AWAKENING THE RED BINDU
Mining the Infinite Potentials of the Red Bindu
October 18 - 27, 2023 | TMY Retreat Center, Costa Rica
When Sacred Passion is Liberated, Healing and Self-Realization Become Possible. This is the Awakening of the RED BINDU.
RED BINDU TRAINING – A Snapshot
In the Trika Path the energies of emotions and sexuality are considered to be the very same as those of vitality, creativity, and compassion, as well as the vehicles by which we intimately connect with self, others, and the world at large. These energies must be accepted and allowed to express in natural ways for good health, life satisfaction, and spiritual development (which could never be attained by force, puritanism, or repression). In regards to healing, psychological and psychosexual imbalances (including emotional and sexual trauma) can only resolve once we master the inherent power held prisoner within our limited conditioning, and the struggle against the self has ended.
DURING THIS RETREAT:
You’ll use Tantrik Yoga’s body-energy-mind technology to heal psychosexual imbalances such as trauma, inhibition, repression, and passion-based compulsions.
You’ll learn to begin to free yourself from the root cause of emotional suffering and establish grounding in the Essence-based virtues of your personality.
You’ll discover the sacred nature of sexual desire and its fulfillment, thus ending ceaseless craving and the objectification of others (birthing the capacity for True Intimacy and Love).
1) What is the Red Bindu and how is it related to the 2nd chakra?
In traditional Tantrik Yoga the 2nd chakra is known as the home of emotions, sexual desires, and the self-image-making mechanism, thus laying the foundation for most of our experience of life. The subjective reality of 2nd chakra conditioning yields deep patterns of suffering until it is recognized and brought into alignment with what is sacred and natural (this rectification forms the basis of “Awakening the Red Bindu” trainings). If you have unhealthy 2nd chakra function it is extremely difficult to extract life’s beauty, pleasure, joy and fulfillment.
2) What is the Psychosexual Energy Spectrum, and where am I stuck on this spectrum?
Traumatic-Repression & Inhibition
Hyper-Sexualized Displays & Hyper-Sex Desire
3) What are the 6 Realms?
This cycle of teachings explores the six major ways your psychosexual nature gets stuck. These six patterns of thinking, feeling and perceiving are at the base of all mental, emotional, and sexual suffering. Most human beings are unconsciously “acting out” the sexual-romantic displays of the 6-Realms of samsara. These particular manifestations of the more general 6- Realm displays hold keys to understanding how you relate with your core energies of vitality and sexuality to create confused suffering for yourself and in relationships. This teaching reveals the authentic experience of love & sexual intimacy locked away within negative patterns of emotional and sexual conditioning.
4) How are my habitual patterns of movement produced by, and expressing the karmic conditioning of my sensuality, sexuality and emotionality?
Your body, its movement and sensual capacity are all a product of your conditioning or karma. Once conditioned your body’s movement patterns become a barrier that prevents full intimacy with yourself, others and the world. Awakening the Red Bindu uses Yogic and Hawai’ian Shamanic physical exercises to unlock and re-pattern your unconscious movement patterns that prevent the free flow of your vitality and sexuality.
5) You’ll learn about the Doctrine of Desire.
This cycle of teachings also explores the place of “desire” in human life and the spiritual path. Unlike more transcendental paths and religions, Trika Mahasiddha Yoga recognizes the universal energy of desire as the basis of existence. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of this universal energy in order to be whole and live a sacred passionate life.
As it’s a very long and strenuous road to process our deep-seated conditioning through the rational mind and talk therapy alone, this is a practice-oriented training. A portion of every day’s classes will involve solo, partner, and/or group exercises. These include: physical movement training that opens the flow of repressed energies, sense enhancement exercises, periods of self-reflection, sounding, group share sessions, an ancient Tantrik practice that dredges the depths of your psycho-emotional-sexual karma, and more. The practices you will learn are both diagnostic and therapeutic and you are encouraged to continue practicing them after you return to your home.
Many of the practice sessions will take place at the beautiful beaches and waterfalls here in Costa Rica.
