Overview of the Tantric Meditation
Tantra is the most ancient spiritual heritage mankind has. Many have challenged it over the years but have never been able to take it down. It has survived the test of time and has permeated history, never dying.
Tantra represents the idea that we can expand our consciousness.
That we aren’t using our minds to their full potential. It’s not a philosophy or an institution of any kind, but rather a system whereby we can improve the structure and potential of our mind.
Millions of people are unaware of the potentially unlimited nature of the mind, though more are beginning to seek it out.
Many people are familiar with the idea of controlling the breath and the mind through regular meditation. This is a popular form of meditation and certainly a useful one.
Tantra meditation, however, bypasses the mind and the breath. It doesn’t look to control these things but rather to expand the consciousness and liberate stagnant energy.
The theory is that ordinary human consciousness is limited by how the brain processes information through its sensory channels – seeing and hearing.
At its core, the idea of Tantric meditation is to temporarily remove these channels and allow the brain to function outside of them.
In doing this, information is taken in different and we gain a different perception. We remove the stimuli that acted as a mental limitation.
Practicing this on a daily basis is how we can slowly begin to expand consciousness.
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Goal of the Tantric Meditation
The ultimate goal of Tantric meditation is to expand the limitations of the mind, soul, and body.
This can be achieved through several different techniques: asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, and mantra.
Through these, you can harness what is known as prana shakti.
This is the creative lifeforce in the body that enables dormant kundalini energy to rise through the body all the way to the crown where it will join your pure consciousness.
The Three Paths of Tantra
There are three paths of Tantra that a practitioner can take. Each one focuses on something different and can yield different results:
- The Kaula path – this path relies solely on external rituals.
- The Mishra path – this path blends the use of external and internal practices.
- The Samaya path – this path is entirely internal and meditative with no external elements. This path allows for the deepest possible connection to the creative force of the universe.
There is a classic Tantra practice called Nyasa. This is where deities and mantras are visualized in different parts of the body.
The purpose of this is to help you become aware of the spiritual nature of your physical body. This is known by Tantrikas as a form of condensed light.
When practicing this technique it’s not necessary to actually see the light, only to imagine it moving through your body and sense its presence.
As you move through the exercise you might find it helpful to touch each part of your body as you visualize the light moving through it, but this isn’t necessary.
You want to begin by sitting in a comfortable, upright meditation position. Bring yourself into the moment and use your breath and your movement to become fully aware of the sensations of your body.
Then, begin focusing on one part of your body at a time. Begin with the feet and imagine them becoming golden light.
Slowly move up through the rest of your body…
Ankles, calves, thighs, hips, organs, muscles, bones, abdomen, spine, chest, ribcage, fingers, arms, shoulders, neck, skull, forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth, tongue – everything.
Imagine each body part becoming golden light.
Your entire body is now made of golden light, you are light. Inhale and exhale this light and rest in your body of light.
Third Eye Meditation
Another meditation technique within Tantra is the third eye meditation. This is meant to open the crown chakra at the top of your head and the third eye chakra in the middle of your forehead. This enables you to receive divine energy.
You want to begin this practice by sitting in a comfortable position with your legs touching the floor.
Start by inhaling to lengthen the spine.
Keep your chin parallel to the floor while breathing easily and maintaining the length of your spine.
Then, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and visualize a golden ball in front of your eyebrows and at the center of your forehead.
As you inhale, move the ball over the top of your head, down your spine, and into your tailbone. Chant the word “hung” in your mind as you do this.
Tantra as a Lifestyle Practice
While something that can be practiced as part of yoga, it’s much more than that.
It has to do with empowerment, enlightenment and improving the state of your mind.
However, it can’t be achieved in just a day or two.
To truly benefit from the practice, you need to make it a part of your lifestyle.
Find time to meditate every day and focus on the Tantric and third eye meditation techniques. In this way, you will find the peace and enlightenment you’re after.
Tantric Meditation Guidelines for Different Platforms
Tantra meditation can be used for a few different, specific purposes:
- Clarity and wisdom – the third eye chakra is the center of wisdom and clarity.
You can access the fourth dimension and reach the wisdom of the third eye by combining breathing, chanting, and visualization techniques in your meditation. In this way, you can rest in peaceful, effortless awareness.
- To clear difficult emotions – to do this, you will want to combine breath and concentration while visualizing the movement of energy. This will transform the negative emotions in your heart center.
- To be empowered – to do this, you need to connect to the creative forces of your will, determination, and power. These reside within your third chakra.
You can reach it by using breathing techniques, mantra, visualization, and concentrating prana at your navel center.
- To awaken Sushumna which is an energy channel that clears paths through your body. Use breath, chanting, and visualization in your meditation to allow the kundalini energy to rise through the cleared pathways.
Tantric meditation will help you in many ways as you learn to expand your consciousness and improve the state of your mind.
This practice offers energy activation as you meditate correctly. Doing it every day will help you stay energized throughout the day.
As you meditate and focus on the tantric techniques, you’ll find breathing comes easy. Easy, relaxed breathing helps you get into a peaceful and serene headspace.
Lastly, it’s one of the quickest and most effective ways to reach the endless possibilities of your mind.
People have tried many methods to expand their minds and access more of their brains, but this is the best and most effective.
Drawbacks & Recovery
Though the benefits of practicing Tantric meditation are many, it’s important that you maintain a balance.
If your Kundalini becomes imbalanced, you may experience difficulties such as dizziness, lightheadedness, too much energy, insomnia, and you may become extremely talkative.
Grounding activities such as restorative yoga, nature walks, and weight training can help keep the energy balanced.
If you find that you’re feeling imbalanced, increase your practice of grounding activities for a while.
It can also help to eat root vegetables and oily foods like avocados.
If you are having trouble grounding yourself again, you can contact a Tantra educator and they will be able to guide you.