|Sophia, Goddess of the All -- by Norman E. Masters|
The Christian mystic St Teresa of Avilla wrote of spiritual bliss in a deeply visceral way, akin to orgasm, in her autobiography. ‘The Life of Teresa of Jesus’. The passage below was the stimulus for Bernini’s sculpture ‘The Ecstasy’, found in the Cornaro Chapel in the Italian church of Santa Maria Della Vittoria.
‘I saw in his [the angel’s] hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it.’
Modern Priestesses are increasingly embracing the ancient path and medicine of Sacred Sexuality. The Hieros Gamos, re-enacting fertility rites and the holy marriage of god/goddess, is a ritual many Priestesses are adopting within their sexual activities but also, from my own experience, within solo, self-pleasure practices.
Making love with the Divine moves self-pleasure into the realms of mysticism and opens up an erotic portal to past-life remembrances and re-embodiment of Sacred Feminine gnosis. Energetically we are offered the opportunity to integrate and balance yin and yang – receiving and giving – feminine and masculine within us. We can connect to our own divinity, goddess/god within us. Calling in, through the imaginal realms, eros and inspiration and the flow of Spirit, can support transcendent orgasm, energy and consciousness expansion and a deeper communion with the Sacred within and without, above and below.
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