Fourth Autumn Retreat in Almaty, Kazakhstan
with Daoist teacher Juan Li
9 days - September 07-15, 2019
"REFINING SEXUAL ENERGY" and "DIVINE FEMININE MANTRAS"
Full class descriptions:
REFINING SEXUAL ENERGY
In the Tao practices the work with sexual energy is an integral part of spiritual self-development. Moreover, sexual energy is considered as a source for spiritual growth as it is the strongest energy, which our body is capable to produce. This energy is intended for creating another human being when directed out into the world. When directed upwards through the meridian system it fires the alchemical transformation of Essence (Jing) into Pure Vitality (Qi) and Spiritual Potential (Shen).
The majority of cultures throughout history tried to separate people from their sexual energy to limit their spiritual development and to make them weaker and manageable. Sexuality was considered through a prism of sinfulness and dirtiness. Unfortunately, many generations will endure consequences of these centuries-old delusions. Taoist practices help us to develop a correct attitude towards sexual energy at a very deep level and to tap into a huge power, a source for development, which is enclosed in us.
At the ordinary level the refining of sexual energy generates good health, high vitality and a dynamic personality. At the extraordinary level it opens the possibility of opening the second cauldron if the ego is no longer at the center of the personality.
Since our emotions are intimately connected with the vital organs the recycled sexual energy is capable of multiplying the intensity of the emotions flowing through the organs. We are capable of multiplying great generosity to the level of infinite care or anger of the most destructive kind.
The recycling of sexual energy requires a sustained regular practice transforming the negative emotions otherwise it becomes a double-edged sword in the hands of the inexperienced beginner.
If the Introductory Level has generated a good flow through the meridian system and organs, the sexual practices will empower that flow with higher frequencies. The organism will eventually re-structure itself at a higher level of vitality and health. However all this empowerment depends on the altruistic motivation of the second cauldron, otherwise, if the ego occupies the center of our personality, there is great risk of sexual manipulation of others and the karmic consequences it brings.
A product of successfully recycling the sexual energy is a greater sense of energy integrity, personal boundaries and social relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
DIVINE FEMININE MANTRAS
Our Universe consists of two basic principles - male and female. These two forces interact, play together, dissolve and penetrate into each other and give birth to all of life`s varieties of manifestations, which we observe around. Activity, leadership, and purposefulness e.g.
are manifestations of the male principle, which are so popular in our modern life. The more hectic and aggressive the world around us becomes, the more the desire for silence, depth, and fullness awakens inside of us. In this retreat we will go deep into feeling and researching the female aspect of the Universe.
Caring, loving and healing are the functions of the Divine Feminine. Another important function is transformation. That change is possible, and that through change we are capable of correcting wrongs and evolve, demonstrates that creation is, as the Indian Vedas affirm, “forgiving”. The belief that the universe is punishing or that the divine powers are implacable in dealing out justice, has come about through lack of deep inquiry into the essential nature of the creation. The universe we inhabit is feminine and its most essential quality is love, forgiveness, unlimited opportunity and transformation.
The feminine principle is not only expressed through women; it is manifested each time we activate the caring, loving, nurturing, protecting and healing abilities we all have. The feminine is also manifested when we seek to simplify life. As the ancient Daoist saying goes, “the yang works through the easy and the yin through the simple.”
The feminine principle is a vibrational aspect of our nature, which the ancient sages were able to discern as mantra. Empowering the heart center through which the Divine Feminine flows, is essential for developing the second cauldron of the intermediate level. Generating benefit in the world for all beings sharing the creation is the way that the Divine Feminine flows enriching everyone it meets. The Divine Feminine mantras strengthen the caring and nurturing aspect of our being and through them we harmonize with the Mother Nature and her tireless activity generating benefit for all.
Prerequisite: Microcosmic Orbit *
* An online class with Juan Li to learn the basic Tao practises (Inner Smile, 6 Healing Sounds and Microcosmic Orbit) would be available here: "Introduction, application and refinement of the Tao basic practises"
Join Juan Li teaching in Kazakhstan again, meet like-minded Kazakh and international Tao practitioners, practise in pure nature, learn about Kazakh culture and make new Tao friends on this spiritual journey!
We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting retreat!