Iona Miller's VIRTUAL TANTRA
Tantra is a spiritual method or yoga that takes into account both "inner" and "outer" realities. It is alchemical in nature, being based on the union of opposites. Derived from the root words "to expand," "weave," or "extend consciousness," tantra implies a continuity beyond the physical plane. Tantric teachings evolved in India and eventually spread to Nepal, Tibet, China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia.
These teachings are said to be particularly relevant in this time of materialism and narcissism since all human activities can be used as tools in the tantric path toward liberation. Tantras are texts which outline specific practices. These practices are a meditational systems that aims at the experience of the highest bliss in physical and spiritual relations by cultivating the totality of one's erotic potential.
Ancient scriptures containing the mystical teachings and ritual instructions of Tantraism are called tantras. Briefly, they teach that earthly delights stem from the union of opposites and are achieved with an ideal partner. Such a union is said to exemplify the harmony of creation and be a step toward perfection (i.e. union with God). The power of love thus becomes central to the whole of existence.
Kama, or desire, is a creative principle that aims at the perfection of life on earth, just as the divine love that Krishna bore the shepherd girl Radha represented the cosmic energies of creation in action on earth. Among the tantric aids to meditation are mantras, sacred sounds that may be visualized as yantras, and mandalas, symbols of psychic wholeness.
The first action required by tantric yoga is the "cleansing" of the nadis, the more highly developed nerve ganglia of the body. These points have also been associated with the chakras, but are really considered "tubes" connecting the various chakra points. This purification is carried out by means of special postures of the body (asanas) and by breathing exercises (pranayama).
The mind is habituated to concentrate itself upon a point or an object, real or imaginary, so as to accustom itself to remain calm and to take absolutely "the form" which the will of the yogi wishes to impose on it. This mental process is concentration (dharana). When the mind can identify itself with the divine presence in every human being, a state called samadhi has been established.
Kundalimi is a Sanskrit word for the normally latent psycho-sexual power that, when awakened ascends through the central channel of the subtle body. The root word "kunda" means a pool or reservoir of energy. Kundalini is likened to a coiled snake, ready to strike at any moment. When this energy is correctly directed, it can bring about cosmic consciousness and liberation.
In tantric rites, the body is bathed and lightly oiled and then dusted all over with ashes (a modern equivalent might be scented dusting powder). Wood ash contains valuable trace minerals that are easily absorbed through the skin. Pure ash from selected hardwoods (such as oak) has an invigorating and insulating effect on the body and is said to protect it against psychic disturbances.
Once the wood ash is applied, exact marks (usually groups of three parallel lines) are made on the lower legs, thighs, forearms, upper arms, between the sexual region and the navel, in the middle of the chest, and on the throat and forehead. These are made with a powder or ointment from crushed sandalwood, herbs, cereal grains, and intoxicating ingredients. There is no doubt some profound symbolism for the tantrics in these marks, but by and large they are merely deemed attractive as the tattoos and scarifications of various world cultures, lately arrived in the west.
A virile-looking man and a seductive woman symbolize the union of male aggressive energy with female receptivity. Same sex partners also express their inner masculinity and femininity in the psychosexual dance. In Tantric ritual, especially during sex magic, a woman is expected to wear her most symbolic jewelry. When arrayed with full ornamentation, a beautiful woman is able to excite and stimulate any man. You should try to make use of cosmetics and jewelry whever possible. This will enhanced your natural charms and increase novelty and aesthetic delight.
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Physical, Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Sacred Sexuality
body as temple
feelings as motivator
thoughts as romantic concepts
beliefs and spirituality
Author, Iona Miller
FREE RADICAL: Iona Miller, consultant and transdisciplinarian, is a nonfiction writer for the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. Her work is an omnisensory fusion of sacred activism, intelligence reform, esoterics, science-art, chaos theory, plenum physics, and emergent paradigm shift melding experiential psychotherapy, new physics, biophysics, resonant space, philosophy, cosmology, healing, creativity, qabalah, magick, paranormal, media ecology, mind control, paramedia, metaphysics, and cultural filters.
CHANGE AGENT: Rather than having an interest in specific doctrines, she is interested in the transformations, the EFFECTS of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, politics and the arts. Our beliefs are the moldable raw material of the psyche, manipulated by governments, media and culture. How do we become what we are and how is that process changing in the near future?
META HARI: Performance artist and spywhisperer, Ms. Miller is published by Phanes Press, Destiny Books (Inner Traditions), Autonomedia, Nexus Magazine, Dream Network, PM&E, Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI), Chaosophy Journal, OAK, DNA Monthly, Pop Occulture, Schiffer, Bolero, Science-Art Research Centre, and more. She is a Gaia.com Ambassador and serves on the Board of Medigrace.org nonprofit organization. Recent print articles include Alchemy Journal Vol. 10 No.1, Mar 09 (Australia), Paranoia zine #44, #46, #49, #50 (USA), HunterGatheress Journal, Vol. I and Vol. II, JNLRMI (Russia), Der Golem (Germany), Antibiothis I and III (Portugal), The Art of Fetish (Miami), and Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroads (India). Her artwork has shown in Miami, Phoenix, New York, in magazines and more. Appearances include "21st Century Radio," "Untamed Dimensions," "Reality Portal," " Digital Long Island," "The Ascending Way," etc.
