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Genital Detachment.

November 1, 2013

Woman glyph  I snicker at all the modern gurus who tell us to “get centered” then take the cookie cutter of disregard to our genitalia in the center of our bodies.   Consider an automotive engineer lecturing on how an automobile works, ignoring the carburetor.  Words, their use or non-use, have a direct impact on how we think.  And how we think is how we are… up to a point.

We did not come into this world separated from our genitalia or thinking “sex’ was a bad thing.  Toddlers explore their genitalia, until their parents come along and slap the crap out of them for doing something bad.  So, we begin detaching from our genitalia early in life.  Of course, if mine (male) are bad, yours are worse, ‘cause you are just a girl.  Or, the other way around.

This is nothing new.  Throughout history, we’ve developed what we euphemistically call “pet names” for our genitalia.  There are 2600 in English.  Most are vile, as in violent.  Some, deriving their name from sacredness were turned to express disgust.  I see this as part of some grand conspiracy to keep us from the full glory of our humanity.  This way, we may remain subservient to some sadistic, sociopathic “authority.”  It is a big con game and we are the dupes!

The big con is the politically constructed, sexual paradigm of pleasure and/or procreation.  That’s it.  That is all sex is about: one or the other.  By detaching our genitalia, even objectively with words like “penis” and “vagina” they are no longer a part of us; just a free floating entity, examined on the basis of pleasure or procreation.  With many of the “pet names,” it is even worse.

Interestingly, the word penis comes from a Latin word meaning “animal’s tail.”  Think of a dog’s tail.  It usually just hangs down between the legs.  It points straight out when on the hunt, and sticks straight up in the Alpha mode.  In Sanskrit, the word “lingam” is used. Lingam translates to “wand of light.”  There are two possible origins of this word:

1. Our enlightenment, or

2. Our bioluminescence.

Our enlightenment begins with awareness, something authority does not want us to have and I have written about bioluminescence in other blogs.[1]

The word vagina, coined circa 1580 by Realdo Matteo Colombo, an Italian anatomist: a guy.  The word in Latin means “sheath” or “scabbard,” as if something a man’s sword goes into.  This creates the image of an act of war, not an act of love.  The Sanskrit word, “yoni” means sacred place.  This is the sacred place on the entire woman: the whole darn critter!

Looking at the origin of words and sounds, I found the  “quh,” “ku,” “kuh,” and “coo” sounds are fairly universal in describing goddesses in ancient cultures: kunti, kunthi, kunda, etc., and other words for the Great Earth Mother, and universal yonis.  Keeping it simple, did you ever listed to a baby coo?  Did you ever think they might be trying to tell us something?  Naw. They are just babies.  They don’t know anything.  (Until I teach them all the garbage I’ve been taught for thousands of years.)

It should be noted Reginer deGraff around 1660 gave us another possible origin of the word cunt.  In cuneiform—there is that “coo” sound again—the Sumerian symbol for woman was the inverted triangle with the vertical cleft.  The inverted triangle is called the chaliceThe cleft was made with a wedge-tool called a cuneus, which is also the name for the impression made in the soft clay by that tool.  The word cunnus in Latin is translated as cunt.[2]  But, this was the symbol for the entire woman.  The symbol also meant “giver of life.”  Archeologists interpret this as childbirth.  I suggest it could also mean a different life through our enlightenment: our new awareness.

It is from these sounds and the names of these sacred goddesses that many believe are the origin of the word “cunt,” which we now believe is the most obscene word in the English language.  It became a disgusting word in England around the 14th Century in England, and perhaps other parts of Europe.  This set the stage for the 15th Century Malleus Maleficarum demonizing women in order to acquire wealth for the Church.  What do you think happened to the property of all the women burned at the stake?  This was a quick follow up to the Spanish Inquisition, making Ferddy and Izzy rich enough to sponsor Chris on his quest for India.  It took longer to con the masses because they didn’t have the net or other means of transmitting “misinformation.”  What a con!  The demonization continues with our “pet names” for each others genitalia.

Cunt was also the early name given to the priestesses of love (we denigrate to “temple prostitute”) in the Temples of Inanna, Isis, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus, etc.  It is strange we never hear the wealth accumulated in these temples, be it coin or food, was distributed to the poor, elderly and ill within the communities where the temples were located.  Sounds like “Christian” values to me.

The word pussy is found in Egyptology.  The cat was the sacred animal in ancient Egypt.  Today it is a slang term when applied to men means “less than.,” a wuss, a coward.  I like what Betty White is reputed to say: “Have balls?  You ought to have a pussy!  It takes a beating day in and day out and keeps on going.”  Same con.  Both genders.

