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.
Tantra has been nicknamed "the science of ecstasy". Many assume that Tantra is simply the art of sex. Tantra expands our capacity for pleasure, yet it is much more. Tantra is about living life well and being more alive in the present moment. Tantra is the art of love.
No controversy in religion is more laden with raw emotion than the argument as to whether sexual activity is, or is not, a necessary ingredient to spiritual expression. Down through the ages, as this sometimes-bitter dispute has raged, some of the most ruthless crimes have been and are still being committed by sex-negative patriarchal religious authorities.
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I believe that disconnect from the wild magic of the natural things around us creates Dis-Connect in the heart, which leads to all kinds of trouble when it comes to finding love. We are each born "knowing" amazing things about joy and about the deep relationships we innately share with all other people and things. We come into this life with gifts that only we possess that we are here to express into our world, with gifts that are a match to someone out there who is a soulmate.
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It's not just for hippies (and Sting.) Tantra; which means "interwoven" in Sanskrit; is being hailed as the new couples therapy. Chakras and spiritual sex might get you out of a rough patch. If synchronized breathing and intercourse for hours doesn't do it you, stick around for the yoga and massage and at least limber up.
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