What is Tantra — Baltic Tantra Festival

What is Tantra

Very often the word “Tantra” provoke many strange ideas and myths, until you actually try it. So, here’s our experiential introduction of Tantra, to help create more trust and ease. So, what is Tantra really about?

Tantra is an art, a science, a spiritual path and a lifestyle. It is a Sanskrit word which means, to weave, to transform through methods, and to transform poison into nectar. Tantra is a path for people wanting to know themselves, deepen awareness and celebrate all aspects of life. The essence of the path is that it isn’t so concerned with theories about life, but the direct experience of it. It gives us methods to directly experience ourselves. By skillfully playing polarity, the interplay between the masculine and feminine energies, we can energize our practice with enough force to transcend duality (our own limited belief system).

Tantra is inclusive —it uses and accept whatever there is in this moment in order for us to deepen into our nature. The key word is acceptance— in accepting yourself, your desires and your limitations there is an opportunity to transcend them. Tantra allows you to indulge your desires with awareness so they deepen beyond surface desires and needs towards the ultimate longing for Divine unity.

Tantric methods are designed to strip away layers of conditionings that we’ve accumulated and expand our consciousness beyond limiting belief system. Sometimes this can leave us a little shaky because we are accustomed to the comfort of our beliefs, but ultimately, it leads to a deeply satisfying state which is in harmony with our true nature.

What is Tantra?

One of the biggest hurdles in understanding Tantra lies in dismantling the myths and misconceptions that surround it. While some aspects of Tantra do incorporate sacred sexuality, it’s just a single thread in this rich tapestry. The core of Tantra delves into self-exploration, celebrating all facets of the human experience – physical, emotional, and spiritual. It’s not about blind indulgence, but about cultivating a deep awareness of our desires and transforming them into a potent force for personal growth.

Unlike many traditional philosophies that rely heavily on theoretical knowledge, Tantra emphasizes the power of direct experience. It equips individuals with a toolkit of practical techniques designed to foster a deep connection with their inner world. Through meditation, mindful movement practices like yoga, and breathwork techniques, individuals gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and the subtle energetic forces that shape their reality. This experiential wisdom empowers them to break free from the shackles of limiting beliefs and cultivate a sense of wholeness.

Tantra acknowledges the inherent polarities that exist within us and the world around us – masculine and feminine, light and shadow, pleasure and pain. These polarities aren't seen as opposing forces to be conquered, but rather as complementary aspects of a unified whole. By skillfully navigating this dance of duality, practitioners can harness a powerful transformative force.  This isn't about suppressing one side in favor of the other, but rather about integrating them to create a state of balance and harmony. This integration allows us to tap into a wellspring of creative energy and experience life in its full spectrum.

Tantric practices are designed to shed light on the layers of conditioning we accumulate throughout life. These conditioned patterns can limit our potential and create feelings of separation from ourselves and the world around us.  While confronting these shadows can be uncomfortable, it's a necessary step on the path to liberation.  Tantra provides a safe space for exploring these hidden aspects of ourselves, ultimately leading to a state of profound self-acceptance and integration. By embracing our wholeness, we can cultivate a sense of inner peace and radiate a more authentic and magnetic presence in the world.

Tantra offers a transformative approach to life, empowering individuals to cultivate a deep sense of self-awareness, embrace the complexities of existence, and reconnect with the sacred spark that resides within. It's a journey of self-discovery, a celebration of life's rich tapestry, and a path to living a more authentic and fulfilling life.  By weaving together the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of our being, Tantra allows us to experience the profound interconnectedness of all things and cultivate a sense of sacred connection with ourselves, others, and the universe itself.  This journey isn't just about personal transformation, but about contributing to a more harmonious and awakened world.