Have you ever heard a guy refer to “his Johnson?”  If his last name isn’t Johnson, it isn’t his.  How about his dick?  If his first name isn’t Richard, it isn’t his.  By detaching from our genitalia, we are no longer responsible for any actions “it” may take.  Even modern medicine divides us by our organs and components, so integrating ourselves is a tougher job.

If we are going to have “detachment,” at least we can refer to our sacred places with more beautiful terms, reflecting the magnificent beauty the act can bring to us.  The female vulva is described as a “bower of bliss,” a flower garden, a lotus opening with love as a flower opens with sunshine, and many others throughout history.  A magic wand, a wand of enlightenment, an evolutionary tool, even an applicator of love—the glue that holds the universe together—are better than what are commonly used today.

Be it clearly known, I am no archeologist, linguist or sexual scientist.  I am a man who has seen the beauty and benefits of a small attitude change in making love with a woman.  My research focuses solely on this: both the positive and the negative we have been “taught” through the centuries.  They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and I am a danger to authority who would maintain the sheeple status of mankind.  I know it works!  You won’t until you try it.


Copyright 2013  Art Noble





[2] Blackledge, C., The Story of V, Rutgers University Press, 2004

On Transcendent Sex

August 31, 2011
I mention a few episodes of transcendent sex in The Sacred Female, but I did not know what they were called until I read Transcendent Sex.  My descriptions there came from experience.

 Dr. Jenny Wade’s book , Transcendent Sex,[1] gives a detailed description from 91 different people who experienced this phenomenon.  Here, we leave the realm of physical pleasure and sex.  It is truly a mind-altering experience, implying a significant change in our brain chemistry, and our lives.  Sexual love is for some, simply a pleasurable pathway to this ecstasy, although actual intercourse may not be necessary.  There are many forms of transcendent sex.   These are altered states of consciousness, due to a change in brain chemistry, which may also be accomplished by years of ascetic living and meditation or with drugs such as LSD and other methods.  We may think of them as “stepping into another world.”

 As our consciousness grows, we may think of it as living in another world, while still connected to this one.  One cannot help but wonder if we treated our beloved mates as sacred, it would work for us?

Dr. Wade categorizes many different types of transcendent sex and different experiences within the types.  The following list is excerpted from her book only to show the many different types occurring to individuals.  Since this survey was limited to 91 respondents, and the list is but a “headline,” her book is recommended reading for further information on this subject.

First she hits is with the bad news:

  • Sexual techniques and mechanics may have no bearing on transcendence. 
  • Transcendence may occur between couples without sexual congress.
  • Orgasm is not a causal factor.  It may occur without, before, during or after orgasm, and orgasm becomes a non-event.
  • Sexual abuse is not a causal factor.
  • Transcendence may occur in the later years of a marriage or on a one-night stand.
  • It “transcends” religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
  • It is not a guarantee of “true love,” nor should it be a goal in sexual love.  It is just something that happens, sometimes.

She relates the various experiences as follows:

Fireworks, Light and Electricity: stars—lightening—emersion in various colored lights— golden lights shooting upward—sensations of heat—actual elevated body temperature (105 F).  Also, a man reported tingling sensations in his hands and feet for weeks afterwards, interfering with his sleep.

 Kundalini:  Science defines the Kundalini as, “nonodinary percepts of energy fields in the absence of any discernible stimulus, especially sensations of heat, subtle force fields, light and liquefaction, congruent with descriptions in various mystical traditions.”[2]  Kundalini is also the name of the “sacred snake,” coiled near the base of the spine, or the Serpent Goddess, in the sacral region.  In English, the experience is like a hot snake uncoiling up your spinal column, plus!  Kundalini has a multitude of spiritual meanings and here we only focus on the sexual experience.

                                              The Spinal Column


Here is one place where the insertion points between Th-10 and S-2 of the various nerve pathways come into play.  The Kundalini experience may be a rhythmic, cycling flow of additional neural impulses at the various insertion points along the spinal column, working their way up the spine.  As we are focused on transmitting love to our beloved, thinking of nothing else, all kinds of wondrous things happen!  However, the Kundalini can be extremely painful if, as we surmise, there is an excess of this energy trying to cycle and flow.  It is as if a “log jam” of neural impulses occurs at these points on the spinal column.  It can also lead to madness!

Deity Presence:  angels—the presence of God (the Third in the room)—visitations of the deceased.

