The Role of Sexuality in Our Health
Ancients Too Smart for Taboos
Sigmund Freud, the famous Austrian shrink, instantly caused some major shocks of disapprovals within the puritan academia when he dared to come up with theories about a big role of sexuality in the subconscious dynamics of human psyche.
Then, Wilhelm Reich, his colleague for a while, went a huge step further with a claim that sexual energy was not less than a fundamental form of vitality, our elan vital, or simply put---our will to live.
Eventually that earned him the name of father of sexual revolution, as by that time the theme stopped being so much of a cultural taboo---unlike the case with Freud---not feeling anymore like an opened Pandora box of human nature.
Now, for some of you who might have given the theme a little studious curiosity, those two learned gentlemen didn't exactly "discover the wheel". Namely, many ancient texts, drawings, and even statues on facades of some temples would make many a puritan introvert blush.
Interestingly enough, none of that had the purpose of a shallow advertising the physical aspect of sexuality, but rather to symbolize the root energy of spirituality. Without going into the very fabric of those teachings, suffice it to say that even those wise ancients got greatly impressed by the strongest pleasurable emotion that humans were capable of producing.
They saw it as the physical manifestation of a fundamental energy of life, the same what Wilhelm Reich millennia later coined as orgone. Those ancients gave it other names: Chinese monks called it chi, in Japan it was ki, in India prana, and yogis talked about Kundalini stored in the base chakra at our tail-bone.
Unhealthy When Repressed
Of course, we don't have to ascribe this reluctance to find any higher significance in sexuality exclusively to the puritan academic elite of the century ago. Namely, many of us "modern" folks may see as a sheer degrading this alleged connection between spirituality and something as raw as our sexual drive.
Especially those folks of a rather closed mind raised in some strict religious environments may categorically oppose to it.
Long before Napoleon Hill contended that all highly successful individuals were also highly sexually conscious, it was a recognized fact---although you may call it pure coincidence, if you wish.
Also, psycho-pathology textbooks are full of cases where repressed sexuality resulted with depression, isolation, victim-syndrome, tendency towards constant complaints, and at times with perverted outlets like sadism or pathological hate for members of opposite sex.
On the bright side, we find sexuality being the propelling force of happiness, love, playfulness, humor, artistic expression, music and rhythm, dancing, fashion, and general sense of esthetics. Let's not be fooled by an absence of actual sexual arousal in all these aspects---the energy of it is still at the bottom of it all, recognized or not.
From the standpoint of energy medicine, every condition or disease is merely a symptom of an underlying energetic blockage or disharmony within the co-dependent triangle of nervous, endocrine, and immune system.
When for one reason or another we lose interest in sexuality, that most profound of all energies backfires at us for not allowing it to take its active role in our emotional repertoire. So we get sick, unhappy, and socially dysfunctional one way or another.
Based upon findings of the so called progressive medicine, our body is just another aspect of our psyche. And even quantum physics sees our body as an incredibly orchestrated bundle of energy, while thoughts---and especially emotions are affecting that bundle in ways that we would never suspect.
Now, with sexual energy being so powerful in us, just imagine what we are doing to that symphony of life by neglecting or suppressing its natural outlets.
You may find it of a special significance that some high-ranking scientists are contending that aging is not a biological inevitability but a sickness, often explaining it with the ravages of an accumulated stress--- sickness caused by layer upon layer of stress piling up in our energy-body and with their low frequencies suffocating our sexual energy.
For a little illustration imagine someone playing a gentle piano piece in an outdoor setting, and from afar is approaching this jumbo-jet interfering more and more with the performance---until there is just noise to be heard.
As we are aging, our sexual hormones---allegedly telling all endocrine system how to work---starts drastically decreasing. Menopause and andropause (man's equivalent to menopause) might as well be called "sexual crisis" instead of middle age crisis.
Now, we know that expression of any appetite may vary from its mildest intensity to its abnormal extreme. Having a glass of wine after dinner doesn't make us alcoholics. And enjoying fine foods doesn't mean gluttony when done in moderation.
Likewise, keeping a refined and spirited erotic flame alive doesn't mean going crazy with pornos, sexual harassing, perversion, or becoming a full-blown sexual maniac. Thus, for those of you folks who may be prone to seeing everything in white-and-black extremes, this topic in its entirety is not suggesting anything irrational or morally unacceptable. Try to remember---without sexual energy at work, you wouldn't be. Ask your parents if you don't believe.
Politics Instead of Sex
Such may be the case of many of those whose strict religious fundamentalism is bound to paint in sinful colors anything having to do with sex. They may only tolerate the word sex when it is a synonym to gender.
Those folks of the aging group are reducing their sexuality to covering that big belly with some attractive clothes, by slapping a coat of cosmetics on their faces, and wearing some more noticeable jewelry. To them it somehow symbolizes their once flaming sexuality.
And yet, a reduced interest may have nothing to do with either age or religiousness. Namely many young couples emotionally drift away from each other after that initial indulgence resulting with over-saturated pleasure senses, and then everything becomes more of a routine than a real thing.
It may turn into a frustrated sexual energy, with little flirts at the job site which are supposed to keep the furnace hot. Or one appetite grows into another, like gambling, alcohol, drugs, and that most prevalent---emotional eating.
That might be a beginning of them suddenly visiting doctor more often than before with minor or bigger complaints. They may notice a general dissatisfaction in life, engaging in more frequent bitching against bosses, traffic, those things that they hardly used to pay any attention to. Their swearing vocabulary somewhat got enriched, with the "f-word" dominating, as if to give a verbal expression to something else that couldn't find its natural outlet.
So the time comes for many of them to get sucked into excessive politicizing, venting out their frustrated sexual passion with this new passion of hating. The more their nature misses that romantic-coated sexuality, the more they notice injustices and other anomalies in the public life.
Before they realize it, they have turned into "political martyrs", having sacrificed their peace of mind for those "higher causes" where no one really cares about their opinion. Totally blinded by the passionate momentum of that involvement they somehow thrive on, while that flow of information is feeding an invisible emotional vacuum in the depth of their nature.
No Manual Needed
Nobody really needs to be handed an instructional manual about how to implement a healthy dose of eroticism into their intimate reality. We all know ourselves best, and this is one of the themes which go so deep into everyone's unique world that it's impossible to generalize.
And so, this article didn't have a purpose to provide a bunch of such guidelines, but rather to point at often overlooked significance of sexuality in our overall model of psycho-physical functioning.
Also, I wanted to point at the unsuspected negative channeling of that frustrated sexual energy resulting with sickness, premature aging, unhappiness, arrogance, hate, and intolerance.
There is a growing body of evidence that we are energy beings, and as such we just can't go wrong by examining how open or how closed is our own energy valve. Venting out in any of its forms doesn't mean an open valve, doesn't mean to be fully alive, no matter how loud we make ourselves.
Unless our hearts can generate that warm feeling so familiar from young age, we are deceiving ourselves with all those themes of spirituality, all those stories about our patriotism, and even stories about our gods.
Mincing dignified words in our mouth without a soul hot with vitality is like expecting a Rolls-Royce to perform on a bad gasoline. Well, something to think about anyway.