UNDERSTANDING THE PHILOSPHY OF TANTRA


DISCLAIMER – This is an exploration piece of writing that will help to give you a deeper understanding of some of the philosophical underpinnings of Tantra. It will be a brief overview of the 36 tattvas (36-9 covered), known to be a roadmap of consciousness. There is great value in understanding this complex system, but I’d like to also note it will get a tad philosophical, and there is always something lost when explaining something as broad as the ‘tantric worldview’ which is not as doctrinal or defined as I’m about to express it. My aim here is to offer a more detailed understanding for what tantra teaches, and how that exploration happens through the practices I share, such as movement, meditation, and breath.

Enjoy.
Tantra is non-dual.It is an exploration into opposites.
Tantra will often use the language of shiva (pure consciousness – masculine principle) and Shakti (matter + energy, and the world we experience as form and with our senses– feminine principle)Of the 36 tattvas, #36-17 are known as the lower tattvas, and they are associated with shakti.Here is a snapshot:
#36-32- the 5 elements#31-27 – subtle elements – such as odor, flavour, appearance, tactility, etc.#26-22 – body elements – evacuation (bowels) reproduction (genitals), locomotion (feet), etc#21-17 – pair with 31-27, smell, taste, seeing, touch, and hearing.….#36-17 are what you can experience in your body and in the world.In many spiritual systems, such as classical Sankhya philosophy or classical the 8 limb yoga of Patanjali there is a dualistic split, and a preference towards the male principle, the spirit, or shiva (pure consciousness)…they position the world as maya, or illusion, and many of the methods of meditation and the goal is to transcend this material universe and the human body and its senses, and to live in the realm of pure spirit.
The Tantrikas on the other hand, saw this as being world denying, and the lower tattvas, the senses, the contracted self and ego, and the world of form was taken in and embraced. Tantra then reclaimed what was taboo, such as sexuality in spirituality, eating meat, wine, and grains. Tantra did not simply reclaim them, it transforms them, by creating sensual meditations that utilize sense experience to realize wholeness.
The position here is that many people eat, or make love, but on a very surface level. A Tantrika is one who moves deeply into experience, enjoying the fullness of flavour, making sex a ceremony, and refining awareness and the senses to more totally experience the world.
Examples. I’ve heard of the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh guiding a sensual meditation in mindfulness wherein they ate an orange…. But it took them over 45 minutes to slowly take in every quality of their own being and the oranges being. Another example is the Japaneseteaceremony (known as sadō lit., “The Way of Tea“) Which is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha that can take hours.
In regards to what I teach, when practicing yoga, or spending time with me on retreat, we are diving deeply into our senses, and with an authentic exploration and safe container, we are unraveling layers within the self to experience more….to feel more deeply, to nourish more deeply, to love more deeply, and to learn to use the breath to feel and activate our nervous system for greater sensitivity and awareness. We create an openness to experience all emotions, from joy to grief, from hot temperatures and sweat lodges to cold river dips. I hold the space for you to enter your totality and enter into full presence.
When the senses are nourished fully, awareness is suffused with aesthetic rapture, which increases your capacity to feel and know beauty. To explore the polarities of life with equal openness creates a resilience in character and an openness to life in all its forms and challenges.
In Tantra, and in what I teach, we focus on mindfulness and being. In mindfulness, one increases their sensitivity, concentration, and attention of being in the moment, while attending to their body, emotions, and mind.
In regards to the tattva system, mind is split into 3 qualities (other systems have 5).
Tattva # 16 – manas – or the faculty of sense processing and attention
In many people’s experience of reality, their faculty of mind is focused on the past… projecting past scenarios into the present moment, or projecting into the future, or being consumed in a constant stream of thoughts….. by taking attention and learning to focus it purely on sense processing, the awareness shifts more deeply into the present, allowing for a great state of being.
Tattva #15 Ahankara – ego –
The ego is the self construct that creates an “I, me, mine”.The mind creates ego, which is a fictitious identity that is constructed of constructs and previous self-images projected into the present as if their static realities. In Tantra, the ego is the contracted from of your totality, thus in mindfulness one learns to become aware of the ego, not to kill it, but to befriend it and constantly expand it.
Tattva # 14 Buddhi – intellect – faculty of discernmentThis faculty of mind is responsible for reason. In mindfulness, meditation and yoga we look to refine the discerning faculty of the mind to make good decisions. In Tantra there are no wrong decisions, only learnings….but some lessons are difficult, and with good discernment we can make good decisions which make the experience of reality flow with greater ease.
Think of the flow of life like a constant ocean wave coming ashore. A pure mind is what one aims for, which creates an easeful allowing of the wave to come ashore and wash over the sand. In this metaphor your mind in the sand, and the impressions of your mind (samskara – mental grooves) are like deep impressions or footprints in the sand which prevent the flow of life from easefully washing over.
Tantric practice clears the mind to not be patterned from the past.There is a great deal more to know about the feminine principle and tattvas 36-17, such as how the energy moves with the 3 guna’s (lightness, energy and passion, and inertia). But, I’ll save that for a class I’ll teach.
