This is also the essence of Tantra…
namely, using the body (and embracing material existence, in general)
to get beyond it, get over it —
and it was already over long ago, anyway, as the Course says.
In Tantra, however, there is not this idea of “forgiveness” that is so central to
A Course in Miracles’ plan for salvation.
In fact, if I am not mistaken,
the only real use for the body according to the Course
is for the function of forgiveness — to learn and teach forgiveness.
True forgiveness means that you forgive what never really even happened,
what only appears to have happened — i
n other words the whole world (of separation), the entire Cosmos.
This whole idea is a tough pill to swallow
because we are so attached to the idea that
God (who is Love) created the world, including our bodies.
And we are so attached to the body!
At least I am.
I don’t know about you, but then again, yes I do.
You’re probably as attached as I am.
This is where Tantra (and from it, Hatha Yoga) comes in.
They paradoxically provide a means of clearing the blockages
to the awareness of Love’s presence.
We get to it, in other words, by going through it (the blockages),
and from there being through with it.
We can love the body by treating it lovingly,
just as we do everything (look on everything with love),
yet also recognize that ultimately “everything must go,” the attachment to the body (ego-self), too,
for there cannot be even a sliver of separation,
the Course is clear we can’t have it both ways!
So to sum up: We start with the premise that the body is an illusion, it is unreal,
the creation of the ego…yet, because Love does not condemn it and can even use it to help
free us from illusions, so paradoxically, practices like Hatha Yoga and Tantra,
even with their great focus on the body,
can actually be of some help in freeing us from attachment to the body,
to the point that apparently enlightenment can even come
while we are still in the body (in Sanskrit this is called “jivanmukta” —
liberation while still in the body — where “Jivamukti Yoga” derives its name, btw).
How is this possible?
Stay attuned for more…