(EDITOR'S NOTE: Surprise! We told you last week that there would be no Bulletin this week because we were taking a one-week hiatus--but we changed our mind. Too much is going on right now for us to take a week off from this publication, so we're not going to interrupt the flow right now! So enjoy some especially good reading in this issue.)
In this weeks bulletin:
Neale talks about... SEX AND SPIRITUALITY
Many humans have been told that What God Wants is for sexual union to be experienced only with one’s spouse for the purposes of procreation and the expression of love.
One result of this teaching: Millions of people believe that sex may absolutely never be experienced in any way that deliberately prevents conception, and that while sex is wonderful, to experience sex simply for pleasure with no possibility of procreation is against the will of God and, therefore, “unnatural,” immoral, shameful and a giving in to baser instincts.
The combining of pleasure and shame in this construction has produced chronic emotional confusion: wonder, excitement and passion, yet embarrassment, fear and guilt, about sexual desires and experiences.
In most cultures the sexual parts of human bodies may not even be referred to by name. The words vagina and penis are not to be used in public (except as absolutely necessary in a purely clinical setting), and never with small children. The words wee-wee, pee-pee, or bottom may be used freely. In short, the human culture agrees that the actual names of certain body parts are shameful and embarrassing and are to be avoided whenever possible.
And, of course, if one cannot speak of certain body parts, one certainly cannot show them. Many humans feel that certain body parts must be covered and hidden, having been deemed too arousing or too shameful, or both. For those parts not to be covered is incorrect and unacceptable. Indeed, in many places it’s actually illegal, with punishments in civil law for those who fail to obey.
Many people believe that sex experienced in certain ways, even between husband and wife, is “unnatural” and therefore immoral. And again, in many times and places, some experiences, although between consenting adults, have actually been made illegal. Those who wrote such legislation said that they understand that God does not want certain sexual experiences to occur. God sends people to hell for this.
Humans also believe that intensely graphic depictions of sexual activity in photographs, drawings, comic books, video games, television and motion pictures are distasteful, repugnant, disgusting and unacceptable. Intensely graphic depictions of extreme physical violence and killing are, however, entirely acceptable.
Millions of humans believe that sexual energy and spiritual energy do not mix. They have been told that sexual energy is a “lower chakra” energy, and that sexual activity and spiritual clarity essentially oppose each other. Persons seeking to achieve spiritual mastery are therefore advised against engaging in sexual experiences. Some are actually required to remain abstinent.
This is, many of the world’s people believe, What God Wants.
Now along comes the New Spirituality, and it speaks differently about sex. Humans who embrace the New Spirituality understand that sexual union is a glorious and wonderful expression of the Oneness of Being, an extraordinarily powerful and deeply meaningful experience of the most intimate physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of the self that two people can share, and a celebration of love and life that has no equal in physical form.
They also see clearly that sex is not laden with any taboos, do’s or don’t’s, but is meant to be experienced joyfully by two consenting adults in whatever way brings pleasure and respects the boundaries, desires and agreements of both.
They also understand that the human body is sacred, not embarrassing, and that no part of the body is anything other than totally beautiful, and may therefore be shown and seen without shame.
of this new teaching: In the future, sexual guilt and sexual shame will
virtually disappear from the human family. So will sexual assault. Sexual
expression will be lifted to the level of the profound, never lowered
to the level of the profane, and there will be no thought that spiritual
energy and sexual energy do not mix, but rather, it will be taught that
sexual energy is a beautiful expression of spiritual energy in physical
I wrote a commentary a few days ago on my blog that received so much reaction, I want to share it with you here--with some additional words having to do with the work that you and I are now doing on the planet, each in our own way, and on the work of our CwG Foundation.
The time has come...for all of humanity to decide Who and What we Really Are, and Who and What we Choose To Be in relationship to that, and how we wish to demonstrate that in our world.
The time has come...for leadership to emerge in every city, town, and village on the globe, in every time and place, in the form of brave and strong and wise individuals, ready to receive the call, prepared to make whatever sacrifice is required, anxious to get on with the task, and determined to not abandon The Work until The Work has been done.
The time has come...for you to decide whether you are that leader in the world within which you move, if you are to be that one who will stand shoulder to shoulder with the few courageous Others and change the course of our Future by changing the direction of our Present.
For the world can wait no more. The people of this planet can sustain themselves no longer across millennia and centuries on the strength of humanity's past and present behaviors. We have, at best, but decades left, and then we will be required to shift our experience, or we will have our experience shifted for us.
Our species, as a collective, knows and understands this at a celluar level. We are therefore now asking ourselves, on this day and from every corner and place: If not now, when? If not you, who?