Thus we have explored the feminine principle of the world of form and energy, and the 3 qualities of mind.Now we move into the more abstract male principle of shiva or pure consciousness.
Tattva #12 – is shiva, the pure witness. Shiva is the ground of being, for which all matter and energy (shakti) is contained within. Shiva consciousness is omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresent.
Tattavas #36-17 are the contracted and manifested reality, whereas shiva is the fullest expansion. Thus the philosophy of Tantra is that pure consciousness with its desire to know itself created limitations and contractions within itself known as the 5 shells (tattvas #7-10)#7 – limited power of action, #8 limited power of knowledge or incomplete knowing, #7 Desire, #10 time, #11 causality
In our contracted form we experience these limitations, and the encouragement and exploration in Tantra is to find the edge….there is thus a recognition that we have limited power to action and knowledge, but there is still a movement towards knowing more, for our knowledge in a contracted form will never be complete, and still we seek to know more…forever expanding into infinity.
Desire arises from a craving to be in yoga, in pure unity within pure consciousness or the divine… all desire for affection, sex, money, power etc stems from our incompleteness as a contracted form from our own divinity…thus, in Tantra it is important to recognize that satisfaction will never be achieved by sense pleasure, sex, money, or power, but there is also not a need to deny them, just to see that they will never satisfy your eternal soul, and thus, the impetus is to transform these desires into a prayer that connects you to the divine.For example, if you are in a relationship, see your partner as your divine counter-part, and enter into your relationship dually, on a human level, and at the level of divine self. If you are trying to meet your human needs and desires, you will always be unfulfilled, as will your relationship. If you recognize your divinity and connection to pure consciousness, you may then act from a place of fullness in your love, and it will be an expression of completeness, and you will be satisfied regardless of the relationship you may or may not have.
Then you may be in the world and not of it, then you may be satisfied without external circumstances needing to go your way, and still, you may be successful in life.
Tantra encouraged success in spirit, and in worldly life. Many spiritual systems of inquiry are about transcending this world, or creating a perfect world (heaven) that is not this world. Tantra says, enjoy both heaven and earth.
The tattva #10 is time… in tantra there is an encouragement to recognize time. Tantra is the art of recognizing life, for its fullness. A key word in tantra is awareness. Be aware of body, mind, emotion, time, qualities, desire, causality, limitation, etc. This is how tantra expands your consciousness, the more you can be aware of, and hold in your awareness, the more expanded you will be. Opening your consciousness.
It when one lives in the full awareness that all is temporary that they truly experience life…when we fail to recognize the limitations of time, we may lose ourself in the moment and take it for granted. Thus, by learning to be mindful of this moment of time, and simultaneously the past and future, and the fact that all is here, and all will be gone, we can fully take in the present, and be anchored in eternity.
Tantra recognizes time and that many people avoid the experience of the present moment because of feelings of regret, nostalgia, fantasy, and anxiety. When one recognizes these states, and feels them, they no longer avoid them, and they are better equipped to be more present.
Tattva #11 – causality
In Tantra one deals with karma by being unattached to the outcomes of action, which creates no karma. It teaches that the desire to attain or avoid specific results creates karma.I’m going to stop at tattva #6 for today, which is maya.Maya means illusion. But, in Tantra illusion is not negative, because it is necessary to for us to see duality for self-exploration. Therefore, once more tantra is about recognition. Tantra does not judge whether duality is good or bad, it simply recognizes there is duality and increases awareness.
I’d like to end on that final note, Tantra is about refining awareness, being totally involved in life, in its fullness, without preference for salvation or suffering, without desire for the fruits of actions, Tantra says yes to life, yes to experience.
As a teacher of Tantra and Tantric practices the space I hold is for you to experience all that you are, I do this by embodying these philosophies In my life which creates the capacity for you to do the same, I create and guide individuals through their body, feeling, and mind, and teach them techniques to experience of the fullness of their consciousness. Because Tantra is not merely a philosophy, though a road map is nice…tantra is about techniques, that is what the word tantra means. That is why tantra is not about goals, or philosophy, it is not about morals, it is about liberation and expansion. It is about loving all that you are, and all that the world is.
Tantra can help an individual on every level of their being and their being in the world. From finding connection to the earth, their tribe, their sexuality, their relationship, their occupation and offerings, their love, their voice and expression, their vision, and their connection to the divine. Because it sees an individual in their totality, it works on you at every level of being, and can offer you expansion in every aspect of what you are.
It’s an honour to hold space and learn from you. For though I teach tantra, I am as much a student, and the students are the teacher. We are teaching each other through our reflections and we are gaining self-knowledge. I need you to know myself, I love you, to love myself.
We are all one.And we are all many.Much love.
Let’s dance soon?

