What is Tantra
From its inception to the present day, Tantra has challenged religious, cultural and political norms around the world. A philosophy that emerged in India around the sixth century, Tantra has been linked to successive waves of revolutionary thought, from its early transformation of Hinduism and Buddhism, to the Indian fight for independence and the rise of 1960s counterculture. Over many centuries, Tantra has emerged into many countries integrated into many teachings.
The Sanskrit word ‘Tantra’ derives from the verbal root tan, meaning ‘to weave’, or ‘compose’, and refers to a type of instructional text, often written as a
dialogue between a god and a goddess.
Tantra is derived from a variety of rituals for invoking one of the many all-powerful Tantric deities, including through visualisations and yoga. Requiring guidance from a teacher, or guru, they were said to grant worldly and supernatural powers, from long life to flight, alongside spiritual transformation.
Yoga is also used with Tantra. I am a certified Tantra Yoga practitioner & Tantra practitioner.
Yogis use complex postures and muscular contractions to direct the flow of breath. Techniques include visualising the goddess Kundalini, an individual’s source of Shakti, as a serpent at the base of the spine. Around her is a network of energy centres known as chakras, each of which contains a deity. Together, they make up the ‘yogic body’. Through breath control, Kundalini rises like a current, infusing the chakras with power. Awakening Kundalini became the practitioner’s ultimate goal. This is very much about transformation in the world, via the body, rather than transcendence of it.
Also known as Vajrayana, the ‘Path of the Thunderbolt’, Tantric Buddhism flourished in Eastern India. Buddhist monasteries studied and taught the Tantras, and attracted pilgrims from across Asia. This led to the rapid transmission of Vajrayana teachings. Tibet saw the founding of major monasteries which became the new political players and often rivalled one another.
Instrumental in the transmission of Tantric teachings from India to the Himalayas were the Mahasiddhas or Great Accomplished.
Tantra has been used as a modality for pure sexual acts. This is true, Over centuries it has been used to worship sexual organs and master sex practice. Tantra is a way of life, a spiritual path, but in the West, it is often reduced to a way of sex, and a sexual path. But there is so much more to Tantra!! My path is not the Western way!!!
So, what is Tantra, really?
In summary, the Tantric approach to life considers all aspects of the Universe to be Divine.
The definition of Tantra is (quite correctly) that Tantra is:
A Hindu or Buddhist mystical or ritual text, dating from the 6th to the 13th centuries.
Adherence to the doctrines or principles of the tantras, involving mantras, meditation, yoga, and ritual.
This puts Tantra in conflict with many religions, which separate the material world (profane, evil, dirty, and bad) from the spiritual world (pure, elevated, clean, and good). This is known as asceticism or the ascetic approach.
Ascetic traditions insist that people disconnect from the material world, from their bodies, their emotions, and their minds, in order to reach the Divine. Of course, all major religions have had their mystic sects, which disagreed with the ascetic approach. The Kabbalists in Judaism, the Gnostics in Christianity, and the Sufis in Islam have all sought God through embodied practices. These sects were often persecuted by the ascetic authorities.
Tantra belongs to the ancient Indian tradition, based in the Vedas. Tantra says that we are entirely composed of the Divine. Our bodies, emotions, and minds are manifestations of the Divine. We can reach the Divine by going deeply into any aspect of the material world, any sensation, emotion, or thought.
We become Tantric when we commit to living the whole of life as a spiritual practice. This is not the same as adopting a religion – there have been mystics who knew how to practice Tantra in every major religion, and there have also been agnostic Tantrikas.
We become Tantric when we decide there is something more to life than simply gratifying our physical, mental and emotional desires. When we start to seriously look beyond the ordinary, and seek the Divine in our everyday experiences.
Tantra can be used as a spiritual, physical and emotional healing modality, which this is why I offer Tantra sessions.
I use a variety of tools and integrating other modalities in my session. I understand that each person comes to me with a different set of agendas such as physical, emotional and spiritual. Therefore, I treat each person on a unique individual level.
Please note: I never disrobe my clothing or allow intimate mutual touching.