For it is as Robert F. Kennedy said, addressing the people of South Africa on their Day of Affirmation in 1966, in words that are even more true today than they were then:
Once again quoting Robert Kennedy directly...
Robert Kennedy also said these words:
It is time, now, for us to say, "Why not?" It is our opportunity to begin a new kind of civil rights movement...a civil rights movement for the soul...freeing humanity at last from the oppression of its beliefs in an exclusivist, violent, angry, and vengeful God, who would judge us for our human foibles and misunderstandings, and who would condemn us to everlasting damnation for approaching Him in the "wrong way."
world needs now is a New Spirituality, a new way to honor our impulse
toward the Divine that does not make others wrong for the way in which
they are doing it.
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Elsewhere in this Bulletin
is a note from our administrative director, Marion Black, with more about
this...and about how you can help in the work of carrying the life-changing
message of Conversations with God to more and more people---not only to
change THEIR lives, put to begin to change the world.
this link will not work until March 29, 2006)
Well it’s been a really interesting week that has been full of contradiction and the extreme ends of the spectrum of relative emotions.
I spoke last week about the current financial difficulties of the Foundation and while all the stress that comes with that, it hasn’t lessened the joy of receiving all of the dollars and words of support which have been wonderful and uplifting.
We here are so grateful to all of those that answered our plea and came to render aide. Our circumstances haven’t changed that much financially – we picked up about 20 new monthly contributors, and total contributions since last Friday have come to about $7,500. This may sound like a lot of money to many of you, but the truth is it will probably get us through the next payroll and the bills that come due at the first of next month – that’s not what feels so important to tell you about.
What feels important to discuss with you today is how much all of the energy you have helped create has changed the energy here at the Foundation for me and the staff. After the Bulletin went out last Friday, the emails just started flooding in and it just felt great. Sometimes, especially for me, as I’m the one that does the accounting and am the captain of this proverbial ship it gets really scary and I begin to feel pretty alone with all this. What you, our readers, reminded me of in so many ways is truly how not alone I am. All of us here got beautiful emails full of love, excitement and appreciation and that helped just as much as every single dollar we got in contributions.
I received letters from individuals that shared with me how this material and the things the Foundation does have changed their lives and continues to enrich them through the bulletin and newsletter, and I felt so blessed. Neale gets these letters all the time and so do Joanna and Kate and those that process all the mail and email from readers, but I rarely see them, and I was uplifted and filled with appreciation and joy. It just felt so great.
I received letters from people living on fixed income barely able to make ends meet that wanted to give a dollar or two every month, and I was truly humbled. I got letters from numerous individuals that were elderly or infirm and they felt so badly that they couldn’t help financially, and I wept.
I got wonderful letters from those that couldn’t donate but shared with us either wonderful ideas that might help us or their own personal services in lieu of money. These were huge and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude.
Interspersed between all of these emails and the myriad of emotions that I experienced with them the launch of the new book Home with God which created craziness and even more stress, but best of all, excitement.
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On Monday night, we had a brainstorming session at Neale’s house and that built even more momentum. For several hours Neale, Kate, Roger, Will, Patty and I sat in a circle and just went through a bunch of ideas on how to turn things around, how to fill the retreats, change the bulletin to increase readership, recreate the newsletter to make that program work better, things we could do to go with the release of Home with God. The energy that builds around this type of meeting is huge – Neale wields a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm around anything that has to do with getting the messages found in the CwG material out into the world –and when he gets on a roll full of excitement it really gets intense.
All these things that happened this week greatly shifted things for us here at the Foundation. Once again we feel energized and excited to continue to do all we can to get this information out into the world. I have no idea whether we’ll be able to stay in business much longer or not. I have no idea what the future has in store for us at the Foundation. What I am very sure of is that what we do is greatly appreciated by many – that what we do touches lives and hearts and minds of many people – and my truth is, that‘s what really really feels important to me.
I am just so incredibly blessed by all these gifts. I am very clear as the books talk about – without every bit of the hardship, sense of loneliness, frustration, stress, and sometimes just plain abject fear, I could never begin to experience the incredible sense of gratitude, community, joy and excitement that my job and my experience of you, our readers and supporters, affords me.
Thank you all for being Who You Really Are, and being there for those of us here.
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Love & Light to each one of you,
The following is an excerpt from Home with God in a Life that
Never Ends, the last dialogue book in the series of With God books:
Hope is the doorway to belief, belief is the doorway to knowing, knowing is the doorway to creation, and creation is the doorway to experience.Return to Table of Contents
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