1.Sex as a Divine Experience
2. Love, Sex & Enlightenment
3. The Tantric Attitude Towards Sexuality & Magic
4. What is Ecstasy?
5. Margot Anand's recommends the following further reading
An Interview with Virginia Lee
VL: How did you discover tantra?
MA: The first time I made love, I discovered tantra. Although I had never heard the word "tantra" and didn't know what tantra was, in fact what I had was a tantric experience. In other words, it was an experience of consciousness expansion beyond the body, beyond the mind and beyond time so that I connected with the truth of who I truly am, that which existed before I was born and will continue to exist after I die. I am referring to the eternal Self.
I was thrown into an experience which was not even an experience anymore.It was the truth of my being. I realized the light of spirit and I knew that sexuality was going to be my path of awakening as a woman. That was my revelation the very first time I made love. That's what put me on my path. After I finished my studies in psychology, philosophy and history of art at the Sorbonne in Paris, I went on to research sacred sexuality around the world for seven years. I completed my master's degree and now am finishing my Ph.D. through International Studies at the University of Hawaii.
VL: Who has been your most powerful teacher?
MA: I probably would say Osho (aka Rajneesh), although I had many others. Looking back, the one who was the most powerful was Osho. It started when I had finished my psychology studies at the Sorbonne and was very dissatisfied with how psychology was being taught in France. It was caught up in statistical analysis of behavior and I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere interesting.
Then in the early '70s, I went to an institute in England called Quae-sitor (which means the "inquirer"), the first institute to bring "New Age" teachers (from places like Esalen) to Europe. Then the leader of this institute came dressed in an orange robe and told extraordinary stories about meeting a master in India (who was Osho) who said, "I was expecting you. I want you to take your students to a new level which will require a week of preparation including encounter exercises, bioenergetics, massage and breathing." After that, we became part of a sensory deprivation experiment. Each of us stayed alone in a hotel room by the sea. Our eyes were blindfolded, our ears plugged, and we had one bottle of water a day and a pound of grapes. This lasted for seven days and seven nights, the idea being for us to go deeper into our consciousness.
During this retreat, I had just read John Lilly's Center of the Cyclone, and I expected to have an experience of meeting my guides, similar to what he described. Then as I went deeper I realized that was his experience -- and that my experience was different. So I went through layers and layers and layers, until I came to this emptiness, this center of my being where there was nobody. And I had darshan with myself. I heard all the wise answers come of themselves to all the questions of my life. At that moment, a face appeared. And that face said to me: "Ecstasy is already within you. You do not have to look for it outside." Considering the state of mind I was in, this was a huge message. I realized that I had been searching outside of myself for the teachers, the methods and the cultures, yet it was all already there. I knew that everything I was seeking was within.
The vision of this face I saw was Osho. It was the first time I had ever heard anything about him in my life. And he appeared to me that way. It took five years (including a marriage) before I ended up visiting him. When it finally happened, it was a very powerful meeting.
Shortly thereafter, he asked me to lead the tantra groups at the ashram for the first time. When he offered me the job I said, "I don't know how to lead tantra groups," since I had only been trained as a Western therapist. Then he touched my forehead and wiped out my brain of any knowledge about methods, techniques and procedures. It all went away – a blank slate. Then he laughed and said, "You don't have to worry. Just let me lead the tantra group through you." And I said, "I don't know what that means, but I'll go for it."
And that's how I began teaching tantra. Now I've gotten to the point with my teaching that I am my own master, but he's someone I still love. He's around.
2 - Love, Sex & Enlightenment
Many people mistakenly believe that Tantra is a spiritual bastardization of sexual therapy, an excuse to indulge in sexual games or orgies, an addiction to hours of sexual orgasms. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Tantric path teaches us to embrace and unify the ordinary, the erotic, and the sacred dimensions of life, all of which have their roots in Spirit.
