• Prostate Cancer Part 1

    Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer affecting men, with nearly a million new cases diagnosed globally every year. It is also the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Fortunately, prostate cancer has a nearly 90% survival rate after diagnosis.

    Around 60% of men over the age of 65 will develop prostate cancer

    Around 60% of men over the age of 65 will develop prostate cancer

    Age, race, diet, lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors are all believed to play a role in determining prostate cancer risk. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly one in seven American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. This cancer is typically seen in 60% or more of American men who are 65 years or older, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer will not die from it.

    What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?

    An enlarged prostate often leads to difficulty with urination

    An enlarged prostate often leads to difficulty with urination

    The prostate is about the size of a walnut and is located directly under the bladder in front of the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body. Because of this, the prostate gland can affect urine control, known as continence.

    Thousands of tiny glands in the prostate make a fluid that forms semen, and also protects and nourishes the sperm. The prostate gland also makes a protein known as PSA (prostate-specific antigen), which helps to keep semen in a liquid state.

    In some men the prostate grows bigger as they grow older, squeezing the urethra. Eventually the urethra may collapse, making it more difficult to pass urine. This condition is known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

    BPH is considered to be a normal part of aging in men and is likely caused by changes in hormone levels. It can lead to:

    Difficulties with getting urine started and completely stopped

    A frequent feeling of needing to urinate

    Weak urine stream

    The sense that the bladder has not completely emptied after urination

    In rare instances, BPH may block the bladder, making urination difficult or impossible. This can lead to bladder infections or stones, or even kidney damage.

    However, it is important to remember that BPH does not cause prostate cancer. It also doesn’t affect a man’s ability to have children, nor does it cause erection problems.

    Typical Prostate Cancer Symptoms

    Prostate cancer develops when gland cells in the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably

    Prostate cancer develops when gland cells in the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably

    Almost all prostate cancers are known as adenocarcinomas – this is the scientific name given to cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. Prostate cancer develops when gland cells in the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably. Overall it is a very slow to moderately rapidly progressing disease. In fact, it is estimated that up to 80 percent of men in their eighties and older may have had prostate cancer when they died – without either them or their doctors knowing about it!

    Often, people with prostate cancer do not experience any early symptoms. Advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow of urine, but these symptoms can also be caused by non-cancerous prostate conditions. That being said, typical symptoms of prostate cancer include:

    Frequent urination

    Difficulty in starting or continuing urination

    Weak urine flow

    Blood in urine or semen

    Painful or burning urination

    Some combination of all these

    Fortunately, prostate cancer is one of the few cancers that can be completely cured, especially when it is localized to the prostate.

    What is Metastatic Prostate Cancer?

    Metastatic Prostate CancerProstate cancer is said to have become “metastatic” or “metastasized” when it spreads to other parts of the body from the prostate. Prostate cancer cells prefer to metastasize to lymph nodes, ribs, pelvic bones, and spine, although they may also spread to the liver or lungs. Very rarely they may also spread to other organs, such as the brain.

    During metastasis, some cancer cells break away from the original tumor and move to a blood or lymph vessel, allowing them to move freely throughout the entire body. Eventually though they stop or get stuck in capillaries – which are tiny, narrow blood vessels – at some distant location.

    Some of these cancer cells break through the capillary walls and attach themselves to nearby tissues or organs. If they succeed, they may start to grow – and eventually recruit new blood vessels to bring nutrients to feed themselves, creating a growing tumor.

    Not all cancer cells that break away from their original site are able to form new tumors. Many don’t survive in the bloodstream. Others may die when they reach the new tissue, while still others just sit there for years, never becoming “active.”

    It is estimated that roughly 50 percent of men diagnosed with local prostate cancer will develop metastatic cancer during their lifetime. However, this cancer responds to treatment even after metastasis – and some patients survive for many years even after the cancer has migrated to distant parts of the body. Clearly, the key is to catch prostate cancer early and manage it well. However, how exactly this needs to be done is the topic of a fierce, ongoing debate.

    Prostate Cancer Detection: How Reliable is the PSA Test?

    The PSA test is not a reliable indicator of prostate cancer as there are many factors that can elevate PSA levels

    The PSA test is not a reliable indicator of prostate cancer as there are many factors that can elevate PSA levels

    Most mainstream healthcare givers will advise that a man gets his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels tested regularly as the best way to catch prostate cancer early and remove or treat it safely.

    However, are higher than normal PSA levels really suggestive of prostate cancer onset? Should men with high PSA levels automatically allow themselves to get biopsied and undergo invasive treatments such as surgery and radiation therapy?