Gaia:  feeling of oneness with blades of grass or flowing like sap in trees—magical connections with plants or animals—sounds of silence as a permeating feeling.  One man reported a transmission of intelligence from a dolphin with whom he had been lovingly playing.  It was a red beam of light focused on the center of his forehead, pineal gland, he described as a “virtual transmission implant that could code a 60 gig, 60 bit DVD ROM streaming video that portrayed all of evolution.”[3]   (The occurrence was years before the web and only after the web did he have words to describe it.)

Trespasso:  seeing extra faces on your lover—seeing a sequence of other faces, or people—angelic or demonic faces—spirits trespassing into partner’s body, obscuring the face—animal faces, usually bear, wolf or bird.  (I speculate this is the source of many animal headed archeological artifacts: totems, figurines, petroglyphs, etc.)

Merging:  becoming one with—filling with the others energy—spiritual awakening.  Usually occurring with deep love.  Sometimes in long term relationships.

Shapeshifting: animal possession—sense of being an animal with all the attributes.  One woman saw her limbs grow, her body hair grow as she became a wolf with no recollection of humanness, but later was able to recall her wolf-ness.

Transport: out of body, where the body is seen objectively (generally afterwards)—spatial dislocation—becoming an animal or plant—transport to another time and/or place.

Past lives:  who you were, when in that experience or past lives intrude into current friendships.

Nothingness: a sense of nothingness—dissolving—a loss of boundaries—nothingness AND everything-ness—no sense of self.

Deity uno:  being one with God—into the white light of God—dissolving into God—merged into the fires of God—felt alive—apparitions of the dead—residual “sensitivity” or ability to see the essence of others.

These are but a few of the experiences discussed in much more detail in Dr. Wade’s book.  When we don’t know transcendence is a possible outcome of a sexual encounter, regardless of how ecstatic it may be, the experience can be frightening.  Now, you know.  In the presence of fear, these experiences can be interpreted as “bad trips,” or even “evil” depending on the individual’s belief system.

Generally speaking, transcendent sex can lead to positive spiritual outcomes: instantly or years later.  Not always.  There is one story of a former Catholic priest who was psychologically destroyed by successive transcendent sexual experiences.[4]   “A transcendent experience can tap into unhealthy complexes and magnify them.”[5]    One woman had an extra-marital affair with a cross-country colleague, ending in her divorce and a psychotic break, thanks to transcendent sex.[6]   This is an altered state of consciousness and not to be trifled with!  Dr. Wade also warns that many western “gurus” simply use their addiction to transcendent sex as a mechanism for seduction.  There is a strong spiritual discipline that accompanies most teaching for this form of divine enlightenment.  On the other hand, sometimes it just happens.

If any of this has happened to you, please feel free to comment and please tell others about this blog.

Copyright Art Noble 2011

[1] Transcendent Sex, Jenny Wade, PhD, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 2004

 [2] ibid. p.273

[3] ibid. p. 67

[4] ibid. p. 223

[5] ibid. p. 212

[6] ibid. p. 221

The Myth of Lilith

August 21, 2011

lilith-2           There was probably a time in pre-recorded human history when a man and woman looked at each other and asked, “What th’ hell are we doing here?”  Not finding an answer they then asked, “Well, where did we come from?”  The world has not been the same since!

Some of the earliest myths have an androgynous (both sexes) god giving birth to a male and female child.  Another myth has man as androgynous, but arrogance invaded this creature so the ruling god cleaved the creature into male and female counterparts.  Separated, they began looking for their other half, and here we are.

One of the most important sexual myths for Western civilization is the Myth of Lilith.  Myths are a lot like sea-stories: they change with who tells them.  In ancient Sumeria, Lilith was a handmaiden of the goddess, Inanna.  Her job was to bring men to the temple of Inanna and have them participate in sacred sexual rites with the priestesses, like Shamhat in the story of Enkidu.  In Sumerian, the word root of Lilith, lil, means “air” or “lady air.”

Let’s stop for a moment and try and place ourselves in the sandals of a Sumerian guy selected for this task.  Could he have been thinking, “Oh oh!  This lady is connected to the gods!”  Today, we think of “being connected” as having an affiliation with organized crime.  They are pikers in comparison to the power of the gods!  So, when this man entered the temple of Inanna, he was no longer the great hunter, or best warrior, or even the best farmer or craftsman as he might have viewed himself to his wife.  His ego went out the window!  His macho man-box faded into nothingness by comparison of being in the presence of a goddess’ representative!  What happened to them inside the temples?  Perhaps, as suggested by Enkidu, they were transformed from a “bestial” into a “human state,” perhaps as needed by some men today.  (Both men and women are conditioned by these myths and misinformation from “voices of authority.”)  Maybe, as Hill observed, they were raised from mediocrity to the altitude of genius.  Maybe they went home and treated their wives with more dignity and respect.  We can only guess.

