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Tantra Tip of the Day – Honor Your Body Temple

In Bali each morning the temples are swept, incense is lit, offerings of fruit and flowers are presented and prayers are spoken. This is one way they practice honoring the Divine.

One of the gifts of being a human is having a physical body. Your body is the temple that houses your divine nature. How do you honor your “Body Temple?” What offerings do you give it each day? How much do you appreciate your body and all it does for you?

Try this: Today consider that your body is a sacred temple and treat it as such. Notice if you make different choices as you go through your day. At the end of your day take some time and honor your body in a way that feels good to you. As part of this honoring, touch each part of your body and offer gratitude and a blessing for all that it does for you, include the internal organs as well as the external body parts. Notice how it feels to connect with each part of your body and be present with it. Does seeing your body as a sacred temple change your relationship to it? How does your body want to be honored?

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Tantra Tip of the Day – Desire: Fuel for Transformation

Desires arise naturally, from the moment your eyes open in the morning they move through you.
“I want to take a  bubble bath with you.”
“I need a cup of coffee.”
Desire is part of being human, to deny it, is to deny your humanity.

One of the unique aspects of Tantra is that desire is seen as fuel for awakening, instead of as a sin or something to be avoided. However, attachment to desire is recognized as a trap. When you desire something and then believe you can’t be happy without it then suffering is created. If you can allow desire to be as it is and dance with it, noticing when attachment arises and then let go, desire becomes an ally that supports you in being present.

Today let desire be your ally. What does desire feel like in your body? What happens when you make your desires conscious? Watch out for disappointment. See if you can let go of attachment to getting your desires met. When you let go what do you discover? Is there freedom in letting go?

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The Tantra Tip of the Day- Inner Man and Inner Woman

Understanding masculine and feminine energy is primary to creating healthy relationship of all kinds. If the world is going to heal and come into balance this knowledge is primary. Bringing your inner man and inner woman into conscious awareness is the first step.

Try this: lay down in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for the next hour. Call forth your inner women and notice how she looks. What is her age, build, coloring, clothing, style of speech etc…? What gifts does she have to offer? How has she been active in your life up to now? Spend sometime getting to know her. Thank her for showing up. Then take a short break. Make some notes if you like. Then repeat the process and call forth your inner man. Go through the same process. Take a break.

Finally, you can call them both forth at the same time and introduce them to each other if they are not familiar with each other already. Notice how they relate to each other? Are they compatible? Do they like each other? Are they willing to work together? How can they help you have more balance in your life?

You can repeat this process many times. It is possible that they will change forms as you learn and grow from this process. To learn more about this process read The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margot Anand page 247-252.

Art by Andrew Gonzalez
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The Tantra Tip of the Day- The Power of Touch

We live in a culture where most people are deprived of touch. People drive around alone in their cars and many live alone. At work there is a fear that touching someone will be considered sexual harassment. At school the concern is that touching a child may be seen as inappropriate. Yet what most people crave is human touch. We want to cuddle up and connect with other human beings. We want to give and receive love through our biggest organ, our skin. Touch is an important human need without it, babies will die, children act out and adults go crazy.

Today is a day to give and receive touch. Ask for a hug from a friend. Give a hug to a complete stranger; remember to ask for permission first. Snuggle up with someone and just BE together. Get and/or give a massage. Take a bubble bath. Be your own lover, touch your entire body and love it just as it is then self-pleasure slowly, with no goal in mind.

Try this: Spoon with a friend/ lover. The person behind places their hand on each chakra; root, belly, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown then breathe into it together, do this from root to crown, then switch roles. Notice what happens, Share your experience.

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Tantra Tip of the Day – The Power of Sound

See if you can hear the Divine singing to you in all the sounds you hear today.

Last night I had the great fortune to attend a sound healing experience. I was surrounded by sounds of wind, water, fire and earth through a variety of instruments. I found myself being taken on a journey into the center of my being that is silent, still and limitless.

Sound is a powerful tool for being present, focusing attention, lulling you asleep, calming the nerves and enlivening the body. Music is a great gift that can heal and transform.

Today notice the sounds of your life. How do they affect you? Are they healing? Give yourself a sound healing break today; listen to some music that nourishes your body and soul. Let this music heal and transform whatever is no longer serving you. Let sound be your touch stone today.

