The Da Vinci Code
I watched the movie again last Saturday night, and am even more convinced of the premise and my theory: we are diverted by our authoritarian culture from obtaining the power in sexual love.
Part of the movie’s premise is Jesus was married. I can believe this on two counts: 1. Jesus is called “Rabbi” in the KJV of the Bible. According to a Hebrew friend of mine (a Levite who went to Rabbinical school) the term of respect “rabbi” is only applied to married men. Unmarried teachers had another name. Modern versions of the Bible are changing Rabbi to Master. 2. It explains the source of His power for the “miracles” he preformed. That “love” is potent stuff!
Unstated was the premise that only His descendants could generate this power. Wrong! The Malleus Maleficarum, by Heinrich Kramer in 1485 was the unsanctioned text used to persecute women and prosecute them as witches. WOMEN HAVE THIS POWER! Over 50,000 women were burned at the stake during the Inquisition, according to the movie, demonstrating how “evil” women are.
Everything, it seems, is about sex, power and money. If the common man had this power to perform miracles, the authoritarian structure would collapse. Their accumulated wealth and power would be dissipated, probably improving the lives of the masses. Oops! How do we keep this from happening? Divide and conquer! They started the battle of the sexes. Lift one side up (men) and push the other side down (women), usually by demonizing. The Roman Church didn’t start the battle. Nor did the Jewish priests 4 or 5,000 years ago with the myth of Lilith. In some cultures, the denigration of women dates back 7000 years!
I read The Da Vinci Code then saw the movie. Ron Howard did it right! It was the ritualistic sex scene near the end of the film that triggered The Sacred Female! Sophia is having a childhood flashback, she sees grandmamma on top of grandpapa with a bunch of cloaked, hooded and masked people standing in a circle watching them have at it. It was in the woman-on-top position that I had this transcendental experience! (The lights came on!)
Since The Sacred Female was published, I have continued my research into female sexual anatomy and female sexual responses. Why female? They are far more anatomically complex than men. They have a wider range of orgasmic responses. In my limited experience with this, it would seem that female orgasms might be simply a step in the process: an unwinding, a release of sexual tension, so that an up-lifting experience may occur. This may not be true with continued practice.
This sexual anatomy and physiology is all well and good. And surely, with this knowledge the pleasure of both parties will be increased. BUT, the power comes from love. Let me repeat that. THE POWER COMES FROM LOVE. Love ain’t for sissies. It takes courage to love. When we love completely—mind, heart, body and soul—we become vulnerable. If our love is betrayed, we may be painfully crushed. No pain, no gain. The gain comes when we look at ourselves and figure out what caused us to love that turkey anyway? What illusions and expectations did I have? Were my expectations reasonable? Live, love and learn.
We human beings are strong and resilient, whether or not we ant to admit it. For a man to be gifted with this power from the woman he loves is well worth the investment of time needed to develop the mutual trust required for love to develop completely so this power may be transferred. If we are hurt? Tsk. Tsk. We need to heal and evaluate ourselves rather that blame the other party. We picked them!
The power is in our oneness, our togetherness and our inter-dependence. It is in our ability to make love WITH one another, not TO each other. It comes from our trust and respect. These are some elements of love. Oh! A little romance never hurt anything.
Romance smells like candles, flowers and wine.
But, ahh that love! Love smells like sweat and time.