Is Dakini Work Legal?
I can understand why people ask the question: to the uneducated, dakini work can look an awful lot like prostitution, and there are some prostitutes (think Las Vegas) who call their work Tantra to shake off some of the social stigma, but dakini work differs from the oldest profession in the world in six important ways.
1. Healing. When people hire a prostitute, they are looking for entertainment. A dakini session, on the other hand, is about healing, gaining intimacy skills, or achieving a self-development goal. Dakinis open themselves up to the flow of Divine Love and work within a code of effects to wield sacred sexual energy toward a therapeutic goal. It's powerful work! Often times, what might take years in talk therapy is achieved in one to three Tantra sessions.
2. Sex. A prostitute will have sex with her clients. Dakinis do not. Most sessions are conducted clothing on. The exercises in session may be erotic--such as breathing chakra energy from one's sex center into the sex center of a partner or sitting in yab yum--but they are very rarely explicitly sexual.
3. Certification. There is no certification program for becoming a prostitute, but there are many certification programs for becoming a dakini. She might be working under the title of Tantra Educator, Sacred Sex Educator, Sacred Sexual Healer, Tantric Sex Coach, or many others, but all of the titles will be certified through a school of Tantra.
4. Skill. A dakini is trained in the therapeutic use of sexual energy to help foster emotional healing; to teach intimacy skills; or to set her student on a path of meeting a self-development goal such as thinking positively, gaining confidence, manifesting abundance, or seeking a life partner. Prostitutes, generally speaking, are not.
5. Client management. As long as a client is paying and isn't violent, most prostitutes will take on the client and continue to serve him or her more or less indefinitely. A brothel prostitute may not have the opportunity to choose her client--she's put in a line-up and a client chooses her. Since he is using the opportunity electively, he may be drunk or high and still receive service. Dakinis, on the other hand, choose students carefully, often interviewing him or her and/or requiring new student paperwork and a plan of study. Students who do not honor the learning spirit of the session--who show up drunk, expect sex, or don't invest in their progress--will likely no longer be eligible to receive services.
7. Respectability. Even in Nevada, the only state where it is legal, prostitution tends to be lumped together with human trafficking, illegal drugs, alcohol use, and crime, because sex work isn't given respectability in our culture. Dakini work, on the other hand, comes from a 5,000 year old tradition of reverence, originating in the Indus Valley where priestesses would rehabilitate warriors and educate young men and women into the sacred use of their sexuality. Sex crime and violence was virtually non-existent. The dakini was highly respected as a light-bearer, a healer, a bringer of peace, an integral part of a successful society. Certified dakinis today carry on this ancient tradition, and are desperately needed as our culture reclaims sexuality as a sacred, healing, vital aspect of being human.
Big love, Dakini Leah, CTE
Leah Kenyon is a Certified Tantra Educator helping people employ their sexual energy for healing, intimacy, and self-development. She serves Colorado's Grand and Roaring Fork Valleys with classes and affordable private sessions. To book, call 242-5094 or email LivingInTantra@gmail.com