The healing event I attended was facilitated by Jon Reinschreiber https://shamanicvibrations.com and Erika Kightlinger.

(C)Copyright 2009 Crystal Dawn Morris
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Tantra Tip of the Day- Namaste’

Namaste is a Sanskrit greeting, which means I see the Divine in you as a mirror for the divine in myself. We use this greeting in Tantra at the beginning of a ritual. It is called a Heart Salutation; sitting or standing across from your partner bring your hands together in the prayer position pointed towards the Earth, inhale inform the Earth as you raise your hands to your heart, with a soft gaze and an open heart, look into each other’s eyes, as you bow, exhale, acknowledge the Divine in your partner as a mirror of the Divine in yourself, inhale, and exhale your hands back you the Earth.

As you move through your day look into peoples eyes and say,”Namaste,” either aloud or silently and see if you can experience the Divine within them. This practice can also be done with animals, trees, rocks, mountains or anything else, as we are all Divine Consciousness in form. Notice how this practice makes you feel? Connected. Alive. Silly. Alone. Present. Or…

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Tantra Tip of the Day- Let Go of Doing

You live in a culture of Doing-ness. What do you do? How are you doing? I have to make a To-Do List. Do you define yourself by what you do? Many people do! As a child were you seen and recognized as having value based on what you did? Did you come to equate what you do with who you are?

What you do comes and goes. But what abides? If you let go of doing, even for a moment, what happens? In the midst of doing, let go of your identification with what you are doing, and allow yourself to become aware of the spaciousness in which the doing arises. Explore this spaciousness with the curiosity of a child. Let go of doing and see what you discover.

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Tantra Tip of the Day- Beauty in Unexpected Places

Take some time today to discover beauty in unexpected places. Shift your perspective from small to vast. Imagine looking at something through the eyes of an ant, a dog, a bird, a baby, a mountain, a visitor from another galaxy, or the moon. Notice how a shift in your perception can change your relationship to whether you evaluate something as ugly, neutral or beautiful. What is beauty? Play with your perception. How much beauty is there around you that you miss, because you are too busy thinking and doing to see it?

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Tantra Tip of the Day- Seriously

It is easy to take yourself and the world seriously. I caught myself doing it today after paying bills and reading the news paper. The mind wants to create problems it can then try and solve. If you find yourself furrowing your brow, it is time to lighten up. For the next 10 minutes laugh at nothing at all. Call a friend and laugh together. Notice how it feels to laugh. See if you make someone smile. Share a joke. Act silly. Play as if you were a child.

Feeling into Another's Deepest Heart

Someone in my Deida Connection Group asked how does one feel into another’s deepest heart. This practice is a great to feel into both your heart and someone else’s heart.

In SkyDancing Tantra we begin our practice by creating a Bubble. Seated across from one another, begin with a heart salutation- the acknowledgment of the divine in each other. Then create a bubble around yourselves to call yourselves into the present moment. Do this with your intention and by using your arms to define the bubble. Then, take things out of the bubble that don’t serve you in this moment (past, distraction, anger etc.) Next, bring things into the bubble that will enhance your connection (love, willingness, presence etc.)

Next, offer an appreciation to the other person (I honor your heart…)
After that, share your intentions/desires, fears and boundaries related to the practice while the other person listens without judgment or commentary.

Why Boundaries? When I teach this practice in my classes, people often have resistance to setting boundaries. Boundaries are not walls, they are bridges. Where two people’s healthy boundaries meet is where intimacy happens.

Your boundary, is the edge that you feel safe moving up to but not beyond. Knowing your boundary allows you to feel safe and stay present right up to your edge. Boundaries are dynamic and can change, so it is important to check in with them periodically and update your partner if the have changed. Here are a few examples: “I need to end by 3pm.” “I only want you to touch my…” “I will keep my heart open and notice if I start to contract.”

Once you are in your Bubble then you can practice Eye Gazing. Begin by gazing into the other person’s left eye. Don’t try to look into both eyes at once. It is ok to change which eye you are gazing in if you feel called too. Just relax, breathe and allow the experience to unfold. Begin with five minutes or so and extend the time as you get more comfortable with the process. This is a great way to discover how willing you are to open, to be seen, to see the Divine in another and to see where resistance arises. This is a great practice to deepen your heart connection.

End with a heart salutation. The bubble you’ve created allows you to feel the support of the sacred as you continue with your practice.