The beauty and wisdom of Tantra is that it enhances sexuality as a doorway to the "ecstatic mind of great bliss". Truly, at the peak of orgasm, we pierce through the illusion of fragmentation and separation, and glimpse the unity and interconnectedness of all beings. And through the other--our partner--we fall in love with life.
Because sex holds this great potential for opening our being to the experience of ecstasy, Tantra has for millennia taught the cultivation of sexual love as an art, as a skillful spiritual practice. Then, as now, Tantra challenges the belief promoted by most spiritual and religious paths that we must suppress or transcend out sexuality to practice meditation or awaken our Spirit.
Tantra arose in rebellion against the repressive orthodoxy of the Hindu priesthood, the Brahmins – especially against the idea that one had to be celibate to gain enlightenment. Tantra acknowledges that sex is at the root of life and that to make human sexuality and erotic union a form or worship and meditation is to practice reverence for life, leading us directly through the pleasure of the sense to spiritual liberation.
As a therapist, I knew that the process of healing emotional wounds by focusing on the past to find their source was limited. Although it can bring about healing, it all too often promotes a fascination with the problematic. Furthermore, when we focus obsessively on our problems and pains, the ecstatic potential in most of life's moments goes unrecognized and unacknowledged, and our lives are emptied of a sacred and joyous dimension. Life appears problematic rather than ecstatic, more a puzzle to be solved than a pleasure to be cultivated.
I realized that existential or psychological pain was actually the absence of ecstasy. It was the outcome of being cut off from the source of one's being, the source of life. On the other hand, cultivating ecstatic states of consciousness and learning how to integrate them into our lives can have profoundly healing effects. I have come to believe that our suffering has its roots in the loss of ecstasy and that reclaiming our natural ecstasy holds the key to our healing and our liberation.
Over the years, all that I had discovered coalesced within me into a new shape and meaning. I called the body of knowledge and the ritual practices I had developed over many years "SkyDancing Tantra: The Path to Bliss". This path came to me as a revelation rather than a tradition. Yet the path of the SkyDancer is indeed one that goes back to eighth-century Tibet, when Yeshe Sogyel, the consort of Buddha Padma Sambhava, was called the "SkyDancer". Together they developed Tantric Buddhism.
Originally, the SkyDancers were wild, free ecstatic "dakinis", also called feminine buddhas or female awakeners. The word dakini means "woman who dances in space" or "woman who revels in the freedom of emptiness". SkyDancers were, and are, women of passion who were profoundly devoted to spiritual awakening. The path of the SkyDancer is a path of spiritual partnership that teaches the complete reciprocity of male and female practitioners as they learn the art of integrating ecstatic states and ecstatic practices in their daily life. It reintroduces in our world the understanding that to heal the world, we need to rediscover and respect the fact that women can be and are awakeners and initiators and enlightened teachers.
SkyDancing Tantra is a unique path that weaves together traditional Tantric, Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist teaching with my studies in humanistic and transpersonal psychology, bodywork therapies, sexology, yoga, music, and metaphysics.
All of this works with human energy systems through the use of light, music, movement, visualization, and particularly (and primarily) the energy map of the chakras. The tantric
chakra system offers a perfect map for the transformation of energy and consciousness, from raw lust to love, a visionary power, and finally to awakening.
SkyDancing Tantra teaches us that when we learn to approach life with a relaxed body, an open heart, and a peaceful mind, we can access ecstatic states and learn to weave them into the daily fabric of our lives.
Sacredness of Sex
It is crucial to understand the sacred dimensions of sex. Sex lies at the root of life, and we can only learn reverence for life when we learn reverence for sex. People in this culture need training in the art of love. They need to understand that sexuality is a very natural instinct, and there is nothing wrong with it. The damage to human society caused by the condemnation of sex is incalculable. Instead of celebrating sex as the creative force it is, we have turned sex into a furtive, guilt-ridden affair. This has misguided and influenced our entire world view. There is a tremendous effort being made to heal the planet, save the rain forests and to bring peace to warring ethnic and religious factions and yet how can any of this happen when the very source of human love is poisoned?
