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Chakra Man (c) Awakening Your Body's Energy Centers - A "Chakra Talk"

Modern science recognizes what the ancient sages, masters, and shamans have known for eons – that our physical universe is in a persistent state of change from one form of energy to another. In fact, many of the personal growth, health, and spiritual practices we are familiar with today (Tantra, yoga, acupuncture, Qi Qong, bioenergetics, and others) utilize this universal principle of energetic transformation. From a Tantric perspective, when we learn to awaken and move our sexual life-force energy out of our genitals and throughout all our bodies' energy centers, also known as "chakras," we begin to transform our ordinary, limited sense of self and sexuality into a fully awakened, conscious being of unlimited compassion, wisdom, and ecstatic aliveness.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel" or "vortex," and refers to specific energy centers of the body that receive and process life-force energy, also known as Prana, Chi, or Qi. Like a radio picks up external radio waves and transforms them into sound, chakras receive life-force energy from the universe, metabolize it, and then distribute it throughout the body all the way down to the cellular level – where it energizes, replenishes, and harmonizes our cellular function and nourishes our consciousness.

Chakras are part of an interconnected system of energy centers in which each one affects the energy of the rest. In other words, if one chakra is tense, blocked, or out of balance, other chakras will be negatively affected, and their vitality diminished. Alternatively, when one chakra becomes healed, opened, and re-balanced, the resulting free flow of energy promotes revitalization and healthy expansion of the other chakras.

Located in the central core of our body are the seven major chakras aligned in a vertical axis at the (1) root/base of the pelvis (2) belly, (3) solar plexus, (4) heart, (5) throat, (6) "third eye"/center of forehead, and (7) crown/top of head. Connecting the chakras is an energetic channel running up and down the same vertical axis. This channel is known by Taoists as the "Hollow Bamboo," or by Margot Anand's SkyDancing Tantra path as the "Inner Flute." In fact, the Inner Flute follows the physical and neurological pathways that connect our endocrine glands.

Tantra offers a powerful and profound path for using our chakras to awaken our ecstatic potential, including simple, step-by-step practices that teach us how to "transform lust into bliss." The practices of Tantra teach us to move our life-force energy, including sexual energy, through all of our energy centers in order to reach higher states of exquisite ecstasy. In fact, the key to High Sex in Tantra is to open the Inner Flute, connecting the energy from our root and sexual centers up through the heart and to the brain and beyond – while maintaining a relaxed body, peaceful mind, and open heart.

Ultimately, as we learn to transform sexual energy into ecstasy, we are able to experience and approach life with more presence, awareness, and joyful aliveness. In fact, the fruits of these practices can permeate every aspect of our lives, and enhance our sense of self, creativity, life work, parenting, as well as how we care for others and our earth.

Enjoy. Namaste. And be well!

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