Beyond Tantra Seminars
We’ve probably heard the word ‘Tantra’ in popular use. Commonly the word it gets used as a vague reference to either sex cults or prostitution. Here we ask “What is Tantra, what’s the benefit? Moreover, if Tantra is good, why go beyond it?”
The teaching of Tantra has its origins over four thousand years ago in the text Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. Though this method embraces desire, it includes developing our ability to say ‘no.’ 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.
Going beyond Tantra involves not being bound to the limitation of ancient scripture or teachers. This includes experience of sexuality but isn’t limited to that important part of life. Tantra is not about sexual licence, it’s about conscious living and that means not relying on habits of mind (auto pilot.) Unfortunately, many popular beliefs rest on habits of mind including beliefs about Tantra. The consummation of any philosophy or self inquiry is to be intelligently well adapted to the ever changing world. Unfortunately, many beliefs limit the seekers ability to adapt. Todd and Sharon discuss some of these questions head on in the first talk (details below) on Integrity and the Honesty Facade.
Sharon is a hypnotherapist who focuses on emotionally charged habits of thinking and surpassing our unfounded beliefs. Her work, rather than focusing 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. As Sharon says, when we consciously disobey old beliefs, something new becomes possible.
Todd is a co-founding member of The Vivriti Foundation in India. He is an author of three books and a blogger with a focus on non-traditional sexuality, meditation and conscious self-inquiry. Todd also volunteers for The Bureau of Erotic Discourse (or BED.) This organization gives seminars on the culture of sexual consent at both Burning Man and regional Burner events.
Our speakers met when Todd was a teen and they became friends. Later, they entered an open, non-monogamous relationship and they have been lovers for nearly 25 years.
When we consciously disobey old beliefs, something new becomes possible.
The talk involves …
- Freedom, sex & non-monogamy
- Meditation, Orgasm & dissolving identity
- Choices & adaptation
- Intelligence, emotion & experience
- Pros & cons of Tantric scripture
- Spiritual make-believe
- Improving our understanding
- Q & A at the end