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For the Week of June 30 – July 6: Sex Center Energy, Part 2

Lia Halloran, Triangulum, from the series Your Body is A Space That Sees,
currently on view at LAX, Terminal 1, Gate 9

Arise, my dearest. Hurry … I … draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one. The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone. The rains have soaked the earth and left it bright with blossoming flowers. The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived. I hear the cooing of doves in our land, filling the air with songs to awaken you and guide you forth. Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? … There is change in the air. Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise …
- Song of Songs 2:10-13

I came so that you may life and have it abundantly.
- John 10:10


From Eros to Agape

Last week we explored the possibility for conscious digestion and creation of finer energies, along with the expression of sex energy at the mechanical, unconscious levels of human life. We now turn our attention to sex center energy and its creative expressions in relationship, in co-creation, in elevated levels of perceiving and knowing, in fulfillment of one's higher-Being-possibility.

The key thing for us to understand about the sex center that it should be the highest creative function and from it the highest creative expression, resulting in the harmonizing of all other functions of our being whether in the creation of children in the physical sense, in the creation of the arts, or simply in the creation of one's true role and evolutionary destiny in life. Rodney Collin, another esteemed student of Gurdjieff, explains:

"The key to the understanding of sex is the knowledge that sexual energy is the finest and subtlest naturally produced in the human organism. Thus, sexual energy can be turned to any purpose, can express itself on any level. …
 
"In a very mysterious way, sexual energy contains within itself on a molecular level the universal signature or cosmic pattern. This cosmic pattern can become clothed with flesh, in the form of physical children begotten from the sexual energy of the parents. But it can also be transmuted into some artistic or literary expression of this cosmic pattern, or of whatever aspect of it may appeal to the artist. Sexual energy contains the image of all truth: from it each man derives as much of the truth as he is able" (The Theory of Celestial Influence, p. 303).

Ilia Delio also emphasizes this great creative, generative energy in an even more passionate and poetic way:

"Teilhard speaks of the 'creative role of erotic attraction' not only on the level of the individual but the universe itself is erotic. Passion is the true stuff of the universe; 'the whole creation is groaning in the pains of new birth' (Romans 8:22). Every star, cell, flower, bird, and human person yearns for wholeness and completeness. Sex is not a mere continuation of the species; it is the energy of love by which this universe is in the process of personalization, becoming more spiritualized, energized, and conscious. …

"Evolution continues through humanity only when there is consciousness of love as the integral wholeness of love that includes a healthy sexuality. Awareness of our desires and attention to our deepest longings must orient us toward a unified heart and consciousness. Love is more than a survival mechanism; it is the fire breathed into the fabric of the cosmos that enkindles life, rendering life more than biological function. Love turns passion into transformative power. …

"By the sheer power of its energy, love draws everything into an endless depth of greater wholeness. On the level of human consciousness, the core energy of personal/sexual love must reach out to the wider realm of humanity that includes love of neighbor, friendship, and love of the stranger. Love, sex, and cosmic evolution are intertwined in a field of integral wholeness; to deny, avoid, or negate any of them is to thwart the process of deepening life (The Unbearable Wholeness of Being, pp. 49-51).

Sex energy, this powerful solar life force, is a whole-making energy, co-creative, evolutionary, innovative, inclusive, attractive and attracting. But, this raw life force must be harnessed, guided, aimed and matured. This is exactly the realization Cynthia Bourgeault came to and encoded in a profound formula mentioned in last weeks class:

A = ek


“Mystics of all ages have felt this erotic force churning and pulsing through the entire cosmos, not only as it is enlivening passion but as its basic structural principle. Yet, this is still not the deepest and most mature realization of love itself. It is not yet that most intimate laying bare of what lies hidden in the divine heart.

"The 'coarse material' contributed for this transfiguration of eros is our own finitude. Only when love enters the constructal givens of this world and encounters the constrictions of choice, finality, separation, tragedy, betrayal, and heartbreak do its most tender and exquisite facets begin to emerge – qualities such as steadfastness, tenderness, commitment, forbearance, fidelity, and forgiveness. These mature and subtle flavors of love make no sense in a world where everything simply flows. They are cured on the rack of time – and at that, only in the awakened human heart willing to consciously bear the conditions as intentional suffering. A = ek is my own alchemical formula for this, where a = agape, e = eros, and k is the kenotically surrendered heart. … When that depth of surrender is laid before the surging force of eros, then the inexpressible music begins to sound. …

"Our Common Father really does love this world, because it is here that the restless, roving and churning of that sea of eros comes to rest, and we hear in the silence the still, small voice of love.

