This is an intermediate level of study. It is more involved than our beginner programs. It is intended for healers, therapists, energy workers, as well as for Yoga, meditation, mantra practitioners and teachers.
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Tantra is an alchemy of the soul focused on healing and liberation from suffering the negative influences of the past into a state of spiritually awakened vibrancy in the present moment. When you begin your study of Tantra, you will learn Tantric Sound Healing as a form of spiritual self-care. You can then apply this knowledge in your professional practice as a healer, therapist, or yoga teacher. This program is an intermediate level in our Yogic Mystery School.
This program and its powerful methods are designed to benefit for healers, therapists, energy workers, caregivers, artists, yoga practitioners, and teachers, meditation practitioners and teachers, mantra practitioners, and teachers, and Tantra practitioners and teachers.
At first, you learn to stimulate your energy body gently using the medium of sacred sound in the chakras. The method slows you down and changes your perception. As you advance in the technique, you learn more sophisticated ways of working with subtle energies. Gradually, you learn to flow with awakened spiritual energy.
Descriptions of the methods will not make any sense unless you undergo the process. In Tantra, you don't read about things. You wade into it, like how you would wade into the ocean. You will learn to do this methodically, step-by-step, and in ways that are intended to be safe and karmically clean. You will never be required to compromise your integrity or personal safety at any point. Once you get your feet wet, you can learn to dive deep. However, please be sure to read the section on triggering below.
You can always begin with self-study. The entire process is essentially between you and your body. And you learn to use your voice in combination with sacred touch upon your own body. This method is a form of self-healing and self-care with many therapeutic benefits, the most important of which is slowing down and getting in touch with your spiritual processes as they unfold. Having a teacher to guide you on this journey is valuable, but that is a choice you need to make yourself. Please note that in our system, the teacher is not guiding you with sexual practice. This is explained in the section below.
Although our sexuality is very much a part of the methodology, and while our sexual energies integrate into the process, our training does not teach explicit practices about Tantric sex or help individuals address their sexual intimacy issues. Those who learn the two phases of the Mastery of Tantra might well integrate this knowledge into sexual practices with their respective partner in meaningful ways.
The processes are safe for any reasonable and healthy psyche. However, if you have psychological conditions that you have not addressed or conditions you have only partially dealt with, you might well trigger stuff. The first phase, chakra visesha, is stimulating, while the second phase, tantra nyasa, is calming. For the most part, the process is calming and will help you slow down, provided you apply yourself responsibly with moderation. Please keep in mind that the instructor, Russill Paul, is not a therapist nor medical professional who can support your process if you need medical or therapeutic support. We recommend this program for therapists who could use the methods and then integrate the practices into their tool kits for clients.
Private, one-on-one coaching taken for this program will help you integrate the practices and give you direct feedback on how you are applying yourself. Private coaching is a "whole-person" approach. The individual sessions that come with this program are more to help a student understand the practices for themselves and to learn how to apply the methods for enhanced effects while taking into consideration a student's particular needs and goals.
We've got programs from beginner to advanced levels.
Perfect for healers, therapists, yoga practitioners and teachers. Also useful for anyone who wants to slow down or stimulate their energy body. Students learn both objectives in this two phase curriculum of sound and touch.
The essential curriculum for Mastery of Tantra begins with seed syllables (bīja) and the placements of sound in the chakras. This highly specialized chakra practice is foundational. Books or the internet do not reveal the secrets to this process. You can only learn only through close association with an adept. In this sophisticated track, we present a systematic process that begins with "Healing the Throat Chakra", which then progresses more in-depth into other chakras using a combination of sound and sacred touch together with methods of perception that we develop rather characteristically in Tantra. These powerful methods are not easy to explain. One arrives at them only through application.
Each simple-to-learn phase requires a dedicated application. You must indeed be passionate about Tantra, which is about non-ordinary methods of perception and the cultivation of direct awareness. And you must be patient. While you may begin your study of this foundational aspect of Tantra at any phase (as a beginner or advanced student or teacher), there are layers and levels of understanding that will reveal the deeper dimensions of Tantric practice. It is in this context that the process of private, one-on-one coaching is pertinent. The two phases of The Mastery of Tantra are the foundation for more profound exploration levels in Tantra, although each is complete.
The practices of Tantra closes the gap between body and mind. You develop an intimacy with your body through sacred touch as you learn how to affect the chakras through sacred sound powerfully. You also learn how to slow down in our fast-paced world so you can tap into deeper dimensions of your energy field.
This initial phase, begins with "Healing the Throat Chakra". Students who have studied this previously will find that we have developed the practice to a high degree of sophistication since our 12 years of Yogic Mystery School. You progress into "Empowering the Chakras" while still using your throat chakra and sound as the medium.
