Hi and welcome and sorry – no my name is not Darsana 🙂 In my world she is the Goddess of Wisdom, Enlightenment and Compassion.
I am Renée – Herbal tea blender, graphic artist and designer of Darsana Tea. The name or word Darsana means at a basic level a download of enlightenment. Like a light bulb turning on in your brain, a brilliant idea.
The intent for the herbal tea Chakra blends is to balance the frequencies of the Chakras through the combined use of the frequencies of the herbs and hopefully helping attain that sense of having a darsana moment.
After many many years of studying all things esoteric from sources to numerous to list, which did include my studies of World Religions while at Langara College. Not to mention a countless number of books, large and small. My journey has now led me to a time which includes sharing my story with a larger community and how the creation of Darsana Tea came about.
Originally though I came upon the idea creating a line of herbal Chakra teas rather accidentally. This was when I ran a small cafe in Edmonton back in 2003. I began to notice that the teas I was drinking created a sensation in a part of my body that I eventually learnt also resonated with the frequencies of chakras.
When I was testing out different blends I was doing so mainly for flavour. But after awhile I also started noticing something a little unusual. When trying the blend I realized I was also experiencing a opening like feeling in the areas of the body that corresponded to the positions of the chakras. That drinking a herb tea would always have this sensation of opening (which I later understood as) a corresponding chakra.
But as luck would have it instead of moving forward with this idea it went indefinitely to the back burner all due to an illness that came upon me very suddenly in 2005.left me very sick and basically unable to walk (let alone just move) for about a month, plus taking many more months to heal totally. I was in essence forced to close the café. I was pretty devastated by this turn of events and decided that ‘well I guess the universe doesn’t want me to go any further here with my teas, or maybe even with Edmonton’, the lovely city I grew up in.
So I decided then that it must mean it was time to do something completely different and move back to the city I was born in, Vancouver B.C.
Time to be by the ocean and go through a rebirth if you will.
Thus I moved back to Vancouver and returned to school. I started studying Display & Design at Langara which I loved doing and actually learnt (I honestly was not aware of this) that I had some artistic talent especially when it came to graphic design and 3D construction. But after a year of that course and some very unpleasant experiences with two of the instructors, instructors that didn’t have any issues with bullying or manipulative retaliation with drastically dropping grades, I left.
Without any help to turn to from various department heads (that knew of what was actually going on) or the Student Union were either unable or unwilling to help rectify the situation. It was possible someone was probably retiring soon.
I eventually later returned but went into an Academics program studying Anthropology / Archaeology and some Fine Arts. Unfortunately again I had to leave but this time due to the extremely high costs of living in Vancouver, and lack of finances, I was not able to complete the program and get the degree I was working towards.
I eventually moved into working in film (tried the Art Department for awhile) I ended up joining the camera union IATSE 669 as one of Vancouver’s very few female Digital Loaders then D.I.T’s Digital Imaging Technician. For those interested in what I worked on, I am on IMDB. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2683727/
During this time though I kept thinking about how I might still create my own line of Chakra based herbal teas. In 2017 I decided maybe it was now time.
I created all the images you see with the Goddess, the chakras and logo’s. I created this website and of course all the blends.
In 1995 I worked (and learnt so much) at Self Heal Herbal while living in Edmonton, run by Robert and Lori Rogers (incredibly knowledgeable couple) who now have the Northern Star College. I also studied some herbology through the Wild Rose College, and more currently have also taken online courses through Evolutionary Herbalism, The Herbal Academy, Learning Herbs and though my life often went off in an entirely different direction. I never stopped learning or using plant based medicine. I also have taken online courses which offer recognized Tea Sommelier accreditation and herbal tea blending courses.
With all the skills I have learned during the Tea Somm classes (and continue to do so) I began documenting visually all the tea cuppings I was doing. Tasting and testing over a hundred teas and herbs, noting the primary and secondary Chakra they open, their compatibility with each other and with flavour. Then double checking their historically documented properties with the corresponding organs. Many of these cupping, with images are up on the website Darsana Herbal
The resultant line of teas was done over a period of 2 years which basically means I did lots of R & D around teas, herbs and blending. I attended many workshops, expos, conventions, sought out suppliers, local and stateside. Looking for companies that were sensitive to not only the environment but my very specific colour needs and budgetary restrictions around labels and of course packaging. Currently I also make the organic cotton bags the Chakra Blends are sold in.
