From a spiritual perspective, most sexual relations on planet Earth are narcissistic in nature, based upon karma, and rooted in the ego, the illusory self. They are the result of emotional and mental habits ingrained in us in this and former lifetimes. We often call these relationships “romantic".
Romantic relationships are unconsciously motivated, and so we may find ourselves in this type of love relationship wondering why we are behaving so strangely. We find the behavior of others equally illogical, equally mysterious.
From Venus Unbound by JSherry
From Venus Unbound by JSherry
These habitual failed relationships stem from the seeds of karma we have sown in this and other lives through our attachments to sensual pleasures, our negative emotions, negative experiences with love, family role models, cultural conditioning concerning love relations, and negative mental attitudes about ourselves and about love.
Spiritually speaking, at the most basic level, all evil actions in the world, all isolation, all lack of love, stem from three sources: a closed heart, a poisoned mind, and a will encrusted with the demons of bad habit.
To open yourself to experience a love that enlivens, uplifts and brings joy to your life, do these things: purify your emotions, cleanse your mind, strengthen your will, and open your heart. We will be offering specific techniques to achieve these goals in later chapters of this book, under the sections entitled "partnerships" and "divine lovers". You may also find meditation techniques to help you take the first steps toward a Divine love, in "Back to the Garden Part 4: Meditations on Self-Love" and "Back to the Garden, Part 5: Sunrise Meditation".
By the spiritual law of resonance and affinity, we attract love relationships with individuals who are on our own level of spiritual development. Thus, we share the same difficulties, imperfections and spiritual lessons. According to the laws of karma, we attract those love relations who can best help us to learn the difficult lessons about ourselves that will enable us to be free to love. Strong karma generates strong attraction between lovers, although this attraction can be in the form of a love/hate relationship, and often in destructive behavior.
Thus our loved ones are our best teachers. Our relationships with loved ones are all but guaranteed to be the most challenging relationships in our lives because, by definition, we have the most karma with these individuals.
Polaroid by Aline Mare 1978
Polaroid by Aline Mare 1978
The vast majority of all sexual relations between human beings are based upon Eros and ego, physical attraction and mental inclinations, desire and greed. These sexual relations reflect the needs and desires of the egoistic personality. The evolution of most love relationships is directed by these egocentric desires rather than being guided by spiritual goals and a shared spiritual practice.
This is because most of us have not yet discarded the egoistic personality and attained true self-love, which puts the Higher Self in charge of every aspect of our lives.
When we succeed in the arduous task of transcending our personalities and recognizing our interdependence with the great web of life, when we achieve the great work of the alchemists, when we attain the Self-realization that is the goal of the most exalted yogis, when we reach the mountaintop of personal growth which psychologist C. G. Jung called "individuation", then we shall re-enter the Garden of Eden, where the fall of Adam and Eve triggered the war between the sexes, and at that point, we shall attain oneness with our love partner.
At that point, with paradise regained, we shall know the true nature of the Divine Lovers, and we shall truly have entered into a New Age.
According to the great Western mystic and spiritual teacher Omraam Aïvanhov, there are as many Garden of Eden myths as there are human beings, because each human being contains the Garden of Eden within.
Omraam teaches that the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represent the upper and lower chakras of the body respectively, and that the Garden of Eden myth represents a story about the origins of life in the material world.
This is my commentary on the Biblical version of the Garden of Eden myth, as it relates to the question of human sexuality and love relations. Omraam’s version of the Garden of Eden myth is extremely interesting, by the way, and full of beautiful teachings, some of which find their way into today's discussion, but Omraam's story is ultimately a story for another day.
|from "Sacred Sexuality" by Mann & Lyle|
In the Biblical account of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were at one with creation, living in conscious harmony with the plants, animals, angels and with God. Adam and Eve experienced life through the eyes of the Higher Self, consciously aware of their interdependence with nature and with spiritual realms.
