Beyond Tantra Seminars
Here we ask “What is Tantra, what’s the benefit? Moreover, if Tantra is good, why go beyond it?” We’ve probably heard the word ‘Tantra’ in popular use as a vague reference to spiritualized sexuality or prostitution.
Tantra has its origins over four thousand years ago in Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. The text embraces desire as a means of self-discovery, it ALSO includes developing an ability to say ‘no’ to desire. Consider these sutras from the text.
* When a mood against someone or for someone arises, do not place it on the person in question, but remain centered. [Conscious]
* Just as you have the impulse to do something, Stop.
* When some desire comes, consider it. Then, suddenly, quit it.
Tantra is about being more conscious, not living on autopilot or bound to habits including habits of thinking. Going beyond Tantra involves freeing ourselves from authority, the limitations of scripture, teachers or superstitions that undermine our self-inquiry. Living consciously includes joyous sexuality but isn’t limited to sex. The flowering of any self-inquiry is not only to discover what’s best in life but also to intelligently adapt to the ever-changing world. Todd and Sharon discuss these issues and more in the first talk – Integrity and the Honesty Facade.
Sharon is a hypnotherapist whose work focuses on emotionally charged habits of thinking. Contrary to fixating on the past or imagining an inner child, she invites conscious choice to change the poorly adapted beliefs from our past. This is de-hypnotherapy.
Todd Vickers is an author of three books with a focus on non-traditional sexuality, meditation and conscious self-inquiry. He publishes noshameinsex.com which explores conscious non-monogamy. He is also a member of The Bureau of Erotic Discourse (or BED), a group of volunteers that gives seminars on the culture of consent at Burning Man
Sharon and Todd entered an open, non-monogamous, polyamorous relationship twenty five years ago.
When we consciously disobey old beliefs, something new becomes possible.
The talk involves …
- Freedom, sex & non-monogamy
- Meditation, Orgasm & dissolving identity
- Intelligence, emotion & experience
- Spiritual make-believe
- Improving our understanding
- Q & A