Tantra - east Asian religion, practice, and/or worldview embracing the physical and the spiritual.
Originated before recorded history in India, most highly developed in the last millennium in Tibet. While it's known in America
primarily as an esoteric sexual practice, it would be more accurate to say that it's a spiritual perspective that embraces
sexual expression along with everything else.
Vajra - Sanskrit terms used in tantric circles to refer to the penis, and also the spiritual properties associated
with the masculine principle. "The vajra destroys all kinds of ignorance, and itself is indestructible."
Yoni - Sanskrit term for vagina, also meaning "divine passage"
or "sacred temple".
- the highest form of the masculine principle, characterized by deep awareness, by witnessing without judgment, and by creating
and holding safe space for any and all experience.
Feminine - the highest form of the feminine principle, characterized by embodying the tempestuous energies of the
universe without restriction, and by a deep heart connection to the ebb and flow of the Cosmos.
Sacred Marriage - the bringing together of the divine masculine
and divine feminine in sacred union. Often used to refer specifically to this union within a single self ? cultivating our
own masculine and feminine sides so they can love, heal, and bring depth and life to each other.
Patriarchy - in context of the above definitions, used to contrast
with the divine masculine. Patriarchy judges and needs to be in control. The divine masculine witnesses without judgment,
and requires no control over anything. Patriarchy needs things to be within acceptable predefined parameters. The divine masculine
accepts anything that arises.
- someone who facilitates healing and spiritual realization through sexuality, either professionally for money or as part
of temple work in exchange for religious offerings. Found in a wide range of preindustrial cultures.