By Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis
One of the most fascinating yet confusing areas of metaphysics is the relationship of sex to spiritual activity.
Many sincere spiritual seekers wonder if they have to give up sex altogether and how sex fits into the picture of our spiritual unfoldment. This is not an easy question to answer because for each person it will unfold differently.
When Saint Paul the Apostle was asked about sexual conduct, he was careful to reply that his advice was given “by permission, and not of commandment,” meaning he could present his understanding of it, but it was not for him to tell people what to do.
In the aura, sexual activity registers most strongly in the root chakra. There is usually a bright red energy associated with this center when the energy is moving in a positive and creative way. When there is lust, the bright red turns to a dirtied, vitiated red, devitalizing to the auric field. Asking the white light to go to the root chakra before engaging in sexual activity is very helpful to uplift the experience and keep it moving on a higher vibration.
Here are some insights to the three most frequently asked questions regarding the metaphysical understanding of sex. May they act as a guide in spiritualizing this part of your life.
Do I have to give up sex to grow spiritually?
The answer is no. A soul can be evolving spiritually and be sexually active. The only time that sex interferes is if you are giving it priority over your spiritual development. It also matters the type of sex you are practicing. Clearly, promiscuous activity is not going to help you advance. One of the quickest ways to squander spiritual energy is through the misuse of sexual energy. The closest two auras come is through intimacy.
As you draw close to the goal of enlightenment, there will be the eventual need to abstain from sex, so the creative powers can be redirected for purely spiritual purposes. However, by the time a soul reaches this level, he or she is well-prepared mentally, physically and emotionally.
Does abstaining from sex help speed up the spiritual growth process?
It depends. In certain situations, abstention can help accelerate your spiritual growth. This is the principle of becoming a monk or a nun. If you feel the urge to abstain, give it a try and see how you respond. If you can handle it, then you’re okay. If the urge remains, it’s better to express it in a healthy way than to allow yourself to burn with desire.
How does being married affect spiritual growth?
When the marriage is consummated in love, the sexual energy is sanctified by the Divine. It’s a beautiful sight to see in the aura. This is why it is strongly recommended that couples who are committed to each other as life partners should marry, even if they do not plan to have children. This is because of the spiritual support married couples receive from the Higher.
Perhaps the challenge in married life is if you allow your spouse to interfere with your spiritual unfoldment. Certainly, love and respect your spouse. You must remain true to yourself. It is not uncommon for those on the spiritual path to leave their spiritual studies at the request or insistence of a spouse.
Sex is a potent spiritual power in you. It can move on the higher ranges of light or the lower ranges. Your goal is to live the spiritual laws to the best of your ability. If you are in alignment with spiritual principles, then the sexual part of you will fall into place.
Effectively harnessing this energy can greatly quicken your spiritual progress.