HANUMAN FULL MOON

April 8, 2020

“Seeta Maam
Bholo ….Raam Naam
Seeta Raam pranayam
Hanumaan Pranam.”


This morning at 04:35 (Central European Time) Spring had its first Full Moon, known to many as the Pink Moon and by the Tantrics as the Monkey Moon. The Full Moon of Spring signals the awakening of Life. Many see it in the blossoming of plants. Tantrics see it in the quality of the Prana.

HANUMAN | TEACHER OF PRANAYAM


Tales tell of Hanuman being the child of the Apsara Anjana. Apsaras are said to be Angels come to Earth from the star constellation of Gandharva.
They are beings who live by the order of grace and beauty. Hanuman’s father was the Forest King of the Monkeys.

In deep prayer & yogic devotion to Shiva
the pregnant mother summoned the wind into her womb
& gave birth to Hanuman.
That is why Hunuman is called the Child of the Wind
& the teacher of Pranayam.

Hanuman is also known as Shiv-Ruup, which translates as ‘having the spirit and power of Shiva’.
Hanuman’s mother summoned and raised the Shiva power, carried by the Prana of her devotional focus on the truth of the pure soul: Shiva.
Thus Hunuman is also considered to be an incarnation of Shiva.
Hanuman was a devotee of the Goddess and of the god, and when his devotion was questioned he would reveal his bare heart which contained nothing other than pure devotion to Shiva and Shakti.

That is why the Hunuman Mudra
is the physical pulling the chest apart
to reveal our heart’s true devotion.

UNBALANCED POWER


Hanuman had power and poise; his blessing is the yogic opening of Prana flow. He is the noble and poised Monkey. He opens beyond the terrestrial and can fly like the wind.

“A teaching legend
tells of Hunuman attempting to eat the sun
and getting scolded as a result,
for he took the sun to be a mango.
This is a story of the dangers of psychic injury
when raising heat through Pranayam
without knowledge of how to control it.”

We will introduce Chandra Bhand  (‘Moon Lock’) and it’s cooling effects on Pranic Heat in this year’s online workshops in which we will raise the Prana in a safe way – we plan to run our workshops online during the lockdown and we invite you to keep in touch in order to stay updated on our calendar.

A BRIDGE BETWEEN POLARITIES


Another legends tales of when Hanuman was separated from the Goddess Sita and the god Ram: Sita being cooling energy, and representing the Moon; Ram being heat, and representing the Sun.
When Hanuman, who is Prana and represents breath (or Wind), was separated from the Goddess and god, Ram was left suffocating until the three of them were reunited: for fire can’t live without air. It is a tale about the importance of maintaining a balance between all the elements and not fall into the illusion that one can be favoured over the others if we wish to live in balance and harmony.

“The Tantric brings these two polar aspects
of fire & water, or hot & cold, of Moon & Sun,
into balance through Prana: Hanuman.
This is the unwritten symbol inherent
to the story of the union between
Sita, Ram and Hanuman.”

 

MOON & PRANA


Within the Tantric mirror of nature, the Full Moon represents the monthly pinnacle of Pranic (breath) strength in the atmosphere & body.
On this day the pranic and fluidic pressures are most potent in the physical atmosphere and therefore mirrored within ourselves.

“Practice of pranayam,
fasting from food and sleep
is the Tantric approach at the full Moon
that yields opening of the psychic
and spiritual layers of oneself.”

Spring is the time when the Prana and Shakti force leaves the ground and enters the atmosphere.
Prana is at its strongest in the Spring season and it’s energy is sparked by the full Moon.

 

AN OFFERING TO NATURE


In line with the Tantric Shamanic approach to nature this is the day of Pranayam, for the inner and outer atmosphere offers much nourishment in this endeavour.
Nature is said to flourish because of this influx of atmospheric Prana.
This planetary occurrence is the natural basis at the root of the religious orthodox festival known as Haunuman Jayanti.

“Red, orange, yellow offerings and flowers
are made in the orthodox fashion on this day.
This represents the offering of Shakti and Prana
that sit in the Moon and the Solar Chakras.”

Nature at this time of the year mirrors this as the flowers break through and the season springs outwardly from its previous inward state.

