What does it mean to take the path of conscious masculinity? The modern times we live in certainly do not help men and masculinity. Modern men almost always lack masculine models to inspire them; they often struggle to take that inner step from boy to man and remain internally immature, unable to look within, to navigate the complex world of human emotions. Armor is often built to compensate for this, preventing deep and fulfilling human relationships. All that remains is work or rampant consumerism in the thousands of commitments of a hectic life.
Red Tantra is a personal and spiritual growth path that includes sexual energy. It is a primordial force with incredible potential; it is so powerful that it can lead to spiritual realization quickly if channeled upwards. On the other hand, sexuality does carry a strong force within human beings, which can cause them to fall into attachment quickly and become slaves of desire.
Tantra is a path that embraces life in all its forms. Even couple relationships become a practice of growth and evolution. When you are using sexual energy intensely, especially if you practice red tantra, it is not difficult to understand why the topic of polyamory (intimate relationship with several people at the same time) comes up so often.
Most likely you’ve heard this word before if you’ve spent any time practicing yoga or in a spiritual environment. But what exactly does it mean? Is it just a spaced-out trance or an altered state like you might have on some kind of drug trip? An exotic mystical vision achieved by great yogis in the Himalayas?
Not exactly: let’s look deeper and closer to home!
The sacredness of the vagina in the tantric tradition The tantric tradition places great importance on sexual energy, more than possibly any other spiritual path. It’s beyond doubt that this truly is a powerful and overwhelming force. Just see how much space sexuality occupies in people’s lives, how much it affects their daily existence. Tantra teaches us to use all…
There may be as many answers to this question as there are tantrikas! Sacred sexuality doesn’t have to look or even feel a certain way for it to be meaningful and authentic. But in our experience as teachers and practitioners, we’ve found that sexual tantra–if it’s going to be a real spiritual path and not just a game of pleasure–rests on three pillars: consecration, sublimation, transfiguration…
The “thousand-petaled lotus” blossoming from the crown of the head represents the pinnacle of the journey through the chakra system, yet sahasrara itself is not a chakra.
If we look at the chakras in the traditional yogic system, each one represents a level of consciousness and a world in itself, each one a very particular flavor of reality.
The mysterious third eye, blinking open in the forehead of Shiva or Buddha. The unforeseen intuition and deeper understanding that seems to arise out of nowhere like a flash of lightning. What is the reality of the ajna chakra, the sixth and highest chakra, that gateway to mystical experience reflected in the middle of the forehead?