Until ancient pastoral monotheism redefined religion, sex was revered for its spiritual value. Acknowledged as a source of mystical energy, sexual intercourse played a prominent role in the practice of the original religions. The powerful potential of sex, for manifesting tangible results, was not only accepted but utilized without quandary.
Mystical hedonism, observing Life as a religion of the flesh, recognizes pleasure as a path to awareness. When the body is satiated the mind becomes evident and primary. In those oceanic moments of orgasm we can know god/dess for a brief moment. But in those extended periods of time, teetering on the precipice of climax — balanced there formless and unburdened by the ritual of routine existence — edging on the edge — that we are transported beyond .. into realms of experience and revelation known by bacchanals and shamans of yore . We can not only know Divinity…but know that Divinity lies dormant within our mind — waiting to be released through ecstatic frenzy.
The first religions viewed sex as a religious observation which provided access to the mystical. It was not until oppressive forces utilized religion as a weapon against the mind, that sex became sinful. Religions of the first people everywhere venerated sex and sought divinity through ecstatic experience. Ritual sex and entheogens invoked the archetypal energies to deliver insight,wisdom, knowledge, fertility, prosperity, success in love, divination, communion with ancestors, cures for sickness, and victory in battle.
Through pleasure, mystical experience and insight were found.