IMPORTANT ENERGY UPDATES

IMPORTANT ENERGY UPDATES

Blessed new year
Tremendous shifts have happened


My prayer for all people is to simply be mindful – be present in your body, with your feeling, and with your mind, and with the ever-changing mental states
The ascension process on the level of the personal and collective is spiraling and expanding energy…the force and rate of expansion has created enough inertia that there will be less ‘doing’ of inner work….that is to say, less effort…more and more the process will be a simple allowing. Which gives the opportunity for all people to move into a greater state of being….without needing to ‘do’ anything, each individual consciousness is rapidly processing their karma and the clear channels and bodhisattvas are holding the space for this process to happen with ease.


More than ever, mass amounts of individuals have moved out of mind, out of the past, out of memory and story, and into the present moment. They are thus attuning to truth, and they are at a level of presence in the present moment creating consciousness that though they have karma, their life circumstance are no longer guided by karma, they are essentially above karma, they are free to create in the present…. there will still be a releasing of their karma, but on an effortless level of being. These individuals and their field of consciousness -not being tethered to the personal mind and body- are expanding, they are expanding their field of love and truth, these expanding fields of love and truth create the divine space for others who are less far on the way to have an effortless space to release their karma.


More and more, individual consciousness will expand, and many of you are tuning more and more into the consciousness of the earth, and becoming channels for the collective to release.

Enough beings have made the complete ascension that they are now forming a strong energetic grid, like how one creates an energetic grid with crystals. There was a time when we relied on the earth’s energetic vortex’s to spiritually evolve – these are where the major spiritual sites such as a the pyramids are- now, individuals carry the same energetic potential and they are walking spiritual cathedrals…


At one time in our evolution we built temples, now we are truly awakening and being the divine temple. ….Because the individuals who are further along in their ascension are great in numbers and are connecting to other individuals what will happen is that they will create swirling vortex’s of awaking energy by holding a level of divine connection, faith, and truth in their field.


Though much is still to come in the clearing process, there is certainty that ALL BEING ARE SAVED. I intuit that even those who pass on in the near future, although they may not have realized their full enlightenment, they won’t have to fully reincarnate because the collective field created by all the bodhisattvas that are on this planet will carry them to the light.


Within our lifetime – time is going to become more and more meaningless- all beings will realize their highest enlightened self. Every individual will move through a process wherein all their energetic centered are opened and cleared and the divine light will purify every being…. At a level of energy and light each individual will activate their light body and spirit body. When one activates their energy body they will gain greater access to their spiritual skills, such as being able to tap into the akashics. Their soul blueprint, and the archetypes they need to evolve through will become realized, and they will move through it at an accelerated rate. Many individuals will have an increased amount of spiritual experiences that will expand their consciousness all the way to divine light, which will then anchor an aspect of their consciousness at this level of light, and then their innate intelligence will align them at an accelerate rate towards this direction. It’s like downloading a road map towards evolution into unity consciousness.