The big question many have around the herbal Chakra teas is the differences in the colours I use for the representation of the Chakras.
For further study – On this page is a list of the books to read more about this. They are all from well respected authors in their field of study.
Basically though the colours of the Chakras we now see everywhere was not firmly established in the mind sets of most New Ager’s until 1968. Because of this it is also now considered another ‘westernized’ version of the original Hindu teachings. Though the colouring of the Chakras had technically already started by others H. P. Blavatsky, , Alice Bailey, Guy & Edna Ballard, etc.
This current version of the Chakra system seemed to come about because of a book published by Christopher B Hills. He wrote many books but the one in particular that changed everything since was called the ‘Nuclear Evolution: Discovery of the rainbow body’. Catchy title – though his real claim to fame was introducing to the world the benefits of Spirulina. He wanted to end world hunger which is a very noble cause to be sure.
Honestly haven’t read it as yet, but this is only due to the ridiculously high prices people are now for some reason, asking for it. But in essence he knew from all the past esoteric studies available before him that the aura was like a ‘coat of many colours’ and that much of this colour came from the frequencies of the Chakras and this was primarily due to HOW* they were being used. Negatively (muddied / dark / lower order un-evolved colours – more black) or Positively (pure, clean, lighter and higher order or evolved colours – more white).
Without reading the book in its entirety its hard to say if he intended it to imply this was actually what the Chakras are like definitively or if over the decades others have simply interpreted their own version of the colour system because of this. Sorta like the blind leading the blind so to speak.
(*This part is really important. Cover more on this later.)
Take for instance we know that red at times comes from the Root / Base chakra. So because we know that this can and does happen he then, it would seem and incorrectly surmised that the root Chakras natural state is then of course – Red!
sigh… nope – in its purest form it’s a pearlescent white*.
Think intense white fire with flashes of colour. This is the white fire flame of creation, of the Mother – thus in the moment of creation of life we start as a flame of pure white light.
Anyways he simply took the image of the rainbow and conveniently super-imposed it over the body. Done….
Though as mentioned it is true that the colour red can come through the base Chakra. It’s more about the why of it being red.
Ok then – so what’s wrong with that you say. Well…. and also technically speaking the colour red is also the lowest in frequency as violet is the highest (visibly speaking). Red is the colour that is associated with things that are also high intensity and not always the good kind. But of uncontrolled passion through rage, anger, lust and war. Isn’t Mars considered the God of War and the planet is mostly red? Don’t we say we ‘see red’ when we’re angry?
Besides, all the emotions of that frequency can get really dark and begin acting out very negatively really fast. When that happens it needs to be transformed and then raised to the frequency or energy of something that it was not. That being energy of adding white – Compassion, Love, and Purity with that we now have changed the frequency of red to the colours and frequency of a ruby (violet / blue / pink) a colour being raised and expressed out of the heart Chakra.
Why do we see red – simply speaking it is because of the frequency that the earth had de-evolved to. A state were we are maintaining a sense of duality. We didn’t start in that state but due to free will we ended up in that state. So for the earth to evolve and return to its higher frequency state out of duality we also need to evolve – out of duality. If by our freewill choices we are not ready – the outcomes for many will vary.
It might also be worth noting that in physics and astronomy we know that we currently see only 4% of the visible universe. 96% of it is ‘dark energy’ ‘dark mater’ what does that mean? Well it means 96% of the universe runs on a frequency of energy and mater that OUR physical eyes cannot SEE. We know its there but we’re (possibly) too spiritually blind or un-evolved to either see or comprehend it. A humbling and sobering thought really.
*Those that I have talked to that have actually gone through the kundalini experience, have also confirm this.
The lower expression of emotion, coming through as the colour red is expressed as the lowest frequency of what should have been white. That means then when your expressing your Root Chakra as RED, instead of WHITE its also saying your not expressing this Chakra with a very spiritually evolved level of the mastery of that emotion. Which is fine – if that’s where your spiritually at in that your a very young or new soul. IF your not a new soul and your not trying to master your emotional body or work on your spiritual evolution – well welcome to the world of your going to reap what you sow. So to speak. In others words your old enough to know better so maybe it’s time to pull up your big girl – big boy pants and deal with it.