What about the priestesses?  How did they regard themselves?  Although later thought of in derogatory terms, they probably regarded themselves as sacred adjuncts of Inanna.  As such, their bodies were sacred temples and the act they performed was sacred.  It is highly doubtful they thought of this sacrament as “turning a trick.”  It is further doubtful that this attitude of sanctity in anyway diminished the physiological pleasure of the sacrament for either party.  It more than likely enhanced it!  What a wondrous world it would be, were men and women to regard themselves thusly.

This was early Sumeria.  To the North in Babylon was Ishtar, a similar goddess to Inanna. Also there was Astarte for the Semites, and Aphrodite for the Greeks.  Although most archeologists look upon the priestesses as “prostitutes,” they may have served a higher purpose.

Lilith, called Lilitu, as she served Ishtar, was then originally a guide to what we call “spiritual sex.”  So what ever happened to her?  Well, speaking for most men everywhere, the temples of Inanna, or Ishtar, are far more appealing than, say that of Apollo.  I would guess that visits to other temples became perfunctory, as church today is for many.  Besides, men leaving the temple of Inanna were now “human,” a word having a higher connotation then than it does today.  Perhaps it referred to an “awakened” state of consciousness.

Before we leave Sumeria and cuneiform writing, the cuneiform symbol for woman was the inverted triangle with a vertical cleft in the middle.  This was symbolic of the pubic area.  In The Di Vinci Code, Dan Brown calls this symbol, the chalice.  It also meant, “giver of life.”  Archeologists, locked into the pleasure/procreation paradigm, interpret this as childbirth.  We suggest this could also be the awakened state of consciousness for men: a new life.

Where in Sumerian, Lilith was “lady air,” the Semitic word root “lyl” became “lylil” in Arabic meaning night.  Darkness.  Evil comes out of darkness and the night.  So it begins.  First she was the spirit of destructive night storms.  Later she was incorporated into the Syrian spirit of Lamashtu, a demon who killed children.  Already, who wants to hang around her?

In Hebrew legend, she first appears around the 12th Century CE as Adam’s first wife.  Initially, they were created of the same material, out of the earth.  (But watch how she changes as the stories change!)  Adam wanted to be sexually dominant, and Lilith wanted to get on top.  There was no resolution to this argument, so Lilith returned to the spirits from whence she came.  Adam then got the subservient Eve, made from his rib to insure cleanliness.  One wonders here if this is not some variation on the original story of androgynous man being cleaved, separating men and women?

The main elements of the story remain the same, but as with sea-stories, grow and get more misogynistic with each telling.  Then in Hebrew mythology, she again merged with Lamashtu and became a baby killer.  The spirits to which she returned are demons and she becomes the original succubus who visits men in their dreams, taking semen from their nocturnal emissions to create new demons.

The most misogynistic treatment of Lilith is also the most modern by Robert Graves.  He claims Lilith was made of filth, where Adam was made of clean dirt and Adam kicked her out of the Garden of Eden for wanting to get on top.  Lilith immediately went off and consorted with demons and Adam again got the subservient Eve.

Of all of them, this makes the least sense.  If God loves us then why would he give man a mate made of filth?  Had He wished to use separate construction materials, there were flowers and spices and all kinds of sweet-goods.  Further, all of these myths portray Adam as a dummy.  He should have known the one on top does all the work!  We should also recognize “demonizing the enemy” as an ancient tactic of war.  We see it not only in ancient but also modern history, and in modern politics in America.  Lastly, although Eve is raised to sainthood among some cultures and subcultures, look at her kids.  In other cultures, she is looked upon as weak and responsible for evil.  Maybe we’d all be better off had Adam stuck with Lilith.  Also, as part of this mythology, Abel was Lilith’s child, not Eve’s.   So, since he was probably a demon, it was OK to kill him.

Later, all of Lilith’s “evil” qualities were incorporated into the Malleus Maleficarum in 1486, but that is another myth for another blog.

copyright Art Noble 2011


July 28, 2011

(Richard Andrews is the main character in The Sacred Female. I thought an interview with him would be fun.)

Host: Mr. Andrews, thank you for taking the time to be with us today.

Rich: Make it “Rich.” I’m more comfortable that way.

Host: OK, Rich. May I ask why you are more comfortable?

Rich: I’m an engineer: an ocean engineer. Although there is a great deal of precision in this field, the ocean’s parameters are continually changing, requiring some guess work to be successful. I wanted some formal control in my life, so I went by “Richard.” That changed after I met Jeanne.