When individuals live and operate in their light body they alter how they communicate with the world and with themselves. Ordinarily (on the physical plane) communication through language is course and is a poor way to express truth and feelings….when individuals are connected at the level of energy and light, their entire beings can communicate, without words….something important here is that information exchange among their DNA will take place. So not only will each individual evolve their own DNA, they will begin to tap into the collective pool of DNA of other beings…giving a capacity to download new skills, talents, and capacities, without training….this is the level of effortless and non-doing I was speaking of in the beginning. As this process continues and we become less identified with our individual body, more and more we will dissolve our separate consciousness and eventually we will dissolve our bodies and enter one consciousness with the earth. At that point, the collective memory and intelligence of every being on this earth will synthesize, accelerating evolutionary expansion through non-linear timescales.
A few points to touch on….


It’s good to find where your at. There are various levels of enlightenment as you move through the primary 8 chakras, and into the higher dimensional chakras. It is good to find individuals who are at a high level of enlightenment who can help you accelerate, download, and integrate at a high level. At a certain point of divine alignment your individual energy is fully guided by spirit, which will allow for a effortless being. You will no longer need to worry about abundance, your relationships will flourish, your work will be needed and you will be effortlessly employed by spirit, your heart will expand and expand, you will begin to speak your truth and it will make it to those who need to hear it, and your intuitive understanding in each unfolding moment will allow you to not have to use your mind to plan projected futures, but rather you will simply walk the world at a level of faith and the path will unfold with each step you take. It is going to become more and more clear that each individual is being carried by spirit, and it will free up all the energy each individual was pouring into ‘doing’ things for money, or to meet their unmet needs, their cup will be filled with spirit and they will walk a divine path. By walking in absolute faith, truth and love, you hold this level of consciousness in your field.


Even once you have become enlightened (at whatever stage), it is important to note that the learning and lessons of existence still come. Though your actions and alignment will offer much in the way of clarity and support, there will still be choices, there will still be the cultivation of spiritual values, and there is much to experience. To become fully self-realized one will have to experience all levels of their being.


There are many individuals who are still early in their evolution, and though they are travelling at an accelerated rate, their rate of expansion relative to some beings on this planet is drastically different. What I have felt in my own body and being is a rapid acceleration of energy to create my shift, and now a full integration into my body.
This level of integration allows me to be simultaneously in my highest centers, but fully embodied in my lower chakras at a level of calm being. I no longer need to do work to ‘raise’ my energy, my process has shifted from no longer being a personal ascension, it is now about being a bodhisatvas and my breath and body is sustained in this realm till all beings have reached enlightenment. I have felt the shift in my body and because I channel and feel the collective, I know that many others have also made this transition. Which means new waves of light workers are becoming beacons with absolute clarity and divine direction, their words, actions, and medicine is now carried by angels and will reach those it needs. They too are also at a level of integration of beingness wherein they are calm and assured. This is a beautiful way to hold space for others.
I have seen visions that I, along with many others will be orchestrating massive gathering of collective healing. In 2021 I will be offering a variety of planet medicines in combination with dance, movement, meditation, and breath practices. The size and scale of these offering is going to increase, and I appreciate those who have reached out for collaboration, and I’m still open to continue to make connections. I have taken my body bodhisattva vows, and they are no longer something I have to consciously and effortfully repeat, I have integrated them into my subconscious and now they are operating at a level of my being. That is to say, I have committed my existence to freeing all beings, and I will go where spirit moves me, I am guided by the breath, and its an honour to be with you in these times.


I thank you for listeningI thank you for being hereI thank great spirit I connected to the sacred directions and offer my life as a prayerI love you


– Aya – ZK

FOUNDATIONAL ENERGY DYNAMICS

FOUNDATIONAL ENERGY DYNAMICS (part 1 of 7)

Energetic dynamics denotes the unseen or subtle exchange that occurs in a realm beyond the 5 senses.
Learning the underlying energetics of your interactions teaches a deeper awareness of the dance of matter and energy -the two fundamental aspects of existence-

I am going to be briefly covering the following topics:

1. Emotional
2. Mental/thinking
3. Moving
4. Breathing
5. Sleeping
6. Eating
7. Financial

Intro – the human energy matrix

“The physical body and the perceptions that are received through the 5 main sense organs presents a slice of reality.”
Readers will be familiar that we have both a physical body of tissues and an energy body that is known as the nervous system. The nervous system is an aspect of your energy body, which extends far beyond the body in its range through its electromagnetic field of influence. For example, your heart creates is an electromagnetic field generator expounding a field of energy that extends several feet in all directions.

