Intervju med Shanti

What is Tantra – what are its traditions and roots?
The roots of Tantra can be tracked back about 6000 years and there are several different lineages and ways to practice Tantra. I am not very interested in old scriptures or concepts. For me Tantra is here and now – listening to the wisdom that can be accessed by everyone who tunes in to the source that is available to all of us. My personal practice is rooted in the so called Osho Neo Tantra, but I have always been open to other “schools” too. The last years I have been increasingly inspired by shamanism and going more into a shamanic Tantra. I want to stay open and follow the direction that feels most true to myself in every moment, and I encourage my students to do the same.
For me Tantra is about being at ease and natural, allowing yourself to be as authentic as possible, dropping masks and stopping to please others. Tantra is about embracing what is. Embracing your emotions, all of them, embracing and accepting what happens in your life and the people around you. It is about your attitude toward life and letting go of judgment and evaluations. And knowing that we are all one, we are like the cells of one body. If one is treated badly all the cells will suffer to some degree. We are all divine beings and as we see divinity in each other it will be very difficult not to love.
How can you apply Tantra in everyday life?
It is not possible to only be a “tantric lover”. If you want to be a tantric lover you need to practice being a tantric cleaner, driver, parent etc. Being tantric is being present with whatever you do and doing it with love and care. Enjoying what you do. Every tantrica falls out of the tantric state once in a while by loosing touch with themselves, loosing trust in life and getting caught up in stress and illusions. But there is a tantric way to handle the falling out: by accepting that too, stopping and taking a few deep breaths. Tantra in everyday life is about the quality of how you connect with others around you, how you react to everyday situations and first of all, how you connect with yourself.

How did you come across Tantra yourself?
I came across Tantra on my first visit to India in 1998. In the Osho Ashram in Pune I met my first and maybe most important teacher Radha C. Luglio. She was initiated by Osho to start the Tantra school in Pune. She was a very intuitive teacher from whom I also learned a way of teaching that creates exercises in which the practitioner learns from experience instead of words spoken by the teacher.
Why were you drawn to it?
Surprise, surprise! My relationship to my sexuality and to myself as a woman was not totally uncomplicated. A minor sexually related incident in my childhood caused a significant trauma that led me to be incapable of enjoying sex. Seeing the ad for a Tantra workshop at the Ashram gave me chills and filled me with fear – a clear sign that this was exactly what I needed!

How has Tantra helped you in your life?
The 5 day workshop really changed my life. So much happened. For the first time I felt real acceptance for myself as a woman. I let go of a lot of inhibitions, shame, fear and other burdens. And after that every new workshop I participated in took me further in the direction of more freedom, pleasure and ecstasy in my life. I became more present, more vital and more alive! A few years later I was asked to start teaching Tantra in Finland. After the huge transformation I had experienced I felt ready for it and have now been leading workshops for 8 years in Finland, Sweden and Estonia. And I just love it!