by John Lash
28 July 2010
Under the shift of Svatantrya Ma, Vajrayogini: mother of human
"Her dance is freedom."
In computer science, open source refers to a program whose source
code is accessible to the user.
This is not the case, say, for
Microsoft Word. Users purchase software installations such as Office
for a tool, without acquiring access to the code that runs the tool.
They use the "applications" provided by the tool but do not work in
the source code. I propose the term open source spirituality for an
experimental process based on instructions and practices whose
source is accessible to the user.
Contrast this with the traditional
guru-student situation, in which the guru has access to the source
of divine wisdom and provides selections of it to the student. In
planetary Tantra, everyone who joins the experiment has equal and
immediate assess to source, depending on individual capacity to
realize what is on access.
However, there is no hierarchy or
authoritarian lineage set-up in the mystico-ludic experiment of
Planetary Tantra. There are no gatekeepers. It is an open game but
not an anything goes game.
This essay repeats but also rephrases the points made in
Practice Planetary Tantra, and expands the perspective of that
Note also the addition of
the rite of iron-binding to the Gaian Tantric Vow, explained below.
I would compare the open source spirituality of Planetary Tantra to
the educational set-up of the pre-Christian Mysteries of Europe,
Egypt, and the Levant.
Contrary to the statements of
David Icke and
others who purport to expose the esoteric roots of the globalist
agenda, the Mysteries were not think tanks for Illuminati-type
control-freaks who worked in secret with the intention of social
engineering of the masses. The evidence says that the
Eleusis were egalitarian, open to all, men and women alike, slaves
The only qualifications were:
not to have committed
unjustified murder or dishonesty to the harm of others.
There was no
qualification to be brought to an encounter with the Organic Light,
except the innocent and heartfelt desire to meet the White Goddess.
True, the Mysteries were divided into two parts, lesser and greater.
But that was merely a civic arrangement based on the seasonal nature
of the rites. Within the sanctuaries of the telestai, "those who are
aimed," the Mysteries were divided into general admission and
special admission, the latter being membership in a cell of 16
Qualifications for special admission were various: the
desire to learn a specific trade or craft, acceptance of a term of
apprenticeship with a veteran, willingness to experiment with
psychoactive plants for the purpose of learning specific things,
and, most importantly, the desire for a consistent and repeatable
encounter with the Organic Light.
Apprentices in the Mystery cells
were taught many things, including skills in all the arts of
culture, music, mathematics, navigation, geography, animal
husbandry, metallurgy, and much more.
The primary method of the initiates for fostering higher education (mathesis)
was instruction by the Light or theoria. In that time and setting,
theoria meant "beholding" and literally does mean that in ancient
usage as Arthur Koestler notes in his masterpiece, The Act of
Creation. These is a pun on theoria and thea, "things divine."
encounter the Organic Light is to behold things divine and learn
intensively and optimally from the "supernal vision."
There is skant
written record of this experience due to the vow of secrecy observed
in the Mystery cells. However, there is NO evidence (to my
knowledge) indicating that the Mystery cells were used for mind
control experiments to be conducted first on the participants and
then in the world at large.
That is a slanderous and unfounded
Mystery School campus
with lecture halls, workshops, library, gym,
As I explained in Not in His Image, those trained in the cells took
what they learned out to the world at large.
No wonder the
Schools were considered to be the leading lights of ancient
civilization, and the initiates, teachers and vocational trainers of
the ancient world!
Although bound by sacred duty to bring what they
learned into the world at large, entrants into the Mystery
curriculum were also bound by a vow of secrecy never to disclose
exactly HOW they underwent accelerated learning through repeated
intentional encounters with the Organic Light:
At no point in the visionary educational program of
the telestai did
those accomplished seers teach mind control techniques to be used to
deceive and control the general public.
I am certain they would have
vehemently condemned such practices.
To claim that,
nefarious methods of mindfucking attributed to a sinister elite
today originated in the Mysteries is a false claim, unfounded on any
evidence I have ever seen.
You will note that David Icke, who
exhaustively footnotes his research, gives no textual or historical
support of any kind for the claim that the Mysteries were the
incubation tanks of planetary fascism, globalist eugenics, etc..
That is just his inference, period. And an unfortunate one, I would
By that single, unsupported inference, Icke does a huge disservice
to his millions of followers: he paints a negative picture of the
source of countermagic to the globalist domination game he so
fervently wishes to expose and defeat. In effect, by claiming that
the Mysteries were at the source of the problem, he makes it
impossible to consider that the Mysteries were and are, in reality,
at the source of the solution: namely, the source of knowledge and
techniques for overcoming the paranoid dysfunction of humankind,
including intra-species predation.
Whether Icke does this
unwittingly or by design, I cannot say. But in either case, he is
obscuring a crucial approach to the solution of the problem he
exposes. At the same time, the solution he offers - raise our
emotional frequencies and radiate love upon the perpetrators - looks fatuous
When was the last time love did anything to a
perpetrator except give carte blanche to deceit and manipulation?
