So excited to announce:
Mark Hamill will be joining Lizz Winstead, Sarah Silverman and a star studded cast for Lady Parts Justice Life Is A Living Nightmare: A Telethon To Fix It February 1st!
Tune into https://www.ladypartsjustice.com to live stream it at 9PM EST/6PM PST!
Here's a pleasant exchange I just had with a FB interlocutor, who denounced me as well as Corey Robin for being, well, you know, running dog lackeys and all. Who is this fucking guy?
James Livingston Will Amos, thanks so much. You're a punkass moron, and hereafter you will stay away from this page. I disagree with Corey Robin on some issues, but he's among the half dozen most valuable public intellectuals of our time.
Will Amos That's about what I expected.
Try this on for size, Ms. Deneuve, et al., and see how it fits. My guess is that it won't, but the garment will leave you naked nonetheless--not like Lady Godiva, who went willingly, but rather like that oblivious emperor who had no clothes and yet insisted he was still in the costume of a king.
Two very different takes on the Trump phenomenon. Corey Robin, of the Yale school--we're a robust country of courts and parties with deep roots and durable democratic commitments--vs. Van Gosse of the Rutgers school--we're a confused country of courts and parties with fragile roots and frail commitments to democratic norms. I think they're both right. Political schizophrenia R Us: To be an American is to argue about what it means to be an American.
A hitherto unpublished Hannah Arendt lecture from 1967 has surfaced, now published as below. If I understand her correctly, she's revising without repudiating the arguments of On Revolution (1962). There she showed that the American Revolution succeeded and the French Revolution failed because the "social question"--what to do about these proles?--was effectively displaced here by two unique features of colonial life: slavery on the one hand, and abundant land (property) on the other.
In view of the revolutionary upheavals of the 60s, and the consistent failure of the great 20th-century revolutions (Mexico, Russia, China, Cuba) to deliver on the promise of freedom, Arendt began to wonder if poverty itself was an impediment rather than an incentive to revolution. The peasants and the proles never led the way--they always followed the bourgeois radicals into the slaughterhouse of the Terror. More important, their liberation from the shackles of poverty and invisibility--social death, we now call it--couldn't ready them for freedom, which is to say political self-representation and action.
Arendt's distinction between liberation and freedom maps exactly onto Isaiah Berlin's distinction between negative and positive freedom. And it verifies her insistence that the US Constitution was not the Thermidor of the American Revolution, but rather its fulfillment. The founding of this nation-state made freedom, in her old-fashioned Aristotelian idiom, possible. And necessary.
To my mind, Arendt's argument in this lecture effectively dismantles the opposition, or the tension, between redistribution and recognition that has animated so many arguments about identity politics. Recognition as she understood it, being acknowledged by your fellow citizens in performing political virtue, couldn't happen without the kind and scale of redistribution that revolutionary moments--notice, not movements, she's well aware that such moments are, for the most part, unintended consequences--almost always produce.
I'm going to read it again. These are my notes so far.
At P/L Live, another foray into The Odyssey, this time comparing translations and wondering what the differences mean. The prompt was Daniel Mendelsohn's beautiful, poignant memoir, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic (2017). I juxtapose his translation of the first stanza against Emily Wilson's and go from there.
I'm not offended by the manifesto now attached to Catherine Deneuve's signature, but i'm troubled by it. Because it refurbishes the notion that feminists are man-hating harpies who oppose sexual freedom. Because it ignores the possibility that the workplace--where the complaints have been concentrated--is the central place in a new reckoning with male privilege and power. Mostly because the concluding paragraphs are, at best, inane. Here are two, with my comments.
"Today we are educated enough to understand that sexual impulses are, by nature, offensive and primitive--but we are also able to tell the difference between an awkward attempt to pick someone up and what constitutes a sexual assault."
Are we? Isn't that the question at hand, and doesn't your formulation make sexual attraction and consummation sound like a matter of animal drives, maybe even brute force, even when we know, after all these years--OK, centuries--that human sex acts were never only primitive, or physical, or merely instinctual episodes of rutting in season?
