So what is this site about, anyway?

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It’s the 21st century, a whole new ballgame. Everything takes place on a global scale. Everything, from the tiny waves of energy making up our bodies to the vast clouds of gas in remote galaxies is in motion on a scale we never dreamed of.

What kind of sense can we make of mucking about in our bodies with all our emotions, desires, pains and absurdities while knowing that we are connected to everything else in the universe?

In short, what kind of sense can we make out of living in a world that has both sex and quantum physics?

Find out by exploring a new yoga for the 21st century. A yoga that combines the body and energy-centered wisdom of Tantra with our understanding from quantum physics of how energy moves in the universe. A yoga with the tools to help you discover who you are and help you evolve into who you want to be.

Find out by exploring the posts on this site, and reading Sex and Quantum Physics Volume 1: Tantric Yogi Tells All.

Volume 1 is a conversation about almost everything: from exploring your body and energy to expanding and sharpening your perception to understanding the world and everything in it as an evolving process.

Volume 2: Living in eleven dimensions explores the fascinating details of living in what quantum physics tells us is an eleven-dimensional universe. Volume 2 will be assembled piece by piece on this site, so come back often to see what is new.

When you combine sex and quantum physics, the world actually makes more sense than in any of the old ways of thinking!

Explore for yourself and draw your own conclusions…

 

Volume 1 is available at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many on-line book stores.

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21st century meditation – the concept

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Millions of people around the world meditate. From simple breathing exercises to elaborate visualizations, meditation is an attempt to still the chattering of your own mind in order to see, think, or feel more than your daily concerns. Some people use it to reduce the stress of their daily lives, others to gain more insight into themselves, the world or the universe.

There are many forms of meditation. In some we use awareness of our breath or body to calm our thoughts. In some we switch our attention to an external object, thought or image so that our other thoughts will cease.

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traditional meditation upon an object

Many people find that focusing on one thing (or no-thing!) is difficult. So other types of meditations have been developed, often guided, in which a complex sequence of visuals erase the normal chatter in our awareness. Imagine a million tiny goddesses floating around your head flowing with milk and honey! This will make your current problems disappear, at least for a while. The specific imagery is not important, it is the reduction of chattering that really counts. Reducing the chatter leaves us relaxed, peaceful, and alert. It leaves us less attached to ordinary things and more open to the universe.

What’s new in the 21st century

In the 21st century we understand much more clearly that everything in space-time is made of energy. That what we treat as solid objects are patterns of energy. That what we label as our thoughts, emotions and desires are patterns of energy. This understanding doesn’t make our thoughts, desires and emotions any less important, but it does offer a new perspective on how to work with them, on how to calm them down.

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21st century meditation – the doing

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For an explanation of the concepts used here, see
21st century meditation – the concept


 

This meditation is simple. It involves using the breath to expand each of the energy centers, or chakras, in the body. There is no one way to accomplish this. Use the steps below to experiment and refine your own meditation.

Before beginning, take a moment to release any excess tension in your body. For suggestions, see the post Your body is tensile!

 

 Step 1 – Breathe down

Quantum physics tells us that there are seven dimensions threaded through each point in space-time, and suggests that two of them are threaded together very tightly. An examination of the energy centers in the body tells us that the inner five energy centers are threaded along a main line of polarity between the base and crown chakras. A good first step to opening the inner chakras is to release the tension along the main line. We can do this by breathing down.

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Quantum physics looks at tantra

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If you want an integrated life, at some point you must integrate your understanding of the objective world with your own subjective insight. What better place to start than by observing the interplay between objective quantum physics and subjective tantra?

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Let’s see how the insights match up by looking at a tantric description of reality in terms of quantum physics. A concise and classic tantric description can be found in the twenty statements in the eleventh century C.E. Pratyabhijñā-hrdayam.

Classical tantric descriptions of reality are very condensed and highly technical. You could almost call them equations of consciousness. For example, pratyabhijñā-hrdayam means heart of recognition. Heart of Recognition means the heart of the teachings concerning recognizing who you are in the fullest sense. Who You are in the Fullest Sense is you fully expanded into the universe.

Each Sanskrit word in the equation can be translated into English in multiple ways. For simplicity, we will rely on the excellent English interpretation of Swami Shantananda in The Splendor of Recognition.

There is one initial explanation to make. Quantum physics has re-defined the word universe to mean eleven dimensions, so what used to be called the universe is now more properly referred to as space-time. We can translate between quantum physics and classical Tantra as follows:

Type of universe Tantric term Quantum physics term
4 dimensions universe space-time
11 dimensions Consciousness or spanda universe

 

In the Pratyabhijñā School lineage of Swami Shantananda, the universe is often referred to as Consciousness. In the Spanda School, the universe is referred to as spanda, or vibrating energy, a term closer to the language of quantum physics. We will keep both meanings in mind, as we explore how the objective insights of quantum physics relate to the subjective insights of tantra.