Host: What caused it to change?

Rich: The sales-girl in Jeanne’s boutique pointed out that with Jeanne, I was a very rich man. I say sales-girl, but she was more like a sister to Jeanne. It was sort of like being hit on the head with a hammer. It got my attention. I’ve been Rich, ever since.

Host: That is very nice. If I may say so, even sweet.

Rich: You may.

Host: Thank you. This brings me to another point. In the book, you and Jeanne are very sexual. She has sexual responses most women have never heard of. Would you say the two of you are over sexed?

Rich: You’re asking the wrong guy. If I were, I probably wouldn’t admit it. But when I met Jeanne, when we literally bumped heads, I wasn’t even thinking about sex with her. Even over the months we had dinners together. She wasn’t my type. I liked those hot little cheerleaders. She is taller, yet stately and graceful and very beautiful, but I am prejudiced that way.
Even when we went on our first “real date,” I didn’t have expectations of making love with her. It just happened.

Host: Exactly what happened?

Rich: Look. Getting back to your last question, I enjoy sex. I’ve had a great deal of sex, but this was different. I guess over the course of the months knowing her, I fell in love with her. A couple of times, leaving the restaurant or food court, I would have a partial erection and when I noticed it, I would ask, where did that come from?

Host: You guessed you fell in love. Didn’t you know?

Rich: Are you kidding? Of course I didn’t know. I had no idea what love was when we met. I was even afraid of the word. Nobody tells us about love. Lust? Yeah! I’ve been in lust more times than you can count. But love? No. This just fell into my lap. I could say that Jeanne is my reward for living a good, clean life, but we both know better. I’m just a guy who is very blessed.

Host: In the book, you seem quite knowledgeable about sex. Did…

Rich: There you go, kidding again. I’ve been a part of some very uncommon sexual responses, but look at all the research I had to do in the book to find out what was going on.

Host: Yes, but before the research, you seemed to have some knowledge.

Rich: Just experience. No real knowledge.

Host: Well, Rich, what happened to you? And do you attribute it to you sexual encounters with Jeanne?

Rich: It is hard to explain. It’s like I was opened up: more intuitive. Before Jeanne, I had to put everything into an equation or on a list to see how it balanced against the parameters. After Jeanne, I just knew. They were just little things, but I knew. And as for Jeanne, yes I think our making love definitely contributed to this. But I don’t think it would have happened if we didn’t really love each other.

Host: That’s amazing! Are either of you involved with Tantric Sex or anything like that?

Rich: No. Just love. It seems to work just fine. Part of that was getting used to each other and becoming aware some of our man/woman beliefs are bogus. Some of these are easier to get rid of than others. But the more we get rid of, the easier it is to love and the better life is.

Host. Rich, we are running out of time and I’d like to thank you for being with us today. I’d really like to question you more about these bogus beliefs. Can you come back next week?

Rich: I’d love to.

Host: Thanks again and we’ll see you next week.

Copyright Art Noble 2011

Stories of Transformation

June 29, 2011

1. Enkidu, The Beast!

Man’s transformation by sexual love is in the first recorded piece of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, occurring around 2600 BCE, and “written” (on clay tablets) around 2100 BCE. Gilgamesh was the King of Uruk: handsome, mighty, 2/3 god, 1/3 human and not a nice guy! Essentially, he was an arrogant SOB who would take sons from their mothers for soldiers and their daughters for his pleasure. Uruk, was a walled city built around the Temple of Ishtar, a goddess of love.

The people of Uruk were like people everywhere: always bitching about something and expecting the gods to do something about it. They complained of their harsh treatment by Gilgamesh to Aru (Lord of Uruk) and he, in turn implored Aruru to create a guy that could handle Gilgamesh. Now, Aruru was the goddess that created men, so she was the right one to go to. She pinched off some clay and threw it into the wilderness. What follows is an interpretation of the tablets by Maureen Kovacks.

In the wildness(?) she created valiant Enkidu,
born of Silence, endowed with strength by Ninurta.
His whole body was shaggy with hair,
he had a full head of hair like a woman,
his locks billowed in profusion like Ashnan.
He knew neither people nor settled living,
but wore a garment like Sumukan. ”
He ate grasses with the gazelles,
and jostled at the watering hole with the animals;
as with animals, his thirst was slaked with (mere) water.

The story goes on that a trapper came face-to-face with Enkidu and was frightened. Enkidu was twice the size of most men. This is the first (recorded) human that Enkidu had seen, so he and his animals withdrew. The trapper went home and told his father who advised him to go to Uruk and tell Gilgamesh his tale of woe. He did, and

Gilgamesh said to the trapper:
“Go, trapper, bring the harlot, Shamhat, with you.
When the animals are drinking at the watering place
have her take off her robe and expose her sex.
When he sees her he will draw near to her,
and his animals, who grew up in his wilderness, will be alien to him.”

