Sacred Sensuality in the eastern Yesu tradition is not, as some assume without investigation, a Tantrik orgiastic excess -- it is a celebration of sensuality, an awakening, and innocence of the senses. Visit our Sacred Sensuality pages for an introduction to the ancient art of being a whole, healing, fully sensual being. Living without fear, anger, excess, greed or need.
(Extract from the beginners course in Sacred Sensuality)
The philosophy of Sacred Sensuality can be understood from the etymology of the term.
We have to study the term Sacred. The word Sacred is synonymous with the word Holy, or Sanctified, all of which means 'dedicated to God'.
In this regard there are, generally speaking, two schools of thought. The one stating that 'All things are sacred', the other stating that, 'Nothing is sacred until understood as such by the human mind'. Paradoxically we hold to the latter view and I will explain the reason why. If everything is/was sacred then we had no need of declaring holy days, sacred areas, sanctuaries, sacred vestments and other.
We are aware of the human mind's general inability to understand the Truth that 'God is in Everything' and Everything is therefore Sacred. It is for this reason that human language is so constructed to be able to denote the special characteristic Sacred to certain things, people, places and events. The term Sacred thus tells us that a particular thing is willfully and specifically understood to be 'Devoted To God'.
It is in this light that we understand sensuality to hold the potential to be a Sacred vehicle. We can willfully, intentionally, Sanctify our sensuality - making of sensual experiences events which lead us closer to understanding and experiencing the Divine in us, in our cosmos, in our fellows, in everything.
Contrary to those sacred traditions that advocate a denial of one's God given senses, we believe the senses are important vehicles by which one's being can be sanctified. Following Yesu's teaching on the matter, we understand the senses to be enhanced, experienced to the full, and made innocent to serve our quest for sanctity.
Sacred Sensuality is a field of study; an ascetic, sensual spirituality which is the focus of The Magdalenes. Members have full access to material and courses in this regard.
Our six senses are the gateways to impressions upon our spirit. In a simplified way we may talk about the ideal state of gaining an innocence of the senses -- and this is what we strive to bring about.
What makes of a sense experience to be 'good' or 'bad'? Usually the average sense experience in itself does not have any of the qualities of good, bad or neutral. It is what we make of the experience that allows it to be such.
Nowadays there is talk of 'good' touching and 'bad' touching, which intimates that there is also a 'neutral' touching. There is talk of 'good' kissing and 'bad' kissing, 'good' sex, 'dirty' sex, 'bad' sex, and the same qualities are ascribed to taste and smell sensations and mind sensations -- 'good' vibe, 'bad' feeling, etc.
In general, how do we decide when it is a good or a bad, and how it should affect us? We refer back to our programmed library and we search for similarities and then decide which way to react. We are a conditioned people. Our cultures and environment, our parents and peers -- these are the ones who conditioned us. We are not generally free thinking beings, we think as we were taught to think. We are more like computers than like humans in this sense. We tend to run on a culturally generated Disk Operating System. True, some of us have upgraded to Win98 and talk of being able to deal with Win2000 is about town -- but truth is, some other people wrote our operating systems.
The drifting smell of pork tripe in the cooking pot beckons not only flies but also many Portuguese men to the kitchens of their suitors. The smell brings him close to the stove, his heart fills with good warm feelings as his operating system finds affiliated files from his youth, family dinners, cold nights around the fire with Grandpa, his first wife in the kitchen... Then he searches the pot and the oily top layer with its just-right amount of dung floating there tells him the cook is doing a wonderful job. He is pleased and his senses trigger saliva, stomach acids, adrenaline, endorphins and other interesting stuff.
To the contrary. Another person from another culture walk by this house and upon sensing the tripe at cook, he searches his database and comes up only with affiliated files from the trash bin. He decides this is time to be nauseated. He runs in the house to find what the hell went wrong, what died, who is sick, who got sick on the stove? He looks in the pot and he is about to be violently sick but contains himself. Then the housewife comes and tells him what the broth is -- and he runs for his life. Later that night he comes back to see the people eating heartily -- and he thinks them overboard and totally weird.