About Tantra

Very often the word “Tantra” conjures up a range of ideas and myths that can make one a little nervous —or even put one off entirely— until you actually try it. So, here’s a little introduction to Tantra, to help create more understanding and ease

So, what is Tantra
really about?

Tantra is a path for people wanting to know themselves, deepen awareness and celebrate all aspects of life. The word has been used to describe a wide range of practices and traditions from the Kashmir Shaivism and Buddhist Vajrayana to more new age practices that include psychotherapeutic approaches and bioenergetics.

The essence of the path is that it is not so concerned with philosophies about life, as the direct experience of it, itself. It gives us methods to directly experience ourselves and actualize our potential. It is not so much a believer’s world but one of alchemy and a knowing that comes from living.
Polarity, the interplay between the masculine and feminine forces gives passion to life. By skilfully playing out these poles we can energize our practice with enough juice to transcend duality (our own limited point of view). If the polarity is neutralized then its like living with a dead battery.

These polarities are sometimes represented by Deities such as Shiva and Shakti and on a grand scale represent consciousness and its meeting with the manifested world.
Tantra is inclusive —it uses all at it’s disposal in order for us to deepen into our nature. The key word is acceptance— in accepting yourself, your desires and your quirks there is an opportunity to deepen.

Unlike other systems which attempt to shape you through control and effort, Tantra allows you to indulge your desires but with awareness so they deepen beyond surface desires and needs towards the ultimate desire for love and awareness.

Tantric methods are designed to strip away layers of false shells that we’ve accumulated.

Sometimes this can leave us a little shaky because we are accustomed to the comfort of our beliefs, but ultimately, it leads to a deeply satisfying state which is more rested in our true nature.

The act of lovemaking in all its facets is included in Tantra but it is certainly not limited to that. In the classic text the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra there are 112 methods for awakening, and only 6 of these are directly related to the sexual act. Life is deeply sexual, the whole energy of life can be seen as sexual energy, of creativity, as the interplay of consciousness and love, masculine and feminine energies. When we expand the limited concepts of sexuality to include all of the interplay of life then we can state that tantra is about awakening through sexuality.

James Stevenson, Tantra Teacher
awakenlove.co.uk

Experience the theme of the year:
Embrace your Shadow and Shine

Dare to be totally present in each moment, at a global gathering of individuals ready to celebrate their Bodies, their Hearts and their Souls meeting and merging as One

Dare to Be Yourself
Dare to laugh and cry
Dare to be wild and tender
Dare to be ecstatic and vulnerable
Dare to be humble
Dare to say Yes or No
Dare to make mistakes
Dare to let another in

Tantra is the path of transformation. Transforming negative energies into positive ones doesn’t require particular skills, but instead to Love, everything that is arising in us, unconditionally.

The essence of the path is that it is not so concerned with philosophies about life, as the direct experience of it, itself. It gives us methods to directly experience ourselves and actualize our potential. It is not so much a believer’s world but one of alchemy and a knowing that comes from living.

Polarity, the interplay between the masculine and feminine forces gives passion to life. By skilfully playing out these poles we can energize our practice with enough juice to transcend duality (our own limited point of view). If the polarity is neutralized then its like living with a dead battery.
These polarities are sometimes represented by Deities such as Shiva and Shakti and on a grand scale represent consciousness and its meeting with the manifested world.

Tantra is inclusive —it uses all at it’s disposal in order for us to deepen into our nature. The key word is acceptance— in accepting yourself, your desires and your quirks there is an opportunity to deepen.

This inner practise can be done by anyone at any time. All we need is a willingness to accept ourselves totality and let go of pretension and pseudo personalities, as well as guilt and shame.
Once acknowledged, shadows no more obstruct our potential but they bring a depth to the glorious light shining within and around us!