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The 4 Spiritual Centers & The 4 Instinctual Drives
April 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Many traditions acknowledge spiritual centers that can be felt and understood. The 4 spiritual centers are considered deeper than the chakras, although both are useful to work with. The 4 spiritual centers correspond to our instinctual drives, and working with them in this way can be an important aspect of the spiritual path. If we don’t work with the instinctual drives, they will drive our behavior without our realizing it, and prevent us from deepening on the path. Once we are aware of the drives, they can start to be digested so that they serve awakening, rather than competing with it or blocking it. The centers and corresponding drives are:
- The Belly Center & the Self-Preservation Instinctual Drive
- The Heart Center & the 1:1 / Sexual Instinctual Drive
- The Head Center & the Social Instinctual Drive
- The “Moh” Center & the Enlightenment Drive
In these 4 talks, Tina will discuss the centers and corresponding drives, and how to work with them skillfully in our practice, so that the lower drives (that all mammals have including humans) harmonize and ultimately serve the Enlightenment Drive.
This talk includes an overview on The 4 Spiritual Centers & the 4 Instinctual Drives , and focuses on the Belly Center and the Self-Preservation instinct, which is the foundation of the other two lower drives.
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About The Teacher
Tina Rasmussen is a meditation teacher who leads retreats and offers spiritual guidance and mentoring to practitioners worldwide. Her mission as a teacher is to foster awakening and its embodiment in worldly life, through the application of authentic, rigorous Buddhist and modern practices.
Tina learned to meditate in 1976, at age 13. In 2003, after many years of practice in Buddhist and modern non-dual traditions, she undertook an intensive year-long solo retreat during which a profound awakening to Reality occurred. In 2005, Tina attended a retreat with Burmese meditation master Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who ordained her as a Buddhist nun. During the retreat, Tina became the first Western woman to complete the entire Samatha path in this lineage. Tina was authorized to teach by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma. Tina also took refuge with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a Tibetan Dzogchen teacher, and was initiated into the Nyingma lineage.
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