The First Steps
Okay, so you are honestly ready and eager to study Tantra, but don't know where to start? Well, congratulations, you are already on your way. You may not realize it, but just by reading this book, you have taken a great — an important — first step in your quest for Tantric enlightenment. Selecting this book demonstrates that you have a serious desire to learn and the willingness to make an effort — two of the most important characteristics of a successful Tantric-in-training. You are on your way!
Do Some Research
Before diving into any important new experience, you should do some legwork and get as much information as possible. Think about it: These days, many people don't even dare try a new restaurant without first checking online reviews, e-mailing friends asking for the scoop, plotting the location on
Robin Taylor is a therapist and sexologist who specializes in Tantric topics. Her advice for aspiring Tantrics? “Start reading. The purest of the ideas are all available in print. Classes are good, but many practitioners are still run by ego, or by unhealed stuff of their own.”
When you are first exploring the idea of Tantra and sacred sexuality, books are a good starting point. There are many wonderful and thorough books (and e-books) available that can prove very helpful to an aspiring Tantric.
Ironically, modern technology has made it easier than ever to study the ancient art of Tantra. By doing a quick online search, you will find more Tantra-related Web sites than you can count. Many of these sites also allow you to register for classes, workshops, and retreats. Some also have bulletin boards or online groups where you can “meet” and mingle with other, more experienced Tantrics who will probably be happy to share their insights and answer your questions. Ideally, you will connect with a few relatively new Tantrics who can still clearly recall what it was like to be in your position and can offer some valuable support and advice.
Many of the top Tantra Web sites sell books, informative CDs, and other materials that can help you learn a lot about Tantra. Even better, these sites often allow you to buy e-books, which you can then download and read instantly. You can often find material specifically geared toward people who are new to Tantra and want to get started.
A lot of people find CDs and videos to be a very convenient way to learn about Tantra. Just the soothing, friendly tone of the teacher's voice can often be a good preview of the meditative benefits you may get from Tantric techniques. Also, it is sometimes reassuring to see “normal-looking” people practicing the techniques (as opposed to the exotic swami-type guru you may be picturing in your mind).