The Art of Ecstasy

Ecstasy: intense feeling leading to self-transcendence. A high-energy experience, beyond pleasure and pain, that overwhelms the feeling of self.

Tantra, the Art of Ecstasy is an existence-affirming, life-enhancing path. It is also a practice: a way of life leading to extended states of ecstatic consciousness and being.

All sentient beings avoid suffering and seek pleasure—life is “being in search of ecstasy.” A space of awareness comes into being, accepting form and risking suffering, only because there is also a chance to experience ecstasy.

Life has value and meaning when there is ecstatic experience. Without ecstasy, life seems dry and meaningless. When all hope of ecstasy fades, the organism seeks death and a fresh round of becoming. Thus, satisfying life and good health require frequent experiences of ecstasy.

Self or ego blocks ecstasy. Ego and ecstasy are never seen together. When ego is there, ecstasy is elusive or inauthentic. Real ecstasy occurs when self is gone.

Paradoxically, ecstasy is the fulfillment of self; yet, ecstatic consciousness is selfless. There is something in ecstasy that transcends ego, leading to realization of authentic being—that transcends even being, leading to realization of unconditioned emptiness.

The art of ecstasy requires great discipline to get the ego out of the way without harming it. There are many such disciplines, both drawn from the great and ancient spiritual cultures and found in people’s everyday lives.

The concentrated experience of ecstasy must be balanced and buffered by deep knowledge and equally intense meditation and detachment. Art, music, dance, eroticism, yoga, meditation, religion, entheogens, the search for transcendental knowledge—expressions of ecstasy are the foundations of civilization. Each art a vast field in itself, when combined synergistically they become even more powerful.

But we must be careful to experience and facilitate ecstasy without creating dependence. Dependence or clinging to means is a danger, because ecstasy involves intense pleasurable feelings. Actual remission of suffering must not come at the price of independence and individuality.

The most powerful ecstasy comes from realization of nothingness, unconditioned emptiness. Thus the greatest practitioners of ecstasy in all cultures have been the radical meditators and renunciants. Nothing can shake the view of one who sees primordial emptiness everywhere and in everything.

Tantra, the Art of Ecstasy is not an ordinary science or religion. It is the science of becoming, of attaining whatever being you desire. It includes hundreds of practices derived from many different paths and cultures. The Art of Ecstasy uses all these techniques and more to transcend the ego and celebrate a life of ecstatic consciousness.

After more than 50 years of research into the great spiritual traditions—traveling to their cultures of origin, identifying the authentic teachers, scriptures and practices, penetrating corrupt religious organizations, stealing their forgotten secrets and doing the work to realize them—we finally attained satisfying realization of the Absolute. As high initiates of a dozen ancient lineages, from Navajo sacred dances to The Fourth Way to Theravada Buddhism, we can say with confidence that they are all degenerate. Only one who can use syncretism to synergize the energy of several paths in their appropriate chakras can reach full cognition of emptiness.

 

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Dev Jacobsen

Musician, author and yogi, developer of Palingenics.

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