Further, there are also subtle energetic centers or vortex’s of energy that run through and beyond the central channel of your spine. It is important to note that the physical regulation and manifestation of your body, and by extension anything on the physical comes from the subtle to the gross; from energy to matte; from thoughts to feelings to physical sensations. The root is the mind -there are various levels of mind from subconscious to supraconscious, but those won’t be covered here, let us keep it simple.

Let us start with the energy of emotions.

Emotions:

The word emotion denotes energy in motion.

Every emotional state has a corresponding way the energy flows through your being and body. For example, positive emotions are often uplifting or expanding, such as the way a smile causes your lips and face to arise, and your body sense to become lighter. Whereas negative emotional states cause a downward movement of energy and contraction. Positive and negative here do note denote a moral judgement of right or wrong, they simply present two polarities. The distinction I’m making is that sadness is not bad, nor are you wrong to feel sadness. It is important to be clear on this distinction because energy awareness and management is optimized when we are not repressing or avoiding particular states and clinging to others. This creates a non-judgmental way of interfacing with our own energy and emotion which allows for the natural flow of energy (emotions) to move through us and share their wisdom.

The energy body that is influenced by emotions is a system that runs most effectively when it is clear. A clear emotional state and a clear emotional body refers to an openness to feel the present moment as it unfolds, without any blockages in one’s emotional field – the literal field of energy that is being generated by the human energy matrix-. Your emotional body runs through your entire body and around it. You feel emotions on through your entire body and being -when you allow it-.
One can check in to see if their emotion state is clear be assess their breath, how they feel, and how open they are to feel the highs and lows of life.

Emotional body awareness and keys to health:

– Feel and move your whole body every day to create good conditions for the flow and energy and emotion

– Intelligent exercise that moves the 6 major energetic zones of the body promotes optimal emotional regulation (legs, pelvis, core, chest (and arms), neck, and head)

– Make time to sit in silence and feel…whatever arises with love and without judgement ..this will help to decondition the preference to feel positive emotions and avoid negative emotions

– Breathing and breathwork is intimately related to your mental-emotional state, proper breathing and making time to build a relationship with the breath is important for emotional balance – more on that in the breathing section.

– Balancing the 4 elements. The 4 elements (earth, wind, water, and fire) are the fundamental energies of creation. On an energetic and vibratory level these elements make up your body and your energy field will become balanced when exposed to these elements in the environment or by using shamanic and/or breathing techniques that balance these energies (example see my post on 5 elements breathing). To work with the 4 elements, simply have them in your presence. Sit with a fire or candle. Be in or near water or take a shower. Be in the mountain air, or outside where the air is clear. Be barefoot and connected to the earth. These acts will all regulate your emotional field and will do much to work on the health of your body mind and soul.

– Be aware of your emotional state through the day, and when your interacting with people, sense and tune into how you or they are feeling. You’ll be surprised how much you can be aware of. If you think about it, this energy exchange of our emotional field is always happening, it just depends on how aware we are of it.

– To best feel your subtle body and the energy of emotions a light diet, or fasting does aid in the process.

– Try and clear your emotional body every day and as soon as you feel congested by utilizing movement and breath to shift your state – dance, yoga, sing, chant, run, work out, shower, cold-plunge, etc
End of part 1

Part 2 – Mental/Thinking Energy regulation – coming soon

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love

THE IMPORTANCE Of ‘THE HIGHEST’

What is your highest?

  • Highest referring to your greatest, or supraordinate

What is your highest value?

What is your highest purpose?

What is your highest intention?

What is your highest principle?

What is your highest conception of the ultimate reality, or God?

Identifying your highest allows you to orientate towards it.

If you had a choice (and you do), would you choose to be your greatest? If you have this life to live, do you wish to live from your highest purpose?

