The word lila is Sanskrit for play and amusement, and the sense that the universe has been manifested as an act of play by the divine. As you engage with these tantric techniques, give yourself permission to be at play in the fields of the Lord, so that you can find your individual path in meditation. Through play, find your way.
Take time to daydream about your childhood quiet times, your forts and secret places, those times when you spoke to the sky and earth.
Individuality is a great mystery. Everyone, every body, has a different style of engaging the forces of life as they flow through the chakras and muscles. The song Shiva and Devi are singing to each other is one of intimacy with energy. These practices lead to an intensification of our relatedness with pulsating life within us and around us.
Not all of these practices are for every body. Some will call you to come in and play. Some will be scary. Others will just not feel like you – feel free to simply ignore them.
The first few sutras and one in the middle kept me busy for a year. Your pace may be faster or slower. When you discover one that resonates deeply, feel free to learn it by heart. It might take you fifteen minutes to memorize one of these sutras, then you begin to make it your own. Something happens in the body when you can say a sutra out loud or quietly to yourself. There is a relaxation, an ease and confidence that comes when you can rest your attention in a sutra and the words flow effortlessly.
The sutras tend to lay the groundwork for each other, but there is no rule that you have to go through them in sequence. Some of the techniques will speak to you now and others will only have meaning after you have explored for awhile. Another way would be to pick one now, whatever strikes you, and practice it for three months. Give it time to work. Then read the book again and see if it is time to move on or to include another technique in addition to the one that you have been doing. The text says that if you go deeply into even one of these ways of experience, making it your own over time, you will awaken.