Tantric approach to self-empowerment

We can never be truly self-empowered if we ignore the plight of others. Rooted firmly in our own inner strength, we recognise our interconnectedness with all other sentient and non-sentient beings via the energy of the one consciousness (Shakti) that breathes life through us all. Refusing to contract in the face of pain and anguish, we maintain a receptive attitude and find ways to use the power of our actions, words or thoughts (on the physical or transpersonal planes) to bring compassion, love and healing to those who suffer.

Philosophically, Tantra is thoroughly ecological. It recognizes the ultimate unity, even identity, of all beings and things. Otherness is a mental artefact. Translated into social action, Tantric practitioners must not erect intellectual or emotional walls between themselves and other beings or between themselves and inanimate things. Since everything participates in the ultimate Reality, which is pure Consciousness, there is nothing that is not Consciousness.[1]

By bypassing the discursive rational mind, Tantra accepts everything and responds through love (by loving). Consequently, non-violence in thought, word and deed is an important tool to use in our quest for self-empowerment. Only the rational mind would deem it to be appropriate to exploit or abuse others in our drive for life experience and/or spiritual advancement. As such, at the heart of non-violent speech and action is self-awareness and the ability to transcend the automatic responses of the ego-led personality. “Tantra is absolutely nonviolent. It says, if you cannot be nonviolent with yourself, you cannot be nonviolent with anyone else.”[2]

Sam Red, 28 May 2015

[1] Feuerstein, G. (1998) Tantra: the Path to Ecstasy. Shamballa Publications: Boston & London, p.270.

[2] Osho. (2010) The Book of the Secrets. St Martin’s Press: New York, p.427.

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