"Incidents that can affect a woman’s body do not necessarily affect her dignity and must not, as difficult as they can be, necessarily make her a perpetual victim. Because we are not reducible to our bodies. Our inner freedom is inviolable. And this freedom that we cherish is not without risks and responsibilities."
Of course you're not reducible. But freedom begins with the knowledge that you control your own body, and can take it to places your parents or your masters or your officers or your employers have forbidden. If someone can violate your body at will, or order it to act in ways that countermand your conscience, you know you're not free.
Your "inner" freedom doesn't mean a goddamn thing unless you can navigate your body, its vessel, in the world--not in abstention or release from it, but by shaping it. If you can't pilot this ship through these waters, if you can't move your body about in space without threat or external limit, you do not own your self. You are not free.
You could read that as a brief for possessive individualism. Not as Macpherson defined it, but close.
Deneuve sounds so French, so Cartesian: we're free of these mundane considerations because our bodies don't matter. They're mere hosts of the reason that resides in the renunciation of this sensuous, physical world, where desire, suffering, and strife taint our minds.
There's some irony. Descartes (calling Sartre) still haunts this place, no matter what the subject.
When did this Oprah thing happen? Woke up this morning and suddenly she's in the race, as it were? Hell, I'd vote for anybody running against His Orangeness, but I'm asking on behalf of the residual historian in me.
Grist for Tim Lacy's mill over at S-USIH, from, of course, Jacobin. This essay could have been written in 1975 by Jesse Lemisch, who bought the line that "consensus history" was very bad, very bad, because it ignored all that glorious class struggle in the American past.
Thus Richard Hofstadter appears as the toadie of the elitists and the reactionaries--after all, he and William Appleman Williams (a Marxist!) claimed that the Populists were bourgeois men on the make, men, and I do mean men, who wanted to restore a small holder economy regulated by pure competition between firms, not strangled by trusts and corporations ("big business"). Men who would use the unlimited powers of the state to accomplish that restoration.
The Populists were exactly that, and that is the problem with Populism, of the American kind or any other.. They want to restore the vanished past of the bourgeois virtues that accompany self-ownership and a competitive marketplace. They can't see a way forward, so their politics are inevitably a nostalgic dead end.
More to say tomorrow. But for now, this essay has the musty smell of something written forty years ago. P.S. The very idea of conflict without consensus is inane, rhetorically as well as historically illiterate.
PLEASE READ THIS. IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE LAWLESSNESS THAT WE LIVING UNDER LIKE THE ONE I POSTED YESTERDAY, OF THE COLD BLOODED MURDER-BY-COP OF THE UNARMED JUVENILE IN A COURT ROOM WHO WAS DEFENDING HIS MOTHER. SOMEHOW WE MUST FIND A CAUSE UNDER WHICH ALL OF US CAN ASSEMBLE... FOR THE PURPOSE OF THROWING OUT THE FASCISTS.
5 Powder Day Black Runs Ate Up This Morning Thanks To this Legend! I thought I was just going to take it easy the first few days!
Good mates don't let you miss powder days ✌️❄️
Feel free to jump over and follow my Instagram @rhynnasser I share ancient wisdom in a modern way, busines and life style hacks, we go to at least 5 countries a year on average the past 8 years and this year is already set for that. You meet my friends, I can get deeply spiritual like this video and mostly you just get a glimpse into my lifestyle! Plus any VALUE I may AND WILL GIVE!
It is a very un salesey account and fully open to feed back on what you would love to see and hear from me also!
Occasionally I'll talk about opportunities I have coming up and you can expect a wide swing of topics at times, From business hacks and spiritual insights and life style design ideas!
In case you haven't already discovered... I am a multi cultural person with a lot of content and color too share! A deep desire to awaken people's inner potential and a love for business, individualism, community, travel, human potential, cultures, disrupting the status quote, leaving the planet better and spiritual practices!
My unique experience training with Monks, Taoist scholars, kungfu masters, healers, human potential leaders and following my own path in life and business, running multiple 7 figure businesses and mentoring 100's of people from high level sports stars, high preforming entrepreneurs and to mentoring people from zero to multiple millions, all this gives me a unique edge and understanding many don't have!