    Not necessarily, because there is evidence to suggest that a biopsy or prostate removal can actually cause a dormant cancer to spread throughout the rest of the body. Not only that – according to recent evidence the PSA test may not be a reliable indicator of prostate cancer risk at all!

    Instead, high PSA levels may only indicate that there’s inflammation in the body – which can include cancer, but not necessarily. It seems that general infections, benign swelling of the prostate including BPH, and even over-the-counter drugs can all elevate PSA levels.

    In the U.S., most healthcare givers appear to be behind the curve, because in spite of the PSA test’s unreliability, prostate cancers are still diagnosed by screening with a PSA blood test or with a digital rectal examination. There is no clear evidence that either of these screening methods reduces the risk of death from prostate cancer – or that the benefits are greater than the harms of screening.

    It is certainly true that these tests are able to detect prostate cancer at an early stage, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that earlier detection and subsequent treatment means better outcomes.

    For instance, over 38,000 men were offered PSA testing for six 6 years and digital rectal examination for four years in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial. Another 38,000 men received usual care as the control group. After seven years, there was no difference in prostate cancer incidence between the screening and the control groups. Not only that, the rate of death from prostate cancer was very low and did not differ significantly between the two groups either.

    While there is a clear trend toward lower mortality for prostate cancer in some countries, it’s unclear whether this trend is related to screening methods. Instead, other factors such as better and safer treatment modalities may be responsible.

    How to Turn On “Tumor Killer Genes”

    While the debate about the efficacy of prostate cancer screening rages on, a growing school of thought believes that a healthy diet, proper nutrition, and an active, healthy lifestyle may help to lower prostate cancer risk significantly. For instance, a pilot study on American men with low risk of prostate cancer found that following an intensive healthy diet and lifestyle regime – specifically, low meat and high vegetable and fruit intake, regular exercise, yoga, and meditation – can actually change how cancer progresses by turning on “tumor killer genes” and turning down or turning off the expression of so-called “tumor promoters.”

    While most people understand the concept of eating healthy food, not everyone understands the role that proper nutrition plays in lowering disease risk. For instance, some studies suggest a predictive link between vitamin deficiency and cancer.

    A vitamin is an organic compound (containing one or more carbon atoms) and is usually a vital nutrient that we require in limited amounts for our bodies to work properly. An organic compound or related set of compounds is called a vitamin when we cannot make it in our bodies in sufficient quantities, so that we are forced to get it in our diet. For example, ascorbic acid or vitamin C is a vitamin for humans because we cannot make it in our bodies at all. However, other animals can make enough and don’t need to get it in their diet, so it’s not a vitamin for them.

    Let’s take a look at the role played by vitamins in prostate cancer risk, as shown by various scientific and clinical studies.

    Why Getting Adequate Vitamin D is Vital

    metabolism of vitamin DKnown as the “sunshine vitamin,” up to 80-90 percent of the vitamin D we need is made in our body when our skin is exposed to sunlight – specifically to UVB radiation. The most important versions of vitamin D are vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Very few foods contain vitamin D, because it only occurs naturally in low levels in some fatty fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks. It is also present in fortified dairy and grain products.

    Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body absorb and use calcium from food. It is responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc – and it also helps to maintain adequate blood levels of calcium and phosphate.

    Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone doesn’t properly mineralize, resulting in soft bones and skeletal deformities.

    We know that vitamin D helps to improve muscle strength and immune function, along with reducing inflammation. However, it is only recently that the full extent of the role played by vitamin D in protecting us against disease has been revealed.

    Specifically, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a higher risk of developing up to 14 types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and autism – and quite possibly many more ailments that we don’t yet know of.

    Multiple studies show that vitamin D deficiency increases prostate cancer risk. Vitamin D is transported in the blood by a protein known as vitamin D–binding protein (VDBP). In laboratory experiments, another protein made from VDBP known as VDBP-macrophage activating factor (VDBP-maf) has been shown to block the ability of prostate cancer cells to grow, migrate, and move from its original area to other parts of the body (metastasis).

    In another interesting experiment, researchers examined tumor growth in a mouse model of prostate cancer in which the ability to use vitamin D had been blocked – and found that tumor growth in these mice was noticeably quicker than normal. Moving on to human studies, vitamin D levels were consistently found to be deficient over a period of 5 years in patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer.

