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  • Title: The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism: Sacred Practices and Spiritual Marriage
  • Author: Arthur Versluis
  • ISBN: 9781594772122
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback

  • The first book to reveal the history of Western sexual mysticism Reveals the secret sexual practices that have been used since ancient Greece to achieve mystical union with God Details the sects and individuals who transmitted the radical sexual practices that orthodox Christianity never completely silenced Distinguishes between sexual magic and sexual mysticism BegiThe first book to reveal the history of Western sexual mysticism Reveals the secret sexual practices that have been used since ancient Greece to achieve mystical union with God Details the sects and individuals who transmitted the radical sexual practices that orthodox Christianity never completely silenced Distinguishes between sexual magic and sexual mysticism Beginning with the ancient Greek Mystery traditions, Gnosticism, and the practices in early Christianity, Arthur Versluis uncovers the secret line of Western sexual mysticism that, like the Tantra of the East, seeks transcendence or union with God through sexual practices Throughout antiquity, and right into the present day, sexuality has played an important, if largely hidden, role in religious traditions and practices This includes not only Christian but also kabbalistic and hermetic alchemical currents of sexual mysticism, many discussed together here for the first time In the Mystery tradition of hieros gamos sacred marriage and the Gnostic tradition of spiritual marriage, we see the possibility of divine union in which sexual union is the principal sign or symbol Key to these practices is the inner or archetypal union of above and below, the intermingling of the revelatory divine world with the mundane earthly one Versluis shows that these secret currents of sexual mysticism helped fuel the rise of the troubadours and their erotic doctrine, the esoteric teachings of Jacob B hme in the late 16th century, the 19th century utopian communities of John Humphrey Noyes and Thomas Lake Harris, the free love movement of the 20th century, and the modern writings of Denis de Rougemont and Alan Watts.
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    Commentaires:

    Tim Pendry
    A short but very readable account of the necessarily 'hidden' traditions of sexual mysticism in the West from the open era of classical paganism through to the end of the twentieth century - an excellent counterpoint to Hugh Urban's 'Magia Sexualis', also read and reviewed by us on .Versluis is working in territory that is poorly recorded, in part because mainstream culture has cruelly punished heresies, and has consequently ensured that little survives by way of texts. The self-censorship of pr [...]

    Janet
    Maybe it's because I have read widely on this topic, but I was disappointed by this book. While it is undoubtedly a learned survey, it never digs deeply into any of the documents or practices it discusses. It seems that the author's purpose was to make the case that sexual mysticism is part of the Western religious tradition, but not go into depth and details.Part of the challenge of providing more detail is, of course, that many of these practices are not well documented and the available mater [...]

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