This beautiful sneak peek from our Summer 2019 issue, written by Tantra expert Dawn Cartwright, contains some wonderful information about how we can awaken ‘the sun within’ by connecting with the solar energy that is constantly gifted to our planet. To read her full article, pick up a copy of the magazine in your local stockist, or subscribe to get it delivered direct to your door.
The Light of the Sun Within
A summer practice for lovers
by Dawn Cartwright
Each day Surya, the Hindu god of light and day, travels through the heavens in a chariot harnessed with seven horses. Ushas, the goddess of dawn, and Pratyusha, the goddess of dusk, ride with him. The seven horses represent the seven meters of Sanskrit verse, the poetry that creates the world. Ushas is the “life of all life” and “breath of all breaths.” Pratyusha is “light.” Together they light up the sky and illuminate every living thing. Surya, in all his resplendent majesty, also rises in you, in the solar plexus, located just above the navel.
Summer is the perfect time of year to cultivate solar energy in your body. In this practice, you’ll awaken the sun within you and, if you choose, channel that energy into your intimate connection with a lover.
The night before, prepare a practice space in your home or in nature. Create a place in the sun, where you won’t be disturbed. This might be a mattress on the floor or a clearing out on the land.
Begin your practice early in the morning, before the first rays of light. Close your eyes, connect with the energy in your body as it begins to rise like the sun. Sexual energy is often strongest in the morning. If you devote yourself to cultivating this energy as the sun rises, it will flourish throughout the day. Bring your awareness to your belly and pelvis, and open yourself to the sensations and feelings that are just waking up. Acceptance is the light that will gently allow these sensations to grow. Move closer, with your attention, to the warmth building inside as you open your senses to the world around you.
When you’re ready, enter your practice space in silence. Lie down on your back with your arms and legs spread open like the rays of the sun. Relax for a moment, feel the sun on your body. Even on a rainy day the sun is there behind the clouds. Be receptive.
Dawn Cartwright is a Neo Tantra visionary, sacred writer, world traveler, and innovator in authentic lovemaking and Neo Tantra fusion. You’re invited to join her for Love and The Land: Shamanism & Tantra to be held at Dunderry, October 11th – 13th, 2019 and her Year-Long Neo Tantra Immersion: Fragrance of the Lotus, to be held at Mucklagh, beginning April 17th, 2020. Book your place: dawncartwright.com