John Hawken, the founder of the Paths of Transformation, draws on forty years’ experience of therapy, tantra, shamanism and shadow work.
He is considered one of the most experienced tantra teachers in Europe.
He demystifies spirituality with clear explanations and guidance how to navigate with awareness the world of energy within ourselves, around us, and beyond us.
THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE Through the Flowering tree
The pleasure principle is often rejected as selfish. If it is limited to our physical and sexual needs this can be true. Tantra teaches to connect pleasure of the body to pleasure of the heart and pleasure of the spirit. If we do this it becomes impossible to find pleasure in what could harm other people, be exploitative or abuse of all beings or the planet. As we seek our own liberation we seek the freedom of all beings. Shamanism calls this the beauty way. In tantra the principle is sat chit anand, truth is the consciousness of bliss. Only what is true, for us and for others, can bring real pleasure.
The chakras are the energy centres in the human energy body, and are a major key to experiencing ourselves not only as a physical body but realising that we are also an energy body or a body of fire or light. In the Hindu Buddhist systems there are seven chakras, but in the shamanic system there are twenty. Each chakra , or wheel, is a gateway into the perception of a particular aspect of experience.
The flowering tree meditation takes you through the first fifteen of these chakras, enabling you to expand your experience into extraordinary and magical realms and establish contact with the major powers of the universe. John Hawken leads this meditation with a shamanic drum to assist us in entering into an altered state of consciousness and opening our potential for experience and therefore for pleasure.
When John did this at the tantra festival in London people afterwards insisted that he warns that this meditation can take you very deep, as it is a powerful traditional practice. You have been warned…