I am not, "just a accept life as it is kind of dude!"
For now - may the force be with you and remember take 2018 not to serious you must!
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Tonight I am bartending for fun at the family bar. It is a private cocktail bar and it is invitational only! Good chance you may get a laugh on my insta stories tonight!
Meeting the Tao brothers Jiro and Kyle on day 1 in Tokyo Ueno!
These guys are brothers for life ✌️
So many laughs, magic and funny stories
The food in Japan too is just epic!
It dawned on me today a deeper appreciation that I am living my dream life and I get to do what I love on deeper levels then ever before!
This year is going to be an exceptional year of manifestation, creation and actualization!
Deeply impacting the customers I work with to step into their own power and create their own life they love too!
I've been traveling the world and teaching for over 10years now. It finally feels like I have woke to my calling and potential!
Lots of possibilities and creation to take place this year and the feeling is awesome to have it all organized and aligned as I move forward to new levels of lifestyle design, wealth, love and contribution!
As I said in yesterday post!
The value of a person resides in what he or she GIVES and not in what he or she is capable of RECEIVING!
#tokyo #japan #givebackstrategy #friends #globalcitizen
Life is constant and always changing! I remember watching a film about Hatsumi Sensei while training with Shaolin Monks in 2007 in China. The film was about the art of ninjutsu thanks to brother Fane DelaMotte Hervey for lending me this film.
One part stuck with me, how the characters that described key principles of the art actually change in meaning over time with the years of practice, maturity and evolution with the art! How the meaning of one character won't change in writing but it meaning it will as you evolve!
This quote I wrote 7 years ago on this day. It is funny because I was thinking the same thing constantly the past few months! It's the same quote in writing yet now it has a different meaning to me even though the words are the same.
This is what excites me the most about being a person of principles!
They evolve as you do and will hold slightly different meanings and new perspectives over time!
Some think it is boring and restrictive to up hold principles we live by! To me it keeps me radically honest, self aware, guided and alive! I think with out these qualities you can't grow far!
That's my thoughts. Nothing to profound!
Just landed in Tokyo closing my incredible Taiwan trip now.
Coming up Japan Journey and Taiwan review.
Coming up now in Japan
-Catching up with my Tokyo crew and family for 3 days.
- 1 and half day of busines.
- A fun night of bar tending for friends at Smooth Bar because if life gets to serious you lose the spark in life it self! (Small invitational only bar of my brothers Dai)
- Tao Yoga training and healing with Jesse for half day.
- 7 days of Snowboarding
- Nozawa Fire Festival!
- High priority client sessions and business and life style integration at its best.
- Hot springs and beautiful Japanese food/culture.
- Holiday and Vision planning.
- Well needed me time
- Kick is with piggy and his family.
Quick Review of Taiwan
Taiwan has been great
I've honestly had such a great time on my 5 days here in Taipei.
I can only really speak of Taipei and the outer regions of the city.
Food and culture - I've loved diving in and eating many Taiwanese dishes and sweets. It's been good for the soul. (That's the feeling) I hit my bucket list here I've ate many great dishes and done my best to get a good sample of just Taiwanese culture.
Bridges and roads.
(I know random right.) I am quite impressed with the bridges and roads I have seen on my travels around Taipei and the outer parts of Taipei traveling into the mountains. Especially the bridges and high roads. The quality and infrastructure of these were awesome, winding through mountains over the water and so on. Very well built bridges and high roads I noticed.
Buildings in Taipei.
The architecture in Taiwan really impressed me also. I've seen some really cool buildings the past 5 days. Taipei 101 is a great example of that, however many other buildings from appartments, hotels and business buildings are really well designed and pleasing to the eyes with a uniqueness to them which was not odd.
Taiwan hands down has some of the best massages in the world. I have spent about 100k on massages over the years around the world (I don't know if this is a good thing or not ) I've found the standard in Taiwan to be really great and so good for health and how you feel
So much I will always pop by Taiwan on my travels just to get a massage, experience the culture and explore more of its hidden treasures.
This surprised me.
I went to a bar on my last night after a massage with friends. I got to spend time with Taiwanese friends and this was quite awesome as cultures tend to deeply intrigue me.
