How Erotic is Tantric Sex?

Published | Updated August 7, 2020
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How Erotic is Tantric Sex?

Tantra philosophy and practices include all aspects of life, nothing is left out, nothing is better or worse, which means that eroticism, sex and sexuality are naturally part of Tantra.

Nevertheless, misconceptions are rather prevalent when it comes to what Tantric Sex means. It’s often brought as having slow sex, longer sex, increasing intimacy, or having better and more orgasms. This all may be a side effect of Tantric Sex, but it isn’t its aim. It hasn’t much to do with extraordinary sex poses or the Kama Sutra either.

The actual goal of Tantric Sex practices is to let go of day-to-day subjective consciousness and to dissolve the ego (the feeling of separateness) into a form of consciousness where there’s no separation between the individual, others and the Universe. The Tantric sex partner serves as a help to come to this higher union and may equally benefit from the practice.

In fact, Tantric Sex uses sexual experiences for spiritual purposes, which includes awareness and mindfulness, and harnessing, redirecting and transforming sexual energy into spiritual energy with the aim of spiritual advancement and experiencing oneness and universal bliss accordingly.

Tantric Sex is sex done with full concentration for which there are several techniques taught. These techniques may indeed be certain sex positions, but they also include Tantric breathwork, Orgasm Control, Chakra and Kundalini energy work and meditative practices. In Tantric Sex, one is focused entirely on the present moment and what is happening on the physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual plane with yourself and your partner.

Of course, sexual energy needs to be aroused first to be able to flow at all, and this is where the “erotic” part comes into play. In fact, from out a Tantric perspective, eroticism is simply a kind of foreplay, relating to the arousal of sexual desire and excitement. This can certainly be pleasurable, and sure — Tantra embraces all aspects of life, but to get “stuck” on the erotic level is, according to Tantric ideas, a lost chance.

In any case, what often goes wrong with Tantra in the West is that we get focused or obsessed by one of its aspects or practices, and make it a BIG BIG thing. And that is exactly what Tantra is NOT about. It’s about balance, including every thing equally, leaving nothing out, but not stressing things either. It’s about union and peace, it’s a kind of gentle “middle way” and excessiveness may be one of its tools to reach that, but never an end.

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