When I started studying tantra at a Tibetan Buddhist centre I came across the idea of a quick path to enlightenment. I was told Tantra is a high powered vehicle with incredible spiritual technology to propel you to the highest human potential within just a few years.
I took Tantric initiations which gave me permission within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to practise Tantra and later I discovered that included never ejaculating. I discovered it can be very rewarding. And that is the grandeur of Tantra. It can transform the whole earth; it can transform each couple into soul mates.
Eventually this work leads to the appearances of a brilliant type of clear light state of conciousness usually only experienced at the time of death. The art of Tibetan Tantra was started by normal folks, non monks practising their spiritual path through the act of sex, which was forbidden for the ordained community. Sometime, somewhere, they pop back up, maybe as disease, maybe as emotional problems, causing energy blockages, leading to illness.
Of course becoming addicted to sex can lead to problems and the misuse of sexual energy but the problem is not the sexual energy; as one Tibetan Buddhist master says: What is wrong is the confused way we grasp onto these pleasures, turning them from a source of happiness into a source of pain and dissatisfaction. The spiritual path has been seen as turning inward away from materialism and modern consumerism.
This is so true and has helped me give up chasing bliss in drugs and food and other things by learning to cultivate this internal energy through the path of Tantra. In Hinduism there is Satchitanada which is our fundamental nature at the deepest level.
This nature is filled with untold bliss which is unleashed through the power of tantra, revelation and other spiritual methods. I have pondered that tantra would be a fantastic method to teach recovering drug addicts, who already have great desire for pleasure which is actually what is needed to be successful at Tantric practise. Tantric union does not finish when you leave the bedroom. You can harness the raw animal instinct of sex and channel into the heart centre exploding away barriers between you and the world.
Everything that we need in order to be complete is within us right at this very moment. It is simply a matter of being able to recognize it. Love and light everywhere. It may sound cheesy but it has correlations with reality. The reality that everything IS energy. The visualisations are united with the understanding that everything is moving and in relationship, there is no fixed or permanent anything. The whole world is a dance of emptiness and bliss.
Without the conceptual boundaries of separation you are freed to experience the continuity of everything — the seamless unity of the now. When your heart is open and you are making love, there is no separation between you, your partner and God. This is healing sex. This is connecting with the Divine.
And the important thing to develop is the sense that this sacred experience is available in all instants. It is not limited to sex. You may not be able to generate the actual kundalini energy to begin with but through imagining yourself as an unbounded being of love, light and bliss you start to slowly bring that energy to the moment and it is far better than our mundane egos filled with opinions and expectations.
Artwork by Jungle Eye This blissful current of energy cultivated through Tantra also has a deep love and intelligence and it begins to guide your life into ever increasing heights of syncronicity, healing and joy. Tantra is becoming whole, re-embracing all the scattered and fragmented aspects of ourselves. The word actually means that you are connected with everything in a seamless unity. When we learn to love everything about ourselves we can embrace the negativity in others with the same blissful acceptance and loving warmth which has the potential to transform every situation into Tantric wholeness.
It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The one you are looking for is you. You are the traveller and you are the destination. In experiencing the ecstasy of your own being, you have achieved the final goal. This is the vision of one-ness, the vision of unity. Chad is a former Buddhist monk and spent 6 years living in a retreat hut studying and practising meditation full time.
He is now a fully qualified meditation teacher with the Australian Institute of Meditation and has designed a unique 21 day meditation challenge to guide people gradually from the basics of mindfulness and relaxation to profound states of awareness.