THE FIVE TIBETAN RITES
The 5 Tibetan Rites is an ancient exercise system from Tibet. These Rites activate and stimulate the seven key energy vortexes or chakras in the body, and the subtle bodies of the auric body system(aura). These are namely starting with the first layer The Etheric Body, The Emotional Body, The Mental Body, The Astral Body, The Etheric Template Body, The Celestial Body and finally The Causal body. Chakras or clockwise spinning energy vortexes are located few inches outside of the skin and directly linked to the spine and nervous system. The chakras process energy from nature. When they become blocked or slow down in frequency, the body’s ability to sustain it’s overall energy level and the proper function of the immune system is impared. The five Rites restore any imbalances in the chakra system and also enhance the innate energetic power of the human body and mind.
The Five Tibetan Rites: The Thyroid Gland, Vishuddha Chakra & Pharyngeal Plexus
The Vishuddha Chakra: It is the centre of the ether (akasha) Principle and the power of hearing, speaking, self-expression and creativity. It is also associated with the faculty of higher discrimination, between choosing what is right and wrong. Colour: Sky blue, the fifth chakra, is located in the throat. Element: Ether (crossing over between the physical and spiritual dimensions). Plane: Spiritual. Endocrine Gland: Thyroid, parathyroid. Location: Pharyngeal plexus in the throat. Area of influence: Throat, neck, jaw, mouth, teeth, ears.
The Pharyngeal Plexus is a network of nerve fibers innervating most of the palate, larynx and pharynx. It is located on the surface of the middle pharyngeal constrictor muscle. Energy blocks at this chakra affect thyroid and parathyroids.
The Thyroid Gland produces hormones that help control metabolism. i.e maintaining the human body’s temperature, immune strength and hormonal balance. The main purpose of the thyroid gland is to make the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones control the speed of many vital body functions and cause the body to burn up calories more quickly. A decline in the secretion of hormones from the thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can result in poor concentration, confusion, memory problems, weight gain, cold hands and feet, menstrual problems, sleep disorders, dry skin, thinning hair and low energy levels. An underactive thyroid is also a major cause of a common painful musculoskeletal condition known as fibromyalgia. The Parathyroid Glands (two on each side of the Thyroid) regulate the metabolism of calcium and phosphorous in the body via the secretion of their hormone PTH (Parathyroid Hormone).
The Five Tibetan Rites Help Thyroid: The five Rites stimulate the thyroid gland to work at its peak efficiency and help improve its function by regulating the hormone secretions. The thyroid gland is mainly responsible for correct weight and youthful appearance as it controls metabolism. They also tone the neck, as well as strengthen the overall nervous system.
Back and Forth movement of the neck through the 4 Rites
Additional Stretching Exercises: It can also help loosen the surrounding muscles by doing neck rolls or neck stretches. When practicing the stretches, gently hold the position for 20-30 secs. to loosen muscles on each side.
Breathing Guidelines throughout the Rites:
Rite 1: Breathe slowly and evenly as you spin.
Rite 2: Breathe in as you raise your head off the floor, breathe out as you lower your head and legs back to the floor.
Rite 3: Breathe in as you lean backward, breathe out as you return to starting position.
Rite 4: Breathe in as you raise your torso up, breathe out as you return to the starting-sitting-position.
Rite 5: Breathe in as you move your head back, breathe out as you return to the arched position.
The Five Tibetan Rites & Mantras
To enhance the effect of The Five Tibetan Rites it may be of consideration to keep in mind while performing the Rites that they are more than just a set of physical movements to stretch and exercise the body. These Rites have been created and practiced by the Tibetan Lamas for over 1000 years. It will be of benefit not only to attract healing energies but also to show gratitute to the spirits and masters who put them together.
THE ACT OF PROSTRATION: Prior to practicing the Rites, hands in prayer position, say or mentally intone one of the mantras 3 times. OM VAJRA SATTWA HUNG(Om Vahj-Rah Saht-Wah Hoong) The mantra which invokes Vajrasattwa, the Being Who Purifies and Protects the Sincere Seeker, or HUNG VAJRA PEH(Hoong Vahj-Rah Pay). These mantras help release negative energies through the aura, chakras and subtle body and also cleanse the area of practice/ritual.
MANTRA THROUGH THE RITES: The mantra OM AH HUNG can be integrated while performing the Rites; it can be repeated mentally(on the out-breath-or in-breath, whatever suits ones constitution). According to the 14 century Karma Lingpa the mantra OM AH HUNG; is the sublime, essence of the principles of enlightened body, speech, and mind, OM AH HUNG accomplishes the six spiritual virtues, OM AH HUNG avert all imprecations and curses OM AH HUNG defeats the army of the five mental poisons (Anger, Pride, Desire/Attachement, Envy/Jealousy, Ignorance) OM AH HUNG brings about the spiritual accomplishments or siddhis OM AH HUNG transfers consciousness to the pure realms of experience, and with OM AH HUNG Gods demons and humans are subdued.
OM relates to the Crown chakra
AH relates to the Throat chakra
HUM relates to the Heart chakra
Use Mantras with CAUTION: Mantras are energy based sounds. Pronouncing them creates various “energetic-effects” in the physical and the subtle body. They can be likened to fire, as mantras evoke powerful energies and should therefore be treated with respect.