posted on Jun, 15 2009 @ 02:53 AM
I almost hesitate to post this subject because to comprehend the point I'm trying to make takes a lot of background knowledge in a specific
direction...but I think enough of you will be able to grasp this to make it worth throwing out there.
A number of spiritual/esoteric systems have as a pinnacle goal (which has historically been a deep secret) the creation of a "divine androgyne,"
usually through manipulation of psychospiritual energy channels. Two classic examples come to mind: High-level Tibetan Tanric energy work, and
advanced Western alchemy. Briefly put, in both systems, the Kundalini energy is released and manipulated in a specific way. Through a process of
"burning" it creates within the practitioner a kind of gender duality. This is a tricky thing to describe because it does NOT necessarily imply
bisexuality or the kind of "androgyny" one associates with, say, crossdressing/transvestism. That's why I hesitated to post this because the
concept is very subtle and easy to misunderstand. Those who don't already know about this will have to do a LOT of background reading.
Perhaps for those unfamiliar with the concept, its best to approach it as a kind of Jungian fusion of Anima and Anime (the psychological concept, not
the comics genre). That is, there is a kind of fundamental wholeness that transcends gender.
Here is an example from alchemical symbolism. There are hundreds of seals like this. We can see the serpent energy (kundalini) and the fusion of the
divine male and female:
What I find exquisitely interesting is that the high Tibetan tradition differentiates between the divine androgyne
and the divine
. The first is seen as a male-female pair with male dominant and the second as a male-female pair with the female dominant. The former
is identified in Tibetan Tantric tradition as "good" (because practitioners were, after all, generally male monks) and as being personified in the
highest adepts. The latter was envisioned as a kind of terrifying hypothetical "ultimate evil," as if women gained control over this secret that
should only, theoretically, be the province of male monks. One can find a rather involved (and somewhat biased) explication of this phenomenon
at this link
and elsewhere on the same site.
My question for those of you familiar with this type of arcana: Do you belive in a fundamental, highest-level difference between a male-dominant and
female-dominant divine fusion (a la the Tibetan model) or do you think a perfect balance is the true goal of these kinds of exercises?
[edit on 6/15/09 by silent thunder]