Show me a personal instance. Show me a historical instance.
Icke's love solution (embraced by other anti-globalist gurus such a
Michael Tsarion) may be a sick joke, but I, for one, am not laughing.
I call his solution the Luciferian cop-out: the delusional appeal to
love and light.
New Age Movement is Luciferian.
The globalist game of domination and deceit is run by
involved in Satanic practices, such as
the Vatican gang. I reject
the term Luciferian often applied by Christians to the globalist
perpetrators. The Luciferian front of human insanity consists of
those who believe that love and light can overcome and convert the
members of the Satanic front.
At a certain point of scrutiny, the Luciferic/Satanic paradigm looks like the false left/right paradigm
now widely recognized in politics. The Pollyanna appeals of the
Luciferians play into the sinister designs of the Satanists quite
nicely, thank you.
Luciferian = spiritual delusion, especially presuming that
love and light can overcome evil.
Satanic = delusion of the
psychopathic control game, machinations of social evil, globalist
These terms parallel the
Luciferic and Ahrimanic tendencies
that figure pervasively in
Anthroposophy, the movement founded by
Rudolf Steiner, a self-styled occultist, clairvoyant, and Christocentric mystic.
Steiner adopted the interpretation of these
terms from the Russian intelligentsia of the Symbolist Movement
headed by Vlacheslav Ivanoff (1866 - 1949), who did a better job
using them than Steiner. And thereby hangs quite a tale from the
The specious magic of new age spirituality may appeal to some people
for its appeasement value and other reassuring effects, but
self-empowerment along these lines is a far cry from what I suggest
by participation in the
Terma of Gaia Awakening. Nor am I proposing
a return to or revival of the Mystery Schools.
I am a goddess
revivalist but not a Mystery School revivalist like Jean Houston.
The mystico-ludic experiment of this
Terma does not require setting
up a network of Mystery Schools such as existed in ancient times
before the rise of Christianity in Europe. I would prefer not to
speculate on the social forms of association that might emerge with
participation in the Terma of Gaia Awakening, although I may allude
in that direction from time to time.
I leave it to participants to
let this matter be revealed as the Terma is recognized and
But it understood at the outset that this Terma does not propose a
live-and-light solution akin to that of David Icke or other
proponents of new age spirituality.
As to the specific role of love
in the Terma of Gaia Awakening, I might get to that issue at the
close of this essay.
In the preceding essay,
What is the Terma of Gaia Awakening?, I set
out the nine parts of the Terma without comment. To more fully
explain the Terma, let's go over those nine parts a little more
The secret dakini
name of Gaia-Sophia, the name she answers to - Vajravilasi, "flirtatious thunder-bolt"
This Sanskrit name is like a call-signal sent out to get attention
from a station so that two-way communication can commence. The
station is the multi-channel console of Gaian mind-bands, the Shakti
Cluster (5, below). One frequency in the console, channel 18,
belongs to V.V in her identical node, the name of her dream persona.
The other frequencies also belong to her as aspects of the awakening
of her faculties in the lucid dream she is undergoing. Put in rather
more simple terms, the planetary animal mother is an animal,
literally and not figuratively, and behaves like one: she will
respond when you call her name, as would a dog, horse, or elephant.
The name is not pronounced in social discourse but only in the
wilderness when calling it out. Otherwise, you can say V.V.
Calling the name of Gaia's
identical node or self-conscious persona
in the waking dream can have definite and immediate affects. I can
attest to what others have also observed: she responds, letting you
know that you have her attention, by a surge or rush of some kind,
like a strong gust of wind, waves arising in an otherwise calm sea,
or, more often, a distinct burst of turbulence in the clouds.
effect may not occur, but when it does it is unmissable.
second, and third instructions, preparing the attitude of
It's natural to wonder, What is the actual language of the Terma,
its content in verbal expression, the sum-total of the teachings it
carries? Is there a definitive text for the Terma, comparable to a
sutra or enlightenment discourse? Does the content resemble material
from individuals, say, who claim to be channeling entities from the
By contrast to the massive, mind-deadening textual discourse of
Buddhism and other spiritual or religious movements, the content of
the Terma of Gaia Awakening is breathtakingly concise. And, I might
add, not subject to expansion or in need of expansion. The entirety
of the verbal/textual transmission of the Terma could be written on
the back of an envelope.
It consists of the first instruction of the
Dakinis, a proposition on love, and a non-attainment
teaching embedded in the coda to the Vow.
The first instruction is:
You cannot become anything but more beautiful.
The Gaian Dakinis greet all entrants to Planetary Tantra with this
tacit assurance. It is their formal invitation, as it were.
Typically, upon accepting this invitation you will hear another
phrase, a kind of overtone of the first instruction: How much beauty
can you take? Wonder about this question on a daily basis and you
may find yourself drawn into the vortex of the emergent faculties of
Gaia, into the very atmospheric ambience she generates.
As she wakes
in the lucid dream, her faculties become activated, sight, taste,
touch, and so on. Gaia has sixteen senses.
