I love atheists – even though I do not ascribe to being one. They question the traditional morays. They dive and delve beneath traditional teachings seeking material truth.
I just read a compelling article on one woman’s atheistic view of spiritual sexuality – honoring the gifts of it and yet, saying that the spiritual part of it is merely manufactured by a mind seeking to explain the unexplainable. And I agree to some extent. And yet, there is more to this than meets the uninitiated mind.
We have all been raised in various levels of magickal thinking. I personally love magickal thinking, (even though sometimes, it can lead us astray) because it acknowledges that science cannot explain it all . Science is a limited path in terms of attempting to explain the material because it is a mechanistic approach. Unfortunately, as Science and Quantum Physics have discovered, they can only dig so far until they come to a point where they get to an awareness of consciousness, which is unexplainable in mechanistic terms.
In many spiritual practices, especially from the Eastern traditions, exploring consciousness is what their path is all about. And while, through meditation, spiritual sex and other methods, much of what they write about and interpret is a function of their level of consciousness, filtered by traditional understandings, there are those who have managed to transcend the “mind” and have actually gained an awareness beyond this physical reality. They have expanded their material 3rd & 4th dimensional awareness to a more multi-dimensional awareness.
This consciousness seems to be a part of everything in our 3rd dimensional reality, as we know it. It is the essence of “aliveness” — of cooperation of form — of being conscious. And we see evidence of this all around us in nature, which seems to operate from a more collective consciousness – plant root systems, insect and animal populations have proven this over and over again. There are even still some cultures who operate on a more collective focus, such as the Japanese culture.
In the West, a greater value has been placed on the individual. We see ourselves as separate from each other and the planet. That is why we have run amuck a bit without consideration for our other planetary citizens – people, animal, vegetable and mineral. This has also been a necessary function of our evolution and has brought us many advances and for some an easier life here on the planet. And yet, as the pendulum swings, many of us are getting wise and working to create greater balance to benefit us all. And in the study of creating greater balance, we find ourselves, once again returning to a greater awareness of our own inner Universe for grounding, for healing, for answers, for peace.
As children, we began life from a focus of this primal collective consciousness. Living in society, we learned about developing individuality. Now the pendulum swings back to our collective awareness with a more developed frame of reference.
For those who are studying the concept of consciousness, they have discovered a great inner peace when attention is placed outside of the drama of our day to day experience, and into this inner, silent, place of “being” without thought. This is why it is called “The Divine.” It feels blissful, compassionate, connected to the all and the everything in indescribable ways. In this focus of awareness, we are in a state of receivership, of openness and can be more available for a deeper understanding and higher perspective. We are tapping into something beyond our bodies, beyond our thoughts, beyond time and beyond our reality that seems to hold everything that has ever existed from which there is a font of wisdom, compassion, understanding and peace.
We have discovered that there are layers to explore in consciousness that have often been colored by the mind with hierarchies and deities to explain aspects their nature. Remember, that in Eastern thought, their deities are not understood in the same way that God is understood in Western Culture. Their deities actually represent concepts and aspects of human and Divine nature. When they place focus on one of these “deities” it is to place a spotlight on some aspect of their own lives that needs greater focus, development and care. With this understanding, I think you will agree, that even for the atheist, it colors the picture a bit differently.
Therefore, in spiritual sexuality, what we are doing is activating ourselves to states of higher consciousness, which we are desirous of cultivating on a more consistent level in our lives. This we call our Divine Nature. We are cultivating our own evolution!
When we are stuck in negative emotion, fear, anger, pain, our focus is in a more primal state and we move into reaction, which is not a state of consciousness, but rather a defensive act that runs through us more like a computer program. These defensive programs have been developed by us over time as a reaction to negative stimulus – and often have little to do with the current reality. We are actually in a form of insanity! How often have you reacted and then later said – “I wouldn’t have done that if I was in my right mind!?” Many of us are actually unconsciously running subterrainian levels of such negative vibes constantly on many subjects. It is a part of our primal nature, when we were more the prey than the predator.
In spiritual sexuality, we are disciplining ourselves to be more conscious, more of the time, attuning ourselves to this higher perspective, greater compassion, and more awareness of all that we are and what we are becoming as we evolve. We are operating on the premise that this higher consciousness, this Divine Nature is available to all of us, if we take the time to develop it. And so, we call it, in Western Terms, the God/Goddess within. And what we are doing in our practices is to invoke and evoke this higher aspect of our selves on a consistent basis.
Now, I can certainly understand that atheistic resistance to such terms, but in our culture, they represent the best and most loving aspect of consciousness that we can imagine. As we play in this delightful field of focus, I fully expect those of my atheistic bretheren exploring consciousness themselves, to discover even more interesting ways of explaining their own experiences that are less tied to the traditional, magickal understandings of the past. However, I caution them, as they ruthlessly question every aspect of their journey, not to limit their appreciation of such experiences to merely their 3rd dimensional understanding and to be open to more possibilities. And so we evolve!
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