The Healing Power of Sacred Tantra
by Dameron Midgett
Opening Chakras. Chakras are the body's energetic centers associated with seven major bioelectric junctions of nerve ganglia or "Nadis" distributed along the length of the spine. The word chakra itself refers to "wheel" or "spinning disc". Our spinning discs of bioelectric energy work much like a computer disc for storing information on our body tissue "hard drive". Simply put, tissues store issues. Opening our chakras with yoga postures (asanas), vocalization and breathing techniques, combined with tantric massage, releases painful energy blockages and stuck negative emotions.
Your body's "erased disc" now has free space for writing currents of pleasant sensations and storing loving emotions of completeness. Tantric practices provide an effective means for sexual healing by experiencing the light of unconditional love that dispels personal darkness. Sexual healing is the prerequisite of energetic bodily openness for celebrating tantric union. (I will address special Tantric massage techniques for healing women and men at another time.) Tantra is not about the techniques you "do". It is about entering into a state of unconditional love, presence, and sacred alertness for sharing. It is more about "being" than "doing". Motions, modalities, and sexual positions (techniques) are indeed useful forms that can be memorized, but taken separately, they are a messenger without a message. Joining another in a state of sacred alertness and unconditional love is the fresh and formless gift of healing light delivered from one heart to another by the tantric messenger.
Energy Movement. The creation life force energy that enters the biological realm at conception is called Kundalini energy. Yogic tradition compares Kundalini to an energetic snake that lies coiled and sleeping at the base of the spine. The purpose of Tantric and Kundalini forms of yoga is to arouse this dormant energy and cause it to rise up through each increasingly more subtle chakra to the crown of the head where union with pure trans-personal awareness (God) is realized ("realized" means "it has always been there, now I see it in me"). Recognizing arousal of Kundalini energy as a primary objective, and understanding how Tantric interactions support awakening Kundalini energy, are two important wisdom factors that guide practice.
Open Chakras Promote Happiness and Well-Being. According to contemporary Tibetan teacher Tarthang Tulku, the heart chakra is very important for feeling human fulfillment. Like a guitar that is out of tune, the result of energetic imbalance between chakras is a continuous feeling of dissatisfaction, no matter what you do. If the heart chakra is out of tune, we lose touch with feelings of harmony and joyous sensations. This dissatisfaction allows unhappiness to grow, which often leads to looking outside the self for happiness.
Outsourcing our happiness to seek fulfillment through persons, places, or things is the single most disempowering choice we can make. We unwittingly give away access to our indwelling personal power and become dependent on conditional circumstances that can never make us complete. Tantrikas must first awaken within the self by recognizing that happiness is the child of completeness. Completeness is always present in the stillness of "now". This unshakable awareness is like a superconductor conduit for deep communion of souls.
How Does the Heart Chakra Get Out of Tune? If we focus our thoughts on memories of past experiences and retell our stories to ourselves, energy flows to the head without opening the heart. Void of nurturing feelings of the heart, anxiety arises from a state of disconnected energetic discord. Therefore, the more we create our sense of "self" with our thoughts (our "story", our personal drama), the more readily our primary feelings become obscured with secondary emotions born of reactionary mental chatter. Secondary emotions are poor conduits of love. They lack fresh primary awareness and leave us with feelings of hopeless victimization and blame for the outsourced roots of our problems. The inner voice cries, "They robbed me of my happiness". Fear and its variants, anger, envy, worry, jealousy, hate, etc., all replace openheartedness (see the article Guiding Emotions).
Tantrikas learn to open and vibrate all their chakras in tune with one another. When we allow our primary awareness in the present, without obstruction of thought, energy flows upward through our chakras, and we are able to connect with our senses and touch real feelings. This is fertile ground for a garden of love.
Partnerships bloom by holding intentions that invite one's own and a partner's healing; through "giving" with impeccable presence and surrendering "fully present" to receive the healing of a partner's sacred love; through knowing one's worthiness for being loved; and remembering the surest way to "make" love is to give love without expectation...giving and being present with gratitude for what "is".
Namaste means: I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you, which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.