The Tantric Healing Approach – a Holistic Alternative process
The word Tantra is too often understood as a reference of sex or sexuality. I don’t say sexuality is not a part of Tantra, but reducing Tantra to the search of a cosmic orgasm (and hope for enlightenment!), well, it’s a limitation I don’t want to restrain myself in… Because Tantra is all BUT sustaining limitation.
From experience, I know that if we don’t work on ourselves before anything else, and learn to know ourselves deeper, nothing will really change in our life to make it better. And sexuality is no exception: if we want to improve our sex-life, we have to understand our own desires, recognize our patterns, and make some necessary changes in our life to reach our expectations. Be aware that it is a process, which takes time.
Tantra is a quest for spiritual perfection. Its purpose is to achieve complete control of oneself, so as to attain union with the universality, and the divine aspect within every living being. There is no separation, no duality, Tantra is a path towards unity, oneness.
Tantra Yoga and Tantric Healing are a holistic approach, and provide practical tools to realize the highest ideals of spirituality in daily life. Instead of separating, dividing and categorizing, their aim of is to expand awareness in all states of consciousness, and arise from ignorance, intolerance, attachment, and selfishness, to free our consciousness from its limitations:
« To accomplish this, we need a kind of « deprogramming » and « reprogramming » of our human computer. Our birth in a particular place and time gives us our primary programming, influenced by heredity and environment. If we are content with the results and live our lives without too many problems, then we will see no need for change. But when we experience great difficulties in life or begin to seek something beyond our limited « program » then we need a way to alter it […] Tantra Yoga teaches us to identify the various factors that influence our thoughts and feelings and to transcend the obstacles to our evolution. By refining our thoughts and feelings by means of these Tantra Yoga practices, we learn to create peace, harmony, and order within ourselves ». (source: http://www.sanatansociety.org/yoga_and_meditation/tantra_yoga.htm#.VEyxUhaqIpR)
In this spirit, I believe that Yoga and Tantra, no matter our background, culture, race, believes, health conditions, etc, help us not to change, but rather to reveal and to cultivate our True Nature, our Authentic Self or Universal Essence (whatever you want to name it), already present within us.
Tantra Yoga and Tantric Healing assert that desires are natural, and universal: we all have desires (if not, it means we’re dead…). The constant presence of desire arouses a yearning and love for the desired object. Desires create attachment, and as long as we embody them, we cultivate them, we create responsive patterns, which become with time automatic if not pathological. People become slaves to their desires (which constitute the lower part of the personality, covering and hiding the Authentic Essence of the Self) and fall prey to agitation, loneliness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, selfishness and/or misery.
« How do you listen? Do you listen with your projections, through your projection, through your ambitions, desires, fears, anxieties, through hearing only what you want to hear, only what will be satisfactory, what will gratify, what will give comfort, what will for the moment alleviate your suffering? If you listen through the screen of your desires, then you obviously listen to your own voice; you are listening to your own desires. And is there any other form of listening? Is it not important to find out how to listen not only to what is being said but to everything to the noise in the streets, to the chatter of birds, to the noise of the tramcar, to the restless sea, to the voice of your husband, to your wife, to your friends, to the cry of a baby? Listening has importance only when one is not projecting one’s own desires through which one listens. Can one put aside all these screens through which we listen, and really listen? » – J. Krishnamurti (The Book of Life, January 2, Harper San Francisco, 1995)
Naked Healing Touch offers practical tools for reprogramming the mind, speaking to the spirit through the body, recreating the lost connection between them.