The next instruction in dakini syntax is a prime or catalytic phrase
for entering the Terma, consisting of the assertion Love and the
supernatural operate on the same frequencies. with a gloss: Love is
a siddhi, the force of discovery co-arising with the illusion of
separation. Like the preceding instruction, this one might bring to
mind the well-known "affirmations" of new age spirituality.
is an occult power or faculty, like clairvoyance or telekinesis.
This proposition states a simple cosmic law, namely: love operating
as the force of discovery arises with the illusion of
separation - co-emergently, to borrow the hip Buddhist term.
The third instruction is another affirmation of sorts. Again, it is
a one-liner but embedded in the closing invocation of the Terma:
May the Wisdom Dakinis arrange you
May Gaia herself bestow you
to your unborn presence in her dream,
lucidly awake, in the merge of love
and the supernatural, pure and delighting,
samsara and this enlightenment have the same look
May nothing endure but what love discovers
and may whatever you love truly set you free
May this terma liberate you
to be thus as you seem, just so
For there is no illusion in your truth
seeming or not, enlightened or not
And that is such.
And that is such.
And that is such.
The third instruction, affirming that
samsara and this enlightenment
have the same look, completes the inception of the Terma.
statement of non-attainment teaching comes directly after the recall
invocation (3, below), the recitation of some names previously
attributed to the living divinity of the earth.
And that is all
there is to the content of the Terma of Gaia Awakening, three tacit
You cannot become anything but more beautiful.
Love and the supernatural operate on the same frequencies.
Samsara and this enlightenment have the same look.
These instructions prepare the attitude of the entrant for deep
immersion in novel and spontaneous interactivity with Gaia.
The Terma develops from this interactivity. The Maine terton is the
inceptor of this Terma, which is unique and incomparable, unlike any
terma preceding it. It is an open source, group-generated, serial
terma with a duration of 208 years from October 2008. As it develops
the Terma acquires novel additional content, secondary instruction
particular to the conditions of time and place, the tribal setting,
the opportunities of the moment.
Some instruction of this kind can
be found in my commentaries on the lunar shaktis. The instruction of
Visvamata, for instance: Reciprocity happens not in return, but in
turn. Eight words. Dakini instruction is always cogent and concise.
None of the blather of new age channeling in this game, thank you.
None of the mind-numbing elaboration of Tibetan Buddhism, thank you
A person would be fortunate to receive one line of dakini
instruction in a lifetime. Five lines would be a considerably large
input. The record of dakini instruction on this site is anomalous
and prodigious, with dozens of lines transceived. This is because
the Maine terton has a favored status regarding Shodashi, channel 3,
not to mention forty years of practice tracking the lunar shakits.
The inceptor of the Terma has the privilege of transceiving an
unusually large number of lines of instruction.
Participation in the Terma is the proof of its veracity, no belief
required. It is not necessary to hype oneself up on these
affirmations, or even to consider them as affirmations.
You do not
have to believe anything to enter Planetary Tantra, but you must be
willing to experiment freely and test the propositions it presents.
Don't believe that you cannot become anything but more beautiful,
just take it as QED, what is to be demonstrated, and see how it
See how you can find out how true it is.
The rite of the
VOW, performed in the frame of the recall invocation
Gaian Tantric Vow is an act performed with the purpose of
bonding with the earth. It is also a way to express a specific
commitment to the planetary animal mother - dedicating your life to
her, you might say. Gaia sees herself right now in a dakini persona,
dakinis are extremely fond of precision.
V.V. does not want to
hear a blanket statement or vague promise to give your life to her,
or dedicate your life to her, and she certainly does not want to
hear a word about service. She wants to hear something stated in
succinct, lapidary precision - what the Tibetans calls yeshe,
"pristine cognition." You state something precisely and speak it
aloud with confidence when you know that the way you state it is as
clear it is in your mind.
Or to put it inversely, your thinking is
only as clear as it comes over in words. If you can't state your
cognition clearly, how can you think it clearly in the first place?
Pristine cognition is not silent knowing, which is beyond language
and verbal formulation. It is the genre of instructional language,
the "twilight talk" of the dakinis.
The Gaian Tantric Vow has to be
formulated in pristine syntax, short and sweet, like this:
We, __________ and _________, vow to gather our energies into the
sacred beauty of Gaia, to receive her secrets and enter her
transmutation, and by practicing that wisdom together, we, as
Kalikas, bring to life all the ecstasy and freedom that we inspire
in each other.
This Vow is precise at every point of its language.
It includes a
sub-vow "as Kalikas," that does not usually occur with entrants or
neophytes in Planetary Tantra. That is because the two individuals
who made this particular Vow are also involved in Kalika practice,
the deeper or more complex aspect of Planetary Tantra.
The recall invocation is the framework for doing the Vow. It lists
some names previously attributed to the planetary goddess, by
contrast to the name she has never been called before. The names
look awkward and pronounceable, by intention: in pronouncing them
you feel their strangeness, the loss of the habit of using them.