*Please Note: Although the Red Bindu Training deals with your relationship to your sexuality, and is a pre-requisite course for learning the Way of Mirror Consorts, there are no sexual exercise taught or performed on the retreat, and there is no sexual contact of any kind. This is NOT a Neo-Tantra program.
The majority of our population is “checked out” of their full bodily-sensual experience. They’re disconnected from the creative and ecstatic power of their purified passions found within due to psycho-sexual “tensions”.
The accumulation of distorted psycho-emotional-sexual tensions (conditioning) leads to patterned ways of feeling and acting that separate us from our senses and therefore the world and feelings of connection and satisfaction. Your conditioning is caused by undigested dissatisfactory or painful life experiences, such as: solo or group rejection, feelings of shame and unworthiness, unfulfilled romantic and sexual longing, sexual and emotional traumas, indulgence in pornography, etc. These held “tensions” condition you from deeply engaging with your actual situation by attenuating your senses.
You’ll learn how to develop a stronger, clearer engagement with your actual situation. You’ll accomplish this by “purifying” or working with the senses in various exercises. Once your senses are acting as unimpeded mediators of your life – moment to moment - the inherent pleasure and the “bliss of being embodied” in a physical world will self-manifest.
The program uses periodic group share sessions, both facilitated and un-facilitated, to allow participants to share their personal experience of what is coming up for them, ie. repression, inhibition, unfulfilled desire, trauma, etc. and how the training is touching into these areas. These sessions have proven to take everyone both individually and collectively deeper into the process of healing and recalibration.
Simple exercises of self-reflection are sometimes given at the end of the day’s work for contemplation before going to sleep. Many realizations come during the retreat and participants are encouraged to journal each day.
A FINAL WORD
It’s all too common for people to make good progress in their spiritual lives only to experience frequent setbacks because of unprocessed psycho-emotional material. There is no way to skip this work. This training is excellent for anyone on a journey of self-discovery and self-healing, as well as for clinicians who wish to guide others.
*This course fulfills an essential pre-requisite for those who wish to practice the Way of Mirror Consorts within the Trika Mahāsiddha Yoga system.
*Please note: there will not be any sexual contact nor sexual practices instructed at this retreat.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Dharma Bodhi (Kol Martens) began practicing yoga at age seven, and in his teens moved into practices of Chan Buddhism and Daoism. He then went on to study non-dual Śaivite yoga and completed Ācārya training in 1996 under his non-dual Śaiva Guru with an emphasis in Kundalinī Hatha Yoga. Since that time he has been studying and practicing Tibetan Dzogchen meditation and yoga. Settled in Costa Rica, Dharma Bodhi and his wife Sahajadākinī dedicate their time to raising their family, personal practice and teaching the Oral-Practice Tradition of the Mahāsiddhas to small groups of students.
Trika Psychology is currently being developed by Dharma Bodhi. Trika Psychology takes a non-pathologizing approach to working with the body-mind-heart complex that systematically moves clients along a path from suffering (pick any diagnosis in the DSM) towards a healthy ego structure, radical self-acceptance, and the confidence in how to best progress through this one precious life.
We recommend taking Preliminaries of TMY online prior to this training, as it will provide you with a introduction to the TMY View and essential understanding of the language that will be used during the course. (Optional)
7am – 9am: Practice
9am – 10am: Breakfast
10am – 12pm: Teachings & Practice
12pm – 2pm: Lunch
2pm - 4:30pm: Teachings + Practice
ACCOMMODATIONS & DAILY TRANSPORT
You will need to organize your own accommodation, transportation and meals during the retreat. Please check out these resources below to help plan your stay.
DATES & LOCATION
October 18 - 27th, 2023
TMY Center | Uvita, Costa Rica
*meals, travel, & housing are not included.
DISCOUNT CODES (for multiple retreats):
* If you attend 2 Fall 2023 retreats (Way of Water II, Awakening the Red Bindu, or Way of Mirror Consorts), purchase together and use discount code, 1000OFF, for a $1000 discount.
** If you attend all 3 Fall 2023 retreats, purchase together and use discount code, 1400OFF, for a $1400 discount.
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Awakening the Red Bindu Retreat
OCTOBER 18 - 27th, 2023 | COSTA RICA
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