Before I devoted my entire energy towards my highest purpose and aspirations, I was comfortable. I got by just fine in life, and the majority of the time I was satisfied.  But that satisfaction failed to light my fire through challenge. At times when my life was threatened and I was able to sit with reality, I saw my dissatisfaction.  For many people, a lifetime of being comfortable and not trying will only be brought to light upon their deathbed. For it is at the end of our lives when we truly feel if we have lived totally. It is a self-judgement, you will have to look upon your creation, and ask, is it well with my soul? 

After I devoted myself.

I started every morning and every evening to meditate on my highest. To connect with my highest source, purpose, and intention and allow it to lead action. In the morning and before bed are two pivotal points of influence for the subconscious mind.  It takes work to discover ones highest, and to orientate towards it.  It is always shifting, and it takes a degree of balance to maintain alignment.  It takes an increasing level of consciousness, and the knowledge that there is no completion.

 A continual checking in is necessary.

At first it was mighty effortful to redirect all the energy I had been spending on things that did not matter. The body and mind must be contended with.  The body often chooses what is easeful, and the mind is easily distracted. The body and mind require a certain regulation and direction from a higher principle or spirit. When one learns to repeatedly go beyond the body and mind they connect with their highest. 

The highest principle organizes the mind and body.  It rewires the subconscious and makes manifest one’s dreams, instead of their fears.  Once their energy is brought into order and direction, then it is akin to riding a bike when the effort of learning turns into the ease of simply biking.  There is still a continual effort needed to keep the bike moving, and you will want to go faster and faster…but it is easeful and enjoyable, and each day you will be growing stronger.

If a highest principle and standard is not set, organizing principles will not be enforced. Then the mind and body is apt to choose pleasure over discomfort.  When the mind is organized with a purpose and mission, it walks equally towards pleasure or discomfort and follows the path towards its dream. It is through this discipline that the cycle of avoiding pain and seeking pleasure is transcended. When one creates their dream, and if it is their highest calling, it is their greatest gift to give. If someone is living and making choices based on what is most pleasurable for themselves, they are caught within themselves. When they have set a standard to live their purpose, and be their best self, then they have gone beyond themselves….they continually go beyond themselves, they become boundless and powerful, and they offer this power, this energy, to the collective.

The path in is the way out.

Find your greatest love, find your purpose and greatest gift to give. Then offer your life to your love, and you will receive everything. When you live in this way you set a standard, and new energy will awaken from within you.  The door of heaven will open and a synchronistic pathway, or hero’s journey will ensue. 

It is a vital time to find one’s greatest truth.  For there is much chaos and muck in the waters these days. In the mist of the lies there is just fog to see outside. There is a call for individuals  to turn within and to empower themselves to live their highest principles. These are polarizing times, defining times, and an age where rapid evolution and acceleration is possible for those who are ready to live totally.

We are all in this together, and I’m dedicated to sharing the practices I use every day to evolve my nervous system and master this life.  Let’s connect and share some breathwork, yoga, qigong, dance, martial arts, knowledge, and co-create the world that is in alignment with our highest.

Much love

KEEPING CEREMONY SACRED?

We are in an age where ceremony is being revived into the mainstream. Whether we are speaking of plant medicine, breathwork, or yoga, more people than ever are not only trying these practices but making them a regular part of their life. Because these practices are reaching far, they are also spreading themselves away from their roots, and with this comes change.

We can create a polarity here and better understand what is evolving. In one camp we have the traditional and fundamental teachings as close to their lineage as possible. For example. There are direct lines of teacher to student lineages in yoga, or breathwork, and there are traditional ways of doing plant medicine ceremony, such as the Shipibo tradition with their use of Ayahuasca. There is an advanced knowledge carried within the traditions that corresponds to a deep knowing of how these respective medicines work on the human body-mind-spirit complex. This knowledge comes from thousands of years of dedicated study and devotion to a way and should be respected, held sacred, and protected.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, in life there is always a stable conservative force, that is orderly and linear, and there is the chaotic and creative force of change. Actors who embody this energy evolve traditions from their original form into a new entity of sorts, this is where we get various off-shoots of yoga, breath, and new ceremonies and religions.

