What is Karma and How Can You Improve Yours?

The word “Karma” has been part of the modern lexicon for decades, but many folx don’t really understand what it IS and how it works. Karma is simply the universal law of cause and effect. It’s like the Universe’s “rules of the game of life”, but not just this life. EVERY lifetime we have ever […]

The Importance of Lineage in Tantra

Have you ever wondered about the importance of lineage in Tantra? At IATE we make a big deal about our methods being lineage-based and Lama-approved, but why is that important in the realm of Tantra?    Tantra is a spiritual science originally developed in Northern India several thousand years ago. Today there are many different branches, […]

Welcome To Lineage-Based Sexual Tantra

Sexual Tantra

Most of the sexual Tantra we are exposed to here in the West falls under the umbrella of “Neo Tantra”, which is an adaptation and in some cases, appropriation of traditional Tantric practices, usually from the Hindu tradition. Traditionally, sexual tantric practices have been kept “secret” and only shared with qualified practitioner’s after many years […]

What Is Tantra with Devi Ward Erickson

what is tantra

All this time we’ve been together and I’ve never sat down and shared my story of how I came to Tibetan 5 Element Tantra! Join me tonight as I share my understanding of authentic Tantric practice, based upon my 13 years of training in Tibetan 5 Element Tantra, how I was introduced to this path […]

Tibetan Medicine, the word “Tantra” means “Continuously Protecting Life”

In the Gyudhsi, the 4 medical tantras transmitted by the Buddha, the word Tantra translates in this context as “continuously protecting life”.   The full translation is – Amrita-hridhaya-anga-ashta-guhya-upadesha-tantra-nama   This means: The immortal nectar of the heart essence branch of the eighth secret oral tradition which is continuously protecting life.   Tibetan Medicine is […]

Tibetan Five Element Tantra HEALS from the inside-out!

The primary focus of the Tibetan Five Element Tantra + Tantric Practices is to heal blocks and enrich the energy body by directing our full attention to where the CORE of the life force resides in the physical form, which in this tradition is understood to be the Central Channel, a.k.a Uma Nadi or Sushumna […]

Archetypal Tantra

In this episode of Sex is Medicine learn how Archetypal Tantra weaves itself into Sacred Languages and Practices of Healing, Actualization, & Enlightenment! Join Devi Ward Erickson and Certified Sexologist & Certified Authentic Tantra ® Practitioner Mark F. Barone as they discuss: The Five Elements of Tantra Alchemy & Tantra connections Astrology & Tantra connections […]

3 Reasons Why Sexual Healing Can Save the World

Sexual energy is the reason for our existence! It’s how we all got here. The Vajrayana Tantric tradition teaches that orgasm is a glimpse of enlightenment, and we practice to extend that orgasmic state, from seconds, to minutes, to a lifestyle. How did you feel during your last orgasm? Were you worried about bills, work, […]

Tantric Tips for Taming Spirits

More and more often I have students ask me about the Tibetan Buddhist approach to dealing with “spirits” or unusual disturbances in the home. Most religions have some sort of belief regarding spirits, demons, entities, and non-humans, though our science-based Western culture ridicules the idea of believing in anything you can’t tangibly experience with one of […]

Tantra Practice for Clearing Blocks and Creating Blessings

Traditional Tantra has many non-sexual practices for clearing blocks and generating “positive karma”. The basic understanding is that all pain we experience (mental, physical, emotional) is a result of previous non-virtuous or harmful actions. These “non-virtuous” past actions may have taken place in this lifetime, or previous lifetimes, which can make it difficult to make […]