We are excited to share with you this exclusive preview taken from the first chapter of Bruce Frantzis’ new book Taoist Sexual Meditation. Bruce will be coming to London from October 15 to 17 for an evening workshop series on ‘The Way of Energy, Love and Spirit’. If you are interested please book soon – early bird discount ends this week.
A Living Spiritual Path
Everyone has their own idea of what it means to be on a true spiritual path. Some want to be one with God or the Divine. Others may want to leave their isolated state to be relieved of countless forms of suffering, or they might want to relieve the suffering of all sentient beings. Others just want to live from a place of compassion and love in the world.
Regardless of your interpretation of the meaning of the word “spirituality,” an underlying theme runs throughout. “Spirituality” implies feeling that you are engaged in or saturated with something of a subtle nature that is much larger than you alone. This could be described as the universal connection, that which connects all and everything, whether you call it God, the Great Spirit, the Divine, Universal Consciousness or the Tao.
Taoist meditation is a living spiritual path that can take you there. It can help you attain states of profound levels of consciousness that exist only in the inner stillness of pure awareness, but not at the level of calculated thought. You can travel into the deepest recesses of your unconscious mind and bodily cells, or out of earth’s orbit, where you can move beyond your consciousness out toward the stars, to connect with the energy of the universe.
Through meditation you move beyond the promise of any given mental belief into the land of living experience. Once you have the experience of higher states of consciousness, you can then embody those states at a personal level. Ultimately, the potential reality represented by the belief becomes a concrete, knowable reality, actualized in your daily life.
Dissolving Energy Blockages
Once you start to recognize the blocks and conditioning within you, then what? The next step is to start to do something with what you find. It bears repeating that the one constant thread running through all Taoist Water tradition practices is that the burdens of conditioning present in your inner life are recognized as energetic blockages in all of the first seven of your energy bodies. These are resolved through awareness practices and the various dissolving methods—Outer Dissolving for qigong, including sexual qigong, and Inner Dissolving for all meditation, including sexual.
These practices enable you to let go of the spiritual muck and grime inside you and your partner, layer by layer. It can be hard going, as you’ll encounter the dark side that is inside every unenlightened soul. Working toward being potentially free of emotional and mental blockages is difficult, but even more so is the full spiritual journey toward enlightenment as you encounter deeper and more significant blockages in the higher energy bodies.
The essential difference between solo qigong and meditation practices to dissolve energy blockages is that using solo practices can often be very hard going, accompanied by considerable internal resistance. For example, denial causes many to avoid or even flee from what’s inside them, which defeats the purpose of meditation. Often people think, “As long as it’s over there—out of sight, out of mind—I’m safe not dealing with it.” The result of this avoidance strategy is that the person becomes stuck on his or her spiritual journey.
Taoist sexual practices done in committed relationships can provide faster antidotes to free you from what binds you externally and internally. The dissolving methods can initially release positive repressed energies, which can give both partners access to considerable pleasure, joy and bliss. This often creates enough counterforce to empower you to now become strong enough to deal with your darker sides. The grim stuff and the bliss start to balance out, making it less difficult to engage that which you might reflexively avoid. The candy helps the bitter medicine go down. In Taoist sexual practices working with both the light and dark are always happening.
The Superior Man or Woman
The I Ching—Book of Changes refers to the superior man or woman, and it also mentions the inferior man or woman. Almost everything that transpires in conventional society is from the reference point of the inferior man or woman. All the craziness of politics and corruption are nothing more than the actions of the inferior man or woman. The majority of people in the world simply don’t have access to the subtle dimension of their soul. They remain impoverished of spirit, even though their insides contain an immense amount of untapped wealth. It’s as if they have a million dollars in the bank, but have lost the access code and account number.
If you want to become a superior man or woman, you have to let go of all of your blockages—the obstacles that prevent your conscious mind from recognizing what the rest of you truly is. If you don’t recognize who and what you are—if you don’t “gain your soul,” as Gnostic Christians would say—you are left to fixate, moment by moment and time after time, on whatever piece of you appears to be a big deal. The distraction, upset or fascination of the moment becomes your whole world. There are trillions and trillions of fixations that your mental and emotional body could make important, but none of this will make you smooth inside. Nothing you gain on the outside leads to freedom from all the nonsense; it just perpetuates your fixations. What drives you crazy and maintains your fixations remains. Freeing your bound energy is what sexual meditation and, in fact, all Taoist meditation is about. You want to release that energy so it can be free to do what it’s supposed to do rather than remain stuck and churning inside, causing no end of upset, tension and unresolved expectations.
Taoist meditation, sexual and otherwise, leads you on the path of becoming the superior man or woman of the I Ching. It allows you to become extraordinary, to go beyond what Buddhists refer to as “obstacles,” Indian yogis call “samskaras” and the Taoists call “blockages.” These are the blocked impressions, the energies within your being that prevent your conscious mind from recognizing what you truly are.
Highly refined practice methods enable you to arrive at a state of freedom. In Christian terms, the aim is to literally know God’s mind. In Taoist meditation, it’s to gain your Being*, to be inside the mind of the universe. To attain this ultimate realization is the reason that the wide spectrum of spiritual practices using qi work originally came into existence within Taoism.
Once you have become familiar with the reality of your mind and Spirit by traveling inside yourself and gaining your soul, sooner or later the time will come when you realize you are at the next stage. This requires that each individual engage with the world, explore how the world and the soul are connected and how each can fulfill or block each other. This is the mutually reinforcing circle of life that carries us through many stages of spiritual evolution.
* The word “being” means a person or sentient entity whether corporeal or non-corporeal. In this book, a “Being” with an initial capital refers to the essence or soul of a being.
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