The divine feminine worship
From “The Tantric Dancer” by Maya Swati Devi
The first tantric civilization with a female matrix dates to around 7,500 BC. Women had a place of honour as much in the profane as in the religious world, centred around the worship of the Mother Goddess. Sexuality was experienced with great freedom, without shame and guilt and with the awareness of its positive influence on the individual and social physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. All ancient cultures have traditions that praise the power of women as initiators – Egypt, Greece, Arabia, Tibet, and China. The woman was considered the embodiment of beauty, sensuality, and vitality as well as the guardian of the potential creator. In Tantrism woman represents the energy of transformation, change, evolution. Men represent pure consciousness. The formidable power of women as initiators is enormous and lies primarily in her attitude to sexuality, which she considers only in the spiritual sense. Tantra is the cult of femininity, the worship of the Goddess and women. Its origins are lost in the night of time. Tantra is the development of sensitivity, the experience of loving intensely, without fear of loss, completely fused with the beloved. It is the ability to transcend the superficial and the apparent aspects of reality, as the tantric way is never about collecting superficial love relationships.