Adam and Eve possessed preternatural abilities. They could sense angels and nature spirits and they could talk to plants and animals. They lived in the Garden of Eden in perfect health, in harmonious partnership with one another and with their environment.
However, Adam and Eve possessed only a rudimentary sense of their own individuality, and did not make a conscious decision to participate in God’s plan, in the unity of creation, they simply did so as part of their nature, automatically. Although they possessed the capacity for free will, they did not truly exercise that free will. Free will had not yet been developed within them.
It was that capacity for free will, our self-consciousness, which resides in the ego, that distinguished Adam and Eve from angels. When God created Adam and Eve, he endowed them with the capacity for individuality and free will so that they might love more perfectly.
The great Austrian clairvoyant and spiritual teacher Rudolf Steiner points out in his lecture series on the Gospel of St. John that independence, conscious choice, free will and full self-consciousness are required in order for one person to truly love another.
“No one can love another in the full sense of the word if this love be not a free gift of one person to another,” Steiner explains. “My hand does not love my organism. Only one who is independent, one who is not bound to the other person, can love him.”
Human beings were created to be self-conscious vessels of Love, the bringers of Love to material creation. The cosmic task of the human being, according to teachings of Esoteric Christianity, is to infuse earthly life and creation with love.
Human evolution was designed to exercise and strengthen the forces of the human ego to the point where we might be able to unify the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual components of the human being, and through that unity, transcend the ego altogether, achieving through their evolution a more complex form of divine love that would enrich both material and spiritual worlds.
With this lofty, long-term, evolutionary goal in mind, a goal that could only be entrusted to his newest creations, God announced to the angels that these human beings were the greatest of all his creatures. God instructed the angels to bow before them.
Lucifer refused to bow before the humans. Some say this was out of pride, but the Islamic tradition says that Lucifer refused to bow to Adam and Eve because he loved God so much that he would not bow before any other being.
When Lucifer first rebelled against God's elevation of humanity to the zenith of creation, the brightest angel partook of the new human quality of free will, and brought about the fall of a great number of angelic beings, whose only path back to God would be to eventually reconcile themselves consciously to God's Divine plan for creation, through their self-developed capacity for free will, after an exile of undetermined length, which has not ended to this day.
Lucifer of course, was cast into hell, with the angels who followed his example. Lucifer later entered the Garden of Eden to tempt Eve and Adam with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, which had been forbidden to them.
Their very first act of free will was unfortunately an act of egoistical desire. detail from Soul Mate Search by J.Sherry
Out of a prideful sense of entitlement, Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of good and
detail from Soul Mate Search by J.Sherry
By eating of the apple, Adam and Eve succumbed to the lure of narcissistic desire.
The results of their transgression were immediate and severe.
In the long term, as we shall see, narcissistic desire forms the template for lustful love, romantic love, egoistic love and the myriad other perversions of true love rife on the planet today.
In the short term, on an energetic level, Adam and Eve became captivated by sensory stimuli to such an extent that they identified completely with their bodies, their emotions (astral bodies) and mental attachments to the physical world (lower mental body). As Omraam would put it, they identified completely with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the lower chakras within the spinal column.
They became divorced from the Tree of Life, the higher chakras from the heart to the crown.
This was the origin of polarity consciousness, dualistic thinking, and the illusion of the separate self.
The lower mind or ego took control of the human being.
From this point in human evolution, Adam and Eve and all their descendants found themselves irrevocably on the path of conscious choice and free will, and their spiritual evolution depended from that point onward on their ability to freely choose to relinquish the dominance of the egoistic component of their psyche in favor of the Higher Self and Unity consciousness.
Only in this way can human potential be fulfilled and God's plan fulfilled as well. This is why some Christian theologians call the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden the "felix culpa", or fortunate fall. It is a fortunate fall because the fall was the first evidence of humanity's free will, and the first step on the long road toward humanity's fulfillment of God's plan for our species.
This is the origin of original sin in the Garden of Eden.
