Tantra, the Music and the Mystical

The mystical is like music. Once we experience it, we naturally make room for it in our lives. Music is to be found everywhere and so is the mystical. It permeates existence. But whereas we naturally hear music, there is too much noise in our civilisation for us to sense the mystical expressions of the eternal spirit. This is a pity, because when we are aware of them, ordinary happenings become extraordinary and our experience of life becomes magical. There [...]

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Why MYSTICAL Tantra?

Tantra is not about having wonderful sex. It is about becoming open and awake in our whole being – which makes sex as wonderful as it makes any experience. Much of contemporary Western Tantra is focussed on the pleasure and beauty to be found in sexual and sensual intimacy, and good that it is so because it helps people get free of the heavy conditioning – whether repressive, or shaming, or exploiting and sexist, or merely crude and [...]

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I’m OK if I win, and I’m OK if I lose!

Learning to trust and learning to let go walk hand-in-hand. You can only trust if you are willing to lose. If you’re trusting on the condition that you’re going to get what you want, you’re not learning to trust. You’re learning to gamble, to take calculated risks, to make political choices. To really learn trusting means, I’m OK if I win, and I’m OK if I lose. Once you have learned real trust, then letting go is much easier. Then [...]

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Did you receive the gift?

Ah, about being what you call old! There’s a world of difference between happy acceptance and lonely resignation. If you live in happy acceptance, you are free to celebrate even if you are very, very, very old. You simply enjoy: I’m here to celebrate my nature and being from beginning to end.  For a couple of years, a woman in her eighties attended my Body, Heart, and Soul sexuality and Tantra workshops. She was having such a Tantric party, it [...]

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Ah…if birds were neurotic!

We’re like the weather, we just keep on happening. I remember many years ago I was leading a workshop in England and there was an old lady there – she was in her 80′s. Everything was really quiet and suddenly she says, “I love weather!” Just that: “I love weather!” It’s what you’ve been learning here – to love your weather, to be friendly with however you are right now. And have you noticed, the weather is always happening RIGHT [...]

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The Heart and Soul of Gun Control

Gun control? If you are heart-and-soul-connected with yourself, you care about other people’s hearts and souls. This is where the intention comes from… It is the rational and heartfelt position of anybody who is fully in touch with their whole being. And if, by the way, they are not, then what right could they possibly have to be governing other people?… So here is what I said to one of my workshop participants about caring:

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A few words to a friend about the dark night of the soul

The protection was the wall that kept you safe, but it kept you safe from your heart. Now the wall is falling down, leaving your heart and all your feelings open. It is what mystics call, “the dark night of the soul”. And everyone who really means to awaken to their whole being has to come to, and dare to pass through, this night.

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Homage to my friend and soul-brother, Amitabh Robert Birnbaum

My beloved friend Amitabh,

This morning, waking up in Switzerland to begin guiding people on a 3-day encounter with death, came the news of your final breath in California just a few hours earlier. I have travelled with you, heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul these past days, knowing you were on your way. It is night time now, and throughout the day your spirit has silently wafted like an occasional light breeze stroking my imagination with your warm love [...]

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The soul of longing!

No matter how much we may try to shut it down – and life sometimes pushes us that way! – our soul yearns to play its full and mystical part in our daily life. Deep down, we know this! I think this is the dearest longing in all beings. If we respond, the longing takes us on our personal journey of opening and awakening. It is our Odyssey. Some of our friends and acquaintances may not understand. Still, [...]

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“What happens in your sexuality workshops?”

Everything! I create an environment in which participants can truly and authentically explore being sensual, being sexual, reconciling with their bodies and their male or female nature. And above all – the most significant element – where they can connect their sexual feelings with all their other emotions, like sadness, joy, excitement, even anger -  yes, all those feelings that tend to be disowned or shut off because we have judgements about them.

There are many people – I tend to [...]

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