Transcribed on 24 July 2018; originally published on 2 September 2013
- VIDEO BY ALICE
- OUTLINE OF THE VIDEO
- SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
- On Uniting the Vital Body Will with That of the Divine
- Bhakti Yoga
- Shiva Lingam
- White Tantric Yoga
- Red Tantric Yoga
- Chanting While Walking
- Chanting While Cooking, or Before Eating
- Chanting Just Before and After Sleep
- On Uniting the Vital Body Will with That of the Divine
This video is about ways to harmonize the vital body will with that of the Divine … in other words, to divinize the vital body.
It’s a codicil to this blog: Link: “Vital Body Will and Personal Integrity,” by Alice B. Clagett, transcribed 24 July 2018; originally published on 2 September 2013, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6Fj .. After the video are an Outline, and a lightly edited Summary …
VIDEO BY ALICE
OUTLINE OF THE VIDEO
- Be aware of the vital body’s will.
- Traditional and nontraditional methods of uniting the vital body’s will to that of the Divine
- Bhakti yoga, as practiced in India, to worship the Divine as beloved; for instance, a man might worship the Divine in female form, and a woman might worship the Divine in male form.
- In the Christian tradition, celibate men sometimes venerate the Virgin Mary … This is the Marian tradition. Nuns sometimes worship Christ as their noncorporeal spouse.
- In India, there is the worship of shiva lingam … which is a way of respecting the vast creative power of the second chakra as Divine. This is a good idea, I feel, as the idea of sexuality has been so degraded in Western society. It’s good to realize that the chakra which holds sexuality in a social context also holds vast Creativity. One way to do this is to worship the shiva lingam. For instance, a stone can be placed on one’s altar, or a poster hung up with a shiva lingam on it. This is also respectful to the Earth.
- Then there is White Tantric Yoga, in the Indian tradition. Although this is not a sexual practice, it does take advantage of the attraction between men and women. Through chanting sacred chants, it raises that attraction to a sacred level.
- There is also Red Tantric Yoga, but I advise against this as dangerous. This is because the power of possessiveness of the second chakra is just too strong for most people. Hence all kinds of negative emotions, such as jealousy and anger, come into play.
- I do recommend walking in nature and chanting at the same time. This is good exercise, the vital body loves it, and the use of the chant brings in the Divine.
- This merging of the vital body and sacred chant could take place in any physical activity … such as cooking.
- Eating might be thought of as communion, in the Christian tradition, if practiced with prayerful devotion.
- Saying a little prayer right before and right after sleeping, will divinize the transition of awareness. That then divinizes sleep, something very important to the vital body.
- So the general instruction is:
- Listen to the vital body.
- Do something that both you and the vital body can agree upon.
- And bring in the Divine, either through a visualization, or through a chant.
SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
This video is a codicil to this blog: Link: “Vital Body Will and Personal Integrity,” by Alice B. Clagett, transcribed 24 July 2018; originally published on 2 September 2013, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6Fj ..
On Uniting the Vital Body Will with That of the Divine
I got to thinking about what methods we could use to unite the vital body will with the Will of the Divine, because that might be really important, coming up very important.
Aside from the idea of simply being aware, the first thing to do is to be aware of the vital body’s will, right? … What it wants. But we have already talked about that.
So then I got to thinking of traditional and nontraditional methods of uniting the vast creative force of the vital body with the Divine. And I came up with a few to consider, and no doubt you will come up with others. Here is my little, short list …
Bhakti Yoga, as practiced in India, to worship the Divine as Beloved. So if you are a man, you would worship the Divine as the Beloved Woman. And if you are a woman, you would worship the Divine as the Beloved Man.
And along those lines in the Christian tradition, sometimes celibate people … priests and nuns … will, in the case of men, focus on the Virgin Mary (that’s the Marian tradition) … and amongst nuns, lots of times they will worship Christ as their spouse. So that is the Christian way of approaching this Union, through Bhakti Yoga, that is so frequently used in India.
Shiva Lingam. And then, also from India, we have the worship of Shiva Lingam. And that is a way of respecting the vast, creative power of the second chakra as Divine. And I think it is a very good idea to find a stone, or get a stone, and put it on your altar … or maybe a poster, something like that.
The idea is, because the idea of sexuality has been so degraded in Western society, it is good to realize that that chakra which holds sexuality, in a social context, also holds vast creativity. And that one way to do it is to worship the Shiva Lingam. It is just a stone; you can put it on your altar. And it is great. It is also an act of respect for the Earth. Quartz is nice, because it has those crystals in it. But of course, there are all kinds.
White Tantric Yoga. So those are two, and then you have White Tantric Yoga, in the Indian tradition … which is not sexual, but it does take advantage of the attraction between men and women. And through chanting sacred chants, it raises this attraction to the sacred level.
Red Tantric Yoga. And let us see … I know there are more. [laughs] … You have Red Tantric, but I consider that to be a dangerous thing to do, because the power of possessiveness, right now, with the second chakra, is just too strong for most people. And all kinds of negative emotions come into play, like jealousy, and anger, and all kinds of things. Some people go for that, but I am thinking it is a ‘not right now’ kind of thing … or maybe even a ‘never’ kind of thing.
Chanting While Walking. And … let me think … Here is something along new lines: For a while we have been talking about walking in nature, and chanting a sacred chant at the same time. That is a good example. It is good exercise, the vital body loves it, and the use of the chant brings in the Divine.
And that precept could be used in any context where there is a vital body ‘like’ that you can agree with, mentally, you know? And you can bring in a sacred chant. Chanting is great, because it uses the physical body, and it expresses a Divine notion.
Chanting While Cooking, or Before Eating. So you could do chanting with almost any physical activity: You could associate it with cooking. You could think of eating as communion, in the Christian tradition.
Chanting Just Before and After Sleep. A good thing to do right before and after sleeping is a little prayer. And that divinizes sleep, something really necessary to the vital body.
And so, the notion is just: Listen to the vital body. Do something that both you and the vital body can agree upon. And bring in the Divine somehow. It could be a visualization; it could be a chant. I am trying to think of more things, but I cannot. But I bet you will! Talk to you later.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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