The Six Gateways
The First Gateway: SpiritWe begin with cultivating safety and connection to something greater than ourselves In this gateway we lay the foundation of all other six gateways practice through the Sacred Tree Meditation. Years ago, when learning to drop the armored walls that protected me from others, I was forced to find my spiritual and emotional safety through connecting to the Earth and Sky and trusting that they would keep me from harm. This phenomenal practice led to a complete healing of my anxieties and fears. Today I am relaxed and I feel safe in the world and with other people.
The Second Gateway: Love
Opening the heart fully is the practice of the second gateway. Through meditation and other healing practices, we learn to soften and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. This is the first step to true intimacy. Through breath practice, we become completely present to the nuances of our heart feelings, and to each moment, to drop into a place of timeless surrender.
The Third Gateway: Power
In the third gateway you reclaim your power by exploring the caverns of your soul. Here you map what is hidden in shadow, and strengthen yourself by deciding what you will carry up into the light for Spirit to heal. Enormous amounts of energy are freed in this gateways and more space becomes available for you to welcome in joy, happiness, and ecstasy. Amazingly, as you do this, your genitals and the heart become more sensitive and alive. When you let go of what you’ve been holding, you become more awake and full of joy instead of pain. For those doing private coaching, the practice of soul retrieval is often performed during this gateways.
The Fourth Gateway: Freedom
Here you begin to wake up your entire body to its sexual and spiritual energy potential. With this practice a powerful energy starts to move through your whole body, a tingling and aliveness that for me makes it feel like I can fly. Each chakra is given a thorough cleansing and balancing through breath, visulization, and conscious moving of energy. For those doing private work, the shamanic practices of Illumination (clearing and scrubbing out the chakras) and Extraction (removing energy crystallized from old patterns) are performed.
The Fifth Gateway: Balance
Balancing your body, emotions, creative/sexual self, and mind leads to peacefulness and an ability to lead a balanced life and create a true love relationship. This gateway more than any other is critical to the creation of a healthy and satisfying relationship. It is the foundation of the tantric touch practices detailed in our tantric massage video and in my book, “Journey to Sexual Wholeness”. Partnered elemental dance is another practice that can show you where your relationship needs attention. Doing this work is one of the most rewarding and healing practices a couple can do to grow together and create deeply satisfying connection.
The Sixth Gateway: Union
In the culmination of all the gateway practices that have come before, you move into unifying your masculine and feminine selves, merging with your beloved, and the deepest connection you have ever known with Spirit and the world around you. In this gateway, you begin to experience the sensation of a true spiritual awakening.