Tantrikas work with goddess energy through the use of: mantras – sacred sounds; yantras – “diagrams for working with the energies of life”; mandalas – “graphic symbol[s] of the universe, specifically, a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side”; and, also through ritual practice.
To go into more depth on just one of the above-mentioned methods, a mantra can be considered to be: “… an absolute sound, having no conventional meaning, [that] work[s] on the body and the mind by virtue of [its] vibrational quality.” Indeed, I’ve found very useful and profound to follow Sally Kempton’s recommendation of chanting the mantra shrim [pronounced shreem] to evoke what I understand to be the archetypal energies of the goddess Lakshmi. Shrim (or any other mantra) can be spoken or chanted either aloud or silently. Moreover, mantra repetition can form part of a formal daily meditation practice, or it can be used in response to events that occur in our daily lives. For example, whenever my rational mind begins to churn never-ending fearful or self-bashing thoughts round and around in my head like a washing machine, I find silently chanting shrim and connecting with Lakshmi to be an excellent method for bringing the nose-diving personality back onto an even keel. I immediately feel more positive, hopeful, loving, accepting and fun-filled. This is because Lakshmi negates fear and brings a sense of optimism about the future.
However, the tantric understanding of what constitutes a mantra is much more profound. In fact, for Tantrikas, mantras are the sonic embodiments of the different goddesses: “…a mantra, its deity, and its goal are all one and the same. Thus, for example, Laksmi’s mantra ‘Om Srim Mahalakshmyai Namah’ is the Goddess Laksmi in sonic form; it is her sonic body.”
Edited excerpt from “Looking for Tantra – living the tantric dream”
 Tantrika refers to a practitioner of Tantra.
 Wallis, C.D. (2013) Tantra Illuminated. Mattamayura Press: San Rafael, CA, p.280.
 Van Lysebeth, A. (1995) Tantra – The Cult of the Feminine. Weiser Books: Boston, p.164.
 Kempton, S. (2013) Awakening Shakti. Sounds True: Boulder, CO, p.113.
 Virtue, D. (2004) Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. Hay House: New York & London.
 Wallis, C.D. (2013) Tantra Illuminated. Mattamayura Press: San Rafael, CA, p.141.