Then comes her current name, which is fresh and novel, ready to use
for the first time. The purpose of the recall invocation is to
engender a sense of anticipation toward her current name, not
nostalgia for her previous names.
She who is Aniruddha, Prunikos, Outrageous,
the Aeon Sophia of the illumined Gnostics,
Prithivi of the timeless Vedas,
Spandarmat of the Persian Sages,
Spider Woman, Changing Woman of the noble Red Races,
Sthevara who bestowed the enlightenment of Shakyamuni with the
Asteroth of the World Tree,
Ishtar of the Stars in the limbs of the World Tree,
Arianrhod and Ariadne, weavers of the earthbound samsara,
Rhea who flows in all that is,
Bhudevi, luminous bhaga of the primordial race of Sidhe, Faery,
Kore and Demeter, ever-changing polarities of the Great Mother,
Gaia, green watery planet thriving with life,
our gracious Dakini who delights to dance
in diamond light
Dancing Goddess by Nine Ravens
posted by Hecate on a Pagan blogspot
An example of the many images currently emergent in the collective
psyche, suggestive of V.V.,
"flirtatious thunderbolt dancing in
In the Pagan Mysteries, the egg was a symbol of the
Organic Light, the primary substance body of the goddess.
wells up from within material masses in billowing, egg-like cumuli.
The serpent encircling the egg is Mahakundalini, the erotic surge of
the Goddess and the instrument of her wisdom.
Note: serpentine is
Four formula phrases are built into the recall invocation:
At the close of the recitation, entrants pronounce the Vow they
have composed stating in their own words their commitment to
Gaia-Sophia. It is like a marriage vow, the assertion of a permanent
Entrants who do the Vow in pairs, as suggested, will read it
aloud together. This rite would be performed in wild nature away
from human eyes. It may be ceremonialized in a simple way according
to the preferences of the entrants, but minimally.
Don't overdo it.
With Gaian ritual, less is more.
A particular physical ritual goes with the declaration of
commitment, the Gaian Tantric Vow. This ritual is performed as
Just before pronouncing the written Vow, the entrants prick their
thumbs in the perennial manner of witches, then press the bleeding
thumb into the ground, leaving a thumbprint or bloodprint in the
earth, both figuratively and literally speaking. The thumb is kept
on the ground, palm flat, while the entrants pronounce aloud the Vow
they have composed. The ritual may be closed by reciting the third
instruction, or with silence.
The rite formally ends when the thumb
is removed from the earth.
The purpose of this ceremonial act is to ritually, intentionally
bind the iron in the entrants' blood into the electromagnetic field
of the earth. Iron-binding is a Gaian rite of initiation, and in the
more advanced procedures of Kala Tantra, iron is the element that
Kali uses to work intimate magic with her devotees. Kali Yuga is
known as the Age of Iron.
This designation has multiple meanings,
one of which is:
in the Age of Kali Yuga, and especially toward the
close of that Age, human bodies can bind into the
field of the earth, using iron first and other elements as well, in
a way that cannot be achieved at any other time - because iron-binding
is the most intimate physical connection between the bodies, human
and planetary, and conditions in Kali Yuga, the age of materialism
and maximum density, favor such a material, geophysical bond.
The vision story of the Mysteries, Gaia's
The nine parts of the Terma of Gaia Awakening can be categorized by
three actions: prepare, learn, do. You prepare for interactivity
with Gaia by getting her attention, calling her name (1), and
prepare your attitude for that interactivity with the three
Then you learn the names applied to her in the
past, and do the Vow, invoking her as V.V. In part 4 of the
practice, you learn the vision story of the planetary goddess, the
sacred narrative of the Mysteries in nine episodes. In short, you
practice the Terma by learning her story. This is a long-term
learning process to be tested again and again by the ability to
recite story, to tell it in your own words.
Everyone involved in
Planetary Tantra tells this story continually, sharing it and
To do so is an expression of love for Gaia. When
you love someone, you enshrine the story of their life in your
memory, so that you can recount their life as if it were your own.
This is a mark of profound, everlasting love.
To enshrine the vision
story of Gaia-Sophia in your heart is a way of enacting your
commitment to her.
Not in His Image presents a full elaboration of the nine episodes of
the Sophianic myth of the Mysteries.
Rendition of the story on this
The Fall of the Wisdom Goddess
- a synopsis in nine episodes.
Also helpful are:
Gaia Mythos, a prose-poem in 16 chapters, has only been
completed through chapter 11. It is unlikely that I will finish this
monstrosity any time soon, but who knows? Depends on what I get for
A few years ago, Brian Swimme proposed a quasi-mythological
narrative, "A Story of the Universe," based on modern scientific
cosmology. It accepts the Big Bang fantasia and has little in
common with the Sophianic narrative. Swimme, if not his girlfriend
or his pr agent, managed to get some groups of people to go around
telling the story, making it into a participation event.
like this might occur with the Gaia Mythos but how on earth it would
get going, I cannot say. It is more likely that telling the sacred
narrative of Gaia-Sophia will emerge by necessity in marginal and transgressive tribal communities of the future, rather than in the
society existing today.
