Kundalini Tantra and Sex

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, in his book Kundalini Tantra, says sex can either be for procreation, pleasure, or to reach samadhi. To reach samadhi though we need our sex life to have the correct direction through tantric/yogic practices.

There is a real romanticised idea surrounding kundalini awakening, shifting through ecstasy and bliss, eternal alignment and oneness. What’s not to like! However, the work around kundalini awakening, or simply raising kundalini energy, is not an easy thing to do.

Indeed, raising kundalini can be downright difficult and very challenging. It is not a quick solution, and that can be disappointing for some who expect quick results. But if we take it seriously and persevere it is a good vehicle for the release of past trauma and so a great form of healing. It can be seen then as a purifying process.

But let’s not be under any illusion, purification necessitates looking at the shit, at the dark bits of us we might rather not see, at the pain and what is simply not working for us. This is why we do spiritual and self-enquiry, where we seek out the truth of who we are

Kundalini Yoga then is the science and philosophy “to unite the finite with infinity”, ie, us with universal consciousness, hence eliminating any inner sense of duality, allowing us to connect with Brahman (we are all sacred, the centre for Brahman, one) where we “awaken to the full potential of human awareness.”

We do this through dis-attaching from the ego and so connecting to our Higher Self, using “a synthesis of movement, breathing, stretching, mantra and meditation”, connecting to our latent energy at the base of the spine, predominantly connected to the Chakra system to bring about kundalini awakening.

Kundalini awakening has been called an expansion and contraction process. Expanding beyond self-interest to greater perspectives and to cosmic consciousness. While contracting our individual potential realisation, our individual consciousness. Indeed, it is a coming together of these two aspects so we can overcome duality.

Expansion and contraction are often likened to the generation-destruction cycle, or the outwards-inwards flow, and the re-individuation process. Ascending and transcending, then descending and grounding back into everyday life.

Our spiritual journey then is not about leaving behind everyday life for flights of fancy, but about bringing our heightened awareness, consciousness, to bear on how we live and interact with others in the here and now. This relates back to my point in my previous posts, that we DO tantra. You can read about it, or think about it, but as I’ve had to learn, it is only tantra if you DO it.

Bringing it all together

Breathing is the lynchpin in kundalini practices. We introduce chanting, which works in unison with the breath and our movement to channel the flow of energy thereby balancing the nervous system, quiet the mind and open us up to our spiritual selves.

But what better way to DO tantra, aligning it to the process of kundalini, than connecting to our sexual practices? Here our self-pleasure and shared pleasure becomes the very vehicle for healing, connecting body work, breath, movement, sound, and spiritual/self-enquiry to work through our self-obsession for a more nuanced understanding of our emotions and sensations.

This way we can reach, as Swami Satyananda Saraswati says, samadhi.

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