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4 Signs you’re on the Tantric Path

Have you been going to Tantric workshops for a while? Feel a mysterious calling to the Tantric Path?

Many of us are part of an international Tantra tribe, learning about awakening of the heart and Third Eye, as well as the physical/sexual path to awakening.

Here are some signs you’re making progress on the Tantric Path:

1. You’re engaging in meditation. According to Osho, Ramakrishna would ask his wife to sit on a high stool, naked, while he was in advanced stages of meditation. At the end he would touch her feet and thank her–he was able to transcend his sexual urges in meditation with her help. In other words, though the primal sexual urges that are usually the fast track to go to an “unconscious” state, he was able to transcend through meditation.

Also, Osho talks about how the statues in sexual postures like the ones seen at the temple in Khajuraho were meant for a similar purpose. Upon gazing on the statues, making a round around the temple before entering it, one could get “right” with oneself and be ready for what was inside the temple, “emptiness.” In other words, the statues got one ready for meditation.

Lao Tzu spoke about the evolution of sexuality as refining gross energies, sublimating them and sending them up the body’s energy centers. He spoke of evolved sex as a kind of “dual cultivation”; in it he says “spirit unites with spirit, mind with mind, and every cell of one body with every cell of the other body. It is the spirit, not the sexual organs, which directs such intercourse.” So, both of these masters are talking about cultivating energy and awareness, with the beginning and the end of the path as meditation.

2. You’re seeing the other, and the world, as Divine.  According to writer Ramesh Bjonnes, “When we are attracted to the Divine, it is called prema, or spiritual love. When we are attracted to money, land, fame, sex, it is called kama, or desire. In Tantra, the yogi is advised to turn kama into prema—to see everything as sacred, as Divine.”

Tantric seekers often attend Tantra Pujas, where attendees “eye gaze” with different people in rapid succession; eliminating the “clouds of the mind” that keep us separate. Attendees often report getting glimpses of the Divine love that transcends sexual attraction and ego based thought processes. Seeing everyone as beautiful–this is a glimpse of Prema.

Just like through the eyes of a child, there is an ecstatic feeling that comes with humility and wonder. The world turns soft, and your cells become soft, experiencing the beauty in everything, beautiful and “ugly.” You experience what Abhinava Gutpta called “Jagadananda, or world bliss,” attaining a “realization of the Self [that] includes everything, within and without.”

3. You feel Bhakti, or Devotion. At the heart of Tantric love is Bhakti, or devotion. You alchemize the passionate love that can keep you apart from spiritual liberation, to a passion for love itself.

American poet Robert Bly describes Bhakti Yoga as the path where “the bee of the heart stays deep inside the flower, and cares for no other thing.”

Writer Bjonnes talks about driving Bly to the airport and asking him a question “Do you know what this country needs?” Without much hesitation Bly said: “Praise!”

A simple mantra for Bhakti love is “Love is God, and God is Love.”  Considered the “Religion of Love,” Bhakti finds love of your lover and everything in your path as love for the Divine–alchemizing passion into praise.

4. Tantra is Cosmic Union.  The Tantrics body is joined with the cosmic body. The Tantric couple is joined in cosmic union. The Cosmos has an infinite supply of power to draw from. Breath, awareness and dual cultivation bring “liberation” for the limited sense of the finite self. One of the translations of Tantra is “liberation”.

I once heard a wise man say, “The trouble with the spiritual path is the spiritual path!” In other words, trying to be spiritual and on the right path can be tossed away, in favor of some simple practices–awareness, relaxation, meditation and a double dose of devotion. <3

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Noelani Rodriguez is a Psychic Reader, Speaker, Author and a Tantric devotee. See more info at http://www.NoelaniRodriguez.com/

The Tantra of Lao Tzu

Tantra in the West is described as among other things, a Western teaching with Eastern roots, originating in the Indus Valley region, espousing basic spiritual principles like non-duality and the dual cultivation of energy between loving partners. This description can also be applied to Taoism. Taoism has origins in a similar area, the banks of the Yellow River in China, in what used to be the Tibetan plains. Like Tantra, Taoism talks about non-duality and dual cultivation of energy between partners. It, like Tantra, has foundations in Shamanism in the same region that is thousands of years old, too many years to count.

Lao Tzu is considered the sage founder of Taoism. He was a Historian–in those days this term meant not only a Historian but an intuitive reader and reader of celestial bodies. It is well known that Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching, one of the most well loved and translated works in the world, a founding text of Taoism.

Many people do not know that after Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching, he traveled and taught to those who sincerely wanted to learn his more advanced teachings. In the process of this, he created the Hua Hu Ching, a manuscript that influenced Ch’an Buddhism (Zen), Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism and yes, Tantra.

You might recognize Lao Tzu’s words today, almost as if they are deceptively modern rather than ancient. They might even sound surprisingly familiar, like something you’ve heard might hear from a Yoga or Tantra teacher today, as if Lao Tzu might be a founding father of Tantra. Here are some quotes from Lao Tzu.

