Western Sexual Mysticism

February 20, 2009 at 1:44 am (ramblings)

 I ran across this great article on Western Sexual Mysticism, the subject of which fascinates me more as time goes by.

In a way, the article taps into the core of what I find fascinating. Various forms of mysticism change over time. Interpretations become reinterpreted, and often times, their original intent and meaning becomes lost. The changes happen so slowly, like erosion, and the original meanings are often hard to pinpoint, except through the work of people like Joseph Campbell.

Sexual mysticism, on the other hand, changes like an earthquake,  a quick fracture that often leaves the original meanings intact, and many times can be pinpointed to a specific event, political figure, or era. Even within the Christian faith, which in many cases likes to deny to existence of previous interpretations, changes in sexual mysticism happened quickly. Polyamory, even among priests, was acceptable until 1139, when Pope Innocent II voided multiple partnerships among priests. Augustine’s rise to power within the church brought about much change, bringing with him many bizarre interpretations, who along with some contemporaries, created concepts of God being an unfit creator by not handling issues of procreation in a better way.

 While Augustine and Innocent II were acting according to the times, and certainly not alone, the changes to Christian sexual mysticism were relatively quick, making it easier to trace the original concepts. The previous interpretations are simply left behind, and intact. Being impure, there was no reason to play with those concepts anymore.

In most cultures, the original core elements of sexuality, creativity, music, dance and art are interrelated. The goddess of love and art are often the same, and feminine power is embraced, not diffused.  That’s the fascinating part, finding the early versions of mysticism, and using sexual mysticism as the road back to the origins.

 The fun part now is playing with those concepts, and using modern day technology and resources to reinterpret them.


1 Comment

  1. ben said,

    I think you need to enlarge on the subject a little

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