Sex and Sacrament
by Rolf A. F. Witzsche - (In the Sex and Sacrament Project)
If one would create a spiritual model to
illustrate the nature of humanity, one would likely end up with a double
triangular model like the one shown.
The top part would reflect the
intellect of humanity, our science, creativity, and productive potential.
The bottom part would represent our
sex, the goodness of living, the spiritual aspect of our being that
draws us together into a singularity of cooperative union.
Both parts are required for
civilization to function. If one was to scrap one or the other as
irrelevant, civilization would disintegrate.
The center between the two parts is the illusive quality termed soul, the heart of humanity that defines us as spiritual beings of a divine quality, whereby the model of man, shown here, stands as a bright 'shadow' of the model of God.
About the Sex and Sacrament Project
The Sex and Sacrament project developed out of my Kaleidoscope that started as a project to select individual stories from my 14 novels that are sufficiently complete in themselves to be republished in the form of special-focus short stories. The earliest were presented as PDF e-books, later as audio books, some as videos, and the most recent additions in the form of separate books. All are designed to make the special-focus stories more directly accessible.
Many of the selected stories are from my series of 12 novels, The Lodging for the Rose. The series is large, because is core subject, universal love, is immensely wide in scope, even while it is rarely recognized as a critical element of civilization. From this extensive background, numerous stories stood out with a potential for inspiring healing in the world outside the framework of the novels. In the resulting Kaleidoscope of stories certain groups of stories stood out with vistas on a common theme, such as sex and the sacred. The Sex and Sacrament Project emerged from this scene, with a special scene of its own.
The combination of Sex and Sacrament as a theme was chosen as a project to gently highlight the fact that in spite of the wide division and deep isolation of numerous types in the human ‘landscape,’ we remain fundamentally what we have always been, a people of a common humanity that we all share as human beings. In this context the focus on sex was chosen for it being one of the longest-enduring aspects of our humanity with a high-level uniting and equalizing quality that transcends all the little artificial things we place in our way to keep us isolated to the point that we fight wars against each other, religiously, politically, militarily, socially, and even in the sciences.
The Sacrament was chosen in combination with sex, for its potential to bring the divine quality of humanity into focus, which is spiritual in nature and begs to be recognized as such. Our spiritual name is intelligence, creativity, power, productivity, sublimity, and beauty, expressed in art, literature, science. With them we have developed the ability to ‘see’ the future that has not yet happened, and to uplift the present for it to meet its needs before they occur. With these qualities in our ‘pocket’ we can recognize the principles of the universe and their changing dynamics in cosmic space, and thereby become inspired to prepare our world for the rapid start of the next Ice Age in the 2050s, for which the transition is already in progress.
In preparing for the next Ice Age, we have the power at hand as we stand today, to produce 6,000 new cities to meet the future requirements, and to do this in the short time we have still remaining, and provide them to one-another for free. This isn’t utopia. It is absolutely required in order to enable the relocation of most nations on earth into the tropics, together with their agriculture and industries, for our collective continued living in an Ice Age world. We can do this. But will we?
No other form of life on Earth has the grand qualities and resulting capabilities to do this, that we have as humanity in rich abundance, which define us as human and as a shadow of the Divine, both impersonal in nature and wide in individuality.
The concept of the Sacrament stands in the background here as a celebration of who and what we are, which is profound and enduring, regardless of the mess we have allowed to come upon us.
Sex comes into this profound context for its historically enduring quality, as something real that time has not erased. Our sexual qualities and their intimacies are also supportive of the grand, cooperative civilization that we have become. Sexual intimacies lead to social intimacies, and beyond that to regional and national intimacies, becoming expressed in the Principle of the General Welfare, without which civilization would not exist, and likely neither would we exist.
The concept of the general welfare, which may be the most fundamental factor in civilization is fast vanishing and has become almost completely lost in the present world, as a principle. Entire industries have become destroyed in many parts of the world, under the thumb of greed, looting, privatization, and so on, so much so that the world is now hanging precariously on a thread.
Instead of meeting the human need, we now live in a world where greed, like a wrecking ball, is forcing far-reaching financial collapse, imposing terrorism, and is staging the ever-looming potential for a nuclear war amidst the mounting food crisis that, even without war, brings with it the danger of unleashing pandemic diseases.
And again, this isn't fiction, or a theory of the future. This is here, though it is largely denied, while universal love, which should be the impetus in civilization, is regarded as fiction and sex is degraded as a nuisance, a mistake by God.