There is a powerfully creative force associated with our sexuality. It is possible for each of us to become a magician and use that force to heal our life and transform our vision--to realize our dreams. We have all sorts of programming blocking the flow of our sexual power. We need to be open to be able to face those demons, to look at the shadow with all honesty, knowing that truth is erotic. The more you can share your truth, the deeper and the more erotic it will become in the long run.
3 - The Tantric Attitude Towards Sexuality & Magic
from The Art of Sexual Magic
by Margot Anand
It is said that when the god Shiva, the embodiment of pure consciousness, merged in sexual union with the goddess Shakti, the embodiment of pure energy, their Tantric embrace resulted in the creation of the Earth, the stars, the moon, the animals... in short, their lovemaking resulted in the creation of the universe itself.
This beautiful metaphor contains an important truth, for in our evolving understanding of this mysterious universe it has become apparent that all energy and movement, and therefore all life, occurs between the attraction of polar opposites.
It is the movement between the negative and positive poles that creates electricity. It is the attraction between the male and the female that creates new life. The dynamics of the universe are dialectical, apparently in a conflict, but occurring within a larger context of unity and wholeness. This is the understanding of the Tantra vision.
Tantra, in essence, is the path of acceptance, of including the higher and the lower, the earthly and the spiritual. It allows God and the Devil to a hold hands, as two poles, or two aspects, of a single energy. It encourages spiritual seekers to practice sacred sexuality as a means of self-realization. It embraces both sex and magic as valuable tools on the path of transformation.
In addition, Tantra recognizes the female principle as being equal to the male, an important step in the cultivation of sexual energy for magical and spiritual purposes. As Chogyam Trungpa notes in his introduction to Women of Wisdom, a fascinating account of six Tibetan female mystics: "Western culture splits the feminine between the prostitute and the madonna. In Tantra we see the emergence of female images which are sexual and spiritual, ecstatic and intelligent, wrathful and peaceful."
In Tibet, where the practice of Tantra reached its greatest heights, certain paths of spiritual development included, after long periods of preparation and purification, ritual sexual union between the teacher and the student. In this Tantric embrace, this merging of two bodies, two hearts, two spirits, secret knowledge would be magically transmitted from the master to the disciple.
Sexual energy would be channeled up the spine through certain forms of breathing and visualization, accessing higher and higher state consciousness. At the auspicious moment, the secret teaching or knowledge would be transmitted energetically as the two beings merged in ecstatic union.
One aim of such sexual practices was, as Chogyam Trungpa describes to "dissolve the sense of inner and outer and plug into a sense of all-pervading energized space which is primordial wisdom and a kind of burning transcendental lust and bliss." Another, more specific, aim was to create a rainbow body of light" that would endure after the physical body ceased function. Still another was to access certain types of dakini energy — qualities of the divine feminine principle in order to transcend the limitations of the human ego.
I once had the good fortune to work intensely for several years with a Tantric teacher in sexual magic. He would visit me unexpectedly, in the secret hours of the night, and would invite me to engage in intense breathing exercises that would quickly generate a fiery energy in my body. Then, making love with me in a very slow, conscious way, he would direct me to focus this fiery energy in the area of my heart.
After some time I would begin to have very powerful visions. I remember one that was particularly strong, in which I saw myself as a buddha, or spirit being, sitting meditatively and blissfully in a cave. As I watched, the cave became red in color and started to pulsate, so that soon I became aware that my buddha-being was sitting inside the cave of my own heart. A feeling of heartfelt bliss began to expand, along with the size of the cave, growing bigger and bigger until it filled the entire universe At this point, I was able to radiate love and compassion to all living beings, unconditionally.
