I'm very happy that we are "meeting" here today.
I'm very happy that we are "meeting" here today.
I know it is often not easy to find clarity on our life-path or our "spiritual journey".
Whether or not we meet in person, and whether or not you choose to engage in the courses and personal support I offer, I hope to be of service in helping you find clarity on your journey.
Without this clarity, we can spend decades, or lifetimes, busy searching either for pleasures or "Enlightenment" but ultimately finding nothing that fulfills.
What I wish to share with you is not only "Tantra" - as a "technique", or system of practices.
There is a key that is required to bring any of these systems truly to life - an 'empowerment'.
You see, it's very easy for us to jump from one teaching or system to another while our curiosity is active and while we're feeling enthusiasm... but I don't want to just give you one more set of practices to occupy your time and stimulate the "spiritual ego".
The way we tend to engage with life - even with "spiritual" practices - is an elaborate and very clever distraction.
Through our spiritual practices we get temporary relief from our existential suffering - from our underlying and even unconscious feeling of separation, aloneness, powerlessness.
... Even meditation if often used as another kind of anaesthetic instead of as a method for truly liberating self-knowledge.
So, I would like you to see, if you are ready and willing, why it is that this feeling of separation is there, in other words why you seek wholeness in the first place - and why this seeking, for most people, never stops.
I want to provide an opening into your very own being.
Because, that is ultimately what you are seeking - through countless experiences, achievements or relationships... we're all just looking for ourselves... for the feeling of wholeness.
This understanding is the essence of the wisdom teachings of all the masters that I seek inspiration from, and transmitting this with clarity is what I have recognized as my "dharma" - my path and my joyful gift.
So, I'm not going to try to persuade you that this is the only approach that works, or the best system for everyone, but I have seen over the years how people are frustrated in their spiritual seeking, and how the restless seeking can truly come to an end when we find peace.
It is my pleasure and my honor to be of service and to bring you clarity on how these practices and these wisdom teachings can help to free you from your struggles in life.
You see, whatever we are struggling with, it is usually our attitude, our perspective, our habitual way of being and thinking that is the greatest obstacle to resolution.
So, to find peace and true fulfilment, the journey and the work is primarily an inner process.
This is what I am called to help you with. And this is only partly about "technique".
It is even more about "letting go". It is the "letting go" that we need more than any new special secret "technique".
But there are ways for us to make the "letting go" easier. They are incredibly simple.
This is the purpose of the courses and the personal mentoring that I offer, and I am also fully dedicated to your deeper training if you feel this is also your own path - gifting others with the peace, the liberation, that comes with the most profound self-knowledge.
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Today Westerners are finding it easier and easier to learn from books, videos, audios, and online courses.
In response, I too am finding ways to balance the needs of the ancient ways with our modern needs and to make the most of the resources that we have available while preserving the integrity of the ancient system because it can only be effectively passed on in very specific conditions.
Of course in ancient times the way transmission took place was with personal initiation - an empowerment that was given directly from 'Guru' to 'disciple' or teacher to pupil.
Although several great teachers and spiritual masters have been exceptions to the rule, in general it is said that the presence of a living teacher is essential to receive initiation and support on the spiritual path.
It is sometimes argued that these days of "Gurus" are over and that "hierarchy" is no longer appropriate for our times.
Ironically it was this very desire to bridge the gap between the "common people" and the most powerful teachings that drove many Tantric teachers to challenge the degraded systems of spiritual transmission - the priesthoods and their complex rituals of the temples, carried out in languages that were not of the local people.
We have found this same pattern in the story of Jesus challenging the priesthoods of his time as did saints such as Saint Francis of Assisi to bring "the love and the Grace of God" to all people - even to all beings, regardless of status, sex, religion or race.
Similarly, the Tantric teachers often risked attack by bringing the "secret teachings" into the hands and hearts of all true spiritual seekers.
Some of my own teachers have broken with tradition and taught outside of the parameters originally designated as "legitimate". Others have been part of conventional lines of transmission passed on for generations.
I am deeply grateful not only to my personal teachers for their dedication but to the many generations of teachers from several traditions that have blazed a trail of light across the millennia and blessed my path, initiating me in the stream of timeless living wisdom.
Before sharing about myself, I want to honour all my teachers, those who I have met in person and also those whose inspiration and blessing has reached me beyond the boundaries of time and space.
I will say however that my own path has been inspired both by my personal teachers and also by the stories of the ancient saints and masters.
One of the ways that spiritual growth, humility and deep spiritual aspiration was cultivated traditionally in ancient times was by hearing the stories and the teachings of the "spiritual heroes", the masters, or saints.
To do justice to these teachers and traditions that have touched me - to speak of their dedication, their love and their power to transform people's lives would require a whole book, which I do intend to write to share the inspiration that these stories can provide.
For now, the following is just a selection of some of the teachers from whom I have received teachings, guidance, or initiation, and whose blessings have illuminated or even shaped my path.
Together with these I want to acknowledge, honour and give thanks to my parents, my wife, my son, and my wider family of blood and of spirit.
Everything has contributed and in some sense led to this moment.
For this I am grateful, as I am grateful for sharing this moment, and the possibility of a deeper exploration, with you.
I want to make it clear also that I do not wish to be seen as a traditional "Guru", because the Guru-disciple relationship is generally misunderstood and misused in the West.
If I ask you to "surrender", and speak to you of dedication or of devotion, it is to remind you of your capacity to surrender the ego-centric tendencies and the unconscious habits of the "persona".
Mis-identification with what we are not instead of with our true essence is what leads us to live a frustrated life of endless seeking, ultimately to return to ourselves.
To truly "surrender" is to offer all of this mis-identification - all our stories - into the fire of divine love, where only that which is real survives.
My pledge to you is to constantly surrender my being, my personal story and beliefs, so that what I transmit is poured into me by the Divine.
I dedicate myself to your service in the name of Love, in the name of Peace and in the name of Liberation.
Some of my teachers, to whom I am grateful and who I honour for providing the foundations for sharing Tantra in a way that is simple, direct and effective.
I am dedicated to supporting you to become a source of peace and inspiration to those whose lives you touch.
This is the greatest gift I can give you - the gift of recognizing your own potential, and letting your true Being shine.
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