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A Magical S.E.X. Experience
Last week, I co-led a five-day retreat w/Claes Lilja (founder of Brotherhood Retreats) for HIV positive gay men from around the globe. Having previously facilitated numerous retreats, this one had some special ingredients that I am still happily digesting.
My contributions to the group were primarily in the areas of Disease Transformation (click to read article) and Sexuality & Sacred Sex. For the latter, we approached healing the obstruction many find between their sexual and love energies by shifting what we know about sex. We explored it through the lens of S.E.X. (Soul Energy eXchange), agreeing on a definition of “soul” and defining the four primary energies exchanged: Love, Pleasure, Lingam (active), and Yoni (receptive).
In a process of healing touch (with clothes on) led by Claes we experienced the restorative circle of love energy that is present when lingam and yoni are consciously exchanged. This reframing of sex was fascinating to the participants, and I was amazed at the full body, personal and collective healing energy it brought to everyone’s barriers. I have encountered the subtle, yet commanding surge of energy that presents itself when attendees share more than one area of their life’s challenges, but never before like this time.
A few days after the workshop, I felt a new, multi-dimensional awakening, as if a strong channel had opened within me. I choose to keep absorbing my experiences from the retreat and notice where they take me. As my intentions have been to focus less on the past, I eagerly await to be informed by the very alive, emerging future happening all around us.
Coincidentally, the day after the retreat ended, the Director of Programming at The NY Open Center called to invite me to lead a five-week Monday night workshop in early January, 2012 on S.E.X. Though she knew this was part of my earlier repertoire, her offer seemed to come from totally out of the blue. How serendipitous was that? I found a new, affirmative energy in this work at the retreat, and shortly thereafter the universe gifts me with a venue to keep developing the process further. Very cool!
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