The practice of tantra, especially right-handed white tantra, includes dozens of rituals. In three hour tantra sessions, I facilitate a tantric food ritual.
Tantric food rituals are practiced for a variety of reasons. In the sessions that I facilitate, a food ritual is usually practiced to clear blockages and increase awareness of the energy centers (chakras) of the body and to harmonize the practitioner (client) with the etheric heartbeat of the Divine.
A tantric food ritual is considered quite elaborate by many and is facilitated in a state of joyful, meditative awareness.
The foods may consist of multiple varieties of seafoods such as octopus, crab, various smoked fish, and caviar. Other sensory enhancing items may include dried fruits & nuts, wasabi crackers, yucca root, horseradish root, and a minimal amount of wine.
The food ritual begins by lighting of the candle of blessing and requesting the presence of Shakti and Shiva into the room. In doing so, a flame is transferred from the candle of Unity to light the candle of blessing.
Food combinations are delectably combined on wasabi crackers and then hand fed to the practitioner. While the practitioner meditatively savors each tasty combination, I recite a verbal blessing.
Following each blessing, the practitioner may choose to reciprocate by creating a tasteful combination. If the practitioner is so led, a blessing can be recited. The blessing comes from the heart, thus there is no right or wrong blessing to recite, for they are all sacred.
One tasty creation and a blessing is recited for each chakra of the body to facilitate the practitioner's awareness of the energy present within the chakra.
Following the blessings, Shakti and Shiva present themselves and are ceremoniously ingested.
A tantric food ritual is intended to increase awareness of all the senses, perhaps with special attention to the sense of taste.
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