But what is Sex, really? Does anybody know? Is it spiritual? Is it sin? Is it private? Is it divine? Should we shun it like the plague, or should we share it with the generosity of a great love, and celebrate it in a sacrament with the divine as an element of the goodness of living? Should we amputate it and hide it in denial of what God has created, or should we acknowledge it to one another and ourselves as an element of the fullness of God? No patent answers can be given, but its dimension, which is evidently wide, can be explored.
The Sex and Sacrament project leans in the direction of having a uniting impetus. The focus on the combination may have the potential to draw the two great spiritual aspects into one; our long enduring unity as humanity and our power as an ‘infinite’ species. While both of these are becoming evermore denied in modern time for purely artificial reasons, the resulting tragedies can be dealt with by us becoming aware of them.
One the world’s greatest spiritual pioneers and spiritual healers of the late 1800s, generally known under the name, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in 1881 in the opening paragraph of the platform of her science of healing, saying, “that there is neither a personal Deity, a personal devil, nor a personal man.” Her statement renders sex as something far greater than a personal possession, something inherent in the sacrament with the divine. In 1870 she rendered Soul as substance, and man its shadow. Evidently, a lot of healing flowed from this type of recognition for which she became widely known for as a healer.
Mary Baker Eddy is also the only founder of a major religion that I know of, who has made no provisions for formal marriage bonds, in line with her recognition of an impersonal deity and humanity, as if to say to society, you need to stand on higher ground, on the universal, spiritual platform of reality. On this higher platform, the link between sex and the sacrament becomes drawn evermore into the foreground, where it totally alters the marriage-relationships scene, socially and politically, and the nature of intimacies. With the uniting factor sex is raised to a higher level that countless people are instinctively aware of, but cannot locate the root for, nor find wisdom to bridge the gap to from old traditions and debilitating doctrines.
Religion has deep problems with sex on the low-level platform. A case in point is the story of the adulterous woman in John 8 who has committed the crime of having had unauthorized sex, for which the law of the priests demanded the death penalty. The case was brought before Christ Jesus, demanding a judgement that was designed to entrap him in defending the woman. To deny the law would have been treason, and to allow the woman to die, would have destroyed his reputation as a healer. But he did neither. He healed the accusers instead, of their intention to become murderers. According to law, the accusers would become the executioners, who would be required to throw stones at the woman until she would die of the injuries inflicted. Thus he healed the accusers of their intention by illustrating that no crime had been committed that was rooted in anything real. When the accusers saw that they had no case that would stand up before God, they left the scene.
With this example, Christ Jesus illustrated the scientific spiritual platform on which terrorism in all its forms can be healed, which appears to be the only possible platform for such healing that exists.
Terrorism has an ancient root that can be summarized as “denial of the fullness of God’s creation,” as Mary Baker Eddy has termed it. It appears that sex was dragged into the terrorist scene quite early in history, as a cause for inciting it, which to a lesser degree is still happening with destructive consequences in the breakdown of social relationships. But was the woman in the case cited, faultless? No, she wasn’t?
After the accusers had left the scene, now standing alone with the woman, Christ Jesus may have asked her to look into her own heart, deep into the soul. Had the sexual intimacy in her case occurred in the sacred context, as in the sacrament, as a celebration of the fullness of God’s creation? Or had it occurred in the small personal context of sex-slavery, that is never more than slavery and has corresponding effects? She may have nodded to the latter, to which he would have answered, “sin no more,” as is reported in the Bible story. Thus, Christ Jesus evidently healed the woman too, of her incorrect sense of sexual intimacy, which is healed once it is corrected.
For a scientifically alert person, as Christ Jesus evidently was, the case wasn’t hard to resolve from a purely scientific spiritual standpoint. On a lower-level platform, however, the case appears to be ponderous and impossible to reconcile with the platforms of doctrinal imperial religion, so that in some cases the entire story was simply removed from the Bible, like in the 1970 Oxford Study Edition of the New English Bible, where the chapter, John 8, begins with verse 12 instead of verse 1.
Consequently, with the case being swept under the rug, rather than inspiring a scientific uplift in society, the healing of sex and related relationships remains yet to be accomplished in a significant manner, to the present day, where the sacrament at the intimate level, uplifts social intimacies, and national intimacies, and so on, all the way to the world-political level towards the end of wars, terrorism, murder, looting, and destruction, and inspires our commitment to meet the Ice Age Challenge for which the transition is already in progress. We can do all this in the natural context of the goodness of living as human beings.