Additional to the vision story of the earth and its origins is a
sub-plot that relates the process by which Gaia awakens in her lucid
dream. Believe it or not, this dream transpires in linear historical
time. Better said, perhaps, it follows the appearance of linear
historical time corresponding to the illusion of linearity.
of her dream persona today (since 1999) is V.V., but this has not
always been so. Since around 1775, Gaia has experienced five or six
identical nodes in her lucid dream. At the time of the American
Revolution, she would have responded to another name. But at that
time, she was not yet ready for interactivity. The dream was not
ripe for participation by other characters.
Gaia is autistic and the
early moments of her lucid dream exhibit a solitary,
self-referencing bent. She identified with a solid dream persona for
the first time in the late 18th century, but she did not have the
attention to respond to its recognition by others in her dream, by
human characters. And there were no human characters inhabiting her
dream at that time who could have called to her. Conditions for
experimental sorcery with the power of the dreaming attention did
not provide for that option, yet.
Throughout most of the 19th century Gaia's attention was split,
unstable and incoherent, vacillating uncertainly between three dream
Around 1885 the goddess underwent a conversion to a more
consistent singular dream persona, her second identical node. Her
name in that phase of the dream was not the personal monniker of a
woman but a salutation, das vidanya. "Good bye" in Russian. If you
think this is preposterous, you have to hear about the rest of the
So far, the Maine terton has been playing possum about the five or
six identical nodes of Gaia-Sophia, the serial progression of
identities in her lucid dream.
More on this outrageously imaginative
gambit in a later piece, Mythophrenia Comes of Age - Authenticating
the Terma of Gaia Awakening.
The game plan of the Shakti
Cluster, with three sub-sets
The next component of the Terma is the game plan or operating
system, called the Shakti Cluster. I discovered this component of
the Terma on August 9, 2008 in the company of a woman who was at
that moment my shakti. We had met the day before, 8/8/08, with the
express purpose of attempting an experiment in "consort yoga," known
to be extremely helpful to tertons in producing optimal conditions
for the discovery of wisdom treasures.
The woman and I were total
The Shakti Cluster emerged within a few hours of our
meeting, the immediate fruition of our consort yoga, you could say.
In Kalika practice, nothing develops. Everything comes in an
extravagant sudden rush. So did the Shakti Cluster, although I
clarified the design somewhat through instruction taken in the
A terton sometimes needs to "rework" materials, but
only very slightly, a honing process. A wisdom treasure is always
received intact and ready-made, the less reworking and tampering,
I would compare the SC to the Tree of Life in Cabalism. It might be
called the Tantric Tree of Life. Traditional practice with the
Cabalistic Tree of Life is called path-working. Working with the
Shakti Cluster is also a kind of path-working in which you take the
18 nodes of the Cluster for power zones, like the Cabalistic sephira,
and meditate on those zones, using visualization and mantric
formulas, whatever, and eventually you undertake intentional acts of
magic or projection of will and desire with those zones.
But path-working with the Shakti Cluster is not exactly like Cabalistic
work and ought to be considered on its own terms, even though the
comparison may be helpful for illustrative purposes.
specifically, work with the operating system of the Terma involves
three areas of practice, relating to time, space, and sensation (or
The lunar cycles, mensual frequencies of the Shakti Cluster
Ritualization of the lunar cycles is common to goddess religion and
pagan "nature worship."
The particular form it takes in Planetary Tantra is "observation of the lunar shaktis," tracking the
frequencies of the moon, month by month. By observation of the
sunset crescent, you determine which dakini or mahavidya of the
Shakti cluster in "on shift" for the current month.
Then you attune
to that devata with the intention to "transceive," i.e., receive a
download of dakini teaching. There are six Diamond Sky Dakinis and
ten Mahavidyas in the Shakti Cluster, but one Mahavidya (frequency
7, Dhumavati) does not transmit on a particular lunar phase, but
intermittently throughout the year. Also, two other devatas
(frequencies 16 and 17) do not transmit in the lunar framework. And
V. V. as well does not transmit during any particular lunar month,
So, in all, there are fourteen frequencies that
recur over and over through the thirteen lunar periods in a year.
In practice with the lunar cycles and their transmitting devatas,
you learn how to receive dakini instruction, first-hand.
I apply the
term dakini instruction to transmissions from the Shakti Cluster
received by observation of the skies and clairaudient monitoring of
the lunar cycles: listening to the subliminal mind-stream.
supreme instruction comes from Gaia and all the other frequencies in
the Cluster are variations of her super-animating intelligence. All
entrants would by this practice come to receive dakini instruction.