SENSUALITY & EROTICISM:
The Sixty Four Tantric Arts
The western world has no equivalent to the Kama Sutra, or Perfumed Garden -- ancient manuals of sacred sexuality from the east. What we do have is fetish, perversion, pornography, and a manic stampede for achieving as many orgasms as possible. Sexuality in America is still regarded largely from a Puritanical, rather than joyfully aesthetic perspective. Religion has attempted to constrain and suppress it practically into oblivion, separating it from spirituality.
In the East, both men and women studied the arts of sexual ecstasy and enhancement. They acknowledged the Divinity of the Feminine element in a variety of Goddesses. The Kama Sutra listed a variety of arts which contributed to one's desirability. They include: the arts and sciences, singing, music, dancing, writing, drawing, painting, sewing, reading, recitation, poetry, sculpture, gymnastics, games, flower arranging, cooking, decoration, perfumery, gardening, mimicry, mental exercises, languages, etiquette, carpentry, magic, chemistry, mineralogy, gambling, architecture, logic, charm-making, religious rites, household management, disguise, physical sports, martial arts, herbalism, etc. We could add digital photography as a modern art. The Art of Love requires all these arts and skills for its support and enhancement. Knowing a wide repertoire of sensually and intellectually pleasing arts is another means of self expression.
PSYCHOLOGICAL LOVE TYPES
We perceive through four different modes -- the logical reality of thought-processes and ideas, the feeling reality based on emotions and memories, the concrete reality of direct sensation, and the intuitive reality of visionary anticipation.
Jung classified personalities into four types based of these distinctions, yet felt no one should be "boxed into" a category, since we all exhibit traits of other types. Typology is a tool we can use for gaining insight and improving relations and communication. It harks back to the ancient "doctrine of humors," and the astrological signs.
The most primary is distinction is between introversion and extroversion. Introverts tend to follow their own dictates, while extroverts are very concerned with the reactions of others. The thinking and feeling functions are considered rational or logical processes, while sensation and intuition creates "quantum leaps" in consciousness or impulsive behavior.
The only value of classification of types lies in its application, to gain an understanding of the thought processes, values, and perceptual modes of those who differ from us. Knowing our own type helps us be objective about our style of loving. Jung said we are fairly competent in 2 or 3 of the functions, but the 4th one is unusually weak or inferior due to lack of conscious adaptation in that area. The 4th function is generally the opposite of the primary function. For example, thinking types have trouble with feelings; feelers have trouble with logical thinking. So, the fourth function works unconsciously and causes sabotage or disruption.
Yet complementary opposites attract and even fascinate each other. Many times we play Pygmalion to our lovers. We go to all the bother of finding and bonding with a person totally unlike ourselves -- and then compulsively try to transform that partner into our own image or ideal. Of course, there is no way to do this, but the attempt does the damage. It is a projection of our own desire to change ourselves. Devotion means different things to different types. We generally love the way we want to be loved, rather than meet the needs of our partner for feeling loved in a way they can relate to.
The different types have very different needs for solitude, confrontation, entertainment, novelty, thrill-seeking, exploration, faithfulness, recreation, spirituality, security, stability, touching, romance, intimacy, eroticism, passion, and sexual contact. Some types seem warmer than others, while others are more generous or fun-loving. Each has a different internal blueprint or love map and agenda with a time-scale for love's progression or growth-curve. Compatibility of general lifestyle and sexual rhythms is important.
We must avoid gross over-generalizations since most people are mixtures of types. A dynamic balance is considered ideal. Then we have the option of using all functions or attitudes when appropriate. In the HOLISTIC HEALTH LIFEBOOK, Strephon Kaplan Williams outlines the main traits of these basic personality types:
Sensation Person: One whose main focus is on the details and concreteness of reality. Such a person gives great attention to detail, to getting things just right, ignoring the larger perspective, or the feeling level of a situation. Engineers, rule followers, lawyers, office workers, accountants, and perfectionists fall generally within this type. The present is their predominant orientation. Sensation types are the touchy-feely people who like physical proximity and sensuality; they live for the moment without much regard for consequences.
Intuitives: The intuitive is the opposite of the sensation person. Intuitives cannot be bothered with details, and are concerned only with perceiving the whole, with having great insights, and with unlimited creativity. They will often start projects that never get finished in detail. Sudden insights and creative ideas out of the blue are their forte. Scientists, therapists, and psychics are among the ranks of the intuitives. The intuitive is always focused on the future, in anticipation; the present is never good enough; the past is quickly forgotten. They are inventive lovers with an infinite capacity for novelty.
Thinking Types: The organizers of society, with either facts, ideas, or people. Thinking involves making or discovering links between people or things. Mathematicians, teachers, executives, lawyers and writers are some of the cool and objective thinking types. They may not be as demonstrative, but their loves are as deep and meaningful as any. When they think things are going well in their relationships, right or wrong, they tend to go back to work. They relate the past to the present and future to make decisive choices.
Feeling Types: Feeling is the relational function, the expression of positive and negative energy -- liking this or not liking that. Feeling organizes reality, rather than perceiving it as does intuition. Feeling types are harmonizers and socializers who work well with people. Teachers, therapist, and all kinds of people-helpers are found among this type. Feeling types are great gossipers and dancers, who love body contact. On the other hand, they have the greatest "freakouts," for they live the relational life at double the intensity of most. Feeling types dwell in and on the past, positive or negative.