TANTRA: THE ART OF SEXUAL HEALING by Evalena Rose, M.A.
- TANTRA: THE ART OF SEXUAL HEALING by Evalena Rose, M.A.
Tantra is a beautiful way to heal wounded sexuality and give you back
your body and your life. It combines the ancient spiritual arts of
sacred connection to yourself and others, gleaned from the wisdom
traditions of many paths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism and
Native American spirituality. Using deep and intentional breathing,
imagery and movement, tantra moves the kundalini or vital life force
(prana) through the chakras, opening and energizing them, bringing you
home to yourself.
I began Tantra quite "by accident" during a time when I was most
disgruntled with my sexuality, feeling so little pleasure I didn't care
if I ever made love again. When a friend gifted me a 7 day workshop in
Hawaii, I thought only of sun, beaches and time to laze around. When it
struck me I was in a workshop on sexuality, I thought "Oh, my God, what
have I done now?"
Those 7 days changed my life forever. I learned my body is my own, I can
set boundaries and allow only touch I desire, and I can feel desire and
passion even without a partner. That week restored my holy relationship
with myself. I learned that this body I'd given away so often, trading
sex for love, was actually designed to give me pleasure and fulfillment
in ways that could bring me to the Goddess within.
Tantra opens and activates the chakras and, by moving sexual energy
through them, brings up whatever blocks true passion. My workshop
leaders and dakinis (assistants who come to support sexual healing)
created a sacred temple in which I felt safe to explore the pain of
being sexually violated as a child, breathing through it to the pleasure
beneath. In the exercises I could explode in rage, shake out the blocks,
and reclaim a body ravaged by incest and years of reenactment through
casual sex. It was amazing to be so accepted with all of my pain,
respected and supported for my deep commitment to heal.
Even when the memories were the worst and I needed to be celibate,
Tantra gave me a way to recreate my sexuality and enjoy the movement of
orgasmic energy through my healing tissues. When I could make love, the
practices guided me to connect my heart with my yoni (genitals) and
enjoy a full-bodied extended orgasmic play far more fulfilling than any
sexuality of my former, active life.
Now I find I can make love in hundreds of ways: through breathing alone
with the full moon, running energy with the Goddess in the shower,
touching hands on heart with my beloved and simply breathing love into
each other, or through full, deep sexual exchange. Tantra adds the
spiritual component so making love feels like worship and I feel like a
Goddess being honored. Such a change. My body is now a temple and I
enjoy life within it.
Evalena Rose is the keynote speaker and puja master at POLYCON 11, the
World Polyamory Association's annual Polyamory and Tantra Conference at
Harbin Hot Springs California (2 hours north of S.F., July 29 -31. The
photo above's a scene from one of Evalena's puja ceremonies, like that
she'll lead at Harbin PolyCon 11.
Polys, poly-friendlies, and poly-curious enjoy exclusive use of clothing
optional, sexual free Conference Center area, to enjoy Evalena's
guidance and wisdom, as well as playshops with Susan Campbell, the
Lessins, Dave Doleshal who guide and support us as we expand or
contemplate expanding our love and loving.
Tantra for the Polyamorous, poly vetting, pair dating, trial triading,
help in loving more, jealousy resolution workshops, poly activism, group
tantra, panel discussions, guided encountering, Susan Campbell's
encounter game, cuddle partying, resolution of sour-bonding patterns,
compassionate communication practice, hot music, a poly-tantric ritual
puja led by Evalena, and a culminating party are all yours to share.
Attendees have exclusive access to two huge watsu pools.
Harbin's caterers cook great mealsvegan or non-vegan as you choose.
You can camp, sleep in your R.V. or the carpeted group rooms. Sign up
now for significant discounts. See
<http://www.worldpolyamoryassociation.com/> or call World Polyamory
Association at 808 244-4103 for costs. Some partial scholarships are
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