"This is also for me the real charter of the conscious circle of humanity. We are called to work back and forth across the divide of finitude not because the conditions here at the denser levels are false, but because they are hard. Help is needed here, and it is freely and gratefully given" (Eye of The Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm, pp 130-131).

Cynthia's formula, A = ek, is perhaps another way of describing Maurice Nicoll's assertion that our work is "the ultimate transformation [and integration] of the sexual center into the Higher Emotional Center, and its very gradual withdrawing from the instinctive center." Through the gathering and directing of attention, through the conscious digestion of the three being-foods, through daily practice and aims, through conscious labors and intentional suffering, through softening of buffers and armored bodies, we harness and mature this solar life-force into incarnated, embodied Spirit.

Indeed, in this state, we are a New Creation, leading very ordinary householder lives imbued with a very extraordinary, radiating love, the Love at the heart of the universe.


Generative Living

Imagine for a moment what it might mean to have the solar life-force of the sex center disconnected from its ordinary process in the instinctive-moving center and now feeding and integrating with Higher Emotional Center. Imagine being disconnected from fear and survival signals, from their engendered shame and recrimination. Imagine experiencing freedom and courage, in addition to an enlarging sense of well-being and animating life, even as the body may be aging or ill. A sense of connectedness, of Presence, of wholeness – a vivified foundation of life – in the natural flow of all moments, events, relationships through all stages of life is our gift and our choice.

Open and porous to the wisdom of higher centers, of the still small voice, we can rest in unknowing, while inspiration and guidance are given as needed. The Flow pours forth and our life destiny shapes it into our own creative forms – fresh-baked bread, art, music, gardening, care-taking, writing, innovations in business, technology and problem-solving in ways small and large. Life is artfully lived. As Thomas Keating says, there is a divine way of doing everything in this state, whatever our life circumstances, and even being sick. Understanding, forgiveness and compassion are permanent dispositions. The flow through us is feeding to others, whether it be to a solicitor at the door, neighbor, family, or through the quantum entanglement of the whole. Beauty is everywhere and is a window to God.

"… [A]rt and beauty come flooding into us in a thousand small ways. When we let ourselves see the possibilities instead of the improbabilities, we become as flexible and resilient as we really are. It is human nature to create. When we cooperate with our creativity, using it to live within the lives we actually have, we surprise ourselves with our level of invention …

"The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of mystical union is an experience of creativity."
- Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living, pp. 195, 196

Totally in love with God, we make love with life in all its ordinary expressions. Uncaused joy abounds, even as we feel to the utmost the suffering and difficulties of the world. We are not immune to these sufferings, rather we are living bridges between World 48 and World 12, the Suns of God.
Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? … There is change in the air. Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise …


Homework:

  • Read and re-read these passages again prayerfully, aloud to feel their vibrations. What do you hear for your journey now?
     
  • If you have not already done so, you are invited to listen to Peter's artful sermon on sex energy and eros from Sunday, June 19th.
     
  • View this short video about another extraordinary artist Lia Halloran and the creation of her series Your Body is A Space That Sees. The video is about three minutes in length. Halloran's works often make use of innovative scientific concepts as a starting point and explore how perception, time and scale inform the human desire to understand and connect with the world and our emotional and psychological place with it. Her joyful expressions speak to the effulgence of the generative energy at the heart of the universe. You may learn more and experience the wonder of her creative imagination here.
     

June Practice: Kneeling in Nature

A posthumous collection of essays by the noted neurologist and author of many books, Oliver Sacks, included one that was excerpted and posted as an op-ed piece in The New York Times, Sunday, April 21, 2019: "As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience of wandering through a lush garden or a timeless desert, walking by a river or an ocean, or climbing a mountain and finding ourselves simultaneously calmed and reinvigorated, engaged in mind, refreshed in body and spirit. The importance of these physiological states on individual and community health is fundamental and wide-ranging. In 40 years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical 'therapy' to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens. … When I worked at Beth Abraham, a hospital just across the street from the New York Botanical Garden, I found that there was nothing long-shut-in patients loved more than a visit to the garden – they spoke of the hospital and the garden as two different worlds. … The effects of nature's qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but also physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain's physiology, and perhaps even its structure."

You are invited to sit, walk, run, kneel in a lush place of nature for your health, for the transformation of your being, for your joy.


Attend The Journey School Thursday Class Tonight: All are encouraged and welcome to attend tonight's class for a review of these teachings and, importantly, to produce a container of beings seeking to be more conscious and whose efforts assist one another: 7:00 pm Central Time via Zoom only.

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