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Excerpts from A Compilation on Sex

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Transmutation of sexual energy requires regulation of sexual desire

by Alice A. Bailey[3]

...In no department of life will these coming great changes show more potently than in the attitude of man towards sex, and in the readjustment of the marriage relationship. This new attitude will gradually come about as the slowly developing science of psychology comes into its own. As man comes to understand his own threefold nature, and as the nature of consciousness and the depth of his own subconscious life are more truly grasped, there will take place, gradually and automatically, a change in the attitude of men towards women and of women towards their destiny. This needed change ... will come slowly, as the result of the intelligent interest of the next three generations. Alice A. Bailey The young people now coming into incarnation, and those who will come during the next century, will prove themselves well equipped to handle this problem of sex, because they can see more clearly than the older generation, and will think in wider and larger terms than is common today. They will be more group conscious and less individualistic and selfish; they will be more interested in new ideas than in the ancient theologies, and will be freer from prejudice and less intolerant than are the bulk of the well-meaning people of today....

Excerpts from Thinking and Destiny

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Original Sin and Procreation

by Harold Waldwin Percival[1]

Van der Goes painting of Adam and a pregnant Eve1. The Story of Original Sin

The story of original sin is not without basis; it is a fable which conceals some true traditions. One of these has to do with the procreation of the bodies of human beings....The naive story covers a history of disquieting results.
The use of the procreative power was the "original sin." The result following the procreative act was to give to the human race the tendency to unlawful procreation; and this tendency was one of the means of bringing on ignorance and death in the world.

Excerpts from the Edgar Cayce Readings

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Mankind must overcome biological sex through union in order to awaken

Edgar Cayce

Cayce enthusiasts may also find this article of interest.

In the early part of this century a gifted channel, Edgar Cayce, picked up echoes of the deeper mystery that lies in true union of the sexes. His readings explain that Adam was as androgynous as his Creator prior to the split into sexes. Thereafter Adam was left with his male polarity while Eve inherited the female charge. This "electrical" imbalance furnishes a path to enlightenment when employed for that end. R.W. Krajenke, commenting on Cayce's work, summarized this insight as follows:

More Metaphysical Excerpts

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Here are more excerpts from metaphysical sources that have interesting insights about Jacob's Ladder by William Blakethe potential that lies in reuniting male and female for a higher end. (Also see separate menu items for Edgar Cayce, Alice Bailey and others.)

Excerpts from Born to Heal

Ruth Montgomery[2]

David Deida - Intimate Communion excerpts

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Excerpts from Intimate Communion

by David Deida[1]

For the Masculine, death and sex are inextricably interwoven; that is, good sex is mind-blowing, self-obliterating, so ecstatic and loving that no shred of self-containment remains intact. sex and death Instead, the boundaries of self are melted in the heat and light of desire expanded into love beyond limits. It is this ecstatic loss of self I am referring to when I say that sex involves the desire for death: the death of self into ecstasy and love. This form of whole-bodied self-yielding into the force of radiant love is far more blissful than the spasmodic release of physiological tension that an orgasm affords.

Jewish Sources

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Excerpt from the Chabad

(Collection of Chassidic Jewish wisdom)[1]

Man and Woman

menoraIt is a mistake to consider man and woman two separate beings. They are no more than two halves of a single form, two converse hemispheres that fit tightly together to make a perfect whole. They are heaven and earth encapsulated in flesh and blood.

Tantric Sources (Buddhist)

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Excerpts from Sky Dancer

Tibetan Buddhist tantraFemale Buddha Tsogyel explains that women must contain their rising sexual energy, that is, their "red bodhicitta," just like men, if they would cultivate spiritual enlightenment. (Men have "white bodhicitta.")

Gnostic Sources

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Excerpts from some Gnostic Gospels

sexual alchemy as the holy grail

Excerpts from The Gospel of Philip

One will put on the light in mystery in the union. If the woman had not separated from the man, she would not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this Christ came, in order that he might remove the separation which was from the beginning, and again unite the two; and that he might give life to those who died in the separation, and unite them. But the woman is united to her husband in the bridal chamber. But those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be separated. Because of this Eve separated from Adam, because she was not united with him in the bridal chamber.

Taoist Sources

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Hua Hu Ching

by Lao Tzu[1]

Section 65

Taoist yin-yang symbol
Although most people spend their entire lives following the biological impulse, it is only a tiny portion of our beings. If we remain obsessed with seeds and eggs, we are married to the fertile reproductive valley of the Mysterious Mother but not to her immeasurable heart and all-knowing mind.