Live in Boundaries you CO-create…
Expand those Boundaries… Stretch YOU and your LIMITS!
Generally, and lovingly defined, Tantra, as a world view, a science, a history, a body of gorgeous poetry ,and an embodied form of yoga practice means to define itself as that which weaves and looms the fullness of time into the willingness of experience. Essentially, it asks the practitioner to participate at NOT just any level of life, but a full, resonant, and radically present, participatory vibration.
The schools and philosophies that make up the vastness of the Tantra are many and varied. As with any world view, this ocean of evolutionary thought stimulates deep currents of debate, discussion, and contemporary attention. As we no longer live in caves wrapped in loin clothes and are called into the world to work and pay for homes and nurture families, attention to house-holding spiritual traditions that weave the spiritual into the mundane, the extraordinary into the ordinary, are called into light.
In general, there are two understandings widely agreed upon in the Tantra’s broad body of thought and practice. The first is that the human experience is essential, chosen, and divine in nature. It is not a punishment to be endured, nor a state to be meditated and purified away or even a launching pad from which to jump up and out of embodiment into the next and next and next better birth. It is not the solution nor the pursuit of righting past karmic wrongs. Rather, the human experience is revered, bowed to, and loved as it is seen as an opportunity to live in the fullness of the grace of senses and to enjoy and cry with a sensual worldly expression. Perhaps the mission is to understand the ONE thing that the divine could not do with out us, embody.
The second widely accepted truth of the Tantras is that the universe is GOOD, it is expanding, it is brightening, rather than tightening and tending towards its own demise. This presents a radical tool for mirroring a human experience. It offers one the ability to believe in a broadening of understanding, an expansion of creative options, and a growing sense of connection.
In many world religions and philosophies there is an understanding of the divine and the human as opposite and separate experiences. Other philosophies understand the divine and the mortal as the same, same, just simply confused in a mistaken sense of separation. The Tantra adds something to the potential of life and thought and musing of origin and end points, it adds a third: there is the human, there is the divine, and then there is the third, the RELATIONSHIP to the divine. Both aspects maintain themselves and then the pulsation between allows for a conversation, a discussion, and therefore, an expansion of interest and understanding.
It is no doubt this is why many of the bodies of work that grew from these points of expansion are presented in conversation. The energy of the feminine, the “becoming force” in the universe, asks of the masculine, the essential “being nature or IS-ness” of the universe, “what it is” that binds them in love, or beats her heart, or offers her cause and pause to HOPE?
Hope, a human experience, only occurs in an expanding universe.
Such a stunning philosophy for a frayed world to muse itself larger rather than cling to the shadowed, constricted pieces in ourselves. It allows for the deep sign of relief that it will, if not get better, at the very least, change. The chaos theory lets us know that we are all tending towards expanding and unbraiding the very binds we form with one another, people die and marriages end, and betrayal occurs. However, rather than devaluing binds and experience or feeling limited in humanity, the body of work that is the Tantra offers us the ability to honor relationships and the pulsations between people and the meeting of minds, as the ESSENCE of intrinsic happiness, ESPECIALLY since the binds will unravel.
Talk about using one’s time well. It allows an embodied life to be THAT which GETS to experience the spaces in between the earth and sky, the manifest and the un-manifest. Life is a pretty special place to be.