THE MONKEY LIVES IN THE LOWER CHAKRAS


The Monkey power comes from the lower chakras.
We can see this when we practice the Bhandar Karana practices of Tantra. This translates as ‘doing of Monkey’.
These are the Tantra practices that work with a lot of crouching mudras and focus on concentrating the sexual energy in the lower Chakras. They are often practiced up to and around the Monkey Moon day.

“With the April full Monkey Moon
the concentrated sexual energy and Shakti
starts to draw upwards until the new moon
takes it to the Third Eye in the next cycle.”

 

A NATURE-BASED TRADITION
FOR HEALING THE SHADOW


After the Monkey Full Moon the Tantric practices become Baba Karana and are done by connecting with the upper chakras – those laying above the Kalabhand, known to the Tantrics as ‘The Dark Bridge’ and physically represented by the Diaphragm.

When considering the religious inflections upon these sacred days, it gives insight if we bear in mind that the Tantric culture is a pagan-style tradition that spoke the language of Nature.
Truth based on the tuning-in and listening-to Nature.

“In the Tantric Calendar the Monkey Full Moon
is considered to be one of the most propitious times
of the year for working with our Shadow
& for healing the darker burried issues
related to sexuality, unresolved traumas & abuses
by bringing them into our hearts
like Hanuman does.”

 

SILENCE AND MINIMALISM – A TANTRIC STATE


In silence and minimalism the correlation between the outer and inner worlds may become apparent.
This silence and minimalism has a deep place in the Tantric unfolding and it is something to be cherished, not fought against.
The present condition we are sharing globally is a powerful opportunity, albeit tough, for going inside and working with our Shadow to resolve inwardly whatever may be showing itself…

Wishing you all a powerful and healing Hanuman Full Moon.
Hara Ring

Booonath & Kim

SILENT EQUINOX

March 21, 2020

“To access our true power of who we are
is the place where the true essence of things will show itself to us.
This is, possibly, the only real opportunity
the current situations is offering us.
To perhaps stop the old clockwork reaction
through insight and self-study,
to stay on a path of deep travel to oneself.
To hear that which we might forget to listen to in the midst of noise.”

Boonath


Dear friends of the Healing Circle of Shadow and Light, of Moon, Crow and other wonders of the Tantric pantheon.

Sending you blessings and remembrance on this powerful Equinox.

Current events will make it difficult for us to meet in person for the time being, but we are thinking of alternative ways to come together and continue a collective healing journey.
Among the many voices that have spoken about the present situation we thought to write and offer a Tantric approach and perspective in light also of the powerful forces offered to us by the present circumstances.

TANTRA IS AN AWARENESS OF ENERGY


Awareness requires insight and study into the nature of our reactions to things, people and situations. In life we often filter choices in order to give ourselves what serves us best.
If we know we are gluten intolerant we would filter out many products from our shopping list and we would not waste time looking at bread or pasta in shops. We would clearly see that as a waste of our time and energy.
Yet, much of the information we take in from other people, the news and social media is unfiltered, despite it might cause us indigestion of a different kind, a psychic indigestion that over time can lead us to sickness and chronic imbalances, both in the psyche and in the physical body.

“We may have got so used to this feeling of being off center
in the whirl of the events present in our lives,
we might have associated a state of ‘normality’ with it.”

The Tantric Vision wants us to see through an empowerd standing point no matter what the challege we are presented with is.
Currently much is being reported about things going on in the world that draws our fascination, obsession and fear towards it.
The over-occupation with certain events can become an escape that seems very justified and most important.
It can become like ‘psychic junk food’.
It is unhealthy and disempowering when overly consumed, and yet seems so tasty and can become almost addictive.
It does not nourish or fulfil us in any way and leaves us in a state of spiritual indigestion – if not kept in check this can lead on to spiritual & psychic constipation.
The unresolved within us is sometimes in want of finding a voice and expression as a way to deflect from the pain of the original wound. Anything within emotional range can become a scapegoat for not facing deeper issues in out soul.

TANTRA IS THE NURTURING OF ENERGY


Much power is required to successfully follow Tantric practices, not just theoretical weavings. Actual practical, tangible, physical and psychic techniques require us to have a lot of power.

