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My first Post. Will anyone see?
I suppose I should start with a manifesto of sorts.
I grew up a hardcore intellectual, but in the past few years have come to understand that I don't have to live in my head just because I have a brain. Living in the body is a fuckin' blast (so to speak...), and living in one's heart is the most beautiful place of all. The sex is better, my body is younger now than it was when I was 32, and my connection to people around me is better, both in and out of the bedroom.
Still, getting out of my head is still a challenge after 40+ years of living there. This blog really is going to be a bit of a barf bucket!
Oh yeah. Manifesto. I chose "Tantric Tantrums" because my personal epiphany is centered in Tantric thought. These days that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people (and not much more than a few massage strokes and PC exercises to most...)
To me, Tantra is the assertion that our bodies are the sacred and ultimate expression of the Life Force. If we were supposed to live purely by non-physical spiritual principles and deny the flesh (as some belief systems would have us do...) then the act of Creation itself would have been a crass and superfluous act. Ergo, our bodies are not in conflict with the Divine, but are in fact a pathway for connecting with the Divine. When bodies mingle, when we reach climax we ourselves open the potential to create new life. This is the most powerful, most holy thing a human being can ever do. Obviously such power should be wielded responsibly and carefully and with good control. In so doing, it can serve many purposes beyond the creation of new life. It is our closest contact with Divine energy - our own little echo of the Big Bang (so to speak!) It is the external energy that our body/spirit forges into inner joy, it is the energy source that drives creativity. And. like, any source of body energy, it works best for us if we exercise it regularly.
My philosophy does extend beyond traditional Tantric thinking is some ways. That kundalini/life force energy would traditionally be thought of as rising out of the 2nd Chakra. It is love in the sense of Desire. Then there is also the 4th Chakra - the energy of the heart. Traditional Tantra as I've studied it doesn't really address this energy, but it is equally important. Whereas the 2nd Chakra is basically selfish, the 4th is an outreach. The connection is a more giving act than the 2nd Chakra alone is capable of. It isn't hard to page through profiles here and see people who are honoring just one or the other. The ideal is to strike a balance. Done properly the enrgyjust keeps cycling between the two centers.
All of which sound terribly heavy-handed and ponderous! The whole point is sex is sacred, sex with love is even more so. Each is to be honored and neither is something to fear. Sacred doesn't mean ponderous or not fun. Taken properly,it should mean "the ultimate fun". To paraphrase Patricia Taylor in her book "Extended Orgasm", "Play is anything that you do for its own sake, not for some other purpose." Sacred and play go hand in hand! Why? Because we are all sacred beings. Pleasure, orgasm and loving connection with others (many others!) is already part of our being, not something external.
I know I'm "preaching to the choir" here. I tend toward the long-winded, so I'll pull back now. We'll see if anyone reads this. Next time. I'll be more light-hearted and tackle something more situational.
5/13/2006 7:23 am
Thanks for your long post. I learned a lot. From my experience here, you are by no means "preaching to the choir". Sharing of thoughts, feelings, lifechoices - putting yourself out there for the heartfelt reflection of others - is a gift to our species.|