In the East Tantric practices are done only after you’ve already built up spiritual practices which create a strong ethical framework and after you’ve undergone a process of purification. This groundwork provides a whole context of clarity and simplicity in which you can start to build up a richness of experience. Through this spiritual discipline you work on your shadow side. In the West people have enormous problems with discipline, and by throwing yourself into erotic practices without looking at motivations, whether of loneliness, envy, greed or control, you can get caught up in the shadow side of Tantra, merely acting out issues of power and control without challenging them. The Eastern Tantrics always said that the very things that set them free, were the things that snare ordinary people.
Cassandra Lorius 1999