First, the term harlot is disputed. More than likely, Shamhat was a priestess in the Temple of Ishtar. She was probably a High Priestess because of her consorting with Gilgamesh, as we shall see later. The problem with this interpretation is one does not mess around with the gods or their representatives! They have awesome powers as we saw in the introduction. (Teserias angers the gods and is changed into a woman. After seven years, the gods relented and changed him back to a man.) It is doubtful even the arrogant Gilgamesh would have ordered second-hand, Shamhat to go with the trapper. Gilgamesh would have probably at least mentioned this act to Ishtar. At best, this is a misogynistic interpretation.

After a three-day journey, the trapper and Shamhat arrived at the water hole.

A first day and a second they sat opposite the watering hole.
The animals arrived and drank at the watering hole,
the wild beasts arrived and slaked their thirst with water.
Then he, Enkidu, offspring of the mountains,
who eats grasses with the gazelles,
came to drink at the watering hole with the animals,
with the wild beasts he slaked his thirst with water.

First, it is important to note the trigger for thirst originates from the same place in the brain as the trigger for sexual desire. The reference to water is not without merit. Did the writer of this epic know this? Certainly not consciously, but man has the ability to make amazing connections, later to be scientifically proven.

Then Shamhat saw him–a primitive,
a savage fellow from the depths of the wilderness!
“That is he, Shamhat! Release your clenched arms,
expose your sex so he can take in your voluptuousness.
Do not be restrained–take his energy!
When he sees you he will draw near to you.
Spread out your robe so he can lie upon you,
and perform for this primitive the task of womankind!
His animals, who grew up in his wilderness, will become alien to him,
and his lust will groan over you.”
Shamhat unclutched her bosom, exposed her sex, and he took in her voluptuousness.
She was not restrained, but took his energy.

Imagine poor Enkidu, arising that morning in his cave, stretching against whatever other furry creature was next to him and making his way to the water hole. He had no idea what would be waiting for him. We already know the trapper wanted nothing to do with Enkidu, so after instructing Shamhat, he probably beat a hasty retreat.

Enkidu now sees his second human being, a female, possibly of glowing beauty, offering herself to him with a primal signal of desire (primal, rather than primitive). The thirst center switches gears to sexual desire, yet this strange and beautiful creature before him inspires awe within him. He knows nothing of Ishtar, or of woman. But knows enough to know that this creature should be treated with respect as he admires her. This might be enough to activate the “love centers” of the brain, neatly sandwiching the center of sexual desire and softening his animalistic instincts.

She spread out her robe and he lay upon her,
she performed for the primitive the task of womankind.
His lust groaned over her;
for six days and seven nights Enkidu stayed aroused,
and had intercourse with the harlot
until he was sated with her charms.
But when he turned his attention to his animals,
the gazelles saw Enkidu and darted off,
the wild animals distanced themselves from his body.
Enkidu … his utterly depleted(?) body,
his knees that wanted to go off with his animals went rigid;
Enkidu was diminished, his running was not as before.
But then he drew himself up, for his understanding had broadened.
Turning around, he sat down at the harlot’s feet,
gazing into her face, his ears attentive as the harlot spoke.
The harlot said to Enkidu:
“You are beautiful, Enkidu, you are become like a god.
Why do you gallop around the wilderness with the wild beasts?
Come, let me bring you into Uruk-Haven,
to the Holy Temple, the residence of Anu and Ishtar,
the place of Gilgamesh, who is wise to perfection,
but who struts his power over the people like a wild bull.”

We “groan” in sexual love as well as in lust, and archeologists seem to prefer the latter. The word, “intercourse” is both minimizing and denigrating! We shall discuss the spectrum of sexual love later. Imagine, Shamhat is the first such creature Enkidu had ever seen. Imagine his awe and reverence for this priestess, as well as the act that not only brought him great pleasure but also ecstasy unknown. No, “intercourse” does not even begin to describe this event. “Sacred sex” is a better description, perhaps unknown to those who dig in the dirt.

But, the result was Enkidu was transformed from his bestial state into a divine human, “for his understanding had broadened.” Although Enkidu may have been “depleted”, Shamhat, too, probably had weak knees!

