Tantra Bensko
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Tantra is a writer and fiction writing instructor. She's particularly interested in the psychology of avoiding gullibility and recognizing social engineering's psychological manipulation. She was trained at a very young age in remote viewing and influencing, has been an aura viewer, and loves the holistic Earth but is not New Age or religious. She was also trained in Touch for Health and has done professional health writing, and conscious environmentalism. Her blog and psychological suspense series, The Agents of the Nevermind, riff off those topics. She taught meditation and DVDs instructing on Tantra Yoga are available from her directly.
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http://engingeeringsociety.blogspot.com/
http://www.insubordinatebooks.com/

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I live in Berkely, just moved here recently. I've lived many places, many of them being alone in the wilderness, in canyons, mountains, caves, forests, beaches, deserts. And cities, such as Florida State, where I got my MA in English, and taught at FSU, and Memphis, where I taught at Memphis State, and Iowa City, where I taught and obtained my MFA in writing. I most recently lived a year and a third in rural Alabama, for the last part of my father's life.

I have over 170 creative writing publications in magazines, several chapbooks published, and a book of short stories called Lucid Membrane, put out by Night Publishing. I also have a book called Tantric Metaportals, and a DVD set called Tantric Lucidity. I teach Experimental Fiction Writing online, and edit Exclusive Magazine.

 

I promote Lucid Fiction, which is a kind of experimental fiction, but which applies far beyond that to the very lucidifying of this fictional world we live in, person by person, all one field. In Lucid Fiction, we don't need to be addicted to plot based on conflict. Characters don't stop at the skin but can exist in their whole selves. Topics can include those things forbidden to be taken seriously by literary fiction generally, such as energy healing, aliens, telepathy....

We're all playing our roles.

And we're all all of it. But in this body, bouncing around on the spider web, I'm Tantra. One etymology of that name is The Web.

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Acting Out Dreams

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 1:20pm 1 Comment

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night" - Edgar Allan Poe.



We are so civilized, in our polite society. But look at what lurks in our subconscious, underneath.



Sleep keeps our bodies from acting out the impulses, so we never fully express what is there, physically. While acting out in dreams is very useful, acting out our night-time dreams in waking life, with full range of motion, helps our conscious mind…

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Writing an Alternate Past to Draw from--an Intimate Example-- and the Benefits of Crying and Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 3:10am 0 Comments

I have noticed that when I'm not getting enough sleep especially, but also sunshine, exercise, carbohydrates, certain oils, or other things that our bodies like to help avoid depression, I can once in awhile more easily be triggered to go into deep sadness when it isn't necessary, and I know it's an over reaction.



Through the almost shamaic exaggeration of our inner life that comes from sleep deprivation, yesterday, I detected a pattern that I feel probably stems from a period of… Continue

At the Prop 8 civil disobedience in SF, and remembering to thank those playing difficult roles, like the police there

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 2:39pm 0 Comments

Tuesday, in San Francisco, 175 smiling people sitting down holding hands at the intersection of Grove and Van Ness were arrested by a large number of smiling police, as onlookers clapped.



After the announcement was made at 10 at the Supreme Court about upholding Prop 8, which bans same sex marriages, amidst a crowd of counter protesters, protesters marched to the intersection and sat down, calmly. One young man stood in the center, head bent, arms down together, ready to be arrested,… Continue

Lucid Hypnagogia for the Readers

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 2:03am 1 Comment

Seeing a tunnel, a portal, open up with a fascinating entryway, with roots, curves, moss, bends, and as I flow inside it, into the dark entry, I start to move my body in the other self. I flow inside the tunnel, and move inside it, becoming it, as it snakes back and forth. The outside of it is rounding more and more, becoming green and scaly. I am a green snake, my line of glowing moving back and forth on a black mercury colored lake. The water gently ripples outwards.

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At 12:09am on November 28, 2009, RAk said…
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“Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever,
and we'll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.”
Richard Bach


 
 
 

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