What we know of human consciousness is likely to be only a fraction of what’s humanly possible. We seem to be mostly aware of the physiological and rational capacities of our human bodies and minds. Yet, I assume we’ve all heard the statistics about the tiny portion of our brains that we actually use, notwithstanding the fact that the remaining parts haven’t atrophied, which would plausibly be the case if they weren’t being utilized in some way – perhaps in a way that we’re not yet consciously aware of. Moreover, Tantra and Taoism suggest that each and every cell of the body has consciousness i.e. our organ of awareness is not solely the brain/mind. In Tantra, we’re encouraged to explore the elements of the human consciousness that are most evident, embodying and transforming our innate drives and responses rather than resisting or denying them; yet, at the same time, we’re asked to open ourselves to those areas of human consciousness that aren’t so readily accessible from the vantage point of ordinary awareness (the day-to-day rational/emotional state). As such, Tantra promotes the integration of body, mind and spirit. It rejects no facet of physicality i.e. Tantra neither negates nor dominates – attitudes that are typical of modernism. Instead, tantric practices are very much concerned with consciously experiencing what it means to be human, with awareness and non-attachment; yet, at the same time, transcending the rationality of modernity/postmodernity and anchoring our consciousness (more) firmly in the transrational. This is possible if, as practitioners of Tantra, we “have passed through the modern rationality, and know and acknowledge it. […] [and] do not decide between spirituality and rationality, but integrate both”.
Extract from “Looking for Tantra”
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 Dietrich, W. (2012) Interpretations of Peace in History and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan: London & New York.
 Ibid, p.266.