Devi Ward Erickson is a Tantra Expert, Sex Coach, an ACS Certified Sexologist as well as the Founder of The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education. As a trusted and sought after Tantra expert and Sex Coach, Devi has had the privilege and honor of witnessing the profound healing that occurs for women, men, and couples when sexuality is honored as sacred and practiced with awareness, compassion, and loving-kindness. Devi specializes in using Tantra and “pleasure as medicine” to awaken more connection, passion, and inner bliss in every area of life.
What started you on this journey?
My own healing through Tantra and spiritual practice. I was a monk of the Ishaya order for 9 years before I was introduced to Vajrayana Buddhism. The style of Tantra that I practice is rooted in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra, and I was introduced to these methods as a way to integrate human sexuality with the path of self, or ultimate realization.
I train professionals in how to use meditation, movement, connection, and pleasure to help heal and overcome sexual dysfunction and trauma.
How would you define Authentic Tantra? Why is your practice “Authentic” as opposed to other forms of Western Tantric practice?
Authentic Tantra, as we practice it, is a trauma informed holistic healing modality that directly addresses one of the root causes of human suffering on this planet- sexual ignorance, fear, guilt, and shame.
Our methods are “authentic” for several reasons-
#1. They work. The methods and teachings effectively address the root causes of sexual suffering and offer concrete tools for healing and piercing these issues. Our students report a resolution of long standing personal, emotional, and sexual issues.
#2- The modality is rooted in the Tibetan Five Element practices, which are lineage based Tibetan Tantric methods for healing.
What motivated you to start your own business?
I am fiercely independent and my work is an expression of my soul. I didn’t really want to run a business. I wanted to teach and support others in healing using the same method I had found to be so transformational and effective. Starting a business was the means to an end for me.
In term’s of increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. What advice would you share specifically to People of Colour in relation to sexual trauma?
Our sexual energy is the most potent creative life force energy on the planet! When we heal the wounds of abuse and reclaim our bodies, reclaim our right to pleasure, to connection, to self-love and joy, we reclaim and restore our inherent POWER..
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
How much fun I get to have doing this work that I love so much! Breaking down barriers and paving new roads. Helping society heal the needless sexual pain and suffering. Transcending my own limitations and supporting my students in identifying and overcoming their own blocks.
What does the word “Style” mean for you?
Style for me is about self-expression. What is our costume for life? How do we show up and what energy do we want to emanate and contribute to each situation.
What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?
Be fearless. You will make mistakes, you will piss people off. As long as you are doing your best to be in the utmost integrity, you are in alignment with your purpose. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, and keep moving forward.
What’s next for Authentic Tantra? Will you be coming to Europe anytime soon!?
We will be launching new programs in 2020 for the general public and collaborating with some of our graduates in the medical field to help integrate Authentic Tantra into the medical community, for those folks who are interested in taking an integrative approach to western medicine. Once those new program are implemented we would LOVE to come to Europe!
What sources of inspiration do you recommend in terms of further reading, podcasts or films.