The essence of Tantric sadhana, or yogic practice, is refinement of the body-mind. Like other dimensions of Tantric yoga, the Churning of the Milky Ocean is a powerful myth that allows us to examine the ways in which yoga allows us to lead a richer, happier, and more meaningful life. This myth is also a wonderful metaphor for the ways in which plant medicine like Soma allows us to answer these same questions.
Plant medicine can be a powerful tool on your journey to awakening.
What makes plant medicine unique is that it contains both the masculine and feminine aspects of consciousness. While it is the energy of the psychedelic compound, DMT in this case, that provides the creativity and energy that offers insights and liberates, it is the intelligence of the beta carbolines in the peganam harmala (Soma) and the b cappi (Ayahuasca) that prepares the body-mind for cutting through to true nature and helps to continually refine it as awakening unfolds through deeper layers.
If you’re curious about how plant medicine can support you on your journey, this space is for you. Whether you’re looking for the answers to questions like, “How do I know if plant medicine is for me?” or are hoping to explore complex parallels on the relationship between plant medicine and tantra, Hacking The Self provides a plethora or resources to cultivate your experience.
Tantric Maps for Working with Plant Medicine
Awakening is the movement of consciousness becoming conscious of itself. Psychedelics and plant medicines do not offer a path for awakening but they can serve as powerful accelerators along the journey. This article examines the path to awakening as described by Dzogchen, Mahamudra, and Shaiva Shakta Tantra and the role that plant medicines can play in it all.
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Yoga is a process of refinement. Working with plant medicine such as the Soma is the same. It invites us to carefully dial up or dial down the two separate levers of the process, the masculine and feminine aspects, and understanding this balance is ultimately allows us to wake up in this reality.
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