One of the most important teachings to realize in Spirituality is the “concept” of “being and non-being.” In other words, we are “this,” but also “that.” This knowledge is very helpful when we are experiencing different things in life.
Yes, I am a soul; but also I am a human being. Therefore, it is not about “denying” what we defined as not “being,” but rather to become aware that according to my consciousness, I could be “either one,” or both if necessary.
Youth and old is another such duality that we typically select. We value youth and despise old. Ego issues and suffering will arise out of this partial “choice.”
As a matter of fact, the time when old age starts and thus, the physical form declines in a visible manner, that is the time when spirituality blossoms. In a way, we are being helped by life. On the other hand, when that attachment to the physical form is strong, then we see the pitiful picture of older individuals trying to “look young” again. To be attached to the form is a sure way to suffer. Not to be able to recognize the opportunity to thrive in the “real” aspect of the self, is to be searching for the “ghost” of happiness on something which is temporary.
Similarly in sexuality, many look at it from the perspective of reproduction. There is life. However, that is tinted with the selection of “pleasure over pain.” That pleasure is not only physical but psychological. When that selection has been made, there is space for suffering to arrive as well. Attachment to pleasure brings pain, paradoxically.
For a “normal” individual the act of ejaculation or to have a “wet dream,” is “normal,” there are many studies done over “normal” people which clearly states that this behavior is “normal.” For them, it is all bout the human body. Then, a sexual urge is like water in a glass. Once that glass is full of water (sexual energy,) then it needs to be “released.”
That “release” occurs in many ways, but the point is, that from the physical perspective of a “normal” human being, we are talking just about water and a glass. If there is pleasure once the water overflows the glass, then that is an experience to “repeat and enjoy” in as many possible ways. That depletion of energy is “OK” for “normal” people “do it.” 🙂
However, in the world of spiritual alchemy, that same sexual energy is the beginning of the change in our personality.
That sexual energy will attach to another building block, which is related with the use of our energies. When we use our energies without being conscious and we add violence in one way or another, that energy will spill again, that is it will be a glass of water again rather than a “conduit” for higher awareness.
If our energies are channelized in balance so there is no physical exertion or emotional and mental pressures from the outside, then that energy will flow into an upper channel; that “upper channel” is the one dealing with feelings. It is from this channel that we can conquer the sense of touch and from that, sex-lust.
After that channel there is an upper movement to the power of words and sounds. At this point, we will be able to listen with attention and empathy to internal sounds as well as external. Every human being “emits” a sound. Those sounds are not just words but the “sound” in itself communicates many things: fear, anger, love, etc.
Once there is a mastery of those feelings, we can really talk about a person who is in balance with all sounds, inner and outer and thus, that person will be able to move in harmony.
As we can see, sexuality could be a “glass of water” or a channel for spiritual growth.
“Normal” people do not know about the later, for that takes more than “making money,” and “doing what normal people do,” that is spiritual upliftment beyond religions and words, it is the experience which cannot be transmitted but only experienced.
As our consciousness; so we will be able to see a glass full with water or a channel for Spirituality. Both visions are “valid,” but different. Both visions bring different results. It all depends on our level of awakening.
(Note: Adapted from a class from Mathias as experienced by avyakt7.)