The fruit of that sin is the egoistic personality. And the fruit of the egoistic personality is the war between the sexes, war between neighbors, religions, countries and the war of humanity upon the natural world.
Psychologists say that our egoistic personality is simply an illusion.
As infants, our sense of Self “embraced the universe and expressed an inseparable connection of the ego to the external world,” says psychoanalyst Geza Roheim.[i]
We are sexual beings in a Universe of dualistic polarities, but our original psychological nature consists of Unity.
Our physical being originates in the sexual union of mother and father. Our first nine months of being we exist, not as a separate physical being, but as part of the dual unity of mother and child. Unity is our experience of life prior to the moment of our birth.
Painted Photo by J. Sherry
Painted Photo by J. Sherry
We identify Mother as the bringer of pleasure and we want to re-establish Unity with her, but we cannot. We are separate beings now, and we are surrounded by a myriad of other separate beings. Beings that bring pleasure are considered “mine” and those that bring pain are considered “not-mine”.
In effect the infant incorporates loving beings, events and energies that bring pleasure into the egoistical self. The infant separates from other beings, events and energies that bring pain. These beings, events and energies that the infant associates with pain are suppressed, driven deep into the unconscious, where they constitute the Shadow side of the newly emerging personality.
The net effect is the establishment of an illusory self, the ego or personality, which has, in Freudian terms, swallowed the Mother to become one with her.
After the Fall, just like the infants described by psychoanalysts, Adam and Eve began to divide and separate all of creation into dualistic mental categories: mine, not-mine, painful, pleasurable, good and evil. This was indeed the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The seeds of logic and scientific inquiry were sown at this time in human development.
But there was an immense price to pay for this exercise in free will, for diving too deeply into the material world, for identifying too heavily with the lower chakras, with the body and the egoistic personality.
Adam and Eve were no longer able to commune with the animals, plants, angels and other spiritual beings on Earth and in the heavens because, when dominated by the ego rather than
from "The Androgyne" by Zolla
from "The Androgyne" by Zolla
Adam and Eve began to cling to a belief in an individual existence, separate from creation, and Adam and Eve lost their original state of grace, their preternatural senses, highly refined intuition, spiritual guidance and other benefits of their pre-lapsarian state.
In creating an illusory individual self, they lost their sense of Unity with God and creation. The illusory self believes it is cut off from the rest of Creation, and the illusory self identifies with the body. The illusory self naturally believes in its own mortality. Suddenly, fear of death overwhelmed Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve felt fear. In their fear, they felt cut off from God, ashamed, and self-conscious. Guilty. The dualistic split between mind and body occurred at that time.
Suddenly their very sexuality, which had been a source of Divine inspiration and joy between them, seemed sinful, and they covered their nakedness with leaves and branches. In this way they would appear different from the animals. For in truth they felt their animal nature beginning to dominate them, and wanted to symbolically suppress their own animal nature in response.
Adam and Eve also lost the harmony and feeling of partnership that had characterized their relationship from the beginning. They were cast out of the Garden, and the blame game began. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent who had seduced her. In their new home to the East of Eden, they began to view Paradise as a hell on Earth, and life as a struggle for existence. Guilt, shame, fear, suffering, anger, jealousy, pride, and isolation became the dominant themes in their relationship. The war between the sexes had begun.
The war between the sexes is a war between ghosts, between Adam’s illusory personality self and Eve’s equally illusory ego. Photo by Aline Mare 1978
This illusory, separate self, the personality, or the ego, is that aspect of us that engages the loved one on the path of narcissistic desire, or lust.
As we shall see, ignorance, which sustains the illusion of the separate self, is the explanation for many problems encountered by individuals on the path of lustful relations.
Photo by Aline Mare 1978
Lust operates from the ego, from the mind, so lust separates, analyzes, criticizes and controls. The egoistic self is ignorant of our true nature, which exists as interdependence and unity. Painted Photo Montage by Jane Sherry
The egoistic self carries with it all the baggage humanity accumulated through the Fall in the Garden of Eden. This includes fear of death, fear of the Other, fear of loving unity with another, and a desire to control. The ego wants to control its own emotions through repression and it wants to control the actions of the loved one, believing that only in this way can love last.
