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The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power
From A Hidden Stream 
"Hidden just beneath the surface of our experience there flows a living stream, untainted by the poisons of fear, ignorance and greed. Though deliberately erased from view for the few millennia called history, this stream cannot really be eradicated because it is the source of every-thing, often also named the animating force of the cosmos. To those who let themselves feel it, this hidden stream is a visceral reality. And to those who shed the blinders of materialistic indoctrination it is visible in everything. The tantrics of yogic science call it “spanda”. In the ancient Indian tradition of the Divine Mother, it is called “Shakti” the Feminine Power. It is the oldest spiritual lineage on Earth, humanity’s more than 200,000 years of universal reverence for the source of life: The Great Cosmic Mother."
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I scanned through this book and then after my chores ended I began to read it in earnest. Tears began to flow when I realized that this was the voice of my hidden stream and I, through Vajra Ma, had found a way to swim in this stream. I have found my true inner Goddess. Thank you Vajra Ma, for writing this magnificent authority of woman. I recommend this book to any woman born woman who has yet to find herself. Blessings,

Virgina B, West Virginia 


A Path of Knowledge Through Pleasure

The Dance is literally a Path of Knowledge.  In the Tantric Dance we enjoy a direct experience, a BodyKnowing, of the many epiphanies of the Goddess, Her animal powers, cosmic energies, forces of nature, Her numerous aspects and names.  I hope to illustrate this through the various anecdotes contained in this book.

The Dance is a Path of Pleasure.  It is a deeply feminine dance in that we learn through Pleasure rather than pain and crisis.  We both magnetize  Knowledge to us and awaken it cellularly within us through the depth of sensations, feelings and e-motions it affords.  Not only do we bite into the apple, we relish the flavor!


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ARTICLES
THE LIBRARY
Basic Reading
Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Loveby Daniel Odier
Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening by Daniel Odier
The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler Recommended In-Depth Reading 
Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood's Priestess Training 
Shakti Woman_by Vicki Noble
Wheels of Life_by Anodea Judith
The Great Cosmic Mother_by Barbara Mor and Monica Sjoo
Gyn/Ecology_by Mary Daly
Kali's Oduyya by Aramananda Bhairavan
Medicine of Light  by Aramananda Bhairavan
The Language of the Goddess_by Marija Gimbutas
Passionate Enlightenment_by Miranda Shaw
Dakini's Warm Breath by Judith Simmer Brown
Spiritual Sex_by Nik Douglas
Voices of Our Ancestors_by Dhyani Ywahoo
The Politics of Women's Spirituality_Charlene Spretnak ed.
Lady of the Beasts_by Buffie Johnson
The Once and Future Goddess_by Elinor Gadon
Astrology for Yourself (workbook) by Demetra George and Dennis Bloch 
Tantric Yoga_by David Frawley
The Spiral Dance_by Starhawk Other Valuable Sources
Dunya's (Dianne McPherson) web site DanceMeditation.Org
Dancing on Rooftops with Dragons by Yuan Miao 
____________also see her New Century Foundation
Greek Mythologyby Robert Graves
The White Goddess by Robert Graves (hard to read)
The Feminine Unfolding  with Angela Farmer (Video, Workshops, etc.) 
____________also see Angela-Victor.com
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ANTHOLOGIES with CONTRIBUTIONS   by VAJRA MA
(from earliest to most recent)

“Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood,” in Daughters of the Goddess: Studies in Healing, Identity and Empowerment, Wendy Griffin, ed. Alta Mira, 2000. 
“Sekhmet Power,” and “Banquet” (poem) in The Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet, Anne Key and Candace Kant, eds. iUniverse, 2011. 
“The Natural Spiritual Authority of Woman” in Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape our World, Karen Tate, ed. Changemakers Books, 2014.  
Image result for stepping into ourselves "The Body is My Bible” in Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses, Anne Key and Candace Kant, eds. Goddess Ink, Ltd. 2014. 
“The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power in the Fourth Wave of Feminism,” in Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries, Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble, eds. Teneo Press, 2015. 
“The Universe is Her Form” in Female 
Erasure: What You Need to Know About Gender Politics' War on Women, the Female Sex and Human Rights, Ruth Barrett, ed.  
“Beauty, Fat and Yoga” in Yoga and Body Image, vol, 2, Melanie Klein, ed. (to be released 2017) 
 

TESTIMONIALS
"I have taken countless workshops, teachers and trainings, but the Tantric Dance with Vajra Ma is the deepest, most powerful work I have ever experienced. It goes past all the other therapies--it takes you directly into yourself.  It is the most quickly transformative and pure work I have ever seen.  I'd love for my mother, my grandmother and all the women in my life to have this." 
Gimel Everett, film producer

"The beauty, power and deliciousness of your dance at the Rafael and Kutira concert last week is still with me.  You embodied Creation Herself for me.   Thank you for the dance.  Thank you for you."
Cheryl Medicine Song, psychotherapist and singer/songwriter

"I'm very excited with these revelations (among a multitude) that have been coming up through the dance for me  - and already they are impacting my acting and my writing in a way that no class ever has. And best of all, they come from within the divine. I look 
forward to more wisdom, and am grateful for receiving all of this."


