Earth tantra philosophy hinges on returning to balance and unity ~ between yin and yang, body and mind, soul and spirit, internal and external, self and other, earth and humanity.
Tantra is the simultaneous practice of expanding and weaving together. In earth tantra the focus is on expanding our identity and consciousness to encompass the entire earth, and weaving together dualistic forces internally to catalyze a global healing process.
For the past few millennia our earth has been in a state of imbalance, as evidenced by capitalist-colonialist-imperialist-patriarchy, which considers the earth and humans as resources and labor to be exploited for the acquisition of capital and power.
Modern civilizations have sought to tame and control nature, the earth, our wild and unruly grand mother from which we have all sprung. Many of us have been in denial that we are the hands and mouths of the earth, the eyes and claws of her, and that humans are tearing apart the very roots of ourselves with our attempts to dominate.
“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”
Kundalini, qi, or life force ~ the energy that animates the cosmos ~ can sometimes be understood as a resonance: our perception of external motion is then simply the experience of the movement of our internal kundalini. This places perceptual experience at the intersection between cause and effect, with the body as the grounds for experience. We may ask: is it our internal environment which determines our external experience or the other way around? It is both and neither. In a state of unity or non-duality, there is no time, no space, no motion, no cause and effect. It is all happening at once in a co-creative process.
Earth tantra brings our focus within, to our internal relations between yin and yang, light and shadow, self and other. Here we recognize that the only way to alter our external environment in a nonviolent way is to attend to our own healing and to empower others to do the same. As we heal and unify the divide between self and earth internally, our identity expands to encompass more and more of the planet, and in so doing, our own healing increasingly contributes to the healing of the earth. In coming into internal balance and unity between diametric forces we strengthen our power to act on behalf of the earth, we become way-showers for others, and we bring our world that much more into harmony.
“The dynamic forces of the universe are not different from those of the human soul, and to recognise and transform those forces in one’s own mind – not only for one’s own good, but for that of all living beings – is the aim of the Tantras”
~Lama Anagarika Govinda, 1969~
We attend to our own healing and expansion through simultaneous internal, bodily unification of that which is masculine and that which is feminine. We continually return to the breath, reframing each experience into a communion with the earth. Time in nature, sexual union, intentional ecodelic consciousness expansion, and physical practices such as dance, posture, and yoga among many others are all rich sources of experience that are ripe for tantric integration. Earth tantra is about living our practice, strengthening our deep identification with the earth and cosmos during all moments of living.