In addition to mental illusions, such as the separate self, those who would walk the path of loving partnership must overcome the shared mental agreements about reality that are current in our dysfunctional culture.
Most of us have experienced substantial social conditioning that has burdened our expression of sexuality with all kinds of expectations and repressions. Of course repressing sexual desires leads to outbursts of lustful behavior at best, and a total shutdown of the life force at worst.
Fear of letting go, fear of experiencing the deep connection between lovers, fear of losing control, and fear of societal and moral condemnation all impel us to repress our impulses to experience love, on all levels of existence, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.
The ego wants to maintain control of its little world, and the best way to do that is to control the sex impulse, to subject the sexual impulse to mental conditions of all kinds. Failing that, the ego attempts to control the lover, to impose mental conditions on the lover and on the love relationship itself.
Attempting to control one's lover is the best way to insure that love cannot last. Social expectations about the nature of love, about what love should look like, contribute greatly to our misconceptions about love.
Our attempts to conform to societal expectations about love are based upon a deep unconscious agreement we have formed with our society in our childhood years.
Because of cultural conditioning, we in the West expect sexual love relations to be based upon "romance" -- and we also expect romance to involve suffering, as we discussed in the Chapter 2 of Back to the Garden: The Alchemy of Love, in the section called "Why Does Love Hurt? "
These societal barriers to free sexual expression of the love impulse trap us in two ways. As long as we identify with the cultural expectations of romantic suffering, and as long as we react and rebel against the social conditioning that declares sexuality a sin, we will keep creating experiences based upon egoistic, mental conditions, and upon the infantile narcissism that is at the root of "me-centered" lustful love.
We will remain on this level of spiritual development and on this level of love relations, until we understand the nature of the ego, the trap of narcissism, and the true nature and limitations of lustful love. Then and only then we can take steps to progress on the path of love to more fulfilling relationships, relationships that bring us ever closer to Union with the Divine.
Lust sees the lover as object, a trophy to be possessed. The loved one’s positive attributes are added to the laundry list of “that which is mine, that which is me”, by the egoistic mind, and this conquest of the loved one’s desirable qualities contributes to a false sense of enhanced self-worth on the part of the lover.
Because the loved one is attractive to others, the lover obtains further “proof” of inner value and enjoys enhanced status within the peer group. The loved one becomes an ornament to vanity. But that vanity and this trophy carry a very high price.
Painted Photo Montage by Jane Sherry
“We need to look at the nature of our love,” says Buddhist Monk and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Thich Nhat Hanh.[i] “Our love should bring peace and happiness to the ones we love. If our love is based upon a selfish desire to possess others, we will not be able to bring them peace and happiness. On the contrary, our love will make them feel trapped. Such a love is no more than a prison. If the persons we love are unable to be happy because of our love, they will find a way to free themselves. They will not accept the prison of our love. Gradually the love between us will turn to anger or hatred.”
Lustful love, being the product of the mind, the defensive, illusory self, is critical, analytical and judgmental by nature. Lustful love is based upon sensual pleasure and mental considerations above all.
There is a constant misguided attempt to determine mentally whether the lover is truly compatible, whether there is an "equitable" exchange of energies between the two, which usually means an exchange of energies that requires no sacrifice on the part of the lover.
The lustful lover will continuously refer to a mental scorecard when evaluating potential lovers and mates, even during the course of the relationship, and often during the sexual act itself. What am I getting out of this exchange? What’s in it for me?
The mind sets up conditions for loving. I will love you if you will love me. I will love you if you fulfill my fantasies. I will love you if you are lovable. I will love you if you lose weight, get a job, pay more attention to your wardrobe, and make more money.
