In Part 1 of this series, I described why the Middle Pillar Ritual matters. The basic concept is that it's a "step up" from the traditional bedrock magickal skills of the LBRP. But what, specifically, does this mean?
When you look at the LBRP, there are two important energetic concepts: raising/generating energy and directing it outside of yourself to empower the visualized pentagrams. I've had people report amazing phenomena just from this work alone. With the Middle Pillar, we turn that energy "in."
As you note, I put the word "in" within quotation marks. This is because most people, when considering bringing something (such as magickal energy) into ourselves, generally think that
Are you familiar with Tantra?
If you live in a Western culture, you probably know that Tantra is "that sex stuff." It's about "spiritualized sex," the Kama Sutra, weird sex positions, and sex that lasts for hours. Didn't Sting say so? (Okay, now he admits it was a joke.)
Even in India, the birthplace of Tantra, most people think of Tantra as either "that sex stuff" or "black magick" or both.
Here in the West, the Tantra most people are familiar with is really more accurately called "Neo-Tantra." It has a focus on extended periods of ecstatic sex and, supposedly, leads followers to a more spiritual state. Practitioners will talk about moving energy, breathwork, and visualization—all
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Cyndi Dale, author of Kundalini, The Complete Book of Chakra Healing, and Everyday Clairvoyant, and Chantal Monté (http://www.chantalmonte.com), an Intuitive Consultant trained in the US and Bali.
Take a moment to sit and swim within the depths of your inner being. There is an entire universe within you. Look inward and focus…notice the energy moving throughout your body. Feel your cells moving and buzzing with life. Recognize that there aren’t any walls between your internal and external realities. As you open from the inside, sensing with your whole body, feel Life living through you. You are an expression of infinite