I love to listen to the thoughts that run through my mind. Of course, everyone likes to hear themselves talk, those who know me would say I am blessed with that for sure. But I also like to hear myself think. Not just to ramble on to myself but largely in part because I can actually process thoughts that lead me to a state of peace and even joy. Which is the topic of this particular post; Conscious Foreplay Leads to Happiness!
In a crude sense the folly of consciousness before it awakens to its true nature or spiritual wisdom is a lot like foreplay. You can engage in it as much as you want, "it" being the voice that talks to you while you read this. That's right, I'm not the only "mind babbler" in the room. It is something most of us do every waking moment. And there is no limit to the creativity that can be expressed or the time that can be spent there. But what is truly different about this particular foreplay as opposed to sexual foreplay is that you cannot just get down to the business of a spiritually awakening climax as quickly as you want to. In other words, unlike a sexual orgasm you cannot decide to just skip this process we are comparing to foreplay and suddenly awaken, although I will assert that you still need an intention to move in this direction.
Why not go straight to the climax? What makes awakening different?
Well, when engaged in sex you can decide when you are going to shift from foreplay to the business of an orgasm, and in some cases control the moment of climax! With a spiritual awakening however it is quite different because of "who" is engaging. The process of awakening as it relates to spirituality is one where the doer, that's you, undergoes a profound shift in awareness that transforms all of your underlying motives. The context of one awakened is without "independent" motives. In other words, the one-ness of the awakened state is very different from the physical existence or perspective we are tied to (consciously) prior to awakening. I know that can be a lot to digest, but stay with me for a minute...
You are awakening to the essence of what you are and as such you become one with that essence - you awaken to the moment to moment nature of being. Don't bother trying to "think" of what that would be like or what the end goal is about. Instead, use your imagination to venture out into this wondrous and beautiful but unknown territory referred to as spiritual foreplay. A territory where you head in a particular direction to experience something wonderful, exploring, discovering, but not knowing what it is, until you arrive. Because by the very nature of what is described here you cannot know it until it is fully realized, much like waking up every morning from a deep sleep!
So, as with sex, to begin such a journey you must first intentionally plant the seed in your mind using your imagination (unintended pun), the wonderful seed of a new and profound joy that is your experience of life, beyond anything you can think of, but one you are capable of creating through your very own imagination.
What have you got to lose? This is just an adventure of the mind, using one’s own imagination!
So I leave you with one more distinction for foreplay as it relates to spiritual awakening. Experiment! Just like a healthy sexual relationship involves strong intimacy and creativity, a spiritual awakening is not something you are going to bump into uninspired. And just like the work of a good relationship, you might not always like what you see at first as you work to move into this territory. Anyone who has done any type of self reflection, in any area of their life, knows that at some point you need to take a deeper look at the focal point of this topic - you. I can assure you that it is completely worth it!
Besides the obvious benefits and attraction to spiritual foreplay, I will assert that this specific inquiry is a means of transforming any area of your life to exactly what you want it to be. Whether it's resolving a particular challenge, achieving some goal, or just creatively playing in this wonderful space of infinite possibilities called life. That's because you are working with foundational components of what actually produces results in your life. Who you are being!
This approach isn’t just for people who are successful and motivated, working to achieve some new goal or focused on a specific area of one’s life. If you're feeling a lack of motivation, not happy with where things are, that life is not living up to what you think or feel it should be, that is a fantastic sign that you have a new seed that wants to grow. A seed that simply needs your attention, your inquiry.
Anyone who wants to accomplish something, whether already successful or not, begins that journey knowing that something is missing. It can be a goal you want to achieve or a sad feeling of not having something you want in life. Either way, it's just a matter of getting to the source of these “inspirations” no matter where you perceive yourself to be. So when I say you can achieve anything or overcome any obstacle I am talking about using the folly of spiritual foreplay to achieve your desired outcome. If you are not giving any time to thinking about the nature of your life and happiness you may be missing out on something -- something big! Your personal brand of happiness!
So to bring this post to completion using our comparison, the process of spiritual foreplay is an inquiry! There is no reason to feel guilty, you’re not breaking any rules, nothing transmitted you can't deal with, you’re not indulging in something you shouldn't. You are simply "inquiring", which you will find to be a very rich, rewarding and enjoyable experience.
So I invite you to this new foreplay, to the examination of the context of your life, the foreplay of your conscious thoughts and of a new awareness of your Being!
Be Well! Be Blessed!