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Sex, Shamanism and Community: All You Wanted to Know About How Shamans Do It, But Didnít Dare to Ask
For ages on our planet conflicts around sex issues have been a major cause of sufferance, addiction and frustration. As we move into a path of rapid spiritual reawakening it is vital to acknowledge these wounds and strenuously promote ways to heal them.
Shamanically each human being, no matter how conditioned or unaware, is an inherent part of the web of life. This means that together with their separated personality, they experience the interaction with a multidimensional identity, which is their true self.
When more individuals join together with the intent of giving creative space to their true multidimensional nature, they amplify the access to the web of life and the unity of human consciousness, creating the conditions for radical healing shifts in human values.
The first step in the above respect entails fully acknowledging sexual conflicts, frustrations and grievances, allowing each party to express their feelings, without rushing a resolution of the issues themselves.
This implies that transparency and the availability to release are the primary steps in healing, together with the capacity of translating sexual personal history into sexual collective history, which means thinking in terms of the global community, instead of our personality.
From a multidimensional and shamanic perspective I regard sex as a symbolic representation of the energy pervading the web of life, often described as an ongoing multi-dimensional intercourse between the earth and the sky, the seen and the unseen.
Many healers and also ordinary, yet highly sensitive, people stand on the threshold of this copulation, right in the point where polarities meet, between the ordinary and non-ordinary, day and night, life and death.
Whether they know it or not, they are intensely tied to the essence of creation, stirring up the energy and using it to sustain the web of life.
They are involved in healing soul-fragmentation, which is the result of belief systems based on separation and the cause of all fears held in our culture.
People who are aware of this healing process work at an archetypal or collective level, as opposed to the personal or self-centred levels most individuals operate from.
As a result, they constantly move to different ways of perceiving and using sex energy. Due to the conventional denial and distortion of such themes, this can be unsettling for them and their relationships.
Working shamanically and multidimensionally with sexual energy does not necessarily imply promiscuity or even having sexual intercourse. Due to its controversial implications many people on this path have firm boundaries around sex and even observe vows of abstinence.
Multidimensional sex is not necessarily Tantra or Taoist eroticism, which involves conscious manipulation of sexual energy. It is based on the experience that ordinary love-making, sensuality and also mere sexual fantasies are potentially conducive to healing states of consciousness and to the emergence of multidimensional awareness.
This is the experience of many common people, who out of the blue, without warning or predetermined intention, find themselves in expanded states of consciousness when having sexual experiences. They move into other worlds, accessing spaces of deep peace and ecstasy. And in doing so they forget about their partners, and may feel puzzled, ashamed and unable to share or understand their experience when they return.(1)
Sexual energy can be a sacred gateway leading beyond consensus reality, right into our core multidimensional identity.
Sexual energy, when properly used, can shatter our separated perception of life, unveiling an ecstatic experience a billion times stronger than the most desirable orgasm. This is why sex is so heavily manipulated, repressed and misunderstood.
Yet here sex is not at all the taboo.
The greatest taboo is the experience of ecstasy, the mystery of death, the release of our human separated reality and the unveiling of our multi-dimensional nature.
Sexual interaction involves enormous exchanges of energy. Apart from the conscious reality of those who seem to be involved there is much more going on, which is what creates the energy. Most relevant forces are engaged in sexual activity, yet we miss their impact if sex is approached with lack of awareness.
The sexual union provides a multi-dimensional evidence of unity, encompassing the physical, the emotional, the mental and the spiritual body.
Since as human beings we officially identify ourselves only through our physical body, major issues often develop when individuals misunderstand their experiences or interrupt their relationships.
Acknowledgment and awareness regarding sex is a major step in shamanic healing. This is devoid of any interpretation or judgment. It is a witnessing process which also encompass our memories of sexual experiences by recapitulating them.
The point here is not whether to have sex or not. It is being aware of what is truly happening behind the veil of sex, no matter how we experience it, getting out of glamour and prejudices, unconsciousness and denial.
Conscious use of sexual energy, whether through physical interaction, shamanic work or imagination, can be a fast track to the awakening of our multidimensional nature. It can also provide inspiration, healing and luminous transformation for human communities and the planetary environment.
As I move on the shamanic path and in daily life, a big part of the learning on the above comes from mistakes and frustrations. Yet deep within I know that as human beings we all share the same longing and dreams. Hence my determination and commitment grow, as I step out of isolation and become open to join other folks who share the same visions.
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to share experiences on the topic or simply join healing forces.
About the author:
Energy worker, shamanic facilitator, member of the Findhorn Foundation community and a pioneer in astroshamanism. He is the author of Astroshamanism: A Journey Into the Inner Universe; Astroshamanism: The Voyage Through the Zodiac; the eZine PAN and other works including a series of Astroshamanic CDs. Franco lives at the Cluny Hill College campus of the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland, where he regularly holds workshops, courses and consultations. He also runs outreach events worldwide.