This privilege, which is also a high delight, is no longer confined
to accomplished masters such as Tibetan lamas, rinpoches, tulkus,
Planetary Tantra breaks the millennial male hierarchal monopoly on
"the spontaneously arising dakini wisdom." I challenge anyone from
the old schools to produce dakini instruction that can stand up to
the teachings transceived so far by the Maine terton, recorded in
lunar shakti calendar of this site.
instruction that fits the challenges of this moment and works right
now, cogently relevant to the human condition in Kali Yuga, and
requiring no legitimation from past sources or male hierarchal
systems, is the mark of Planetary Tantra.
Significantly, Nyingma tradition says that when Padma Sambhava and
his consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, had prepared termas for concealment of
"they entrusted the concealed teachings to the dakinis,
the ultimate sphere wisdoms, for preservation until the right time
came to awaken the teachings from the luminous intrinsic nature of
the mind of the discoverer"
(Tulku Thondup, Masters of Magic and
However, this account makes it sound like the dakinis
were merely custodians of the wisdom treasures, not the source of
Whatever the case in Nyingma tradition, in Planetary Tantra the
devatas of the Shakti Cluster are the source of wisdom spontaneously
arising in the subliminal mind-stream of every human being.
the divine feminine frequencies do not transmit prefabricated termas
implanted in the mind-stream and secreted in the elements of the
earth, water, and sky, at some previous moment. They transmit what
arises in the mind-stream in this moment, right now, concurrent with
Gaia's awakening in her lucid dream.
In the pristine syntax of
"twilight talk," the Gaian Dakinis formulate "the luminous intrinsic
nature of the mind of the discoverer" (potentially, any human being)
so that the full spectrum of Gaian intelligence can be realized in
content and design, interactively with human intelligence.
these Gaian frequencies foster human enlightenment by distillation
of the psycholinguistic contents of the subliminal mind-stream, and
feed it back to us as if it were a spontaneous discovery.
The theater of elements (Anima Mundi) in the Shakti Cluster
Additional to tracking the lunar shaktis in time comes another
practice with the spatial dimension of the Shakti Cluster, the
theatre of elements or
Theatre of elements is a
metaphor of course, but this dimension is neither metaphorical nor
figurative. In Planetary Tantra, the Anima Mundi has two components:
the Ambient or atmospheric envelope of the planet, and the BEMA, or
bio-electro-magnetic aura of the planet.
The Ambient is the very
atmosphere we breathe, consisting of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon
dioxide, argon and other trace elements. The BEMA is a sea of
electromagnetic flux in which we are continually immersed as
creatures moving upon the surface of the earth. Practice in
Planetary Tantra heightens the immediate sensation of these two
fields so that they become vividly present to the tantrika. Many
practices are involved but none is determined by a rigid formula.
One of the practices for the spatial dimension is trance dance
combined with observation of the night skies, so that you dance with
the movement of the skies.
Sky-gazing and cloud watching are also
practices in this vein.
This image from the 64 card divination game
Dakini Oracle contains a
visual clue to the Ambient or atmospheric envelope of the earth.
Most people do not know that the atmosphere consists of almost 80
percent nitrogen, four times more than the oxygen content.
what, anyway? What is the effect on human beings of immersion in the
sea of atmospheric nitrogen? Science has no answer, and does not
even ask the question.
But experiments in trance, heightened awareness, and non-ordinary
attention show activity in the nitrogen zone, usually appearing in
hallucinatory fractal effects. Tantric experiments by Tibetan
masters such as Long Chen Pa attest to the presence of
the sky, the atmosphere.
As illustrated above (upper right), such
effects occur when the sky is seen as gel with the "skydancing"
action like a turbulence in the gel. By one definition, a dakini is
a fractalizing turbulence in the nitrogen zone of the terrestrial
atmosphere. Dakinis are labile nitrogen fractures in the sky. They
do have a real physical presence, a substantiality that is visually
Dakini visions are repeatable and can be affirmed by the
witnessing of more than one person at a time, as reported by Long
Chen Pa (Gyatso and Germano, "Longchenpa and the Possession of the
Dakinis," Tantra in Practice).
The Vajra Star or central pentad of the Shakti Cluster, five
Diamond Sky Dakinis with VV central - SENSATION
"Sensation is the greatest mystery of natural science," said Wilhelm
Reich in Ether, God and Devil/Cosmic Superimposition.
practice follows the intensive method of Goethe: that is, looking at
the senses in mindfulness that they only present at first a small
part of the content they hold, but the more intensively you look,
the more content they reveal.
The Vajra Star of central pentad of
the Shakti Cluster consists of the frequency channels of six Diamond
Sky Dakinis, including V.V.: that would be five in a pentad or
pentagram plus one central. The five pentagrammic frequencies match
the five senses: 11 seeing, 12 hearing, 13 taste, 14 smell, 15
touch, and 18 (V.V.), memory.
These correlations can be expanded and
extrapolated without limit.
