We nurture thin places where we can directly experience interbeing with ourselves, others and the natural world. Interbeing lies beyond the thinking mind and at the heart of every emotion:
At the heart of every emotion is a singular meta-emotion, a primordial feeling as palpable as is subtle, manifesting as the “sensation” of self-transcending sentient presence. This feeling—the feeling of Being—never leaves us.Emotional Intimacy by Robert Masters
The Śaiva Tantra tradition opens a way for us to directly experience interbeing with ourselves, others and the natural world.
Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, has a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece.
Practice ideas for heart circles and gatherings.
Practice: We form an inner and outer circle facing one another. Gazing into the faeries eyes in front of us for 30 seconds, we focus on the qualities of interbeing emerging in the field we share, how our separate me melts into a genuine we. After 30 seconds, the inner circle moves to the left.
The facilitator may ask faeries to speak an affirmation into the eyes of the person in front of them before the circle rotates. There are some amazing affirmations in James Broughton’s Shaman Psalm that can be used in this exercise.
Practice: We craft powerful and meaningful rituals for our circles by skillfully using correspondences, timing, environment, attitude, music, mediation, altars, tools, costumes and safety. We also use original and borrowed written materials.
A Ritual to Work with Fear
We use the energy that flows into our senses to work with emotion. For example, after identifying a situation that brings us fear, we bring the fear in our bodies into compassionate contact with the sound of the meditation mantra below, the scent of Frankincense and the light of a candle. Frankincense (resin of the Boswellia tree) has psychoactive properties that helps alleviate anxiety.
This mantra helps us work with fear. It calls on the powerful archetypal feminine energy in the form of Maha Kali—known as the mother of creation and destruction, the mother beyond time and space. She is a force of awakening, eternally devouring what is false and moving us only towards true reality. She illuminates for us how all darkness can be transformed.
Prepare by placing a censer with a charcoal tablet and enough candles for all participants on an altar at the center of the circle. Light all of the candles.
The facilitator guides the group through these steps:
- Hold a flame to the edge of a charcoal tablet on a censer until the edge glows red.
- Close your eyes and identify a situation in your life that makes you fearful. (Three minutes)
- Stay present with the fear energy within your body. Simply hold it compassionately. (Three minutes)
- Start playing the meditation mantra above.
- Add two or three pieces of Frankincense resin on to the charcoal tablets.
- Stay present with the sound of the mantra entering your ears. If your thoughts take over, simply return to the sound of the mantra in your senses. (Three minutes)
- As you breath in, imagine the sound of the mantra traveling from the base of your spine through your abdomen to your heart, infusing and touching your fear energy (Three minutes)
- Stay present with the scent energy of Frankincense flowing into your nostrils. If your thoughts take over, simply return to the scent of Frankincense in your senses. (Three minutes)
- As you breath in, imagine the scent of Frankincense traveling from the base of your spine through your abdomen to your heart, infusing and touching your fear energy. (Three minutes)
- Ask participants to get a lit candle from the altar.
- Stare into the flame of the candle. Stay present with the warm light flowing into your eyes. If your thoughts take over, simply return to the light energy in your senses. (Three minutes)
- As you breath in, imagine the warm light of the candle traveling from the base of your spine through your abdomen to your heart, infusing and touching your fear energy. (Three minutes)
- Once the mantra is over, add a few drops of Cedar or Pine essential oil to the charcoal tablet on the censer.
This practice can be used with other emotions. The craft in this practice is to learn how to pair the right essential oil or incense with an emotion.
Practice: We engage all the senses in our rituals by making oils, using incense and candles, engaging the body and preparing music.
An elemental oil to invoke the power of the air.
Base: 1/8th cup of Jojoba oil
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Sandalwood
1 drop Neroli
- The Blossoming of Innate Awareness by Christopher D. Wallis.
- Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition by Christopher D. Wallis. The Audible version is excellent.
- The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece by Christopher D Wallis. The Audible version is excellent.
- Chakras Illuminated: An Investigation into the Original Function of the Chakra Systems of Tantrik Yoga by Christopher D. Wallis.
The Pagan Tradition
- The Spiral Dance: The Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess by Starhawk.
- Betwixt & Between: Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft by Storm Faerywolf.
- Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans In America by Margot Adler.
- Lessons in Magic: How to Use Magic Creatively to Transform Your Life by Philip Carr-Gomm.
- Transformation Through Tarot by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm and Will Worthington.
- RitualCraft: Creating Rites for Transformation and Celebration by Azrael Arynn K, Amber K.
- Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes.
- Burning Incense on Charcoal.
- The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham.
- Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham.
- The Magic of Flowers by Tess Whitehurst.
- The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
- Mountain Maus Remedies (supplies).
- Tru Elements Essential Oils (supplies).
- Original Swiss Aromatics (supplies).
- Starwest Botanicals (supplies).