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Saturday, December 08, 2012

The Science of Erotic Intelligence

Diamond Hour December show. -
 Saturday, December 8, 2012,
1:00 PM Pacific Standard time (4:00 PM Eastern)
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Wanted to invite you to join me and my guest Amara for a conversation about Erotic Intelligence.    I had the very great honor to visit  in Amara's world, years ago.  What I discovered was that the esoteric techniques and perspectives of spiritual sexuality involved the same experiences I had had in high states of meditation, intense yoga or martial arts, or the highest creative spaces I'd entered in writing.  Fascinating, but I now had an internal road map to describe and chart what had previously been non-verbal "knowings."  In the intervening years, I'd clustered information from several arenas regarding sexual energy (including the "Sex Transmutation" material from TAGR into a personal practice, using what I found to direct and cultivate my physical and mental "energies" (the chakra model suggests it is all the same energy, just "vibrating at different frequencies"), motivate and reward myself, and of course to have greater pleasure and intimacy on the actual sexual level.   It's all the same stuff, but sexuality is (by the chakra model) secondary only to survival as a means to experience primal reality.  And a LOT more fun, less painful, and less risky.  It was, in other words, "using my erotic energy intelligently" ("intelligence" here measured in capacity to solve problems, like "how shall I negotiate my life?").   When I reconnected with Amara (and her lovely partner Shyena Venice--what a dynamic pair!) last year, we started talking about where our various studies had taken us in the intervening years.   And realized there was overlap, even if we used different definitions, and had immersed ourselves in different traditions.    And of all the things we talked about, the concept of "Erotic Intelligence" kept cropping up as a theme.  It resonated with both of us, even if we couldn't quite agree upon the definition.   And finally, I realized there was no need to agree.   The differences in perspective were representative of the male-female differences in life experience and mentation (both men and women having both aspects, of course) and that it might be useful to actually allow this "messiness" of definitions to be part of what we were presenting, allow an audience to judge and learn for themselves, simply present the ways we had nurtured and utilized our sensual and sexual natures to create and reinforce other areas of our lives.   I knew I could honestly say that my sexual energy connected to EVERYTHING else I did, but most specifically my physical fitness, emotional relationships (boy, did it tie into the "Soulmate Process" I used to find Tananarive!), and creativity.    I swam in those waters, but Amara is a flippin' fish. She LIVES there, so I knew that if we could hold the space together, something valuable could happen.  And according to our feedback from the Tantric Meetup group in Phoenix early in November, it did indeed.     I invite you to join us for a recap, as well as a set of specific suggestions to increase, nurture, and refine your awareness of these energies, as well as the energies themselves (yeah, I know.  The term "energy" has a very specific scientific definition that I'm bending here, but I beg your understanding--there is no word I know of in the English language that comes as close to what I'm talking about).  


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