Practice with the Vajra Star with V.V. central is a fabulous magical
exploration of the mystery of sensation. Experimentation along these
lines runs in close parallel to exploring the BEMA, the
Bio-Electro-Magnetic Aura of the planet. To a large degree, such
practice has never been done until now and would be discovered
spontaneously by those who take the Gaian Tantric Vow and apply
themselves to learning the Cluster, mostly for the sheer pleasure of
To do so is to enter into an apprentice relation to the
presiding devatas, called ista-devatas or "tutelary divinities" in
In Tibetan Tantra, the same divine entities are called yidams. They
are "worshipped" in order to concentrate the mind and body for
trance learning, experiments in non-ordinary reality, and so forth.
Instruction with the Vajra Star is rigorous and source-specific. Two
teachings stand out as essential to the guidance of the human
species: channel 13, Kurukulla's frequency, transmits the teaching
of the dreaming attention, and channel 18, that of V. V. herself,
transmits the secrets of the second attention (commonly called
Coordinating these two attentions, the Gaian ecosorcerer
can navigate freely back and forth between the ordinary world and
the Nagual, which may be conceived as the supernatural matrix of the
Doing and learning are closely integrated in all experimental
practices with these three factors of the Shakti Cluster. Working in
pairs, entrants would teach themselves how to be interactive with
Gaia using this operating system. My responsibility as the main
terton who initializes Planetary Tantra would be to provide a
framework and some elementary guidelines for the mystico-ludic
experiment proposed by the Terma, that's all.
Teaching the Shakti
Cluster does not add content to the Terma' rather, it adds
testimony. Content can only be added in dakini syntax, if at all.
Basically, the content of the Terma of Gaia Awakening is already all
there. One of the beauties of this Terma is that is has almost no
I venture to say, this is because it presents an immensity
to be explored interactively that cannot be textually or verbally
prescribed or preprogrammed in any way.
The approach to
the Organic Light, the primary substance body of Sophia
Finally comes part nine, which entails the dual practice of doing
In this mystico-ludic experiment, you encounter the
Organic Light over and over again, and learn by direct interaction
with the Light. The question of how to bring people to the OL
remains open, part of the experiment now underway. In the past, in
the sanctuaries of the Mysteries, the encounter was set up in a
The greater Mysteries were observed in the fall, at the time of
harvest. They were celebrated at night because it was easier to
bring neophytes into the presence of the Organic Light with their
normal sense perception muted by darkness. The celebrants were not
“dazzled” by a hocus-pocus display of flaming torches or a
mysterious blinding blaze, as some ancient reports would have it.
the telesterion (inner sanctum) they were carefully and selectively
guided because the Mystery Light had to be observed, and absorbed,
in small, gentle doses. A celebrant would, for instance, be directed
to stand before one of the marble columns and observe how it was
interpenetrated by the soft luminosity of the Light.
not only the pillar, but the soft luminous substance in which the
pillar - and, indeed, their very seeing of the pillar - was embedded.
The epopteia, seeing aided by the hierophant, was carefully gauged
to meet the capacities of the supplicant. The autopsia, direct and
independent seeing of the Organic Light, came in its own time to
those who had trained their powers of attention for it. The epiphany
of the Organic Light induced a soft rush of somatic intensity that
saturated the witness with bliss and brought attention to
In the Mysteries, mystae who had steadily
beheld the Light were welcomed into the company of the initiated
with the benedictory greeting, “A kid, thou has fallen into
milk.” Gnostics called themselves “the standing race” because they
were able to behold the divine radiance while standing upright, and
absorb the force of the massive telluric currents passing between
the earth and the heavens.
Standing in the currents they received a
download of instructions from the planetary intelligence, the
goddess Sophia - in today’s idiom, the Gaian entelechy.
The telesterions at Eleusis and Antioch (pictured below) were
constructed of multiple marble columns. In a trance state, these
solid pillars appeared to be vertical columns of white light, a
trick used to the advantage of the guiding seers.
Close observation of the marble columns was used to induce the
subtle act of attention required to recognize the Organic Light,
among other techniques.
The telestai who led the Mysteries freely
improvised ways to bring attention to the OL when the neophyte was
in an altered state due to ingestion of psychoactive plants or a
potion like the sacred drink of Eleusis, the kykeon. Today more
improvisation is required. But, as ever, the encounter with the OL
has to be conducted first-hand, by intimate, person-to-person
The Organic Light is the primary substance body of Gaia that
coexists with her material and sensuous body, the earth. This
infinite burgeoning mass of living, animated luminosity is actually
quite easy to see, once it is seen: catching sight of it is the
trick. The first glimpse of the Organic Light has to happen in a
subtle way. It cannot be pointed out blatantly, and it does not
announce itself by a dazzling radiance.
It does not catch your
attention at all in that way. You have to place your attention on it
with a gentle movement of the eyes, as if you were holding your gaze
in a white feather floating through space.
You know you are in the
presence of the Light when you see its soft radiance and, looking
around, realize that the light source cannot be located: the
radiance pouring over you casts no shadow.
Now the Eternity (which is absolute Truth) has no shadow outside it,
for it is a limitless light where all is within and nothing is
- On the Origin of the World 98.20–30).
