Womens' Tantra Events by Shakti

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Why Tantra for women?

Women have traditionally been the custodians of Tantra. In the Egyptian King Making Ceremonies of ancient times, it was a female Tantrika who initiated the king-to-be into the mysteries. In matriarchal times, priestesses were the guardians of the temples where sexuality was sacred practice. When patriarchal tribes took over the ancient matriarchal civilizations, they did this through violence, and by rewriting mythology. In the new mythology, women who celebrated their sexuality (as the temple priestesses had) were demonized as prostitutes. This has over the centuries resulted in a huge split in women’s consciousness between sexuality and the sacred, between the whore and the virgin in ourselves. On the one hand, we try to repress or deny our sexuality, and on the other hand we feel we are only worthy if we are seen as sexy. We as women have not been the innocent victims of this polarity; we have supported this institution from mother to child.

There is a particular wisdom in female sexuality that could be a great source of transformation and awakening in our time. There is very little knowledge and understanding about female sexuality in our world though. Because we do not grow up in households and communities that teach us the unique mysteries of female sexuality, women mostly learn about sexuality through our sexual encounters with men. We learn how men move, how to please them, how to be like them. Since we are internally both male and female, this immersion into the world of male sexuality can be valuable learning. But if we want to move into the fullness of our own sexuality, then we do well to start exploring the unique ways in which our bodies, and our energy systems as women, want to move sexual energy.

Sexual energy is a tremendous source of vitality and life force. When we own and live our sexual energy, we incarnate – we come to embody the goddess within. We wake up to the moment. Through our sexual flow as women, the worlds are birthed. When we open and allow this energy to flow, we enter the universe of our inner belonging. We begin to embody our own bliss without needing the mirror of the other. And when we come to fully embrace ourselves, we become the best lovers we could ever be. Eventually, we become Lovers of Existence.