Tantra is an ancient spiritual system developed long before so-called civilization permeated our culture. The word "Tantra" has many definitions, and perhaps its real meaning has been lost to antiquity. Some scholars claim it comes from the Sanskrit or Hindi word for fabric or tapestry, meaning that it is the weaving together of many consciousnesses. Others say that is comes from two Sanskrit words - tanoti and trayati. Tanoti means to expand consciousness, and trayati means to liberate consciousness. One might then say that Tantra expands and liberates consciousness, weaving the individual into the fabric of existence. While not a religious philosophy, Tantra embraces a deep spiritual understanding of life, and an ancient art of living in harmony with existence. It is a poetic science of "super sexuality" that dates back thousands of years. It was used as a vehicle to achieve cosmic consciousness and union with divinity.

Thousands of years ago, people had achieved a high degree of awareness and an alchemical formula for converting what we know as sex energy - called by many names such as chi, ki, vital force, etc. - using it to enter into a state of divine ecstacy. Their spiritual philosophy held sexuality as a divine rite and an expression of union or yoga. This period was 4300-1700 BC. At the end of this period, the newly developed civilizations failed to develop the deep spiritual connection to this vital energy that we call tantra.

Tantra is the art of spiritualizing "sexuality" getting rid of fear and attachment and choosing instead love and universal acceptance.· Put simply, Tantra is the total surrender, or letting go of all mental, emotional and cultural conditioning, so that universal life energy can again flow though us like a river without any effort. It is a surrendering to universal unity ..to love. When fear disappears, love remains. The process is called Tantra, which can be defined as "sexual intimacy without sexual intercourse."

Tantra treats sexual energy as a loving friend, rather than something to be suppressed or talked about secretly in