This then becomes more of an ego thing (if we chose to ignore it) and if we are here to spiritually evolve (we are) overall it may serve us better to focus our attention less on our ego needs but on our Root Chakra being the purity of a white fire instead.
Since white contains all colours as it rises it is also purifies the other Chakras into expressing their evolved and higher states being, rather than staying in an un-evolved and a lower consciousness state. Or in other words PMSing or the poor me syndrome – I want what I want – just don’t stand in my way! This is just as much a male issue as it is a female issue.
Next, If you think about it do you really want your root Chakra ie kundalini rising through the other Chakras as red? A colour with one the lowest of the frequencies well next to black that is?
In art class when you mix red with anything but white you pretty much just get muddy colours that lean towards a brown. Doesn’t sound like you’d end up with very clean Chakras or very enlightened either.
It should be pretty easy to put 2 & 2 together then deduce that if red is a frequency of lust and or rage then red is also frequency that can ONLY exist on the realms (like the physical) of a lower frequency. Rage and lust being 2 of the 7 deadly sins and the frequency of red it makes complete sense that this frequency cannot exist in the higher frequencies and enlightened realms of the Angels / Masters* or around those that have already attained the ascension.
They mastered their emotions especially ones that resonated with this frequency or they would never had ascended thus where they reside it cannot. So next time you hear of a master that is on the red ray, a completely contradictory statement you might want to question exactly what is the source and what is the motivation behind saying that?*
Mastery of the physical means overcoming the hardest part, that being mastery of the emotions. And – if you’ve now reading this it probably also means you needed a refresher to remind your self of this and if you’ve slipped spiritually to get back on track.
Those that are very new souls probably won’t even find this site. And there is no judgement towards that. Some souls really really like using red in all they do. The Asian culture really likes all things red. That is where their at thus it is perfect for them at this time.
When people are ready they will move to the more deeply intense Ruby fire colour of the heart.
Please note that what we are mainly talking about is a focus of Red as it relates to the Root Chakra.
In other words the negative release of light energy in the frequency of the colour Red via the Root Chakra – through rage, anger or lust.
That being said wearing red or seeing to much red in your environment can also over stimulate the root Chakra negatively.
As we are all still in the physical and our blood currently is still red, we can also still benefit medicinally from the physical effect that infrared and Red Light Therapy * can have on the body. It will penetrate the skin to enhance healing through stimulation of the circulatory system.
*Not endorsing the info on this site or book – just consider it a reference point for more information.
Please note that when a body is aligned and in-tune with the frequency or rhythm of the earth and properly grounded in reality, it is nearer to maintaining a state of balance.
One then can gain easier access to the higher realms of spiritual attainment to consciously participate or aid in our souls evolution, and technically our reason for being.
This in turn allows us to connect with the frequency of our own Christ Consciousness, and our own Higher Self. As well as the Angelic guardians here to assist in souls growth through protection and guidance.
Last but definitely not the least, all the Nature spirits of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The great beings, or the elementals of the earth that provide and nurture our every need so that our soul and body has an opportunity to simply remain in the physical. We need them for us to evolve and to ascend, as they will also benefit from our evolution and our ascension.
Many many A type personalities now a days feel very spiritually qualified to lecture to others on all the concepts of spirituality – while still in their 20’s – but as they say ignorance is also bliss. 🙂 Frankly I have found that once you reach a point where you truly realize the immense scope of what you actually don’t know, trying to talk about any of it becomes rather daunting. Where does one even begin. Like William Meader so eloquently states (paraphrased) ‘seeing or knowing more is not seeing or knowing ALL’. Thus when one does have a Samadhi experience it is actually simply ‘seeing more’ and may very much feel like an All, but actually isn’t any where near ALL.
All the herbs and teas used for the blends are organic sourced from reputable suppliers locally, Gathering Place Trading Company, Chickadee Farm and then just south of the boarder, via Starwest Botanicals, Mountain Rose Herbs, Pacific Botanicals, Wild Oregon Harvest.
I hope you’ll get a chance to try the teas and have gained a little more incite as to the background of their origin.