Many people long for more meaning and depth in their lives, but don’t want to go live in a mountaintop monastery to find it. That’s where Tao & Tantra fit in so well, and perhaps one of the reasons sacred sexual paths are on the increase.
Tao Tantra aims to bring the practitioner “into alignment between Heaven and Earth”…which sounds rather grand, but what does it actually mean?
In simple terms, earth is the physical plane. It is the realm of our bodies, nature, the resources in our lives and the interconnectedness of all earthbound life forms. Look a little deeper and you may even realise it is an abundant source of life force energy. There’s an undeniable aliveness in nature, and it’s actually pulsing with energy. There’s a reason that sick people often go to rejuvenate in places of lush nature.
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Tao Tantric practices such as sexual vitality qigong actually harness that energy and consciously draw it up into the body, blending it with our own life force energy and especially our sexual energy. This aligns our personal sexual energy with the energy that pulses through the nature around us.
As a result of such practices our sexual energy becomes more natural. We lessen the learnt sexual expressions that we carry and start to relax into our natural sexual power. What does that look like? It looks like anything we see and feel in nature, from a gentle bubbling mountain stream to an intense fiery volcano. Sexuality stops being something we “do” and starts to be something that is expressed through us. We become a piece of Mother Earth (we always were of course but culture has a way of separating us from our source; nature returns us).
Now what about Heaven? Is this something to do with an old man with along white beard on a cloud? Not in the Tao Tantra understanding.
Heaven is the spaciousness above our heads. Beyond the clouds, beyond the stars, there is space. When we bring our attention up to that spaciousness we can sense infinity. It’s a bit mind-blowing, and in fact that’s part of its beauty. When we spend time contemplating space we sense a vastness that is much much greater than our limited minds and thoughts.
This vastness is pure consciousness. Almost every religion and spiritual system relates consciousness or God to the above. We don’t have to imagine the unimaginable. Heaven doesn’t have to be far away from what we know. Just go look into the night sky and there it is…infinity, eternity. What Tao Tantra calls “Heaven”.
This realm of pure vast consciousness is the realm of unlimited potential. There’s a reason many sages have gone climbing high mountains to contemplate reality…because when you are closer to the skies you lift up above the limiting concepts that usually bind you. Here you can expand your perception beyond usual limitations.
You don’t even have to climb a mountain. The sky is always there…just we don’t always give it out attention. Sitting in meditation, sensing the crown and the space above the crown, you can spend time sitting in contemplation of eternity. This aligns you with Heaven.
So Tao Tantra offers practices to align with Earth or nature and with Heaven or spaciousness. This helps to shift our perception from one of being an isolated separate individual into one of being connected to all other living beings and to pure consciousness.
With continued practice, we start to feel like a bridge between Heaven and Earth. Sometimes this is called the “divine flute”. When we recognise this channel potential, energy can flow more easily between the polar forces of Heaven and Earth. The flow of this energy, or “chi” is blissful and generates love.
Yes, you can become a love generator!!!!
As energy flows from Earth to Heaven this is experienced as states of orgasm. As energy glows from Heaven to Earth this is experienced as grace or blessing.
This might all sound far-fetched of you are new to the path of sacred sexuality. We are not generally taught to think of sexuality in terms of energy flow, nor having anything to do with Heaven or Earth. Indeed a path of Tao Tantra can completely change your whole relationship to sexuality.
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To think of sex as a bridge between the physical realm and the realm of consciousness is a long way off from what Hollywood, the porn industry, school sex education or other sources have taught us. The great news is, you are free to choose! If you want to explore yourself, your sexual energy and your body in relationship to the big picture, then Tao Tantra gives you simple practices to open up to this reality. Then you can enjoy grounded things such as your body, your pleasure and your relationships with the expansive and uplifting experiences of higher states of consciousness! From Sex to Spirit…
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