I ordered a Negroni and then an Old fashion. The standard again was world class. High quality booze, mixed with great products, knowledge and professionalism. He was Japanese trained, which Japan has a special style of bartending which is unique. I was genuinely impressed by this standard and hence why I ordered another drink.
I stayed 5 nights at the newly built Caeser Metro Taipei. I traded this in from air bnb. Better decision.
I must say, I prefer the convenience, concierge and awesome service that comes with staying at a hotel. They were all very friendly and accommodating which was great. My room on floor 11 looked over Longshan temple too which was just shinning. I tend to see auras around everything especially if it is a scared site or energy spot. Well over a decade of solid internal practices really changes the way we see the world.
Over all, Taipei is a modern city, great food, vibrant life, the people are friendly and it is a multi cultural place which gives a really unique feel to it. Partly you feel the Japanese presence, then Chinese culture then western influence, then straight up Taiwanese culture and language too. It is basically like a cocktail of good ingredients swirled around with both modern and ancient culture blended with its own expression of what is uniquely Taiwan. By all means I am no expert and there is much more to explore here.
That's it for me. On board now to my Japanese home and will just take time soaking everything in and getting ready for the new life!
We are about to take off!
Before I close this post... I will leave a quote at the end I want you to ponder for this year or life!
Always make the most out of life even if the weather is not favorable! This means more then just the weather of course! Life in general!
Taiwan was raining heavy the first 4 out of 5 days I was there. I just embraced it fully and went out everyday to make the most of my plans completely and it was amazing! I never let the weather dictate my fun or experience! Something I am still getting better at with life in general! The umbrella in my hand brought back some awesome memories! A Taoist master from a famous Chinese medical family of 200 years actually taught me a ancient family short cane form for health and self defence. Walking around with the umbrella for 4 days straight brought these teachings and lessons back to life in full. It is amazing what hidden treasures we have in our bodies. It made me realize I actually walk around with so many hidden treasures in my body I don't nearly value enough. What do you have within you that you don't nearly value enough of you have forgotten?
Leaving this quote for you!
"The value of a man resides in what he GIVES and not in what he is capable of RECEIVING!"
If you want a freshened up epic 2018! Just focus on what you can GIVE!
It should not be the law of attraction, it should be the law of receiving. However if you want to be a person of VALUE and ramp up your natural ability to have a NATURAL ATTRACTION force field in your life! Focus on your GIVE BACK PLAN FOR 2018 and LIFE!
Give fully and the only warning would be! ⚠️ Be clean around your boundaries of where your giving with an expectation of something in return, (that's not actually giving) and be clean around where your giving unhealthily in your life just to be used by those around you! Yes people actually do this and have massive leaky energy when they give and they just end up hurt! Clear boundaries legends.
Remember. Giving is all about opening up your personal flow!
There is nothing wrong with giving as a strategy to grow either! It is in fact a great spiritual and real world success secret! Pretty much anyone who does well in life financially is because they give great value in the market! They give! They give! They give!
Remember your value is in how much you GIVE not RECEIVE!
So get your GIVE BACK game strong for 2018 that is the one TIP ☝️ I would give ANYONE who wants an awesome 2018!
On Level 2 on the Zen Archer program we dive deep into this give back plan and it aligns with every area of your life, business, relationships and the charkas!
I find this is a secret weapon for heart centered legends and business owners who want to open more magic in life and give back more to you, others and the market! I created an incredible plan to make this easy for you all!
So reach out if you are interested!
I hope this is of some value to you!
Peace from Tokyo ✌️ and thanks Taiwan for a great time
It's a Taipei 101 kind of Day!
- Elephant Mountain walk in the morning for this view!
- Lunch on the 36 floor of Taipei 101 (the tall building you see in the pics built to model bamboo and was once the tallest building in the world for 2 months )
Deb Morandin, this ticked of your 3 rules, extraordinary view, extraordinary food, extraordinary people.
