Modern American Professional Tantra Teachers Discover Neo-Reichian Jack Painter's Heart In Sexuality Workshop

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Neo-Reichian Jack Painter, PhD is returning from Italy next month to present his Heart In Sexuality 5-day intensive for Tantra practitioners April 4-8 in Corte Madera, California. Although a rift developed between Wilhelm Reich and the psychiatric establishment over his work in sexuality and emotions, modern American Tantra teachers have found Jack Painter's work invaluable and a seamless fit for addressing the emotional and sexual healing aspects of Tantra.

Jack Painter, PhD is returning from Italy next month to present his Heart In Sexuality 5-day intensive for Tantra practitioners and body workers on April 4th - 8th at Sunrise Center in Corte Madera, California. His work is based in large part on the work of Wilhelm Reich and Jack is sometimes referred to as a Neo-Reichian.

Heart In Sexuality is sponsored by Sacred Space Institute, a San Rafael-based Tantra school which offers weekend retreats such as their upcoming Tantra: The Yoga of Love workshop, March 16th - 18th at Pura Vida retreat center near Atlanta, Georgia. Director Carolena Fleishman says of Jack's work:

"The beauty of Jack's work is that it provides a very practical therapeutic approach for resolving the emotional and developmental issues which are often the source of difficulties people experience with their sexuality in love relationships. As a serious Tantrika I find it indispensable. I believe in it so strongly I require all my personal relationships to do this work."

Jack was recently interviewed by Mead Rose of Sacred Space Institute on why he felt that Tantrikas were attracted to his work:

"I find there are two motives in the participants. First they are ready to work on themselves in a deep, direct way. It is not easy for a person to find a workshop where they can work directly with the pelvis and at the same time confront and work through their sexual feelings. Second, to help other people with their sexual energy, practitioners need specific techniques - special ways of touching the body and powerful clear frameworks in which to guide feelings."

Tantrikas talk about "inner triangle work" and how it helps heal developmental traumas. Jack addresses this in a Tantric context saying:

"When we are young children, we are developing our sexuality, looking for our identity. There in our lives are the outside forces of the masculine and feminine, usually our father and mother. We come to these forces with our sexual innocence, curiosity and excitement. We imitate, absorb, introject what we can, but we also get rejected, even deeply wounded by the lack of support. This happens for both sides of us: our inner masculine and our inner feminine - whether we are male or female."

"As a man my masculine side is formed by whether I had to be as strong (macho) as my father and whether I was overwhelmed (in my neediness) by my mother. But there is also a woman inside of me: was my father absent from my (angry) feminine side? Was my mother so excited by my dressing up in her clothes that I felt I had to be more excited (hysterical) than her. When these rejections are very strong, we are traumatized into macho, needy, angry and hysterical sexual roles which are difficult to overcome."

"If we re-live some of this original pain by opening the body with careful breathing and deep strokes, we open the way for creating a new triangle, actually two triangles, one for our masculine and one for our feminine. I can be the father or mother who gives my male sexual child just what he needs or I can be the father or mother who gives my female sexual child just what she needs. Once I have nurtured sexual children inside me, my adult also becomes innocent, curious and excited."

Jack summarizes the value of his work for Tantric practitioners:

"When you get body, heart and mind together, through breathing and deep bodywork, sex becomes a way of clear, wise thinking."

To read the entire interview, please visit Sacred Space Institute's Jack Painter Area.


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