Virtue – “Virtue is developed by highly evolved people that embrace all people and things and dispel the darkness which isolates them. Although innumerable lives are illuminated, highly evolved people do not think they have helped anyone, because to them the world is synonymous with oneself and one’s self is the world.”

Selflessness – “Following the Way (or the Tao) means practicing selflessness and extending virtue to the world unconditionally. In this way one not only eliminates heavy contamination accumulated through many lifetimes, but may also bring the possibility of restoring one’s own original divine nature…”

Non-duality – “Good people who are motivated to attain the correct awareness of a universal being should dissolve all conceptions of duality. With integral awareness of their moral responsibility, they will be able to help all people to eliminate the darkness of the dichotomous mind and the delusions stemming from the concepts of existence and non-existence so that they can finally attain the essence of integral subtle transcendence.”

The concepts of virtue, selflessness, and non-duality sure seem stated in a fresh new way here to those of us familiar with modern day Tantra workshops, yet they are actually thousands of years old, spoken by the author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu.

In most sacred texts, spiritual development can be reduced to a few concepts, eliminating illusion that creates turbulence, being generous to return to the divine nature, and finding a spirit body that connects with the cosmic force, transcending time, duality and the need for anything but compassion and love.

Lao Tzu puts these words together succinctly and perhaps many of the words we’ve gleaned from sacred texts from religions around the world are summarized here, incredibly simply and eloquently.

Did Lao Tzu say anything about gender and sexuality? As a Tantra enthusiast and coach I feel unapologetic about the Westerner’s interest and hand in reforming Tantra. I’ve seen too many modern teachers with white-hot spiritual devotion, past life remembrances, that seem to just learn and teach these timeless concepts all over again, just in a different way of going about it. No matter what epoch or location, we all seem to be looking for ideas about how to create a more sacred space between couples, perhaps with ritual, communion or just energy cultivation. As the saying goes “Tantra is the original religion,” we just seem to recreate it.

Lao Tzu seems to know how to describe what’s at the heart of Tantra. Here are some beautiful quotes from Lao Tzu on gender and sex, unmatched in their brevity and eloquency:

Single Cultivation of Energy – “The relationship of the universal soul and the individual soul is just like the relationship between the moon and the lake. Spiritual security is always present, but the clouds of the mind create the phenomena of apparent separation.”

Yin and Yang – “The subtle essence of the universe is eternal…it is called the primal female, the Mysterious Origin. The operation of the opening and closing of the Gate of Origin performs the Mystical Intercourse of the universe. The Mystical Intercourse of yin and yang is the root of universal life.” Note: The yin and yang are phases of the “accomplished”, a still, rigid state that is “yin” and the phase of the “unaccomplished”, a phase of dynamics and flexibility that is yang. The integration of yin and yang is called T’ai Chi, something that exists in all things big and small. Nothing is fully accomplished, and nothing is fully unaccomplished.

Inner Marriage of Yin and Yang – “Unless an individual is born into the immortal realm, a[n] …integration of the yin and yang cannot happen…[it] is a gradual process of practicing pure diet, energy conducting exercises, and the cultivation and refinement of one’s own being.”

Sexuality – “An individual’s approach to sexuality is an indication of his level of evolution. There is a vast difference between ordinary human sexual activity and the dual cultivation of a practitioner of natural harmony…the purpose of angelic intercourse is the union and completion of an individual’s yin and yang energy. It is a process of refinement and sublimation of energy. Once the energy is refined, it is directed upward to the higher centers of one’s being. In angelic intercourse [as opposed to ordinary intercourse] spirit unites with spirit, mind with mind, and every cell of one body with every cell of the other body. It is the spirit, not the sexual organs, which directs such intercourse.”

Dual Cultivation – “Another difference is that ordinary intercourse seeks a substantial manifestation as its culmination, while angelic intercourse seeks the intangible union of yin and yang. Angelic intercourse is not completed by a substantial discharge, but rather the integration of each partner’s subtle energy…in angelic intercourse the love union is achieved spontaneously through the male’s non action. When one remains calm and relaxed, the gross sexual impulse diminishes and subtle energy becomes more developed. The great, subtle transformation takes place naturally and in silence. The whole universe is developed in this way. It happens naturally, not through making it happen.”

Lao Tzu is thought to come from a clan with Shamanic roots, at a time when the Chinese Emperors enlisted the services of Shaman. His teachings now seem relevant as ever, as part of a “universal tantra,” spiritual practices that seem to recreate themselves, generation after generation, epoch after epoch. However, few texts show the simplicity and precision of Lao Tzu’s words.

Noelani Rodriguez is a Psychic Reader, and Tantric Coach. She is the Author of the book “How to Give Yourself Psychic Readings in 3 Days.” She does Psychic, Medical and Chakra Readings. Here are reviews: http://bit.ly/psychictestimonials. To book readings email Noelani_Rodriguez [at] Yahoo.com.

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