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Paradigms shift

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Thomas Kuhn changed the way people think. Although his 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, was specifically about scientific thinking, his ideas have become part of our cultural language. Kuhn proposed that,

  • Scientific thinking has a context created by culture and previous knowledge called a paradigm.
  • A paradigm is a way of thinking about the world.
  • Scientific thinking does not progress in a linear, continuous fashion.
  • Scientific thinking undergoes paradigm shifts that open up new ways of thinking.

The concept of paradigm shifts caught on quickly, perhaps because our culture and our understanding of the world has become too complex for simpler theories to explain. A paradigm is a world-view rather than a theory, a tool for how-to-think rather than a description for what-to-think.

Everyone has a world-view, even if it is not formal, because everyone has some idea of how the world works. As E. Brian Davies observes in Why Beliefs Matter,

World-views can be evaluated, compared and changed,
but you cannot avoid having one.

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Tantra yoga and asana

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When I teach a class in tantra yoga, people are always startled by the fact that tantra yoga has no rules. There is no asana. There is no sequence. The focus, you see, is on aware exploration of the body, not some sort of physical sequence that magically opens you up.

Most people in class are startled because their past hatha yoga classes have taught them that asana and sequences are kinda sacred. They are named after famous yogis and reputed to be handed down through millennia of practice. And if you do 108 of anything, you are sure to acquire karma points!

There is a physical and energetic opening that occurs during any conscientious hatha yoga practice, but that is because you are changing physical tensions as you move and moving energy around your body. But all too often, the high you get is the same high as running or bicycling or any other vigorous activity.

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Evolution: It’s the law! – Part 1

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It is a common joke that you have to obey gravity because IT’S THE LAW! This is true of evolution, as well.

The evidence for evolution is so massive and overwhelming that most people are now arguing about the relative importance of different evolutionary mechanisms. Is evolution governed by chance, mutation, reproductive strategies, or the hand of a Creator? Often, the answer depends on the scale of the evolution you are discussing.

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Sex for scientists

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The word sex means a lot of things. In popular culture, sex refers to gender, to sexual intercourse, and to physical intimacy with or without sexual intercourse. The word sex is used in any and all connections to the imagery, sounds, rhythms, emotions, and desires that promote the frequencies of sexual energy.

In science, sex is the combination of genetic material from two organisms. This usually results in reproduction, the creation of new organisms. Sex may occur without reproduction being directly attached, as in  some varieties of bacteria that exchange genetic material without reproducing. Reproduction can also take place asexually, where the parent organism reproduces its genes and buds off a new individual that is a clone of the parent.

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The view from inside space-time

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What science tells us about reality

The history of Western science is well-documented, reaching back to Greek thinkers whose names are still remembered today: Aristotle, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Euclid, Democritus.

With the publication of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia in 1686 CE, science gained a major new paradigm. What has come to be called Newtonian mechanics was created by many people, and it proved to be a powerful way of looking at the world.

In the Newtonian universe, matter was held together by forces, and energy moved in waves though fields. Each behaved according to a fixed set of laws, which we could discover through theory and confirm through experiments. The universe was vast and fixed, with galaxies bouncing off each other like billiard balls on a pool table.
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Tantra, the weave of energy

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Tantra is a vast subject. Scholars are still unsure if tantra arose from yoga or yoga developed from tantra. In either case, it was part of a world-wide recognition over several centuries of a unitary reality higher than the currents of everyday life. Polytheism gave way to something higher. In the West monotheism flourished, in the East the concept of a unified reality was laid on top of, and subsumed, a patchwork of religious deities.

If you work away the cultural baggage and elaboration, tantra has a few simple things to say:

  • This is it; the world is perfectly real
  • all of reality is vibrating (spanda) and conscious
  • humans are never disconnected from the universe
  • you can improve the connection greatly.

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Your body is tensile!

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As the awareness of our breath tends to be uneducated, so too does the awareness of our bodies. Your body is more than a cart for carrying around your head!

Everyone knows that the body is made up of bones and muscles, and many know that it is all held together by connective tissue called fascia. Since our thinking still tends to be mechanical, very often we think of the body as a mechanical structure, in which the bones are levers and the muscles are pulleys. Like when you lift weights.

 

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This is not incorrect when you consider the big muscles of the body, but the body is so much more than this. The body is a tensile structure, which means that it has tension, and that it can be stretched and drawn out. Not even our bones are fixed! Bones are made of millions of cells joined together and are designed to flex in three dimensions under pressure.

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