- I lit some incense and introduced my
self to the Gods at the Taipei Xia- Hai City God Temple. (This is the tradition) this temple was built according to geomancy feng shui prevailing then! This was actually quite a powerful and magical experience that happened for me. I seen gods move, something was moving my incense and if I say anymore people will think I have lost my marbles ha Total Power Energy Spot!
I am now back to deliver a live transformational call for the Zen Archer group!
It is my last night in Taipei, Taiwan
Tomorrow I fly to Tokyo! I will go out after tonight's call too!
DO YOU WANNA BE IN THE YONI CLUB?
(IT'S KINDA LIKE PONY CLUB BUT WAAAY MORE FUN)
I'm SO excited to announce this...
I just started a facebook group for women called 'Yoni Club'!! (click link below to join)
Obviously ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like pony club, but I love that it rhymes... I remember wanting a pony as a kid and being envious of the perfect pony club girls at school. Yoni Club is a less exclusive group that will be waaay more fun than pony club ever could be!
A space to come together bust taboos and release shame about our genitals - and share all things Yoni-related / pelvic wellness / pleasure / periods / cycles / self yoni massage / birth / cervix / g-spot / labia / etc etc.
A place to share stories and silliness about vaginas. To ask a bunch of women a silly-seeming question that you're curious about (maybe even the same questions I get sent in PMs - I'd much rather them in the group!). To post that awesome yoni-related article you just read. To share that video that taught you something cool about your pelvis. To tell your epic birth story and feel heard. To ask for support when you're freaking out about something Yoni-related. Stuff like that.
Would you like to join my Yoni Club? <3
WHY I DON'T CALL MYSELF A TANTRIKA OR A TANTRA PRACTITIONER (EVEN THOUGH I LIVED IN A TANTRIC ASHRAM FOR 3 YEARS & STUDIED TANTRA FOR 7 YEARS NOW)
Oooh this is a BIG can of worms and I know lots of people might be offended by it... but I've felt this post coming for a while and I can't not write it! Ok here goes...
DISCLAIMER: Tantra itself is f**king great. I love it and I'm happy to see more versions of Tantra-inspired things in the world. I have deep respect for the many many committed Tantra practitioners who offer sessions or events -who share their work with integrity - many of whom are close friends and colleagues whom I admire. This post is intended as a general rant about the bastardisation of Tantra and why it annoys me personally (Plus some other random shit that wound up here!)
IN THE POP UP TANTRA-PRENEUR WORLD
So I've noticed this thing lately - more and more 'Tantra' practitioners popping up all over the place. It seems like basically everyone who works with sexuality or conscious anything is suddenly a 'Tantrika', 'Tantra Teacher', 'Tantra practitioner', 'Tantric Priestess' or 'Tantra Expert'. There's a whole field of Tantra-preneurs and 'Tantra Teacher Trainers' and 'Tantric Bodyworkers'. It's a fully fledged THING.
TANTRA IS THE NEW YOGA
Basically 'Tantra' is the new yoga. All the cool kids are into it. We see that conscious sexuality is important - and Tantra is a great buzzword and catch-all phrase for anything to do with vaguely spiritual sex. And lots of people want to learn it / teach it / create businesses based on it.
There's nothing wrong with that, right?
AND IT'S GREAT TO WANT TO SHARE CONSCIOUS SEXUALITY WITH THE WORLD
I think it's great that more and more people are interested in conscious sexuality, and there's a rise in people who want to share it with the world. This was always going to happen. And we can all use whatever words we like for our offerings. It's just that for some people, using the term 'Tantra' might be a bit misleading, in terms of what they are actually offering.
BUT THERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER...
1. WHAT TANTRA ACTUALLY IS (SPOILER: NOT SEX!)
FIRSTLY, REMEMBER HOW ASANA IS NOT YOGA?
Some context: So a lot of people commonly think that doing some stretches in a hot room wearing toxic clothing made from micro-plastics and petrochemicals is called YOGA. However, in fact YOGA is a whole path of exploration with many different elements and aspects, also involving things like introspection, morals and ethics, breath awareness, self discipline, internal exploration, concentration, meditation and bliss states (but not limited to those things only). The stretchy-bendy-body-shapes thing we do is called ASANA - and the way it's done by most mainstream yoga enthusiasts often has little to do with the original yogic traditions.