"You pass on such valuable information both verbally and on a subtle energetic level. I honestly had no idea what I had signed up for and on a cognitive level, I still don't know.  It was so wonderful to just be in my body and follow your direction.  I don't have a 
conscious description of what specifically I am talking about, but on a deep level, I feel this is the truth and I am grateful for it."
Georgia Farber, teacher

"Vajra's teaching is transformative, wise  and deeply reverent. I am still moved in countless ways by the lingering energy of this powerful workshop."
Cheryl Medicine Song, therapist and singer/songwriter

. .  after a one-day Tantric Dance workshop: 
"I have never been so artistically creative in my life.  I was up until 3 am painting in a medium I was not familiar with.  The watercolors literally taught me how to use them!  The next night I had an extraordinary four hour kundalini experience with my lover." 
Melinda Vaughan, movement instructor

"Vajra's Tantric Dance is on a par with Yoga and Tai Chi.  It is the woman's way of moving meditation." 
Callie Wight, therapist

"I was so impressed with how quickly I cleared blocked Shakti energy through the Tantric Dance of Feminine Power that I invited Vajra to teach a workshop at Shambhala." 
 Tara Marcus, body therapist and Tantra teacher, owner of Shambhala Valley Ranch.

"Studying the Tantric Dance of Feminine power with Vajra has unlocked ancient body memory and wakened my deepest feminine power!  This sacred dance brought Tantra into an expanded, magnetic dimension for me."
Dawn Cartwright, founder Chandra Bindu Institute

"This is deep powerful work that is the bedrock of the soul! The Dance has uncovered parts of myself that were buried so deeply they were almost non-esistent."
Chere Rae

"In the infomercial industry we have a phrase we use when the testimonials are extraordinary.  We say 'and it raised my mother from the dead.'  These are the kind of testimonials I hear from women doing the Tantric Dance, like it 'raised their mother from the dead.'  Having studied with you, now, I know what they mean.  Thank you so much for this work."
Gabriella D., infomercial producer

"The Tantric Dance is the most life-changing thing I have done besides giving birth to my son."
J.T., writer

MORE HIDDEN STREAM TESTIMONIALS



"This woman still awes me with her capacity to put into language an orientation that is not bound to any one tradition. It's the tradition of humanity and woman as the carrier of life. All my students should have this book."
Nita Rubio, yogini, master teacher of The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power



Required reading for Temple priestesses. Virtually a "compact bible" for women.
Ava Park, founder of The GODDESS TEMPLE of Orange County
and The Queen Teachings

 


This may be the biggest little book on the planet today.
Wolfgang Nebmaier, author,
editor, naturopath


The size of the book is perfect. A sacred text to be sure. I consider this book a reference, a guide, an inspiration, an authoritative text.
Lori Richards, psychotherapist, educator

 


Vajra Ma's book is powerful and cuts to the heart with its grounded truths. Not to be missed!
Janie Rezner, radio host, writer, artist, healer
Vajra Ma interviewed by Janie Rezner
on The Natural Spiritual Authority of Woman


As soon as I opened it I couldn't put it down. So much knowledge and wisdom compacted in this small book. Every word so potent, every paragraph filled with information, nothing wasted. I had many splashes of goosebumps through out the book…I wish that this message flows out into the world like the living stream of wisdom that it is.
Larise Kia, artist
 
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SAMPLES from A HIDDEN STREAM


Hidden just beneath the surface of our experience there flows a living stream, untainted by the poisons of fear, ignorance and greed. Though deliberately erased from view for the few millennia called history, this stream cannot really be eradicated because it is the source of everything, often also named the animating force of the cosmos. To those who let themselves feel it, this hidden stream is a visceral reality. And to those who shed the blinders of materialistic indoctrination it is visible in everything. The tantrics of yogic science call it “spanda”. In the ancient Indian tradition of the Divine Mother, it is called “Shakti” the Feminine Power. It is the oldest spiritual lineage on Earth, humanity’s more than 200,000 years of universal reverence for the source of life: The Great Cosmic Mother.
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I was 35 years old before the idea of a Mother creator was introduced to me, a concept which seemed strange to me at first, but once I was over the inertia of my conditioning, it made much more sense than its reversal. And once given the clues, by Mary Daly and many other feminist authors, to decipher the reversal which had demonized the Great Mother, I proceeded to reverse the reversal in my own consciousness. I opened Pandora’s Box! True to the Great Reversal this box was not filled with curses, dangers and evils, as in the patriarchal distortion of Pandora’s original story, but with the rich and varied gifts of a loving mother creator. Pandora literally means “giver of all gifts”. It was filled with a legacy of Woman’s Natural Spiritual Authority.

