You've heard of "50 Shades Of Gray". Now try 50 shades of Tantra
Hoping to get your pulse racing, your kundalini rising, and your chakras spinning like tops? Explore which path of Tantra will get your aura started. I imagine that 50 shades is actually a modest estimation. This is increasingly true in this modern age, especially now that Tantra is becoming so popular here in the West. Tantra has been around for thousands of years and continues to evolve as Eastern philosophy meets Western psychology.
Allow me to guide you toward the shade of Tantra that suits you. I will describe five paths of Tantra. Each path is represented by a color. Within these five tantric paths, there are easily 10 variations or shades of interpretation available, which would give you the proverbial 50 shades of Tantra.
1. White Tantra. This is used to describe a spiritual path of Tantra which incorporates meditation, breath work, sounds and postures. Although all of the major chakras or energy centers are recognized in this practice, it is the upper two chakras (the third eye and the crown chakra) which seem to get all the conscious attention. These are the energy centers that connect with our intuition and spirituality.
In this culture we tend to equate Tantra with great sex. However, the white path doesn't really focus on the physical act of sex at all! White Tantra is primarily a solo practice between you and spirit. Although this is a solo practice, White Tantra does acknowledge relationships as having merit. The various people who come into our lives are said to provide us with a mirror to help us learn and grow.
Personally, I define Tantra as more of a philosophy than a religion. However, I recognize that there are some people who practice Tantra religiously. Some forms of Tantra have become so intertwined with the beliefs of a specific religion such as Hinduism, Taoism or Buddhism that it is difficult to sort out where the religion ends and the Tantra begins. Within the practice of White Tantra, sexual energy is often re-directed or channeled towards spiritual transformation, creative endeavors, healing, expanded awareness, and what some might refer to as enlightenment. Sexual activity is not strictly "forbidden" by most of the White Tantra practices; however, quite often followers of White Tantra are influenced by religious teaching that value chastity, sexual abstinence or celibacy.
If you are an individual who is seeking a journey of spiritual enlightenment or a deeper connection with God or spirit, then perhaps white Tantra is for you. Kundalini yoga is a popular practice in this culture that is often categorized as White Tantra. However, if your reason for exploring tantra is primarily in hopes of learning new ways to improve your sex life, you may be disappointed. Keep reading ...
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