SO ALSO TANTRA IS NOT A BUNCH OF SEX TECHNIQUES
In the same way that we bastardise YOGA by thinking it's the fitness classes that people go to, we bastardise TANTRA by thinking it's all about sex, eye gazing and candles and it's something you can learn to TEACH OTHER PEOPLE in a week long retreat.
Tantra is a whole realm of spirituality that has thousands of vastly different traditions and lineages from various parts of what is now India and other surrounding countries. It is not a random new age thing that sprung up recently. And It is NOT about sex. I repeat, Tantra is NOT about sex.
It's also not about how many orgasms you can have. Or if you can injaculate. Or if you can not ever ejaculate at all. Or how good you are at squirting. Or if you shake violently in workshops because of the 'energy'. Or how deep you can breathe. Or how long you can hug. Or how spiritual your pick-up lines are. ;-)
'TANTRA' CAN INVOLVE ALL KINDS OF SHIT
There are traditional Tantrics who are celibate. There are Tantrics who practice all kinds of other things and don't focus on sexuality at all. There are branches of Tantrism where practitioners drink wine out of human skulls and frolic in graveyards. There are branches of Tantrism where practitioners just meditate in caves in the Himalayas. There are whole lineages of advanced Tantra where people have kids and just go about their daily life in much the same way as other people.
BUT REALLY IT'S ABOUT USING WHATEVER WORKS
Tantra in it's essence is about finding the sacred in all of life - using whatever WORKS to access higher states of consciousness, or a deeper connection to who we are.
So whatever works might be meditation, expansion of consciousness, silence, the awakening of the senses, intimacy with yourself or another, song, dance, prayer, devotional practices, ritual, deity yoga, asana, kundalini practices.. OR indeed sex with lots of incense and candles and deep breathing! ;-) Or a combination thereof. Or something else entirely. And none of the practices themselves would be actually TANTRA - just part of a Tantric approach to life.
2. THE UNREGULATED OCEAN OF TANTRAPRENEURS...
BUT ISN'T IT ALL SEMANTICS THOUGH? WELL KINDA.
On one level, it doesn't really matter right? I mean, people know that modern yoga is mostly fitness classes anyway, who cares what words we use? Yeah maybe. But it's a slippery slope. Gateway drugs. Blah Blah. Where was I? Oh yeah...
THERE IS ALSO THE DUBIOUS QUALITY OF A LOT OF 'TANTRA' EDUCATION OR TRAINING
To be clear - the people with the most 'qualifications' are not always the most qualified - as it's not all about courses and trainings - traditionally those never existed anyway. But I personally don't believe Tantra as a path can be taught to someone to the point where they can safely guide others, just in a weekend course or a week long course (or even a month long course unless they have a shit-tonne of personal experience!).
There are some great Tantra trainings out there (please don't ask me which ones - it's not my zone) AND there are also some really shit and dodgy ones.
There are people who I know only started in the field of self development or conscious sexuality 2 months ago - and they are suddenly calling themselves "Tantra Teachers" or "Tantrikas" - which to me seems a bit misleading.
AND 'TANTRA' IS GETTING SMOOSHED IN WITH SEX WORK AND EROTIC MASSAGE
I've also noticed there are some people offering 'Tantra sessions' that are literally just regular happy ending massages, hand jobs, blow jobs or even 'full service' sex.
I think there's definitely a place for those services, and there are some wonderful sex workers and erotic massage therapists who do great work in the world (yay for sex positivity!) but I don't think it's fair to just use incense and candles and call something that used to be a regular ol' BJ 'Tantra', because it's a buzzword and it sells... It can create a lot of confusion for other people who offer different services that ARE actually more based on Tantric principles.
TO BE CLEAR: TANTRA IS NOT A SET OF SKILLS OR TECHNIQUES
Becoming a 'Tantra practitioner' isn't about doing a course. Tantra is NOT a set of skills. It's NOT a theory or a concept. Or a technique or even a system of techniques. It's not a bandwagon to jump on because everyone is doing it. it's not a name to throw around because whatevs.