“Pillow talk,” even when there are no pillows, is a wonderful engagement of time. And in this case:

What she kept saying found favor with him.
Becoming aware of himself, he sought a friend.
Enkidu spoke to the harlot:
“Come, Shamhat, take me away with you
to the sacred Holy Temple, the residence of Anu and Ishtar,
the place of Gilgamesh, who is wise to perfection,
but who struts his power over the people like a wild bull.
I will challenge him …
Let me shout out in Uruk: I am the mighty one!’
Lead me in and I will change the order of things;
he whose strength is mightiest is the one born in the wilderness!”

Here we see Enkidu’s self-awareness, his ego, come into being. Along with it, his warrior archetype is engaged, and softened with love. Shamhat then says:

“Come, let us go, so he may see your face.
I will lead you to Gilgamesh–I know where he will be.
Look about, Enkidu, inside Uruk-Haven,
where the people show off in skirted finery,
where every day is a day for some festival,
where the lyre(?) and drum play continually,
where harlots stand about prettily,
exuding voluptuousness, full of laughter
and on the couch of night the sheets are spread (!).”


Enkidu, it is your wrong thoughts you must change!
It is Gilgamesh whom Shamhat loves,
and Anu, Enlil, and La have enlarged his mind.”
Even before you came from the mountain
Gilgamesh in Uruk had dreams about you.”

This last section of Tablet 1 paints a pretty picture of Uruk. However they manufacture and drink beer there. (Enkidu gets drunk on the next Tablet.) Possibly because they have no waste-water treatment, the wells are contaminated. “Mere” water doesn’t sound too bad now.

This commentary, of course, is based on knowledge of sexual biology, rather than ancient languages or in-depth knowledge of ancient history. But, it does paint a different picture than that we are saddled with today, though it took great restraint to avoid changing “harlot” to priestess.

copyright Art Noble 2011


June 26, 2011

“Love is the energy of transformation”

By alarm or other means we get out of bed, dress for the standards of the day, drink our coffee or whatever, and believe we are awake. Ninety-nine and forty-four percent of the world’s population thinks the same way, so it can’t be wrong… or can it? Sometimes we simply live in a world of self-imposed oblivion, squinting to overcome the natural mechanics of opened eyes.

“Awakening, evolving, transformation, etc.,” are all words used to describe a growth in our consciousness, or state of being awake. From a hard-core perspective, this simply means being able to use our brains better. There is a myth that says we only use 10% of our brains. Science proves we use all of our brains. Science can also prove a Ferrari traveling at 10 mph is using all the parts of it’s engine. It needs more gas to go faster. We need more love to make our brains and bodies work better.

Although any of the forms of love will do the trick, sexual love seems to be the most intense form. The problem is most of us see “sex equals pleasure,” and seldom, if ever, consider it is primarily a mechanism for transmitting love. The bad news is when we think of it simply as pleasure that is all we will get: that momentary orgasmic release. But, that is like choosing a Big Mac over Chateaubriand! The good news is, when we focus on transmitting love, our actual pleasure increases by an order of magnitude or more, and our ecstasy can make orgasm a non-event.

It is all about attitude. It is simple but not easy. Since both sexual desire and thirst originate in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus, the following analogy is very appropriate. (Howdja like the science speak?)

Imagine yourself water-less in the desert. You are not yet delusional with dehydration, but close and your thirst seems unquenchable. As you stop to wipe your dried brow, a great ball of light appears before you. From this ball of light steps a winged angel in diaphanous robes, radiant with a beauty before unknown to you. In her hands is a container of life-giving water. But, not just any container: this is the Holy Grail, the sacred chalice of life. The water is holy, sacred water that nourishes your soul as it quenches your thirst. Falling to your knees in both physical weakness and gratitude, you reach out for it, so willing to accept this precious gift offered. As your parched lips touch the rim of the chalice, you are overwhelmed with gratitude and a peaceful ecstasy. As the sacred water trickles down your throat, you feel it nourishing you soul as it nourishes your body. You are empowered to continue your journey in life and most guys don’t even say, “Thank you,” before they roll over and go to sleep. Not all angels have wings.

Giving love is the easy part. Receiving love is tough. Many men consider it a sign of “weakness.” Once empowered, they change their minds rapidly. Women, too, have been brow beaten into unworthy-ness for thousands of years. A few are out growing this and regaining their power. We need to encourage and applaud this as well as honor and respect them. For it is only by allowing our consciousness to grow that we will stop listening to used-car salesmen, leading us up the rose covered path into the slaughterhouse.

Copyright Art Noble 2011

Another “Purpose” for Sex?