These mental conditions kill love. Pure love is unconditional love, and is free of mental considerations and expectations of all kinds.
These mental conditions are a reflection of narcissistic love. Narcissistic love exists not to give but to receive. Narcissistic love exists for the convenience of the ego. The ego wants to be flattered, expanded and put on a pedestal, relative to the loved one and the entire rest of creation.
This is, of course, the original sin of pride committed by Lucifer, and by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
To understand lustful love and how our egoistic personalities lock us into doomed, unsatisfying and even tragic love relationships, we must understand the sin of Narcissus.
We will examine the myth of Narcissus in the light of modern psychology and ancient spiritual wisdom. We will see how the sin of Narcissus is the original sin of Adam and Eve, and how our narcissistic egos operate to stifle love, exiling us from our own inner truth, our SatyaCenter, the proverbial Garden of Eden.
Photo by Aline Mare 1978
"Thus he deceived the Nymph and many more," Ovid recounts. "sprung from the mountains or the sparkling waves; and thus he slighted many an amorous youth."
One of Narcissus' spurned lovers, "lifting his hands to Heaven, implored the Gods, 'If Narcissus should love deny him what he loves!' and as the prayer was uttered it was heard by Nemesis, who granted her assent."
In this version of the myth, Narcissus is incapable of giving love. He is looking for the perfect lover, and no one can measure up to his mental expectations, not even the preternaturally beautiful nature spirits or the flowers of Grecian youth, aflame with desire for the beautiful boy. Narcissus suffers from an inflated ego, and he believes that love exists primarily for gratification of that immense ego.
The ego seeks to protect Narcissus from any love relationship, because such relationships would require Narcissus to let go, to lose control, to relinquish the primacy of his bloated ego, to give rather than merely to receive, and to enter into the scary expanse of the transpersonal.
A love relationship would require the boy to acknowledge that Narcissus is not the center of the Universe, merely a beautiful but tiny fragment of the immense and gorgeous web of life, no more (and no less) important than the lovers he so casually spurns for being less than perfect specimens -- less than perfect adornments for the enhancement of his own egoistic personality. Photo by Jane Sherry
Here Narcissus commits the primal sin of pride, the sin of Lucifer. This is the moment in Greek mythology corresponding to the moment in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Narcissus mistakes his egoistic personality for a lover. The ego, of course, is an illusory construct, as we saw in the previous section, "Unity is Our True Nature".
The sin is to worship that illusion, the separate self, to the exclusion of the web of life, the Unity of creation, and the punishment for this sin is expulsion from the Garden of Eden, the fragmentation of Unity consciousness, isolation from the web of life, and entrapment in a dualistic Universe.
The punishment is exile from the Source of love, and impoverishment of the Spirit, the slow death of the soul that comes from loving a ghost more than life around us.
"All that is lovely in himself he loves," Ovid tells us, "and in his witless way he wants himself -- he who approves is equally approved; he seeks, is sought, he burns and is burnt. And how he kisses the deceitful fount; and how he thrusts his arms to catch the neck that's pictured in the middle of the stream! Yet never may he wreathe his arms around that image of himself."
Narcissus realized that he could never fulfill his impossible love for his own image, but yet he remained at the pond, unable and unwilling to break free from his own self-created spell. Narcissus eventually died, alone, of a broken heart.
Lustful, narcissistic love also exists between two human beings, when that love is based upon egoistic gratification, as we have seen. Lustful, narcissistic love is even a natural stage of sexual development.
There is a time in our lives when human beings develop the sexual aspect of their Divine nature, and explore sexual identities to discover their true realities. This is the awkward, thrilling and dangerous time of adolescence.
Adolescents, whose biology places them most often at what psychologists call the Narcissistic stage of development, are most often fixated on their own inner growth and ego-development.
Adolescents, especially boys, have not experienced the inner growth that brings emotional maturity, nor have they developed the capacity for compassion, for giving, for opening the heart to another human being.