IT'S A WHOLE APPROACH TO LIFE
TANTRA is a whole approach to life that only comes through LIVED EXPERIENCE and ongoing practice. Tantra is a path of direct experience. Of self exploration. Of embodied understanding. Of actual practice.
AND IT CAN TAKES YEARS TO BE ABLE TO TEACH IT WELL
In one school where I studied, it was a 6 year training to become a Tantra teacher - starting with doing lots of your own personal study / practice / exploration / embodiment over 3 years - THEN doing another 3 year training to learn how to teach it and support others to embody a Tantric approach to life. This was only one particular approach and understanding of what Tantra is, and I'm not saying it was the ultimate approach or system by any means, but it puts the weekend courses in a new perspective for me.
3. ALSO, MANY OF US HAVE SEXUAL TRAUMA SO THERE IS HUGE POTENTIAL FOR TRAUMA TRIGGERING WITH PSEUDO TANTRA WITH INEXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS
So if suddenly any random person who has done a weekend 'Tantra' course proclaims they are a 'Tantric Priestess' and starts offering bodywork sessions involving genital touch... They will likely have clients who are genuinely seeking to overcome sexual trauma or resolve multi-layered challenges - people who have heard that 'Tantra' practitioners are trained to support them with that.
And those people with the 3 day training will not be equipped to deal with issues that may arise in sessions / to support clients through their trauma / to create a strong sense of safety / to know what to do when someone freaks out - and what often happens then is that these trusting clients can wind up with trauma from the 'Tantra' session (which to be fair, can happen no matter what you name the session!)
4. NO-ONE EVEN KNOWS WHAT 'TANTRA' IS ANYMORE
OFTEN THE WORD 'TANTRA' GETS A BAD NAME
People go to events with the word 'Tantra' in the title - because they are interested to explore conscious sexuality - and sometimes those events are EPIC and amazing and people have great experiences... but it has happened that those events end up being a really messy and weird mass orgy, or a free-for-all random thing with heaps of creepy people stroking you, or you are pushed into interactions you don't want and told you are un-evolved if you don't do certain things... and the result of that is a whole bunch of really curious people end up feeling sad / confused / traumatised / taken advantage of / abused / misled - and then (and I've seen this happen a LOT) they decide:
"Hmmm... Tantra' isn't for me".
"I tried 'Tantra' once, it was weird!"
"OMG 'Tantra' is just like orgies and stuff".
And they never go to another Tantra-related event. This makes me so sad, because there can be so much to gain from some of the powerful practices that are used in Neo Tantra.
SO THAT'S WHY I'M NOT A TANTRA TEACHER
(THE END OF MY RANT)
So yeah I guess this is all unavoidable and it's just the 'Tantra' climate we live in. And that's ok, I'll deal with it.
I just personally don't use the word 'Tantra' as a name for any of my offerings because I don't want people to get confused and think I'm offering something that I'm not. And because I'm actually not a Tantra teacher.
Even though I've studied Tantric approaches and practices intensively for many years through multiple different schools, traditions and lineages, to be honest, I cannot personally say that I'm adept at Tantra or that I'm even an experienced Tantric. No teacher or master has ever authorised me to teach it (not that that is always necessary!) And I've never really fully committed to an ongoing deepening exploration of Tantric principles.
In closing, I do TOTALLY respect and honour those amazing practitioners who love the word 'Tantra', use it with their beautiful offerings and choose to reclaim the word as sacred and pure.
PS. SO YOU THINK YOU WANNA BE A TANTRA-PRENEUR?
A word of advice (from a recovering 'Tantrika') consider focusing on exploring aspects of Tantra for YOURSELF first and foremost (for quite a while) before you start offering your epic Tantra skillz to the world at large. Find a solid teacher (or two or three). Geek out on all the worlds within it all. Read heaps of books about it and understand a wider perspective. Practice. Embody. Be. Experience. Feel. Live it.
PPS. THE ESSENCE OF TANTRA IN BOOK FORM
If you're going to read ONE book on Tantra, I personally recommend this one - it sends me to places I didn't know existed: 'The Radiance Sutras' - By Lorin Roche. An orgasmically poetic revamp of the ancient Tantric text, the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra - it outlines 112 meditations on daily life (Like 4 of them are sex related!)
