"In Tantrism, fundamentally there is no temple, no God, no dogmas, no beliefs. There is only an immense umbilical cord, which reunites each being and each thing in the divine. To experience an awakening is to glimpse that in its totality, even in the space of a second. Without prior experience of awakening , no asceticism, no practice, no meditation bears fruit. Without awakening experience, there is no source, and since all Tantric sadhana consist of returning to the source, one wonders, not knowing where to go. You could follow my teachings for thirty years. Without prior awakening experience, you'd arrive at nothing. Look into yourself deeply. Think about your childhood, your adolescence. An awakening experience is found there. No being exists on earth who hasn't had this fundamental experience.
From now on, you are no longer on a search for an abstract or remote state. You're searching for nothing that is not already within you. This capacity for total wonder is the very substance of awakening. It is out of this and only this that you become a man. All the other quests, all the other pleasures, are evasions."
excerpt from the book Tantric Quest by Daniel Odier