When anthropocentric religion lacks a cosmology, it has very little to tell us that is good news about sexuality, which is so special a gift of the cosmos. When this happens, pornography substitutes for mysticism and becomes a huge industry.
What religion teaches us about sexuality is often two things. The first, paradoxically, is silence: no effective rites of passage for our young to celebrate the immense news that they are now fit and able to pass on the mystery of human life. A tap on the cheek at confirmation or a room full of presents at bar mitzvah rarely makes up for this cosmic silence.
A second teaching from our religions is often moralizing. Telling us all the sins we are capable of performing with our sexual organs does not enlighten us about our sexuality. French philosopher Gabriel Marcel says that those who reduce a mystery to a problem are guilty of “intellectual perversion.” In the name of moralizing, the mystery of sexuality has often been reduced to problems of morality.
The message I often hear from religion about sexuality is: regret. In the spirit of St. Augustine, we are often instructed to regret the fact that we are sexual, sensual creatures. “If only sexuality would go away,” the message goes, “we could get on with important issues.” It is time that we join the voices of the other creatures to praise the Creator for the surprising and imaginative gift of our sexuality. A living cosmology can and will elicit this praise and render sexuality sacred once again.
The Cosmic Christ archetype (or Buddha Nature or Image of God) is radically present to our sexuality in all its dimensions and possibilities. The Cosmic Christ celebrates sexual diversity–“in Christ there is neither male nor female,” says Paul (Gal. 3:28). The Cosmic Christ is not obsessed with sexual identity. The Cosmic Christ can be both female and male, heterosexual and homosexual. This is the way nature made the human species, and nothing that is natural to the cosmos is foreign to the Cosmic Christ.
The Cosmic Christ rejoices and is intimately at work and play when lovers make love. Angels flap their wings in envy at those times. The Cosmic Christ is ecstatic and excited when babies are born–each one a new expression of the Image of God or Buddha Nature.
The sexual act is a giving of oneself in a very deep way, a deliberate giving of the “I am” that is oneself.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, pp. 163-164
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For Deeper Contemplation
Think on how your sexuality is related to your spirituality.
Read the Song of Songs. How does it enhance your sense of the Sacred dimension of your sexuality? Notice that it is set in a new Garden of Eden, in the fuller context of the generativity of nature.