Wow well done for reading this far!!
#RantOver #NotEvenSureWhatMyPointWas #ButItWasFun #TantrapreneursUnite
also I have a website for my offerings without any kind of Tantric names. ;-)
It's bonniebliss . com. au
MY 4 FAVOURITE WAYS TO FEEL MORE PELVIC PLEASURE WITHOUT TAKING ANY EXTRA TIME OUT OF MY RIDICULOUSLY FULL LIFE
Does your pelvic space feel ALIVE with pleasure, pulsating with power, awake, buzzy, tingly and full of goodness?
Or lately is that area maybe feeling a bit flat, numb, disconnected and kinda asleep?
Of course we go through phases, and there's a time for everything - it's not just you're 'supposed to be' having a pleasure party in your panties as you make breakfast, or during meetings at work... (unless you're into that of course)
In fact, you're not 'supposed to be' ANYTHING, ever.
But we can CHOOSE to feel more of that buzzing aliveness, expansive bliss, tingles of pleasure - if that's what we want - and if we are willing to focus on it.
And personally I've found that when I'm open to more pleasure, I feel more inspired, more alive generally - I'm a less bitchy partner, I'm more fun to be around, and I'm more organised and functional with work. Pleasure is necessary -
not just superficial - don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
HERE ARE 4 SIMPLE WAYS FOR WOMEN TO FEEL MORE PELVIC PLEASURE WITHOUT TAKING ANY TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY LIFE:
1. IN THE SHOWER OR BATH
When you shower or bathe - as you wash yourself, give a little bit of attention to your Yoni - touching or cupping this part of you for a moment with loving care. Say hello. Ask her how she's feeling. Be prepared to listen to the answer - which could be anything really : sad / angry / neglected / grateful / open / hungry / happy. Acknowledge whatever is there without judging it.
2. WHEN YOU DANCE
Next time you find yourself dancing - feel down into your pelvic space and see how it feels to MOVE from your pelvis. From your hips. From your Yoni. Maybe even from your cervix. Feel how this part of you WANTS to move. How would you move to create more juiciness and aliveness in this area?
3. DURING SELF PLEASURE
When you're touching your body next for pleasure - see if you can let go of your usual patterns and try something different. Go a bit slower. Cultivate a sense of curiousity. Let go of the goal. Touch a different area. Touch with as much care and presence as you can muster - because the more present you are, the more of all the good stuff you'll feel.
4. WHEN YOU'RE BINGEING ON NETFLIX
Lying down watching Netflix or a movie is a great time to wake up your pelvis. Explore subtle movements from focusing on different areas - your hips, sacrum, pelvic floor and pubic bone, entrance, perineum, etc. See how much you can feel from just very small movements and muscle activation. Micro movements of shaking, wiggling, rocking, thrusting and bouncing are great for bringing a sense of warmth, pleasure and aliveness.
Muah hahaha... Netflix will never be the same again! ;-)
For more tailored support and practices for YOU personally: https://blissrevival.com/bliss-activation-sessions/
(Photo of me by the amazing Hayley Melrose)
THE BIZARRE SARAH-SPIRACY
At the Zorba party 2 nights ago, I had to meet one person for a brief chat: a woman called Sarah. I was also there with a friend called Sarah.
Then last night the same friend Sarah, and another friend also called Sarah were invited to my house for dinner (with a few other friends). One Sarah came, the other didnt make it.
Then this morning I checked my email. There were 2 emails. BOTH FROM SARAHS (not any of the same Sarahs I already mentioned!)
As I'm just about to press post right NOW, another message came through from the Sarah who couldn't make it to dinner last night.
Which means I heard from 3 different Sarahs already today (and no other people) and it's only 9.20am!!
WTF is going on here people?
I mean I know Sarah is a fairly common name for 30-somethings buuut...
it's a Sarah-spiracy!
ok I'm going to check my message from my friend Sarah and then reply to another Sarahs email. If you need me, I'll be somewhere surrounded by Sarahs.