One of the characteristics of Tantra as a spiritual path is that it highly venerates the feminine. In contrast to so many spiritualities and religions that see the feminine principle as a hindrance to enlightenment, a distraction or even as an inferior gender. Tantra on the other hand venerates Shakti, the feminine principle and honours it as a fast track way to support awakening.
“Shakti” means energy or power. This of course can be seen in the power of female sexual energy. Feminine sexuality is one of the most powerful forces in the universe…one need only take a glimpse at modern advertising to see the use of female sexuality worldwide. Or watch a woman in labour to see the awesome power of the female energy at full force.
So in Tantra, to become a woman in her full power is celebrated. To be a woman with awakened sexual energy is highly prized. Rather than creating stories of being disempowered by such a woman, tantric men celebrate female power by worshipping the Shakti principle in women. Tantric women in return worship the aspect of Shiva in the men…the aspect of consciousness itself.
How do you take steps to becoming a tantric goddess? This idea of becoming goddess in Tantra is not a mere fantasy. The body is seen as the temple of the spirit, and thus to advance in Tantra there are many practices to assist the women’s embodiment of Shakti energy. Here are seven ways to enhance your goddess nature:
These are some of the foundations of the Tantric way to become a living Goddess. As most cultures are not tantric, you may find it nourishing to immerse yourself in a tantric energy field for a while to build your Goddess nature. Luckily there are more and more feminine workshops and events all over the world.
I will be teaching at the following three up-coming events. Please feel free to join us on our tantric adventures!
The Shakti Tantra Pilgrimage, India is the home of Tantra and carries a special resonance with this path, especially through the ancient temple sites. The Shakti Pilgrimage will be a very special opportunity to visit the world’s most famous tantric temple site, bringing together tantra teachings with the energy of the temples.
October 24-29th Delhi, India
Details on www.shaktifestival.com
Tao Tantric Arts Teacher Training: Sacred Femininity. If you have been on the Goddess path a while and are ready to take it a step further, immerse yourself into a one-month intensive in a woman-only retreat. Learn ancient Taoist sexual arts and Tantric methods for healing and awakening, and become empowered to share these with other women.
Next TTC: January 10th – Feb 6th 2016 Thailand