June 12, 2011

love pose  For most of my life, I’ve been a typical guy, conditioned by social mores and folkways. The “purpose” of relationships or dating was to get laid and the “purpose” of marriage was to get laid within the social construct… perhaps on demand… sort of. Yet always in the back of my mind was the truism, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” As men and women, we all have an unfulfilled potential for greatness. And this greatness will probably not be covered by today’s media: perhaps tomorrow’s.

Deep down within most men and women, there is a tiny voice crying out for “pair bonding”. We are diverted from this purpose by promotion of sexual pleasure—that’s easy—and admonitions for procreation. Authorities tell us, from Freud through modern evolutionary psychologists and anthropologists, our “genetic purpose” is to spread our seed for the improvement of the species. And as we do this, our relationships will last from four to seven years. Since there is less than 0.03% difference in the general genetic make up of mankind, this argument falls on only partially opened ears!

Genetically speaking, we humans are pretty fantastic creatures! Today, our map of the human genome is as accurate as the map of The New World by Amerigo Vespucci in 1507! What is important about our genes is the ability of our mind’s to control the opening and closing of many of these biological “switches”. Our beliefs control much of our genetic expression! Yes, there are other factors, and our belief systems can override them many of them. We humans are hot stuff!

Suppose we look at pair bonding like gravitational attraction. The metaphor only holds in terms of the attractive force being inversely proportional to the square of the “distance” between at least three factors: physical, emotional and spiritual. We all know about “chemistry”; the heat of physical, sexual attraction. There is also emotional and spiritual bonding. Oh! You don’t like the word “spiritual”? Well then, think of it as the belief system held by the other individual that impacts their genetic map, as does your own. This takes time to learn. We used to call this time period “courting”.

As in the attractive force of gravity, the closer we are in at least three of these aspects of relationship, the stronger the attractive force, or bond, will be. Consider then, our purpose as not to spread our seed to improve the species, but to express, or open, the wondrous genes we already have in our own bodies. Perhaps these opened genes can be passed on to our children and thereby improve the species. This is a result of pair bonding, not the goal. And it gets better!

One of the things that happens, possibly through the creation of some as yet unknown enzyme or hormone, our brains work better. We are endowed with greater awareness . However, from the bumbling buffoons within the Beltway, to the rapacious rhetoricians on Madison Avenue, this awareness is abjured! With awareness, we become difficult to homogenize and manipulate.

It is simple, but not easy. It takes love. In love there is a power beyond our wildest dreams.


June 10, 2011

Sexuality is the way we perceive, experience and express the erotic nature of our lives. Since sex is at the root of life, this is a very complex and wide reaching subject, as is sexual repression. The question is why? The answer is civilization!

Most of the higher animals exhibit behaviors of love: nourishing, touching, gazing and grooming. Man added words to mating calls. Both man and animals exhibit the capacity for fear as well. It is quite possible that love, rather than just sex, is responsible for evolution in a way beyond today’s common genetic perception. The possible genetic mechanism for this will be discussed in later blogs. Obviously, Homo sapiens is mentally advanced compared to Neanderthal: larger brain cavity, etc.

Evolution is a slow process and we are half a million years away from Neanderthal. Look around you and ask yourself if the process is finished yet? It would seem as we evolve, not only does the brain cavity get larger, but also the way we use this anatomical structure becomes more efficient and effective. Our creativity expands. The ancient Greeks, who were smarter about this than we are today, defined the god Eros as,” a primeval deity who embodies not only the force of erotic love but also the creative urge of ever-flowing nature, the firstborn Light for the coming into being and ordering of all things in the cosmos.” The problem is, as we minutely evolve on a minute basis at a personal level, our brains become more effective. We clearly see how civilization’s “leaders” are bullshitting us. It makes us much more difficult to control.

So, what do leaders must do to maintain control of the population is not simply repress sex but sexual love. (There is a difference!) The easiest way to do this is divide and conquer. Make one gender superior and denigrate the other. It works. It has worked for over 5000 years. From this view, promiscuity is as good as celibacy, because we are keeping the power of love out of sexual congress. It is interesting to note many primitive cultures honored, respected and highly valued women, which may be why we are this far along.

The earliest symbol for woman in cuneiform is the inverted triangle with the vertical cleft representing the vulva. This symbol, also known as “the chalice,” additionally meant giver of life. Sexually repressed archeologists interpret this as “childbirth.” It could also mean that through sexual love we become more aware, intuitive and are able to live life more fully. Woman has given us life!

It is also quite possible this chalice, this receptacle for life, is also the Holy Grail for when men treat it as such, with the awe, respect and reverence deserved, it is then we are transformed. Men have been chasing the Holy Grail for the last ten centuries or so, and Ladies, you’ve been sitting on it all along.

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