Awaken To Tantra
WHAT IS TANTRA?
Tantra, as a spiritual practice, has been around for thousands of years. Since being introduced to the Western world, many misconceptions have arisen, and if you ask most people what they think Tantra in this part of the world, the answer invariably will be sexual positions, ejaculation and/or multiple orgasms. These aspects certainly can be included in the practice of Tantra, but they are not the main goal.
Traditionally Tantra concerns the divine union between Goddess Shakti and God Shiva, to merge the masculine and feminine together, as one. Shiva is the divine masculine aspect and is pure consciousness, Shakti is the divine feminine aspect, the sacred life force of creativity and the activating power of energy.
In the practice of traditional Tantra Yoga there is a combination of asana’s (body postures), mudras (hand and finger gestures), meditation and breathing techniques. The tantric principle is about giving and receiving energy, the outgoing and giving energy is the masculine, the inward and receiving energy is the feminine. Both men and women have masculine and feminine energies in each of them.
For the woman, the receptive cycle is receiving the man’s sexual energy in her second chakra, (sacral) moving it up to her heart and then gives it to the mans heart. For the man, the active cycle is where he gives his energy to the woman from his genitals and receives her energy in the heart. The ideal to be working toward, is to balance the masculine and feminine energies, and sublimate sexual energy upwards to the heart chakra, to reach higher states of consciousness.
Sexual energy is our life force and it should flow naturally throughout the body unimpeded, but when blocks occur and our sexual energy is focused solely on the sexual organs, there will be a sense of deep frustration and dissatisfaction. By allowing sexual energy to flow freely, deep states of bliss, love and joy will be experienced.
AWAKEN TO TANTRA