This would require boys to experience their own inner female sides, and this they generally have not done, or at least not in a healthy, life-affirming way, regardless of the gender of the lovers in their lives.
Girls may have more mature emotional development at an earlier age, but they too need to experience the hidden side of their own nature in order to love freely.
They need to experience the male side of their own Divine nature in order to have the ego-strength and strength of will required to make a deep connection with a lover.
The same difficulties can be found in lustful lovers generally. Regardless of age, lovers stuck at this stage of development conform to social expectations and place mental considerations and egoistic needs above all else when involved in a love relationship.
Magic Lantern Drawing JSherry
This all feeds the egoistic personality, and kills true love. Narcissistic love, lustful love, romantic love, typically involves creation of a mutual fantasy in which both partners project idealized, Romantic, yet tragically flawed visions of the Beloved onto one another.
This is called the encounter with the Shadow in psychological terms. This narcissistic love creates a super-charged emotional atmosphere that at first seems to transport the lovers into the mythic realm of Romance peopled by medieval chivalric knights and their ladies.
The lovers enjoy their mutual fantasy world at first. The boy tells the girl that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. The girl tells the boy that he is the most desirable, powerful young man she has ever seen.
They both see the idealized lover in one another's eyes which is the same lover Narcissus saw in the mirrored pool. They become a mutual flattery society.
Of course, before long the lovers come crashing down to Earth as they begin to see that their Beloved does not correspond to a Romantic god or goddess. Far from it.
The boy is incapable of giving love, or the girl is incapable of standing on her own two feet as an equal partner in the relationship. Or some other major defects appear, corresponding to the undeveloped nature of the two personalities, divorced as they are from their own Higher Selves, and from their inner Garden of Eden, the Source of all true, unconditional love.
Then the lovers can become quite disappointed, even violently so. Often each lover begins to see the Beloved as the repository of the most repressed and undesirable traits to be found in the opposite sex.
Then the lovers may lash out, inflicting serious emotional damage to one another, and even to themselves.
Photo by Jane Sherry
In narcissistic relationships, we are capable of loving only what we see of ourselves in the other person. We are attracted to those aspects of their personality which mirror the ego, and we have both attraction and repulsion for the parts of the lover that mirror the unknown and hidden parts of our own personality.
We are all androgynous beings, psychologically and spiritually. We have both male and female aspects, and those aspects must be honored if we are to advance on the path of love. But narcissistic lovers are unable to do that.
Photo by Jane Sherry
Because the Shadow self that is projected onto the loved one is an unconscious component of our true Higher Self, that Shadow also contains many rejected qualities of the opposite sex, qualities that the lover has chosen to repress in his or her own nature.
Thus the lustful lover finds that the loved one inevitably manifests those repressed qualities, perceived as unlovely, but yet perceived as typical of the opposite sex. Here we have one of the main triggers for the war between the sexes.
There will always be a huge gap between that idealized image of the lover found in our Shadow self, and the behavior of the loved one. The natural result is that the lustful lover will find much to criticize in the loved one, much that needs changing.
The faults we find in our lover are always the reflections of our own faults, and often represent aspects of our Higher Self which have repressed and rejected. By seeing them as such, we can begin the painful but necessary and enlightening process of freeing ourselves from their iron grip.
This insight is connected to the law of resonance and attraction because we will always attract the lover who vibrates in resonance with our own energy signature.
If we are full of self-loathing, and if we have low self-esteem, we will attract a lover who is also lacking in self-love.
For example, a girl or boy with low self-esteem may feel she or he needs lots of lovers to feel valued and loved, but really they are reinforcing their low self-esteem this way.
For example, by setting a low value on her own love, a girl with low self-esteem sets a low value on her lovers, and inevitably comes to see their love for her as a proof of their imperfection. At the same time she will be driven to punish her many lovers for loving her when she’s so clearly undeserving. If, on the other hand, the girl can develop true Self-love, she will attract a lover who has great love to share.