As in all things, people may be split between which camp they choose to endorse, but these two forces are inevitable in nature, and they are here to benefit the whole. When dealing with practices that have such deep power and a depth to their roots, it takes great consciousness and keen sensitivity to properly evolve these respective traditions without watering them down. It is easy to have well meaning individuals want to share the benefits they have received from a practice by teaching it with little training. Something is lost at times, something beautiful, something sacred.

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I am a breathwork facilitator. When I am teaching in alignment with my ceremonial lineages, I am taking great length to create the proper conditions. For example, An out-door ceremony, connected with the four elements, perhaps around a fire, there are dietary recommendations for participants, and at my best I am preparing to guide by fasting and preparing for days, or weeks. Introduction and invocation into the ceremony has a structure, which involves connecting to the 4 sacred directions, calling in guides, getting clear on intentions, etc. There is detail, form, and a cadence that involves pre-ceremony, and post-ceremony work. Everything has a structure and reason, and when everything is in good alignment, there is beautiful healing. I have spent days and weeks fasting and preparing for events, sometimes months following specific diets and cleansing rituals. These are all important, and yet, I have had personal breathwork session that were 20 minutes, in the back of my vehicle, that have been as pivotal and powerful as some of my most well-thought out ceremonies.

Further, I have led ceremonies in yoga studio’s, in clinics, and at impromptu events that have been equally powerful, and/or at the very least offered individuals the exact medicine and balancing they needed to move forward. It is important to note that everything helps everything, and sometimes months of dedicated practice fruits days or weeks later.

Which leads me to understand that multiple levels of healing and ceremony are important. I love to do ritual yoga, which can last for hours…and conversely, I love to drop into my neighborhood casual yoga class. I love to connect with breathwork in ceremony, and I’ve also had deep experiences connecting to my breath during dentist appointments. When speaking about breath medicine specifically, when one has learnt to use their breath as medicine, they connect with source, or with the sacred, and they can bring that with them everywhere.

There is a great need to evolve our practices to reach more people, once more, especially with breath medicine which everyone can safely connect with and find their own personal connection to their inner healer. It is important to create our lives as ceremony and sacred, and not just in the churches or temples. Breath allows us to do this. Sincere practitioners will at times be serving breath medicine in what may be traditionally ‘non-sacred and nonceremonial’ atmospheres, and they should know that ceremony is an inner dimension of intention and the action of turning within. All is sacred. A facilitator should be aware not to dilute their medicine and keep in contact with their highest way of serving and facilitating ceremony, and yet serving in the way that their soul calls them to and that helps the individual they are working with.

I did not choose breathwork. It found me. My teacher and Mentor Edward Dangerfield found me. My soul called out for me to teach. I liken it to how doctors work in hospitals, and yet will go overseas to underdeveloped nations bringing the bare bones of their work to offer their services at the level where they can reach individuals. It is all about helping others from a good place of heart. That being said, breathwork, and energy medicine and its respective language is often too metaphysical and ‘woo’ for individuals, and I’m more than willing to drop any need to push a certain way of thinking and speaking about a practice that may barrier someone from connecting with a practice. This is especially true for breath medicine, as it can be taught as scientifically and as grounded in the physical as an individual is versed in speaking to that language.

Key points stand out that there is no objective or universal right or wrong way to do ceremony. The way to choose is the way that is in alignment with your soul’s highest understanding of what is best for the all. This takes a continual checking in and a great deal of self-awareness. Further, individuals may inherently choose to practice a certain way and they will benefit from finding a respective teacher who teaches in alignment with their vision. We are in an age of personalized medicine, where the facilitator is not merely playing a role of guide, but where the facilitator and participant are connected, as all humans are connected In a shared process of finding wholeness. How one reaches and teaches another is unique to each relationship and offering, and it is my prayer that facilitators are working in alignment with their highest intentions.

Everything is sacred. With great respect and consciousness, we will preserve ancient lineages and grow new one’s, following the ever-expanding process that nature evolves in. Healing and wholeness is available for all, those who carry the knowledge and practices are called in our age to be great wisdom keepers and models. It enlightens my soul to see so many dedicated practitioners, healers, guides, coaches, and teachers sharing their light and helping the all. We are all one, we will find a way. Much love and blessings to all, and I look forward to breathing with you, whether in ceremony, or just hanging out on this sacred earth.

All my relations.