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Working with Shiva and Shakti energies - Dean Ramsden
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One of the most useful concepts for use with energy healing as a therapeutic tool, is understanding the influence of the two nadis (energy currents) of masculine essence (Shiva) and feminine essence (Shakti). These nadis parallel the main nadi, Sushumna, that follows along with the flow of the spinal cord up the vertebral column. They both feed into the chakras, bathing each energy center with a personalized blend of gender energies, the results of which can easily be seen in the basic variants of human sexuality and identity: heterosexual male, gay male, heterosexual female, and lesbian, being the most common. The particular mix of Shiva and Shakti energies predisposes or motivates our emotional and sexual nature, and can often can give insight into the  relational challenges that we may have with others. Shiva and Shakti energies form one of the important pillars of Tantric Yoga, of which there is much available material to study.

Shiva can be seen as the masculine energy at its most potent, as well as when it becomes problematic. Shiva is rational, driven, solution-orientated, forceful, and rooted in testosterone. Shakti, Shiva’s universal complement,  is emotional, relationally-motivated, problem-orientated, receptive, and rooted in estrogen. These two complementary forces (rather than polarities) blend and change within the hormonal and energy systems, allowing us to come to grips with variations of human nature at the level of essential qualities that seek to follow well-defined tracks. They are analogous to the left-brain hemisphere, and the right-brain hemisphere, and a case could be made for the equivalent structure existing within the head of each chakra (as a Yin-Yang structure).

Too much Shiva energy, and an individual is driven and obsessed, uses force and passive aggression to get his or her needs met, and defaults to an intellectual approach to all of life’s challenges. Too much Shakti energy, and a person may experience ineffectiveness and a fear of getting their relational needs met, weak personal boundaries, and default into a submissive role in his or her interactions with others. Ideally, there is a blend, and a “mystical marriage” between these two forces, where Shiva’s drive and focus supports Shakti coming into her relational power, and Shakti encourages Shiva to mix intellect with emotion. There can be a balanced exchange, and reciprical support, between the gender flows. In practice, however, gender conflicts are common, with the classic example being gender arrogance: where my gender is better than your gender.

In the yogic systems, the Shiva current flows up the Pingala nadi, and the Shakti energies fill the Ida nadi, and they are represented as either running parallel to Sushumna, or (as in the Rod of Asclepius (one snake, no wings) and the Caduceus symbol (two snakes, and topped by wings that represent the god Hermes) as a double-helix and intertwined structure, wrapped around Sushumna. Techniques such as alternate nostril breathing can stimulate or support the gender nadis, although the bodily hormonal balance probably has a greater impact on the physiology of gender flows.

For the general energy healer, all of this is interesting information but of little practical use in working with a client. However, once you start to drop deeper into Relational Energy Healing as a system, the perception of a client’s inclination towards a certain mix or expression of Shiva and Shakti energies can help in understanding them, and their needs. As healers we don’t seek to change or alter these gender flows as much as come to understand them, and their needs or expression. In doing that, the client can feel authentically met, can be therapeutically mirrored, in their personal expression of gender identity and exploration of their needs. And, they can open to a world where others have different gender flows to themselves, and learn to negotiate their needs with someone who has a different mix of Shiva and Shakti running through their energy system.

(c) 2014 by Dean Ramsden. All rights reserved.

Related post: The alchemical development of the Astral Body

Note: This is an article that will eventually live on my upcoming Astral Energetics website, which will have material on how to develop your energy body for personal transformation, or as part of your energy healing/shamanic training.
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