"WOMAN’S WHAT?"
If that is what you are thinking, then as I did - along with a majority of the human race -, you did not know that Woman once had spiritual authority in the world, let alone that we came by it “naturally”.


...Like most average Westerners, I grew up in a world where partaking of the power of the vines, trees and fruit was as suspect as the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The ancient symbols of the Great Mother’s serpentine life force rising through the human body, especially the female body, the Tree of Life, had been reversed into symbols of evil.

In reality we do not experience a split between the physical and the spiritual. Neither reality nor human experience provide for such a dichotomy. In fact, from Woman’s motherhood and from the nature of the female body comes a cascade of inseparable emotional, physical, mental and spiritual dynamics that unfold naturally and spherically. This is the basis of Woman’s natural spiritual authority. ...

I had been walking the path of Goddess spirituality for nearly twenty years before this particular string of words came to my mind: “woman's natural spiritual authority”. Though women’s spiritual authority is a re-claiming that is central to the Goddess feminist women’s spirituality movement, I had never seen this exact string of words before. It came to me as I was preparing a lecture for a community which had become vitally important to me, The Goddess Temple of Orange County, founded by Ava Park. Years before I had encountered feminist author Vicki Noble’s term “female spiritual authority” and probably tucked it away in a corner of my mind. But the word “natural” in the context of spiritual authority catalyzed a cascade of connections and realizations that reverberated in my body and has continued to multiply and expand even as I write this book...


...We will look at what Natural Spiritual Authority is, how it differs from the imposed and enforced dogmas and doctrines of the patriarchal paradigm. Because what grows naturally from Woman's natural spiritual authority is love, protection, nurturance and guidance of the life she has created, not only for her physical children, but for all life.

We will see the relationship between natural authority and responsibility. When we look at reality, the world around us, we see that what authors life has authority in relation to that life and this authority is inseparable from responsibility. Authority in relation to, not force or might over. We will see how relationship is the determining factor in natural authority.

We will investigate how the dynamics of Woman’s body and psyche unfold naturally into a comprehensive and therefore spiritual authority. Fundamental aspects of this are:

  • The womb’s power to create physical life, to be conduit of descendants, children, the channel for the future.
  • The womb as spiritual creator by being a dreaming and visioning organ. During menses, Woman's perception naturally extends beyond the apparent boundaries of time and space as defined -- or confined -- by our rudimentary five senses.
  • This makes the womb a conduit for the Ancients, the Ancestors, and channel of cosmic knowledge. The womb maintains what I call the Ancient Future Sisterhood.
  • With its spherical, holistic, and sensate awareness, Woman’s body in its totality is a sophisticated and supremely subtle, exquisitely nuanced calibrator of reality, of the sexual-spiritual continuum, of ecstatic spirituality. This also makes women shamans, healers, midwives and doctors. A Chukchee proverb from Siberia spells it out: "Woman is by nature a shaman".

True authority is grounded in humility. Humus, the root word of humility, refers to the ground itself, to the soil, often also called dirt. Without dirt to hold the roots, there is no source, and we all wither and die. There can be no authority without creating, that is, no authority without authorship, and there can be no creating that is not rooted in Source...

A life-giving source authors life naturally. Authority thus is an inherent part of life. There would be no life without it. After all, authority it is not at all an artificial, abstract imposition on the freedom of others. Authority is where life comes from.

The best pattern for authority in nature is its fundamental manifestation in mother and offspring. It is not imposed and it never really ends but expands into being an integral part of the experience of life. Mothers lead their baby, cub, kid, foal or calf through the early, formative processes of life. For good reason, one of the oldest epiphanies of the Goddess is the lioness. She is an incomparable mother, protector and provider.

The lioness who creates her cubs is supremely responsible to them. She protects, guides, warns and sets limits. And these limits, warnings, and guidelines are not arbitrary or artificial, or abstract concepts, separated from reality but inextricably linked to it. She provides food, guards against predators and knows when to hide or run for safety. The mother exercises the authority over her offspring not in an ego fest of domination, but on their behalf, in service to them, in natural interrelationship with them. The babies know this and their response to her authority is the very thing that enables them to survive and mature into adulthood.

The same is true for a woman and her child and her responsibility to care for that child. This is natural, and there is nothing as natural as this. Of herself, no mother would relinquish or neglect her child, let alone let it be whisked away to undergo any number of unnecessary, alienating and traumatizing procedures. Naturally, a mother nurtures, protects, teaches. As such, woman has authority over that child, a natural authority born of her responsibility for the life of that child...
 

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