Art of Sexual Ecstasy and Empowered Living
by Evalena Rose, M. A.
Tantra is a Sanskrit name for a system of spiritual advancement,
a deep mystical path that goes back millennia to the Vedas.
Tantra is a broad weaving together of varied spiritual and
romantic arts with the purpose of celebrating the sacredness
in all of life. This spiritual path uses sensual and sexual
practices to elevate consciousness and move toward enlightenment.
Tantra weaves together ancient practices from many wisdom
traditions that access our Inner Lover, circulate orgasmic
energy through our chakras to energize and vitalize the body
and to reach enlightened states. Its basic tenet is that all
emanates from the One Being, exists within that One Being,
and is pervaded by It. It sees God/Goddess as Love, Lover,
and Beloved, as Spirit that moves through us. It teaches the
joys of living in our body as a temple, a vessel for the Divine
and a reverence for all of life.
Most people have experienced the kind of "essence to
essence" connection that exists in the throes of first
love, melting into each other's eyes and hearts as time disappears.
Tantra uses the power of moving kundalini in the body to activate
those kinds of altered states in which ecstasy evolves out
of being immersed in the moment and the contact it offers.
It provides the opportunity to experience another at so deep
a level that personality falls away and magic ensues. Opening
one's heart, letting another see you and know you, are the
keys to true intimacy and joyful relationships.
"White Tantra" teaches practices people can do alone, with
Spirit, leading to orgasmic bliss just through breathing and
movement exercises similar to yoga. One learns to allow the
sexual energy of the universe to run through one's body. Red
Tantra takes these energies into practices with a partner,
creating deep communion. When blended with lovemaking, these
practices encourage full body orgasms, and extended orgasms
leading to ecstatic states.
"In the moment of orgasm we receive a glimpse of god
and goddess, and a longing for love which never ends is awakened.
Sex whets our appetite. Yet sex and love are only the beginning
of the ultimate love affair. Tantra shows us a BIG LOVE, a
love which vibrates with the hum of the infinite. This LOVE
has no beginning, no end, no object. This is a vast love which
Johanina Wikoff, Tantra teacher
Tantra is an approach to life that employs a relaxed and flexible
body, an open heart, a peaceful mind, and an aware sensuality
that engages with life in a full-bodied way. Since sex holds
such potential for opening our being to mystical experiences
of ecstasy, Tantra teaches the cultivation of sexual love
as an art, as a skillful spiritual practice that makes human
sexuality and erotic union a form of worship and meditation.
We move directly through the pleasure of the senses to spiritual
Cultivating ecstatic states of consciousness and learning
how to integrate them into our lives can have profoundly healing
effects. For 23 years, I've done therapy and hands on healing
with people, often with women healing from abuse and addiction.
Healing emotional wounds of the past can be amazingly transformative,
yet it has an upper limit because it focuses on problems and
pains. Tantra focuses on the sacred and joyous dimensions
we've lost and helps us restore our wholeness and become sovereign
in our bodies. One learns to bring the pleasure to the pain,
which often melts away the past in deep states of surrender
to what is.
Tantra is best taught, as in ancient times, in temples created
with great care and thoughtfulness for honoring and maintaining
the sacred. These temples are served by "dakinis",
sexual healers who are women of passion profoundly devoted
to spiritual awakenings. They assist new initiates in understanding
their power as women and activating their own life force.
In our workshops, experienced "tantrikas" serve
as assistants to support each woman in finding her own way
to sexual aliveness and fulfillment.
"Truly, at the peak of orgasm, we pierce through the illusion
of fragmentation and separation, and glimpse the unity and
interconnectedness of all being. And through the other (our
partner) we fall in love with life." Margo Anand, Tantra
Tantra combines deep states of relaxation in the body with
states of high arousal. It views full body orgasm as an energy
event where the practices activate the flow of kundalini through
the central channel, the Inner Flute. This makes prana, your
very life force, available as a resource to enhance health,
open to higher ways of being, and heal wounds.
"Sex in Tantra aims to heighten and prolong the magical
connection that develops between (lovers) when they are lost
in the ecstasy of love. We have not been trained in the skills
required to expand that fleeting moment into a sustainable
state. We are now finding . . . specific techniques that have
been developed for achieving and controlling these states.
After being suppressed for nearly a thousand years these methods
are now being rediscovered and made available in books, videos
Adapted from Ancient Secrets of Sexual Ecstasy, a video produced
We reclaim these wonderful tools of peace, power and transformation.
Skills of advanced forms of love are one of the most appropriate
areas for human exploration in our uncertain times. Love is
so kind to our environment, and unlike many other forms of
gratification, is free of cost, and leads to the opposite
of violence and war. "In an age of divorce and sexually
transmitted diseases we need nothing more than to form stronger
and more lasting bonds of love. Tantra lights the way."