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From: tyagi@arkaotika.abyss.com (nagasiva)
Subject: Sacred Sex URLs and Texts
Date: 20 Apr 1999 00:25:43 -0700

[from http://www.tantra-sex.com/tantra-article1.html ]

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                              SACRED SEX
              A Path of Union, Celebration and Wholeness
                                   
     by Pala Copeland
     Tone Magazine, July-August, 1998
     
     For many Canadians the term "sacred sex" is somewhat of an
     oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. Suggesting that you can
     find your way to God through sexual activity has been a bit
     like suggesting you can eat your way to thin-ness or you
     should vote Bloc Quebecois for a united Canada. Partaking in
     wildly passionate sex and seeking an intensely spiritual life
     just haven't been part of the same curriculum. We've been
     taught that pursuing sexual pleasure, enjoyable as that may
     be, is at best hedonistic and at worst damaging for our souls.
     To be a highly spiritual person is to be essentially sexless.
     It's an either / or situation.
     
     But that view is changing. The concept of sacred sex, finding
     spiritual union through a sexual one, is slowly gaining ground
     in North America. Our psyches are certainly ripe for it. As a
     society we're obsessed with sex. In part it's a lustily
     healthful obsession, a celebratory dance of life's great
     force, but much of it flounders in darkness and neurosis - sex
     for power, sex for profit, sex for oblivion. We use and abuse
     sex for everything from selling soap to making or breaking
     political leaders.
     
     At the same time there's a spiritual hunger running rampant
     through the land. The ache for meaning stretches from radical
     through traditional - Nina Hagen follows guru Babaji, Madonna
     embraces the Kaballah, the Peace Makers hail conservative
     Christianity. We're screaming for substance.
     
     Well why not unite the two? Bring sex and spirit together and
     find your magic! The idea's definitely not a new one.
     Ritualized sex has been an acknowledged sacred pathway in
     Eastern philosophies for several thousand years. Tantra,
     probably the most commonly known form of sacred sexuality, has
     its home in branches of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures of
     India and Tibet. Based on a belief that the union of male and
     female principles (yin and yang, yab and yum) will lead to
     enlightenment, traditional Tantra uses a complex series of
     sounds, visualizations, breath control, and sexual positions
     combined with prayerful thought to reach the heights of godly
     bliss.
     
     During the 19th century Tantric writings were introduced to
     the west by British scholars and travelers like Sir Richard
     Burton. Not surprising given the surface prudery of the time,
     these works were greeted with a largely hostile reception.
     Tantric practices were condemned as "orgiastic rites too
     terrible for civilized men to hear".
     
     Today, despite our more open attitudes to sexuality, much of
     this cult-like perception of Tantra persists. Partly this may
     be due to traditional Tantra's highly ritualized religious
     aspects - worship and identification with particular gods and
     goddesses, and mystical signs, symbols and chanting. But
     perhaps an even bigger block is the absolute necessity of
     retaining your aroused sexual energy internally and the
     accompanying emphasis for men on not ejaculating. This
     directly challenges our culture's sexual ideal of simultaneous
     genital orgasm. The practice of arresting your sexual fever
     and turning it in and upward rather than allowing it to flow
     out and down may seem abnormal and contrived; going against
     the laws of nature and our bodies. After all, the powerful
     release of a "regular" orgasm feels so very good; why should
     anyone voluntarily pass this by for the promise of unknown
     ecstasy?
     
     However, a gradual shift away from a strong focus on semen
     retention to a slower approach of gently learning to move all
     that wild sexual energy around inside you, is part of the new
     sacred sex (or neo-Tantra) that's been emerging in the last 20
     years. Whole body orgasm, through eyes, elbows or toes,
     becomes a real possibility, not just our venerated Big O of
     the genitals. While learning to withhold ejaculation is part
     of the process there's also a more relaxed, more fluid
     perspective that allows for personal preference and ability.
     You can take your time learning the delights that come with
     delaying or eliminating ejaculation as you explore the many
     other ingredients of sacred sex practice - emotional and
     mental as well as physical.
     
     Neo-tantra begins with much from her traditional parent - for
     example, the precept that sexual union can lead to
     transcendence, and specific techniques of breath and muscle
     control - and adds an assortment of other goodies. Jungian
     concepts, Reichian bodywork, acupressure, aromatherapy,
     creative visualization and dynamic meditation can all be part
     of the loose and joyous eclectic meld. The essential approach
     is spiritual, meaning non-religious and non-dogmatic. And
     playfulness is woven into the fabric of loving - laughter and
     lust come hand in hand to the true lovers' bed.
     
     But sacred sex goes far beyond the bedroom, helping partners
     open fully to each other in trust and love through all facets
     of their relationship. Your relationship itself becomes a
     vehicle for spiritual growth and personal awareness. As you
     learn to open to yourself, to your own inner lover, you
     naturally open to others around you. You begin to understand
     that surrender does not mean submission or loss of self, but
     rather a loving expansion to something that is much greater
     than you are.
     
     Like most spiritual paths, sacred sex teaches a discipline of
     the mind and body. It does so in a context of celebration and
     letting go into the sensual aspects of living, so that sacred
     sex is a paradoxical combination of control and spontaneity.
     As a celebration of life, sacred sex teaches the importance of
     conscious awareness, of being totally "in" your actions. By
     focusing attention on your body and your mind, and what you're
     doing with them, you become all around healthier. Your
     emotions become more stable and more real. Your mental
     capacity increases. Your physical health improves as you
     discover that your body is indeed the temple of your soul and
     as you begin to honour it that way.
     
     As for your sexual life itself, the glories that await are
     beyond imagining. The exercises and techniques fortify your
     entire uro-genital system; you gain muscle strength, improved
     circulation, and heightened sensitivity. (There won't be any
     need for quick trips to Buffalo for a trunk-load of Viagra.)
     You learn exquisite ways to please your partner and your self,
     raising your physical enjoyment to new heights. As you master
     moving the sexual energy between your two bodies, you
     experience altered states of consciousness, and ultimately
     spiritual union. Besides deepening your connection with each
     other and with God, this is a sure-fire way to keep the purely
     physical experience of sex exciting, new and fresh for even
     the most long-term lovers.
     
     For those who are into self-study books about sacred sex are
     bountiful, like: Margo Anand's The Art of Sexual Ecstasy and
     The Art of Sexual Magic; Nik Douglas' Sexual Secrets: The
     Alchemy of Ecstasy ; and Charles and Caroline Muir's Tantra:
     The Art of Conscious Loving. The Internet too is alive with
     sites that give you everything from history to "how-to":
     TantraWorks, Tantra.com, The Church of Tantra are a few of
     the hottest. If learning about loving is something you'd like
     a little help with sacred sex events and workshops are held
     with increasing frequency all over Canada.
     
     Sex and spirit? It's a door that more and more Canadians are
     opening as we yearn for hot monogamy and spiritual harmony.
     It's not a path for everyone, but it can be for many. Perhaps
     you're one.
     
     [...] [no copyright -- presumed author's copyright on article]

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