Magic Lantern by Jane Sherry
Until the lustful lover can integrate the Shadow into the Self, through a process of self-discovery and Self-love, there can be no happiness in sexual relations, nor can the individual successfully unite with the Higher Self.
Magic Lantern by Jane Sherry
For men that means discovering and integrating the feminine aspect of the psyche, and for women that means discovering and integrating the male aspect of the psyche. The tragedy is that if we could only see past the Shadow into our lover's true being, we would see reflected in that mirror the true nature of the opposite sex.
By honoring the loved one, men can have an experience of their own wise, nurturing inner female aspect and women can experience their own fearless inner male spiritual warrior.
This discovery and integration work requires the lover to forgive the loved one’s superficial faults, a major step on the road to a truly unconditional love, a love that will transport lover and loved one alike back into the Garden of Eden.
This work can be accelerated by meditating upon the Divine qualities of your loved one. Look for more on this topic in the "partnerships" section of "Back to the Garden".
Only by accepting the Shadow side within the Self that the loved one reflects to them in the magic mirror of love can the egoistic self be transcended and the true Self healed through acceptance, forgiveness and Self-Love.
But the lustful lover rejects the Shadow, rejects the Higher Self in its fullness. Left unfulfilled by this failure, and impelled by the fears and desires of the egoistic personality, the lustful lover seeks to fill the void within the unloved Self with the energy of the Beloved.
The lover seeks to capture the energy of the Beloved in the form of sexual activity, attention, and emotional interchanges. The intensity of the sexual and emotional interchange is far more important than the quality of the interchange. Emotional outbursts, for example, provide lots of energy.
Photo by Jane Sherry
These energetic attachments are very real, and can be seen by clairvoyants. They are cords that extend most often from the lover’s major chakra centers to the loved one’s major chakra centers.
These cords are created by the lover’s intent, conscious or unconscious, to obtain the loved one’s energy for his or her own egoistic purposes, and to fill the void within him or her with that energy.
The lover sinks energetic hooks into the auric field of the loved one to compensate for a perceived inability to connect with the Divine Source which alone can fill the Self with Love and Light, with energy unbounded.
Of course this is an illusion fostered by the egoistic self. In reality we are all connected to the Universal Source of life force energy at all times and our Higher Self always has the ability to infuse our being with this living loving intelligent light.
All we have to do is let go of the ego and relinquish control of our being to the Higher Self. But that is difficult to do, and this relinquishment appears to the ego as a form of death, to be avoided at all costs.
So the game continues between the two lustful lovers.
In many cases, both lovers create such energetic attachments to one another.
Sculpture by Jane Sherry
Sculpture by Jane Sherry
“Think about the question of bonds,” suggests Mystic and Spiritual Teacher Omraam Aïvanhov. “Everything in the universe consists of bonds: the sun, stars and planets; trees and crystals; atoms and electrons, which are arranged along lines of force; faces; geometrical figures. . .Everything consists of bonds, threads, tissue. . . Every thought, every sentiment, every promise, is a bond. . .Meditate about this so as to be more aware of how terribly important it is, and be careful of the bonds you form, for your whole life is at stake.”[i]
The bonds of lust and egoistic love can literally drain us of our life force energy, magnify detrimental emotional states, inject us with another’s poisonous emotions, and keep us in a mentally clouded state that prevent spiritual progress.
Removing these attachments, or hooks and cords can be very beneficial for individuals who desire to progress on the path of Self-love. This can be done in a number of ways, including past life regression sessions, Reiki, and other forms of vibrational healing and subtle energy work.
These teachings must not be misunderstood. The intention is not to suggest that individuals at the narcissistic level of spiritual and sexual development should sublimate all sexual energies, and refrain from sexual relations.
For one thing, sexual relations we enter into in this life are generally the result of karma we have accrued over many lifetimes, and it is often beneficial for us to have the experiences that will result in balancing this karma we have created in the past with members of the opposite sex.
