Each individual is unique in his or her sense orientation. One person may be more visually oriented, while another may be more auditory or kinesthetic. As we communicate through language and through our sensorial experience of life, we are constantly seeking the fulfillment, which comes when all senses are in harmony, like a well-conducted orchestra. In many people, one sense will be out front, like the guard at the gate of the palace, while other senses may be more hidden and protected. Certain senses will be more protected because they are actually holding a key to our inner sanctum, where our most precious gifts are held. Everyone is born with a particular talent for something. Right education helps us to draw out our innate talent, which is connected, to one or more of our senses.
Part of the work of Tantra is to honor each sense as a gateway into expanded consciousness. We learn to slowly open up all the doors and windows to each sense, gradually supporting our uniqueness and potential to expand. Human beings naturally gravitate towards sensual pleasure. When we can be in total let go with our pleasure, we are naturally very present and in the moment. Time and mind disappear and there is only THIS. Being in the moment is synonymous with eternity because it is beyond time. The senses are the doors and windows leading us to God.
We are taught that we have only five senses. However, if you go deeper into sensual exploration, in fact there are 10 senses. There are the eyes that see outward, and there is also the third eye that perceives our inner universe. This gift is known as clairvoyance. Likewise, there is a third ear, a second sense of feeling, and an expanded dimension of smelling and tasting. Each sense can move outward or inward, bringing tremendous expansion of life experience as a result.
It is a liberating experience to discover and live with all five senses awake and refined. When we allow ourselves to open up fully in our sensuality and sensitivity, it is like throwing open all the doors and windows of your house, allowing fresh air to come in and purify it. A quality of flowing aliveness fills a previously stagnant atmosphere. When energy is moving in our body and in our senses, joy is our natural state.
The opening up of sensual aliveness happens by being very present in our awareness of each sense. In Tantra there are many methods to support this opening process. Following this path, our body and our life becomes the Guru. Listen to the singing of the birds and allow this sound to permeate your every cell. Become absolutely present to the sensation of a caress. Look at a flower till you sense you have become this flower. Close your eyes while eating, and taste as if for the first time. Exploring in this way, you discover this world is divine. This body is divine. You are divine.
(First published by Vivid Life Radio)
- Ma Ananda Sarita