“One of the reasons why
it is so challenging to weave tantric practices
into the fabric of our ‘normal’ lives
is because much of our inner power is easily expended
in a cycle of unconscious self-sabotaging activities.”

To truly commit to the healing path a lot of awareness is required of us about the ways we literally ‘waste’ our power. A keen and watchful eye must be developed in order to check the tendency we may have to indulge in inner or outer drama, sensationalism, and other forms of escaping from the challenge of going the healing way towards our centre.

TANTRA IS THE PATH OF SOBRIETY


Anyone practicing regularly Tantric, magical or ritualistic methods will know that much psychic energy is needed to carry out healing processes. Consequently, psychic energy cannot be spent recklessly.

“When psychic energy is given away we become empty.
This emptiness can then be filled with systems & formulae,
created by others that overly consume us
& take us away from our centre.”

This dissociation from our centre disconnects us from our power and becomes a vicious cycle that ends up impacting our health, both psychic and physical.
Remaining psychically sober and physically rooting deeply into ourselves will prevent us from falling prey to fantasies, disempowering thought structures and systems, and imprints that deplete our energy.
It is only in our own creative center that we can begin to empower ourselves.
To redirect our focus away from the external cause and turn into the root of the emotions deep within us will lead us back to a state of dignity and true self power.

TANTRA LEADS US BACK TO OURSELVES


Tantra guides us to look at where we are expending our emotions, for this expenditure is tied up to our spiritual, psychic and physical energy.

“If it is not the latest media outburst,
it might be the noisy neighbours, the roadworks,
a family member, or a work colleague
we may see as the reason for our emotional unrest.”

Tantra invites us to look beyond the cause of our unrest and seeks the root deep within ourselves. This will then reveal what is lacking and longing in us.
The cause alone creates nothing more than an effect or a stimulation which, if not traced back to its root, will leads us only to a chain of effects. If we delve into things too far away from root feelings we can end up far away from the real source of our power and become easily manipulable and affected by external expressions. The source of our spiritual power is at the root feelings that we all have in ourselves.

“If anything the spiritual path is the practice of listening to deeper layers and octaves of emotion, breath and sensation.”

The attraction of stepping into the fire of destruction and leaving the creative circle is a tendency to watch with a Tantric eye.
If we allow ourselves to release the cause and trace its origin back to the root within us, it will leads us to an awareness that can kick-start a process of self-healing. A process that will unroot disempowering structures and relinquish us back to our Shakti, to our original source of Power.

TANTRA IS BEYOND POLARITY


Tantra recognises that we might become overly pessimistic about a given event. We might use any situation to project upon it our unfaced feelings.
Then again we might be equally distracted from ourselves by following an optimistic approach, proposing to see an event as an opportunity to dream of a different reality.
Tantrics propose that this is nothing more than another form of escaping from going within and facing in oneself that which is buried deep inside the spirit, beyond the volatile sentiments of negative and positive, of pessimism and optimism.
Healing & Empowerment will emerge only when we truly start listening to what is deeply buried within, then the nature & essence of all things will reveal themselves to us.

THE TOOLS OF TANTRA


There are many tools and practices available within the Tantric line to help us root into our centre.
The Tantric system offers many opportunities to visit and heal the complex inner landscapes and the many characters and spirits that populate it.

“If stepping outside is no longer possible,
then we can choose to move inwardly.”

Tantra reminds and shows us through its application how, healing our inner world inevitably leads to the healing of the outer world that is reflected in many aspects of our lives and relationships.
A bridge is therefore create between these seemingly separate realities, and the Equinox with its equal hours of day and night gifts us with the opportunity to venture towards balance.

This is, possibly, the only real opportunity the current situations is offering us. To perhaps stop the old clockwork reaction
through insight and self-study, to stay on a path of deep travel to oneself. To hear that which we might forget to listen to in the midst of all the noise.

We invite you to make time this evening for a short practice that aims at reconnecting one to their inner fire and ground into one’s inner reality.

For those who are physically challenged you may like to listen to a short lead meditation as a way to access the centre of your emotions.

IN LOVE & IN SOLIDARITY

Booonath & Kim
Working with the Shadow

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