Photo by Jane Sherry
The onset of first love often gives us our first opportunity to transcend the ego. One’s heart opens for the first time, at least a bit, at least for a while. One feels the impulse to nurture, protect and, yes, even sacrifice one’s own best interests, all for the benefit of another person.
Photo by Jane Sherry
Lustful love presents us with a great opportunity to understand the transitory nature of existence, because lustful, egotistical love cannot last. On this topic, Eastern and Western spiritual teachings agree.
Lustful love must either die or be transformed into a higher form of love, a more spiritual form. We will explore some of the ways to accomplish this transformation in later sections of this e-book concerning partnership love and The Divine Lovers.
When the fires of sexual attraction die out and the fog of Romance lifts from our inner landscape, we must often let go of the loved one, for that lustful love experience has run its natural course. Often we berate ourselves for the ending of the relationship, believing that there is something wrong within us that has caused this disaster.
Not so. The ending of a relationship based upon sexual attraction and mental considerations is an opportunity for celebration and thanksgiving. Yet how few of us can part such relationships as friends.
And how few of us can transform a narcissistic, ego-centered, lustful relationship into a higher, spiritual love.
Photo by Jane Sherry
Photo by Jane Sherry
Here we have an example of direct experience, which transcends mental awareness altogether, and provides us with wisdom and spiritual insights. At these moments, as we sense the tremendous mystery that the Other represents, and as we intuitively understand that we can never possess the loved one, we partake of the true nature of our lover, and with that direct experience often comes a feeling that we know them now for the first time. We know them for the first time, and they know us in that moment of union.
At such moments, we transcend the ego personality and experience the Self. The Self is pure energy, formless and without masks. The Self is Union within duality. When we first experience the true nature of the Self and glimpse the Self within another, we are catapulted into the Abyss.
This is a positive development. For one instant, you are gone and the loved one is gone. Only love remains between you. No projections, no attachments, no criticisms, no judgments, no guilt, no blame, no fear of loss, no mental activity at all.
And this is another clue to the true nature of the Higher Self. The Higher Self is freedom. The Higher Self is beyond the mind, which is why most spiritual disciplines involve activities such as yoga, meditation, intense prayer and contemplation, chanting, song or dance, which will completely quiet (or obliterate) the mind.
Because of the powerful transpersonal experience romantic, egoistic love provides, and because romantic, egoistic love is powered by the irrestistible magnetic force of karmic ties between the lovers, romantic love provides human beings with one variety of love’s heart-opening, transcendent experience.
Unfortunately, because romantic love compels us, through karma and lustful desire, romantic love can feel to the lovers like a burden, and the lovers will all too soon feel this powerful force as a form of bondage, chaining them together against their will, against their rational considerations, and often, against their own best interests.
Karmic relations, by their very nature, represent imbalanced relationships, learning relationships that have been designed by Divine plan to expose our weaknesses, our neuroses, and our faults, and to compel us to face our deepest fears. We find ourselves acting out irrational dramas that serve to equilibrate the ancient imbalances, the ancient wrongs, the ancient wounds inflicted by men upon women, by women upon men, by brother upon brother and by sister upon sister. This is in fact the Divine purpose of such relationships -- to end the karmic patterns and imbalances.
This is why the initial flush of transcendent beauty in romantic love is so very often transformed into bewildering tragedy.
In the next sections we will learn about partnership love, and explore the difficult but rewarding path that leads from conditional love affairs, exemplified by romantic, egoistic love, to unconditional love expressed in conscious, spiritual loving partnerships between equals.
However, an essential prerequisite for all advanced loving relationships is that both parties work to attain a greater and greater measure of self-love, for only those who have attained self-love are capable of sharing love, of giving love, for only those who love themselves have love to share. Those without self-love, being deprived of love, being empty of love within themselves, can only take, and are locked into the stage of lustful, narcissistic love. So anyone who wishes to transform his or her love life, to enter into a loving spiritual partnership, and to experience a love that lasts, must work to attain true self-love.