving behind this little known, but very powerful legacy. 

Sacred Architecture: A church designed by Le Corbusier.

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Holi! Holi! Holi!

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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.

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.

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The Woman in Your Mind

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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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What Happens in Vagus….

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What Happens in Vagus……

Goes Every Where!

The Vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the autonomic nervous system in the human body and even though this is actually a pair of nerves, it is often referred to in the singular. How does this relate to Tantra? Well, in every way possible! I am referring precisely to those three channels of Transmutation, namely: Ida, Pingala and Shumumna. 

Let’s start with the Vagus nerve, which begins at the Medulla Oblongata (Bindu) then the left and right Vagus descend to the throat, heart, digestive and finally to the colon (Muladhara), covering almost every smooth muscle corresponding to the Chakra energetic centers and the connecting channels of Ida, Pingala and Shushumna.

Tantra is described as the study of the movements of the polaric energies within the bodies and then bringing these energies into balance. From an esoteric standpoint these energies arise from Muladhara the root chakra with Shakti awakening and Kundalini ascending through these channels, clearing the Chakras and finally joining the Shiva energy within the Bindu Chakra to begin transmuting through the manestfestations of the bodies.

As this energy travels, it follows the trajectory path within Ida and Pingala, finally united and channeling through Shushumna. This ambulatory energy clears and balances the Chakras, allowing for the unencumbered movement of balanced energy. Imparting a sense of balance and bliss, free of emotional and psychic attachment to that which no longer serve us.

According to the teachings of Dr. Harish Johari, these three channels, also referred to as Nadi Channels, are channels that connect the Charkras that allow the flow of energy between the Chakras. Ida, Pingala and Shushumna serve functions that directly correspond with the flow and function of the Vagus nerve system. Let’s Explore:

Ida~The Left Channel, Vagus Ascending, Feminine, Shakti Ascending, trajectory path commencing in Muladhara and connecting in Bindu.

Pinball~The Right Channel, Vagus Descending, Masculine, Shiva Descending, trajectory path commencing in Bindu and connecting Muladhara.

Shushumna~The Middle Pillar of Balance, where these ambulatory forms connect and merge allowing for the balanced flow of Kunda to disperse and clear the Chakras within the Subtle Body.

Just as these Chakras and Nadis correspond to our vital organs and how the understanding and isolation of these organs via the practice of yoga and meditation allows us to clear and balance these centers. Its of the upmost importance that we understand how the function of the Vagus Nerve System corresponds to the movement of energy within the manifestations of our bodies.

Understanding our the relation between our subtle and physical bodies is crucial to understanding our Oneness as it relates to our Aetheric Body. And gaining this understanding allows us to expand Consciousness making us One with Everything.

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Namaste and Welcome to my Blog!

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Namaste and Welcome to my Blog!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. In it you will find information and updates about the Inner Alchemy of Tantra. There are a lot more questions than answers about the mystery of Tantra and I hope that this blog helps to answer some of them. In the West, seekers seem to be obsessed with the erotic nature of Tantra and how it can help to improve endurance etc. Nothing wrong with that but if that is your primary focus, then you are probably better off asking your doctor to prescribe a little blue pill. Tantra is a lot more than just trying to set a record, yes endurance is one of the positive side effects of practicing Tantra, but there is a whole lot more to it than just that.

With Tantra, one must look at the big picture. Tantra is about balancing your energy. In particular the polaric energies in our bodies manifestations. The balancing and merging that creates the universal alchemy of life. But we will get a bit more into that later on. Right now  I just invite you to enjoy my blog and to feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

A bit about me:

My name is Antonia~Arabella and I am a Certified Tantra Kriya Yoga Teacher who has studied this sacred mystery for over twenty years. Throughout my journey it has been my privilege to travel the world teaching and guiding those who are ready to explore and discover their Divinity. The process itself becomes a give and take between myself and my seekers. I have learned so much from all of you and this only serves to create a better experience for all.

At the moment I am living in Houston, Texas but I am available to travel for private sessions or group workshops. Please contact me directly if you have any questions regarding this. I am also an artist writer and educator with a natural curiosity for life and new experiences. I thank you again for allowing me to share with you and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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