“I need to find myself,” he said. I jokingly replied that I found him and he is right there. After he threw the pillow at me, he told me that I knew what he meant.
“Have you forgotten who you are?” I asked, turning serious. I wanted to listen and really hear what he meant. Did he mean that he had stopped being true to himself in trying to be liked and earn her love? Did he over accommodate her and lose his sense of his own importance and lose touch with what he himself liked? Or had he never really known himself, his nature of mind, his deepest self? Struggling to articulate it for him, I asked him to read, and then reflect on, this passage from David Deida.
“Certainly you’re aware of what is always true -you are consciousness radiance itself. Everything that happens takes place in this openness and is the creation of conscious light.
“Always practice to remember who you really are even in the most pleasurable circumstances.
“Women reveal to man the beauty of existence. Your relationship to feminine attractiveness does not have to stop with the sexual titillation.
“The feeling of wanting someone is the feeling of wanting to merge with her, to take her and make her yours, so that for some moments you are absorbed in her beauty and her delicious womanness. What is it that you really want?” Deida
What you really want, prefer, like, what makes you tick is a large part of who you are. Tune into that and do things that bring you joy and passion, that ground you. How do you practice this type of thing? Well, there is a book that I recommend to people who want to reach the deeper depths.
EXERCISE: Have you tried doing the exercises on a regular basis (The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo Anand) yet? Are you practicing this particular one 10-20 times before it becomes comfortable during sex? It is time to get the book, and read it, if you have not already done so. Here is an exercise for you to practice:
The Heart Salutation