By Arthur Versluis
• unearths the key sexual practices which were used due to the fact that historic Greece to accomplish mystical union with God
• information the sects and people who transmitted the unconventional sexual practices that orthodox Christianity by no means thoroughly silenced
• Distinguishes among sexual magic and sexual mysticism
Beginning with the traditional Greek secret traditions, Gnosticism, and the practices in early Christianity, Arthur Versluis uncovers the key line of Western sexual mysticism that, just like the Tantra of the East, seeks transcendence or union with God via sexual practices. all through antiquity, and correct into the current day, sexuality has performed a major, if mostly hidden, function in non secular traditions and practices. This comprises not just Christian but additionally kabbalistic and airtight alchemical currents of sexual mysticism, many mentioned jointly right here for the 1st time.
In the secret culture of hieros gamos (sacred marriage) and the Gnostic culture of non secular marriage, we see the potential for divine union within which sexual union is the valuable signal or image. Key to those practices is the interior or archetypal union of above and under, the intermingling of the revelatory divine international with the mundane earthly one. Versluis exhibits that those mystery currents of sexual mysticism helped gas the increase of the troubadours and their erotic doctrine, the esoteric teachings of Jacob Böhme within the past due sixteenth century, the 19th-century utopian groups of John Humphrey Noyes and Thomas Lake Harris, the loose love move of the 20 th century, and the trendy writings of Denis de Rougemont and Alan Watts.