The illumined mystic in The Sophia of Jesus Christ praises the
beauty of “the Light that shines without casting shadow, full of
indescribable joy and ebullience” (Berlin Codex 115). The Organic
Light is everywhere and permeates all things. It does not shine on
what is seen but from what is seen, emitting a soft white luminosity
with the texture of marshmallow, in which matter floats.
- Not in His Image
The poem "In the Organic Light," a conversion of W. B. Yeats' "All
Soul's Night," describes the verifiable phenomenon of divine
That pearly stream across the midnight floor
is radiance that casts no shade, where Mystery
remade time and again returns the world to wonder.
The healing thrill laid right into sensation, the rapture
of knowing how it's done: all that a mind can be
and still be mindful of what it's going under.
Suchness, on touch alone,
each organ and each sense
in radiant suspense, the immanence like stone.
The Organic Light presents a soft, pearly glow that wells up from
within material mass.
The Light itself has no mass but it is
strangely dense, like soft stone, like alabaster. The neophyte would
be shown how to catch its glow and texture by looking in a subtle
manner, indirectly, with a certain angle of the gaze.
encounters, the practice of instruction by the Light would reveal
itself in a consistent and predictable way guided by a veteran seer
(epoptia), and advanced practitioners could regain the perception on
their own (autopsia).
And so it is today.
Artemis of Ephesus, image of the Organic Light, emanation
of the milk-white radiance of the primary substance body
Such are the consistent and predictable effects of encountering the
Foremost among these effects is a feeling of total
awe. Also, the certainty of immersion in everlasting life - the sense
of immortality, if you will. A deep tremor in the body, a fine cold
sweat. A sense of levity and hilarity. A surge of delight that holds
you like a standing wave. Rapturous, voluptuary excitement, but
serene. The thrill of acute orgiastic pleasure without the urge to
act it out.
You may ask, But how does love play into the encounter with the
Or in a broader sense, What is the role of love in
experimentation with the Terma of Gaia Awakening?
Recall the dakini
instruction (part 2),
Love and the
Supernatural operate on the same frequencies
Love is a siddhi, the force of discovery co-arising with the
illusion of separation.
Understood in the framework of this Terma, love is the cosmic force
that directs us to the discoveries that guide our lives and connect
us to the Nagual, the Supernatural.
When you find something you love
in life, a place or person, a pet or a song or a cause to embrace,
it can be said that love led you to that discovery. Normally, we
feel love upon discovering what we love. How can you love it before
you even know it is there? The Terma says that the love as a
directing force is there already, guiding you to what you come to
Imagine that love co-arises with the illusion of
separation - the bipolarity of revealer-revealed necessary for
anything to appear in a cosmos of infinite, undifferentiated
potential - and compensates for the separation by uniting things,
connecting what has been divided and separated. Such is the
instruction on love implicit to the Terma of Gaia Awakening.
Do you feel love pouring from the Organic Light, as if it were
emoting on you? No. Not in my experience, and I have not heard
others I've introduced to the Light say anything of this sort.
love of the goddess Gaia does not come through the Organic Light,
her primary substance body as an Aeon or Pleromic divinity from the
galactic center, but through her planetary body, the material earth.
And especially through the BEMA via the iron-binding process related
to hemoglobin in the bloodstream. This earthbound love is the
flagrant delight of the telluric dakinis.
It is an absolute and
outrageous sexual turn-on, a delicious force not to be restrained or
resisted. In the love connection of iron-binding, you are
continually in high sexual arousal, on the make at every moment. You
have to fuck like crazy just to tone it down.
The encounter with the Organic Light quells the sexual excitation
grounded in the sensuous body of the planetary animal mother, but
the erotic charge remains high. There is no urge to "act out"
sexually in the presence of the OL, although you can if you know
how, if you have the finesse, the right intention, and the
tenderness for such an orgiastic adventure. But this path of erotic
mysticism is not for everyone, nor is it required for participation
in the Terma.
Kala Tantra is the extension of the Terma of Gaia
Awakening into rituals of interactive sexuality grounded in the
earth and performed in coordination with Kali, Kurukulla, and other
infernal witches of the Shakti Cluster.
Planetary Tantra is a
general access experiment, the way everyone can participate in the
Terma without the voluptuary excesses of the Kalikas.
Finally, I would say that love comes with encountering the Organic
Light, not as "input" from the Light itself, but from the sheer
beauty of that experience. To behold the Light is to love its
beauty, which is sublime and unsurpassable. It is so beautiful that
you cannot but love the sensation of being in its presence, and you
will crave to have that opportunity over and over again.
tempted to say that the beauty of the Organic Light compels love in
the beholder - if love can be compelled at all, and I'm not sure about
that... This encounter does not, however, make you a loving person
in respect to humanity at large, or any individual.
For Gaian tantrikas, love for the earth exceeds love for humanity.
But then, if you are truly part of the human race, you do not need
this mystical experience to feel love for the members of your kind.
You feel it naturally in the kinship of the species, don't you?
That is about all I would care to say about love in this context, or
any context, right now.