|May all beings be happy and free!
Everyone wants to be happy. And we all understand that happiness is a state of mind-body-spirit. We try many different things (foods, drinks, yoga, art, ambition, sex, shopping, games, etc) to get our being into the state of “feeling good”. However, we know for fact that it does not last forever, something or other changes our state-of-being and we become bored, stressed, depressed, angry or unhappy. It is the same old uncomfortable trip on an uneven gravel road that we all go through with flat tire.
Siddhas and Tantriks tell us that there is an internal process that continuously weaves all the inner and outer sensations, thoughts and feelings to create our state-of-being. Movement of inner-winds (qi, prana, etc) within subtle spaces of our being creates our state-of-being. Tantra is practice of knowing and understanding of how to manage the movement of inner-winds so that we can create a desired state-of-being. Hatha Yoga Pradipika gives the hint by saying: “wind moves mind moves, stillness in one brings the stillness to other (chale vaate chalam chittam nischale nischalam bhavet.)
In Tantrik literature, inner-wind is referred as Yogini, Dakini, or Kandro. Dakini is a Sanskrit term, Khandro is its Tibetan equivalent, it means “Sky-Goer“. Dakinis are portrayed in female form and are shown in union with peaceful or wrathful Buddha forms which represent the various mental states of peace or suffering. Different traditions have given various names to the inner-wind or dakini: Valley-Spirit, Mother, Breath-of-life, Chit-vriti , Hiimori, Archetypal-energy, Heart-Field variations or fluctuations, etc. All names point to the same moon; names are not important rather direct experience is the key to healing and inner-transformation.
The dis-ease, in traditional healing systems, is considered as a result of the imbalances in the movement of inner-wind (qi, prana, breath-of-life, etc). Wellness can be restored and maintained by harmonizing the flow of inner-winds.