The goal of this phase is to practice "Chakra Viśeṣa Upāsana" which is a powerful way of affecting the chakras through sacred sound in combination with other practices. This practice also serves as a prelude to the Shodasha Upacara, which is healing ritual built around the feminine that advanced students study and practice.
This is a fairly advance and involved practice although it is an aspect of our intermediate level programs. These placements using mantras fortify the energy body and help create a strong energy field for the Tantric practitioner.
While the practice is self-sufficient, it is also part of a larger and more extensive practice that serves as the postlude for the Shodasha Upacara healing ritual built around the divine feminine that many of our advanced students study and practice.
Nyasa is one of the hallmarks of the Tantric Path. It not only helps us slow down so we can tap into experience more deeply, but it is also facilitates alternate forms of perception.
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What is Tantra?
The word Tantra derives from the root "tan" meaning, "to weave" as in weaving cloth, or weaving a web. We teach a form of Tantra known as Sri Vidya, but we integrate this tradition with psychology and the world's great spiritual traditions.
What is the Sri Vidya tradition of Tantra?
Tantra has been documented for about 1500 years in sacred texts, although it is quite ancient. Sri Vidya is a highly respected tradition that is revered even by orthodox Hindus. It is a wisdom tradition (gnostic) that integrates the spiritual revelation of the Vedas. It is a path of spiritual liberation and enlightenment, of personal self-transformation and deep healing.
Can anyone do this kind of Tantra?
Anyone can do this kind of Tantra because you begin wherever you are. Tantra is a powerful path of liberation and spiritual enlightenment for those who have not renounced the world. It is a house-holder's path, meaning, it is intended for those with families, living a healthy life in the world. Of course, you could be single and living alone as well. So yes, anyone can do it, meaning, you do not need to be a renunciate.
Are there psychological benefits to Tantra?
Tantra can be quite useful in dealing with the residual effects of trauma, healing forgotten emotional wounds, calming restlessness in mind, satisfying yearnings deep in the soul, addressing issues of spiritual disempowerment, and transforming challenging relationships. Tantra can also help with grief, depression, anxiety, anger management, and other psychological conditions, provided the practitioner is not looking to Tantra to replace professional medical treatment or licensed psychotherapy.
What does Tantra involve? Does one evolve through it?
In our Yogic Mystery School, Tantra is the process of integrating all parts of the self into cohesive wholeness. It is an ongoing process of transformation by which we learn to live with vibrant, awakened spiritual consciousness daily. As long as one is committed to continuous change with integrity of character, and as long as we are honest about our process, we will continue to evolve.
Are there levels to Mastery of Tantra training?
Yes, there are levels to the training. We recommend the Mastery of Mantra as a foundation for the advanced levels since we use mantras as a form of sacred speech and magic in the higher levels. To say the mantras a certain way helps create a spiritual "effect" that is important in Tantra. Students may also enter into The Mastery of Mantra after completing The Mastery of Tantra. If you prefer not to study mantra pronunciation, that will not prevent you from exploring the deeper levels of Tantra through our Yogic Mystery School.
Can Tantra be adapted to fit a person's specific needs?
Yes, it can be adapted to address specific needs. For instance, we are working with deeply lodged energy patterns (samskaras) that continue to have a negative influence upon our day-to-day consciousness, the quality of our relationships, our capacity to excel in what we do in the world: our lifework.
Is Tantra a form of Yoga? Does it involve postures and stretches?
Yoga is an aspect of Tantra. It is not required to learn Tantra. The study of Tantra can significantly enhance your yogic experience if you are a yoga practitioner or teacher. We do not teach specific postures, although we might recommend them for those who are yoga practitioners and teachers. Those who are not yoga practitioners can do the same practices in simple positions, even seated on a chair. Hand gestures, called mudras, together with mudras related to other parts of the body and breath practices (pranayama), and sacred movements that facilitate energy flow characterize the Tantric Yoga we teach that anyone can practice.
Does Tantra work with the chakras? Will it increase energy flow?
Yes, the chakras are an integral aspect of Tantra. Every Tantric practitioner evolves in understanding and the control of the flow of energy in the chakras. There are many levels of knowledge of the chakras and many dimensions to working with them. The chakras guide us towards our enlightenment, help us with our healing, and monitor our transformation.
Is there a daily practice? Does it develop into a lifestyle?
Yes, we try and practice every day a little bit. As we grow in our application of the practices, we begin to experience a palpable enrichment in our consciousness. As our understanding of the practices deepens, it becomes a lifestyle. In the advanced levels, we practice all of the time because of the enhanced quality of consciousness we consciously enjoy.