Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Write a Love Poem

Poetry can be powerful way to connect to the Divine. Write a Love Poem today. If you are single write a love poem to yourself or a friend. Here is one a wrote last summer.

Touching You

Touching you, I open.
No words spoken.
Breathing together,
I see God in your eyes.

Flesh against flesh,
Beneath cool sheets,
Subtle waves flowing.
Dreams carry me a way.

Cool lips entice me back,
Your breath on my face,
Warm, sweet as cherries,
I inhale you into my heart.

There are no words for love.
Moments of no separation,
Melting together beyond form,
On a sea of emptiness we ride.

Crystal Dawn
June 21, 2009

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Tantra Tip of the Day- The Power of Tara the Divine Mother

The River

The river is flowing,
flowing and growing,
the river is flowing,
down to the sea.

Mother carry me,
A child I will always be,
Mother carry me,
down to the sea.

The river is flowing,
flowing and growing,
the river is flowing
down to the sea.

This song is one of my favorites because it always takes me immediately into my heart. Then I remember that I am not a single drop of water, I am one with the boundless Ocean of Consciouness. Sound is powerful and can be very healing. Tantra uses mantra and songs as tools for awareness, healing and transformation. If you are feeling alone and separate singing this song can be very helpful. While this is not a traditional Tantric song it reminds me of the Divine Mother, Tara.

Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphoric for Buddhist virtues.

Tārā has many stories told which explain her origin as a bodhisattva. One in particular has a lot of resonance for women interested in Buddhism and quite likely for those delving into early 21st century feminism.

In this tale there is a young princess who lives in a different world system, millions of years in the past. Her name is Yeshe Dawa, which means "Moon of Primordial Awareness". For quite a number of aeons she makes offerings to the Buddha of that world system, whose name was Tonyo Drupa. She receives special instruction from him concerning bodhicitta — the heart-mind of a bodhisattva. After doing this, some monks approach her and suggest that because of her level of attainment she should next pray to be reborn as a male to progress further. At this point she lets the monks know in no uncertain terms that from the point of view of Enlightenment it is only "weak minded worldlings" who see gender as a barrier to attaining enlightenment. She sadly notes there have been few who wish to work for the welfare of beings in a female form, though. Therefore she resolves to always be reborn as a female bodhisattva, until samsara is no more. She then stays in a palace in a state of meditation for some ten million years, and the power of this practice releases tens of millions of beings from suffering. As a result of this, Tonyo Drupa tells her she will henceforth manifest supreme bodhi as the Goddess Tārā in many world systems to come.

With this story in mind, it is interesting to juxtapose this with a quotation from H.H the Dalai Lama about Tārā, spoken at a conference on Compassionate Action in Newport Beach, CA in 1989:

There is a true feminist movement in Buddhism that relates to the goddess Tārā. Following her cultivation of bodhicitta, the bodhisattva's motivation, she looked upon the situation of those striving towards full awakening and she felt that there were too few people who attained Buddhahood as women. So she vowed, "I have developed bodhicitta as a woman. For all my lifetimes along the path I vow to be born as a woman, and in my final lifetime when I attain Buddhahood, then, too, I will be a woman."

Tārā, then, embodies certain ideals which make her attractive to women practitioners, and her emergence as a Bodhisattva can be seen as a part of Mahayana Buddhism's reaching out to women, and becoming more inclusive even in 6th century C.E. India.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Phoenix Sky Dancing Tantra Workshop Nov. 21-22, 2009

This weekend workshop is called Awakening the Ecstatic Body:From Sexual Union to Spiritual Communion

Discover how you can deepen your intimacy and use sexual energy to experience mystical states of awareness. We will also be exploring how sexual polarity can keep your relationship juicy. After this weekend you will have the ability to continue to use these skills on your own. This event is only a few days away, there are only a couple of spots left. If you want to attend please contact me ASAP.

There is no nudity in my classes. Cost is $300 per person. To register go to

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Visiting David Deida Land- The San Diego Event

I just returned from San Diego where I attended a weekend workshop with David Deida. It was the culmination of a year of in-depth study of his work which I have been doing, which included being part of an on-line group. I had a great time. It was wonderful to meet in-person some of the people I had been connecting with in David's online group which was called The Deida Connection.

My intention for the weekend was to keep my heart open under all conditions and that did happen. The group was large over 200 people in attendance. I could feel the depth of the group. David seemed open and relaxed. This was my second time attending a weekend. While the material was mostly the same, over all I enjoyed the experience. I am sorry I was not able to attend the week-long training as I would love to dive deeper and explore more of what David calls "Third Stage" relationships. Over-all it was a good weekend.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Be at Peace

I saw this video on Facebook and it communicates the peace that arises when the thoughts are just clouds in the sky and the heart is open and radiating love. Living each moment in the Now and recognizing Self as Divine. It is called the Song of Solomon

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tantra Tip of the Day- Beyond Birth and Death

As I listened to this video this morning I was deeply touched by it. I tasted Truth. Please watch and enjoy! Today allow moments for melting into Oneness and remember your True Face.

Avadhuta Gita - Why do you run? - Mooji - Tiruvannamalai Retreat