ART & SEX – Part One
I recently made a statement that is bound to be unpopular in some circles. It involved two subjects that are ripping hot potatoes in almost every culture on Earth.
In a heated debate I blurted out that: “Artistic and Sexual expressions are two leaves blooming on branches of the same tree: as the tree goes, so goes each branch and the fruit it bears.” In simpler terms, harm one and you harm the other, help one and you aid the other.
My position was that art and sex are as intimately related as water and steam, thread and cloth. They are both acts of CREATION. And any attempt to eliminate, regulate, legislate or suppress either and the ultimate-end result is obvious (to creative people) – no game, no hope, no civilization.
The foundations of this incendiary claim were not arbitrary. On the contrary, I reasoned that if any individual or group is going to be party to creating a better world, a “New Civilization” within the framework of an Earth society, then these two subjects will play deeply dynamic roles in that civilization. They sit as fundamental cornerstones of every human culture.
An individual or organization says we want a new future, culture, society, and civilization – ess pain, less suffering, less insanity, less criminality, more joy, more moral and just playing fields in which to create life.
Yet what may not be immediately obvious to the dreamers and makers of such a reality, is that restricting the free flow of one (art or sex) inherently stifles and obstructs the other; for again, both are acts of CREATION.
Be it bold suppression of artistic or sexual expressions in one forceful act, or in minute increments of subtle manipulations, the hopes and dreams of Man slip, ever so painfully into oblivion.
LRH understood this very clearly when in a 1967 policy letter, he declared: “Second Dynamic Rules, HCOPL of 11 August 1967”. “It has never been any part of my plans to regulate or to attempt to regulate the private lives of individuals. Whenever this has occurred, it has not resulted in any improved condition. Therefore all former rules, regulations and polices relating to the sexual activities of Scientologists are cancelled.”
In a single paragraph he not only warns the wise; he spells out “why” rules & regulations on the subject serve no constructive purpose. “Whenever this has occurred, it has not resulted in any improved condition.” And in that “improving conditions” is the heartbeat of any workable Technology this one statement alone is as conclusive as any observation can be. Regulating / suppressing sexual expression DOES NOT WORK.
To fully destroy an individual, group or spiritual movement it is only necessary to start suppressing the 2nd Dynamic (sex, family and CREATION generally) with rules, regulations, punishment, ridicule, self-serving abortions, heavy ethics actions, the negation of children and family, forced security checks, criminalizing sexual thoughts and impulses. Then make the unsuspecting victims pay for redemption on The Alter of the Almighty Dollar.
Likewise with art, suppress the free flow of artistic expression and creativity by turning a groups artists into walking PR & Propaganda Officers or Evangelical mouth pieces and any hope for a bright, able, kind and uplifting “New Civilization” is doomed. One might as well plan on buying gas masks and bulletproof vests. Because with every new restriction and/or covert control mechanizm on the artist’s creative freedom comes the sounds of Nazi-like rule approaching.
One should note that Nazi rule never won any fashion, culinary, artistic design, Human Rights or creative dance awards in the minds of free Beings. And as personal preferences go, I don’t find female SS Officers with big guns (where her breasts should be) with a German Sheppard at the end of a violent leash particularly “sexy.”
As freedom to express beauty in art is made to decline, so falls the simple beauty of two lovers embracing. As a women’s freedom to express her intimate self as a sensual female entity is obstructed, so goes the joy inherent in the nude Picasso. Once again, “Like two leaves blooming on branches of the same tree, as the tree goes, so goes the fruits it bears.”
In SOS 2007, LRH makes reference to the highest points on the Tone Scale, wherein the subjects of art and sex intersect: “…but one also finds the sexual urge acting to create more than children and so comes about a sublimation of sex into creative thought.”
His reference to “sublimation” is very telling. The verb sublimation is from the Latin word sublimare, meaning, “raised to a higher status.”
Wikipedia informs us that: “Sexual sublimation is the act, especially among some religious traditions, to transform sexual impulses or “sexual energy” into creative energy. In this context, sublimation is the transference of sexual energy into a physical act or a higher emotion in order to create a spiritual nature which in turn can create more sensual works, instead of one’s sexuality being unleashed “raw.”
In this respect free flowing sexual energy can be transformed by the artistically inspired into a dynamic creative energy (Art) and free flowing artistic expression can as adeptly ignite the flames of a healthy sexual energy in turn. (Sex & Family)
And thus the riddle of how and why some artists, like Rock Stars for example, seem to have the unenviable ability to find themselves having to step over an array of adoring fans under garments and hotel room keys.
The act of creation begets the “desire to create” in the viewer. Herein, a thriving, living, dynamic, flourishing and prospering culture is born.
This is also solves yet another perplexing riddle as to why I am willing to pay $150 to get a 3rd row center seat, with my high powered binoculars at the next Shania Twain concert. (And here I thought that watching her sing “I Feel Like I Woman” was only about “art.”) Hmmmmmmmmm.
Equally so, I would paint a black cross on the door of any woman, young or old, who does not ‘Feel Like A Woman” when she sits (her heart beaing rhythmically) in front of a young Michael Buble singing, “Feeling Good.” My God Woman! tap your toes a little…
As the tree of creation goes so goes its fruits…
So any “New Civilization,” group, church, movement for social change or dead-in-their-head neighbors who believe the suppression of art or sex or Shania in cowboy boots and blue jeans is how it “should be,” well, that’s not a civilization I plan on visiting or being party to creating any time soon. I don’t do Nazi, Corporate churches or sing “Standing Tall” in the middle of suppression intended to produce no game, no culture – NO CIVILIZATION, new or old.
How about you?