DIKSHA: An initiation in the tantric arts.

Dearest loved ones, yoginis & yogis, poets, tantrikas, healers, activists, witches, story-tellers, visionaries, & friends of the mystery,

I invite you to listen closely to a story that is just beginning to stir.

It is a story that involves love, legend, mystery, and adventure.

It is a story that is both ancient, and perennial.

It is a story that requires great bravery, the kind that asks you to become the highest measure of yourself.

It is a story that requires equal tenderness, the kind that asks you to carry grief, and become intimate with suffering.

This story will ask of you your full share of humanity. It demands your hunger, wounds, & desires. It offers you gold, an encounter with an alluring devata, & the belief in something noble.

This story is your own journey:

your blazing poem,

your dazzling encounter with “the Great Self,”

& your reason for dreaming, seeking, & believing.

No one else can tell this story, or transcribe it on a fraying scroll.

It’s yours alone.

I offer you a pen & I invite you to do the work of grace & frenzy on the book of your soul.

Will you begin?

Diksha is an initiation into the depths of yourself. It is a mystical, creative immersion, soulful mentorship program, and collaborative, intimate learning experience. Diksha involves education and exploration in tantric and yogic philosophy and practice.

In the esoteric branch of tantra known as Shakta Tantra, devotees honor Devi, the Mother of Creation, with the understanding that Devi dispels shakti (power/energy of creation) & therefore comprises all of Creation.

Thus, everything is revered deeply as an expression of the Goddess — including desires, primal instincts, emotions, erotic yearnings, dreams, what sulks in the guts, sensation, & the dark tendrils of shadow.

The tantrika’s work is the work of embracing the human experience because it is all a reflection of the Goddess.

Diksha calls upon you to encounter your experience, seize magic, & catch poems. This work entails ritual, spiritual endeavor, story medicine, & creative modalities.

This work is supported by a powerful container for shakti: a tribe of tantrikas & inspiring comrades committed to fiercely embodying their work & walking the path with you.

In tantra philosophy, it is said that behind every desire is a devata at work. The devatas keep us incarnated & tied to the field of action, but they simultaneously crave liberation through us. This is part of the spell-binding dance between Shiva and Shakti, God and Creation, or the Dreamer and the Dream.

When the tantrika feels drawn toward something, she knows to pay careful attention. Yearnings hold the secret to liberation. She knows her heart’s stirrings are the work of divinity: a devata at play.

Perhaps this letter conjures a similar sensation of curiosity. Maybe a dream is thrashing somewhere in the rib cage. A story might be whispering some intelligible realization in your ear.

This letter is your invitation. An invitation, to be drawn. To be encountered. To be liberated.

Will you begin?

-Sarah