The Path of Love
One cannot be told that life is worth while –one must experience the erotic love of living first hand. Yet so few people have an unmediated sense of the adequacy, dignity and worth of their lives. It is however this very erotic sense that is so essential to making our lives a triumph. So many of us today are second hand consumers of second hand joy –never touching love or eros directly. And when love fails there truly is nothing left to live for. For love – not the narrow romantic expressions of it – but erotic love in all areas of our existence is is the core of life itself.
We are confronted, personally and globally with a stark choice –Love or Die! It is that simple. Love is no longer a luxury – it is an absolute necessity for the survival of the individual and the planet. In the last half a century modern psychology has documented an age old truth. A fully nourished baby who is not held in loving arms will die. So too our world, personal and global – even with all the resources intelligence and technology at our disposal- will die without being held in love. We must embrace a personal path with heart and a global politics of love.
Life is a choice. What is the rhythm of our dance? Are we dancing masters or bottled bees? Who are our dancing partners – desperation and emptiness or Eros and Shechina? Are we lovers in all facets of our lives or are we apathetic, deadened and indifferent? Are we sources of safety and caring or are we abusers and manipulators? Are we spreading wisdom and love or are we inflictors of emotional, spiritual and even physical pain on those closest to us? Bees in bottles always sting. But everyone knows that to sting is to die. The only way to not sting is to learn to be a dancing master.
The great mystery tradition of Hebrew wisdom is about a radical and profound path towards becoming just such a dancing master. The ancient temple in Jerusalem was the center of a society where the Hebrew mysteries were practiced and taught. At the core of the temple mysteries lays an ancient set of radical understandings about sex, love and eros. In the deep yet provocative temple mysteries we are taught that sex is not eros. But as we shall see, in the esoteric temple mystery, sex models for us what it might look like to live erotically in all of the non sexual dimensions of our lives.
The temple mysteries are a unique Tantra, opening us to the possibility of becoming great lovers in all of the arenas of our lives. The Hebrew mysteries gently but powerfully chart a path which, if we but have the courage to walk it, will teach us how to live erotically in every facet of existence.
We live in age when ancient wisdoms long relegated to the dustbins of the spirit are being re-claimed. The Zohar, magnum opus of Hebrew mysticism, teaches that our era is the one in which the “Gates of Wisdom will be opened” . We live at the dawn of a New Age in which for the first time–after several aeons of intense spiritual evolution, we have the vessels to hold the light of the ancient secrets. Suggest the mystics – we may well be able to hold the light more deeply then even ancients for whom the wisdom was initially intended. It is only know after law, science and ethics have been integrated into our psyches that we can go back and reclaim Eros, Shechina and enchantment.
Life is a choice. You can remain a bee trapped in a bottle and everyone – except yourself – will be convinced you are dancing. Or you can choose to be a dancing master. To dance yourself into your book of life. To be an erotic lover in every facet of your existence. A wonderful mantra from the Biblical love book –the Song of Songs, reads “I am love sick on my bed at night”; Explain 19th century mystical master Nachumm of Chernobyl, “I have fallen on my bed because my loving has become sick”. When being a great lover is limited to sexual performance and wild erotic stories connote anonymous orgies then love has become sick and we fall on our beds into the depths of emptiness and depression. The dance of Eros is to teach you how to be a great lover not only in the sexual – but in all the dimensions of your life. That is the radical invitation issued by this book of Hebrew wisdom.
You need not have studied mysticism or biblical myth before reading this tract. This is book written for all seekers of transformation. This book is for you if you are not sated by pop culture and seek a passionate, joyful yet deeply grounded and serious exploration of the mysteries as your guide.
I am a biblical mystic. I am studying, teaching and trying to live the sacred texts at my spiritual community, Bayit Chadash, nestled in the hills of the Galilee in Israel, as well as at Oxford University in England. The Aramaic and Hebrew mystery texts have been my guides and friends for many years. [At the end of the book, for those interested, I have included 25 pages of original source notes. In the next year or so I hope to publish a two-volume 1000 page scholarly work replete with in-depth analysis of the original sources.] Of course, like every mystic who engages sacred text, I hear the text in accordance with the inner melody of my soul. I now share this song with you in the form of this book. You are invited to find the place in your soul where you can receive and integrate this ancient wisdom into your own song.
The invitation and the challenge of the spirit in our generation is to create a politics of eros and love. That can only begin to happen when each person in the polis takes responsibility for the erotic quality of his or her life. We need to, and we can, realign our souls with the fountain of being. We can connect to the vital currents of loving energy that course though our universe. We can decide to enter the flow and from that place on the inside we can transform first our lives, and ultimately, our world.