Thus I received very special information about what my teacher later described as the "wisdom of the heart." The fact that I had been able to experience this wisdom made his teaching real, existential, instead of mere knowledge.
The emphasis in sexually transmitted Tantric teachings tends to be mystical rather than magical, but the same approach is used for both arts. It is a matter of choice: whether you wish to reside in a state of mystical union with the universe, or whether you wish to harness the universal powers deriving from that union for the purpose of earthly manifestation.
In the Tantric tradition of Tibet, magic and mysticism flourished side by side. It was left to the initiate to decide how to use such powers. It was really a matter of personal integrity and responsibility, an attitude that is as valid today as it was then.
© Margot Anand. All rights reserved.
4 - What is Ecstasy?
During the fifties, Psychologist Abraham Maslow, who developed the concept of "peak human potential," did years of research on what I call "ecstatic states", and which he called peak experiences." His findings may surprise you. "Almost all people have or can have peak experiences," Maslow said. And psychologist Stella Resnik, in her bookThe Pleasure Zone, comments: "Peak experiences are intensely pleasurable times that can last for just a minute or for several weeks or more. They are periods of complete happiness and fulfillment. . . perceived as great moments, as very fine times in a person's life." Maslow found that certain individuals – people he called "self-actualized", enjoyed a much higher frequency of peak experiences than did individuals in the general population... they felt fulfilled in their lives, motivated not by need, but by the desire to grow."
We seek comfort, pleasure, and ecstasy from the moment we are born. Comfort is a natural state of well-being in the absence of pain. Pleasure comes from the gratification of our physical needs and emotional desires. Ecstasy is an experience of intense contentment, inner joy. Like peak experiences, it is, in most cases, a discontinuous state. It happens, it peaks, then it is gone. And now we are back in our ordinary consciousness, left with the intuitive insight of an expanded potential for wholeness. Such moments motivate us to grow. At this juncture, we are drawn to the patient inner work that is needed to recognize and transform the behavior patterns that sabotage our ability to be joyful, contented and "self-actualized.” As we become increasingly aware of this potential, we gradually discover ecstasy as an intense state of stabilized contentment that helps us to choose what is pleasing to ourself and others. Because they are mysterious, ineffable and subjective, such states are uniquely personal, hence difficult to define.
The dictionary defines ecstasy as "A state of exalted delight surpassing normal understanding" and "A state of emotion so intense that rational thought and self-control are obliterated."
Our word ecstasy comes from the Greek ex stasis, to move beyond "stasis," beyond the seemingly solid and fixed, into movement, life. It is liberation from the known. It’s Latin root ex-stare means to stand outside yourself, as in "transcendence," which means to climb, to go beyond. Fundamentally, then, ecstasy means to transcend yourself, to go outside and beyond what you think, know, and believe is possible. It is to feel expanded, deeply connected to all that is around you, infinitely creative and alive. An ecstatic state is a glimpse into the infinite.
We experience such states through music. Love. Religion. Sex. Still, our ecstatic potential goes mostly unfulfilled. Most people are not educated (or trained) to value and recognize life's sacred dimension. And because they are often too busy to notice or value the simple joys of daily life, ecstasy eludes them. They do not recognize thatevery moment is pregnant with ecstasy. For ecstatic states are not separate or opposed to ordinary life.
My experience, working with people has shown me that ecstatic states can happen spontaneously. They are as natural as sleeping and breathing. Zen master Sen T'sen says, "We return to the Origin and remain where we have always been."
We were conceived in the act of pleasure. Ecstasy was programmed into us the moment the sperm met the egg in our mother's wombs. It exists inside us right now as a potentiality. And it is possible to create joy within, to live a life cut like a precious jewel that reflects who we truly are, that radiates an energy that is healing and enchanting. And every step we take carries the possibility of such an awakening.
(Excerpted from The Art of Everyday Ecstasy, by Margot Anand.)
5 - Margot Anand's recommends the following further reading:
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