Sacred Sex: The Naked Truth.

Via on Jul 16, 2012

Sex sells, but a woman—a lady—ought not consume.

(Unless you’re reading “Fifty Shades of Gray,” which I sincerely hope you are not.)

Sex is for the men. Women exist as objectifications of a man’s desire, and are shamed for being “sluts” if they want to “act like a man” and embrace their sexuality, their desires.

Religion, modern day Christianity in particular, has a long history of slut shaming.

Mary Magdalene, who for all intents and purposes was likely the wife and spiritual partner of Jesus, is best known as a prostitute. It was Pope Gregory the Great who gave credence to this idea in 591 AD, when he issued Homily 33. (The Catholic Church later admitted its error, quietly repealing Pope Gregory’s admission in 1969. Yet the erroneous teachings of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute remain a fixture of modern day Christianity.)

Yet Jesus held this “prostitute” in high esteem—he kissed her on the mouth, he “loved her best,” he appeared to her first after his death, and she even ministered unto his apostles.

Some of his apostles however, including those who founded the churches, had other ideas about women.

Simon Peter is quoted in The Gospel of Thomas as saying, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.”

Paul also seemed to be a misogynist, writing to the Corinthians: “Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak.”

More recent scholarship has established that Junius, whom Paul calls “distinguished among the apostles,” was actually Junia, a woman, whose name was later made masculine.

The church has sought to keep women submissive and shamed.

Despite that fact that the synoptic Gospels all agree that Mary Magdalene was the first to be placed in charge with delivering the message of Christ—a fairly important responsibility, I’d venture.

They’ve also fought to maintain the image of Jesus as a white man who was celibate; the idea of sexually active Jesus is violently rejected, instead of celebrated—Hey, Jesus was like us; he had sex!

Yet should we really be surprised that an institution that blames Eve for the downfall of mankind doesn’t celebrate sex and the divine feminine?

What if this is because the idea of sex as a sacred rite would empower womenwombman, and require man to honor her and her place in the home?

Photo: Laurion

It seems that the divine design of the human body suggests sex—and woman— should be celebrated.

We’re wired to seek pleasure, sex is pleasurable for both parties, and the clitoris is the only body part that exists solely for the function of pleasure.

Shouldn’t it be then, that when we have sex, we should enjoy it and celebrate it, as we are celebrating our grand design, and honoring the Most High, who made this pleasure possible?

The Most High, in designing woman, entrusted her with a vital task: It is her womb that brings forth life. It is her womb that is the shelter for developing life for nine months. It is here that divine miracles take place—and cannot take place without the man—creation.

This deserves celebration, and a joyful noise unto the Lord. Perhaps the throes of ecstasy during orgasm.

Indeed, sex is perhaps the greatest form of alchemy. Sex, or “sacred energy exchange,” as I like to refer to it, in a sacred relationship, has transformational powers for both parties.

Many Eastern practices understand and explore the divine nature of sex; tantra being a well known one, although tantric philosophy is not explicitly about sex.

Shiva and Shakti, deities in the Hindu culture as well as the tantric, are the ultimate power couple; they are the forces of the universe responsible for creation, one deity representing the masculine aspect (Shiva), and the other the feminine (Shakti).

Both are necessary for the universe to exist; both create and co-exist as equals.

In Christianity, the divine feminine is largely ignored, despite texts discovered in the Gnostic gospels that discuss forces similar to Shiva and Shakti. This force is Pistis Sophia, the female aspect of logos.

In Kundalini Rising: Exploring The Energy of Awakening, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa writes about Adi Shakti, saying:

A woman’s pure vibration can bring healing to any person or situation on earth. When she lives in her divine heritage, she becomes more than God. She actually becomes the Adi Shakti, the creative consciousness of God, and she can beam her projection of radiance and healing toward anyone. That’s why a woman in a home sets the tone for all who live there. When she loves, breathes and walks in her highest graceful power, all around her are transformed. A woman living in this state of mind and consciousness can uplift and manifest anything. A woman’s sacred touch can turn all adversity into prosperity.

This must scare the hell out of Republicans, the Pope and men like Rush Limbaugh.

Eve was bold—she wanted knowledge. Mary Magdalene was certainly bold, confident and courageous.

We women need this wisdom; this boldness; this courageousness and self-confidence; this unbroken spirit that these women before us had.

We need to get radically honest about what it is we want and we need to be unapologetic about it.

There is nothing wrong with having sex, enjoying sex, and wanting sex, as long as you are respecting and honoring your body and your partner.

Having sex is another way to honor yourself, your partner, life, joy and creation.

It’s a way to come together and experience our soul’s true’s nature—bliss.

It is not something to be ashamed of, taken lightly, or disrespected. It is not only human nature, but nature itself, and should be revered as such—with great power comes great responsibility.

As a nation, we need the strength to embrace our sexuality, responsibly.

Our men need it from us. Our families need it from us. The world needs it from us.

Be bold; be brave; have sex as a spiritual practice.

Treat your body—your temple—with respect.  Honor it.

Explore with your partner. Explore and enjoy the spaces between breaths that is the edge of life and death.

Have more sex with your partner, enjoy it, and be unashamed of it! (Thank me later.)

It is the divine union.

Editor: Lynn Hasselberger

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About April Dawn Ricchuito

April Dawn Ricchuito, MSW was once the type of girl whose idea of “soul searching” was shoe shopping. Today, she's more about the pursuit of happiness, radiance, and a natural glow from within that can't be achieved with bronzer. She has been recognized as a part of "Generation Inspiration" and is also named as one of 20 Young Champions for Women by the White Ribbon Alliance and WIE Symposium, presented by Donna Karan and Arianna Huffington. You can follow April on Twitter or visit her on Tumblr or at Verbal Vandalism to check out her latest written works.

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4 Responses to “Sacred Sex: The Naked Truth.”

  1. Carnyx says:

    Saying that in Christianity the role of the feminine is ignored is a bit exagerated. You could say that for Judaism and Islam,two traditions where the divine feminine is almost non existent but not for Christianity. I know that they are not as easy of a target but…
    Let s remember the central fugure that Mary plays in Catholic and Ortodox tradition,not in an sexual way that s true but as an embodiement of Compassion and Love.
    It s Mary that people in Europe pray to when they need something to happen in the physical world,Jesus being a little too unrichable. The Feminine always been seen as a power that can act in the world and not as an abstract concept,not too far from the idea of the Shakti in some branches of Hinduism.
    The divine aspect of Mary is by the way a big no for the Protestant reform and they should be the ones that should receive the blame of the disappearance of the Feminine in the Christian world.
    That s even been the main point of disagreement between Catholics and protestant.
    As i already said,the Pope and the Catholic Church is an easy target at the moment so let s put all the blame on them.

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