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A lthough we in the Western world consider ourselves to be living in a sexually liberated society we are really just beginning to emerge from centuries of repression. Many religions and meditative traditions have customarily required that initiates refrain from sensual practices since there was widespread fear that such experiences would distract disciples from their spiritual responsibilities. These cultural influences taught us that as human-beings we should deny the animal drives within ourselves and strive to rise above the temptations of our primal natures. Some of us even grew up believing that what is down there is bad dirty or shameful rather than a natural part of our human anatomyand experience. These influences remnants of a puritanical society are still present in our culture today. Education in the art of sexuality is limited almost exclusively focused on the physical and tragically lacking a depth of understanding as to the value of a profoundly nurturing sexual relationship. As a result we are consistently receiving mixed messages that make having a truly liberated sex life difficult to the point that we all seem to struggle with feelings of disconnect and the desire for true fulfillment. Another byproduct of this history of oppression is that ancient practices like Tantra which celebrate the union of mind body and spirit have been pushed into the shadows or misinterpreted so as to focus almost exclusively on erotic components. While today we often hear Tantra and automatically think Tantric sex the true path of Tantra is less about having adventurous and exotic intercourse than it is about embracing every aspect of human experience as sacred and necessary. Tantra is not a religion it is an approach to life and an attitude towards living. Tantra asks us to celebrate being alive in this world in this body at this time in space. It asks us to connect with ourselves with others with nature and our experience of daily life so that each moment can be lived in ecstasy. Embracing Duality Tantra teaches us that sexuality suffering and even the dark side of existence are not actually bad but rather that all of life is a harmonious balance wherein opposing forces work together to create a whole and vibrant tapestry. Tantra maintains that the world and all of nature including human nature contains a perfect partnership of both feminine and masculine energy. These energies are not only complimentary but of equal importance and we all contain a unique combination of both. By understanding the dance of the masculine and feminine within ourselves and the world around us we are better able to enter into a profound relationship with our true nature and therefore find greater empowerment in our interactions with others and with life itself. Tantra The New Frontier By Hannah Borababy 30 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETJUNE2015