What is Spirituality?
So when we talk about Tantra, we talk about sex and we talk about spirituality. We say that Tantra is the fusion of these two together. But the question I want to explore this week is ‘what does spiritual actually mean?’. We know what sex means, we kind of get that, but what does being spiritual actually mean? For me, when I start to think about or feel in that topic, one thing that that comes up for me is this sense of knowing that there is something more than the human that is Jason on a day to day level. So I kind of feel inside that I have this sense of knowing that there is something more than me. We could call that your higher self, we could call that your being, or your essence or something, or even your soul - something that’s greater than the physical person that you are.
Now, for me, in some spiritual practices they often talk about ascending to the higher realms, pulling in love, light from outer realms and kind of giving out of body experiences. For me when I look at the world that we live in and I see the issues of climate change around us it feels for me that we’re not living here on earth. So for me a spiritual practice needs to be embodied in the body, here on planet earth, right here. And for me spiritual is about being able to be connected to the higher parts of yourself, here in your body on planet earth. It’s almost like some people, I don’t know if you’ve heard of that saying, where they say ‘bring heaven to earth’…for me it’s about bringing in that higher self. When I mean that higher self I can also feel it and describe it as that sense of being and I kind of feel that in my belly and it’s beyond my day to day ego, my identity as Jason, the person that gets up and makes decisions…critical, judgemental and all those sorts of things. It’s kind of who I am aside from that. For me that’s my being, it’s my essence, it’s my soul of who I am. That’s the part of me that’s going to carry on and live after my human form has died. It’s that that I want to make a relationship with; I want to know more about my being.
My being for me, in my meditations, I get glimpses of when that being is connected and the same as every other being, actually the same as every other thing. You see, for me when we connect to our being or our spiritual place, it’s the one thing that makes us all the same, it’s the place where’s there no division, there’s just or there’s just - as other people would describe it - the oneness. It’s that place where we are not divided and where we are all one. The thing I really love about Tantra is the different practices and techniques bring you into contact with that part of yourself, it brings you into contact with your spiritual self. I talk about the eye of the storm and in Tantric practice, at the height of my sexual peak, of my sexual energy, what I actually experience is this eye of the storm. And in that eye of the storm is that sense of my spiritual self, feeling connected to my being and feeling connected to my spiritual self, that part of me that feels like a whole being.
So for me when we talk about sex and spirituality, we use the sexual energy to take us to forms of being our whole self. It takes us to the part of us that is being, to the spiritual, to the enlightened, to the realised parts of ourselves. So I just invite you this week to maybe spend some time pondering that, pondering who your spiritual self is, who is your being and see how you get on. Thank you.