The Science of

Egyptian Tantra

The Foundation

 

Egyptian Tantra is founded on ancient mystical practices, but it also links in with the very latest findings in areas such as neurophysiology, the understanding of brainwave states and much more.

 

The Biology

So let’s look at some of the science that is able to explain what is happening chemically and biologically within the body so as to support the changes and expansion into higher states that many people have reported from Egyptian Tantra.

 

The Practices

To understand this more fully, let’s look at the different spiritual practices we explore in Egyptian Tantra, including chanting, movement practices, breathwork modalities, visualization, meditation, and tantric healing and lovemaking. Let’s explore how these practices might impact the body, mind and consciousness from a scientific perspective.

 

Breathwork and
brain wave states

A Tool for each Situation

Breathwork comes in many forms – there are breath techniques that activate energy and raise the heart rate, and others that invite a relaxation response in the body.
Which tool you might reach for depends on how you are feeling in any specific moment.

 

Reduce stress

If you are feeling stressed, for example, Ankh Breathwork is a beautiful modality that increases energy levels but regulates the nervous system at the same time. It uses an intentionally calming breath pattern which includes breath holds.
Breath holds have been shown to support brain cell protection, improve lung capacity, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve longevity. All good things!

 

The Purpose of Movement

Ankh Breathwork is a movement meditation which involves you in a series of physical movements united with breath inhales, holds or exhales. These steps keep you focused in the moment, and within the body. The longer you go, the more deeply connected you feel.

 

The Neural Science

The Beta State

Note in the image of the brain here, the wide range of experiences of the Beta state of consciousness, from fight or flight (at the far right of the graph), through extreme or ‘middle anxiety’, to the states of attentive focus, or relaxed and focused attention.
When we commence any spiritual practice we are most likely to be in a beta brain wave state – our ‘normal’ waking state.

 

How Breathwork Changes our State

  1.   As we deepen into breathwork practice we shift into the slower end of Beta where we relax. 
  2.  We may then shift into Alpha – entering a deeper and even more relaxed meditative state. 
  3.  We may then Theta, which is a dreamlike or flow state where we are strongly connected to our emotional body.

The Shift

Which brain wave state you shift to depends on how long you do a practice for, and how much you can allow the analytic mind to take a back seat – constant analysis can keep you stuck in an anxious beta state.

 

How to get out of Mind Analysis

Focus on the technique, the practice, the tool that is being offered to you. The more you can focus on the technique, the more likely it is that your brain wave state will shift and you will go deeper.

Gamma states – the new brainwave discovery

 

Gamma States

Breathwork can also lift us into Gamma states. Gamma is not on this brainwave map and it is actually above Beta. It has only recently been mapped as a brainwave state that has been scientifically recorded and reported about, most popularly by author and teacher Joe Dispenza.

 

Super State

Gamma is a ‘super state’ whose frequency ranges from 32-100 Hz (cycles per second). It is when we are at peak perception – a highly expanded state of consciousness. This is the state we can reach after a period of focused, activating spiritual practice. It feels like a heightened, super conscious state which is beautiful to experience. Our sense of separation may dissolve and we see our intrinsic connection to everything. We become one with the oneness.

 

The Deep Journey

If we go on a deep journey into a spiritual practice, or a series of practices back-to-back, as we go into integration we may shift into full Delta – a dreamless sleep state.
This can happen at the end of the more activating breathwork modalities we explore in Egyptian Tantra. Or we may simply rest and rejuvenate in the Theta or Alpha state before returning to normal waking consciousness.

Chanting and whole brain states

The Brain Hemispheres

 

Let’s look at the two brain hemispheres. As you probably know our left-brain deals more with logic, whilst our right brain is more creative.
When we are at work or in our ‘doing mode’, typically our left-brain logic will be more active than our right brain, navigating the world around us, reasoning, thinking, analysing etc.

Chanting

When we sit down and start chanting an interest shift in brain activity occurs. As we chant, we focus on creating sound, varying pitch, amplifying notes, and because the chant is usually repetitive we also enter into a state of rhythmic entrainment. All of this starts to activate the right brain.

Flow state

 

Whilst the left-brain is giving the order to continue the chant, simultaneously we enter into a right brain flow state, carrying us into a state of deep immersion.
Stress may fall away, and the fight-or-flight nervous system response relaxes. The parasympathetic nervous system then comes online, as a result of which we relax and open more deeply.
If we continue chanting for a while we can go into a whole brain state, which can lead to experiences of oneness, or deep connection with something greater than us.

Chanting heals the body

 

Dr. Alan Watkins, a researcher at Imperial College London discovered that any kind of chanting can bring about healing in the body, supporting recovery from illness and disease.
Chanting also helps balance the brain’s hypothalamus, which controls our emotions.
As we chant it calms the amygdala – the brain’s anger centre – so chanting can shift us out of negative emotional states and into positive ones.

Chanting alleviates Depression

 

The International Journal of Yoga did a study using fMRI, which revealed that chanting activated the limbic system of the brain, helping to alleviate depression.

So there is a lot going on as we chant, both in the brain wave states and also in the body and its relaxation response.

Dance, Movement and the Chemical High

 

What Happens when you Move your Body?

 

Chemically quite a lot! Whether you are dancing, doing yoga or other movement-based practices, you are in some way activating a multitude of chemicals to release, increase, or start flowing through the body.

The Research

A Harvard article exploring dance noted:
“Studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections.”
A research study in the New England Journal of Medicine back in 2003 “discovered that dance can decidedly improve brain health.”

The Role of Oxygen

As the body moves the heart rate increases, sending more oxygenated blood through the whole system. It also floods the brain with more super oxygenated blood as well. Some delicious chemicals start to be released naturally. This is your bodies ‘inner chemistry set’ as Tantra teacher Ma Sarita Ananda calls it.

 

The Chemicals

So what are these chemicals?
There are endorphins – these can make you feel high. There is also oxytocin – the love drug as it’s called – which creates a sense of connection with those around you. Dopamine is known as the pleasure chemical.
In a sense we are activating a cocktail of chemicals, the combined effect of which makes you feel good, great, or downright ecstatic!

 

 

The Connection to Egyptian Tantra

How does this all connect back to Egyptian Tantra?
Here we work intentionally with all these modalities – using breath, movement and sound to help people shift consciousness.
It is not that we are doing it to you – you enter into these states yourself – but we craft the optimum conditions to help the shift on consciousness happen.

  • We guide you from analysis into whole brain.
  • From whole brain into whole body states of awareness.
  • From feeling good to learning how to allow ecstasy to rise naturally. Not forcing it, not rushing or chasing after it, but ALLOWING it.

The body knows how to taste ecstasy. All we need do is create the conditions to support this naturally happening.

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