    In another study, patients with the lowest levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were seen to have a higher overall risk of developing metastatic prostate cancer. This result indicates that 25-hydroxyvitamin D may play a role in prostate cancer progression – and that it may even be a reliable prognostic marker in prostate cancer patients. (Note: 25-hydroxyvitamin D is a pre-hormone made in the liver from vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Measuring 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels is used to determine a person’s vitamin D status.)

    In a case-control study, men who had lower vitamin D levels before prostate biopsy were more likely to have prostate cancer than men whose pre-biopsy vitamin D levels were higher.

    Another study examined the potential link between vitamin D levels and survival in veterans. It found that veterans who were initially vitamin D deficient were significantly less likely to survive. Both initial and follow-up vitamin D deficiency meant a reduced likelihood of survival after prostate cancer diagnosis.

    Another study with 1,447 cases of prostate cancer showed that men deficient in vitamin D had a 2-fold increased risk of advanced versus localized cancer and high-grade versus low-grade cancer. In other words, lower vitamin D levels were associated with having far more aggressive cancers.

    Sunlight is by far the most reliable way of obtaining vitamin D. It comes as no surprise that men with low levels of sun exposure had an increased risk of prostate cancer. Interestingly however, among men who already had prostate cancer, less sun exposure was associated with lower risk of advanced disease.

    Most people are not spending enough time in the sun to produce adequate vitamin D

    Most people are not spending enough time in the sun to produce adequate vitamin D

    The geographic distribution of deaths because of prostate cancer is inversely related to UV radiation exposure. In other words, the more sunlight and UV radiation you’re exposed to, the lower your risk of developing and dying from this disease.

    The sad reality is that vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, simply because people do not spend enough time in the sun.

    Get Your Vitamin D Levels Checked

    To manage your risk for developing up to 14 forms of cancer and many other life-altering diseases, you need to regularly monitor and maintain 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in your blood. Optimal vitamin D levels are between 60-100 ng/ml with the ideal range between 80-100 ng/ml for individuals looking to prevent or slow cancer growth. Having less than 50 ng/ml is considered to be vitamin D deficiency.

    If you can, letting your own body make vitamin D from sun exposure is by far the easiest and the best way to optimize your vitamin D levels. However, occasional sun exposure to your face and hands is not enough for this. Instead, you need to expose large portions of your skin to the sun for an average of 10-20 minutes at a time.

    Ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths – UVA and UVB. UVB is the healthy wavelength that helps your skin make vitamin D. Unlike UVA, UVB levels are low in morning and evening and high at midday. So to use the sun to maximize your vitamin D production, you need to expose your skin during the middle of the day. During this period most people with fair skin will make enough vitamin D with just 10-20 minutes of sun exposure. The darker your skin, the longer exposure you will need to optimize your vitamin D production.

    Depending on where you live, this amount of sun exposure may be next to impossible, particularly through the winter months. As a result, supplementation is recommended for most. As a general guideline, take 1,000 IUs per 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of body weight to slowly raise your vitamin D levels into range or take 2,000 IUs per 25 pounds of body weight to quickly raise your vitamin D levels.

    Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, it is important to take the supplement with a fat-based meal for optimal absorption.

    Research on the Impact of Vitamin E for Prostate Cancer Prevention

    Good sources of vitamin E include olive oil, nuts, seeds and egg yolks.

    Good sources of vitamin E include olive oil, nuts, seeds and egg yolks.

    Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 and occurs in 8 different forms – of these, alpha-tocopherol (the form commonly found in dietary supplements) is the most abundant in the body and the most biologically active. On the other hand, most dietary vitamin E is gamma-tocopherol. Food sources of vitamin E include wheat germ, nuts, nut butters, seeds, egg yolks, olives and olive oil. Vegetable oils and margarine are also sources of vitamin E, however we recommend you avoid these products due to their inflammatory properties.

    Studies suggest that vitamin E may protect against a number of chronic diseases, thanks to its actions as a powerful antioxidant. An antioxidant prevents or reduces the damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals. Free radicals react chemically with cellular structures such as DNA and proteins, damaging them and contributing to aging and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

    The NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study set out to determine whether supplemental vitamin E and dietary gamma-tocopherol can prevent prostate cancer. Study participants filled out questionnaires and were followed for five years. At the end of the study, no association was found between vitamin E supplementation and prostate cancer risk. However, high consumption of dietary gamma-tocopherol was seen to lower the risk of advanced prostate cancer.

    In another study, prostate cancer patients were seen to have significantly lower levels of vitamin E in their blood than healthy control subjects, although there is no evidence for cause and effect.

    Participants in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Screening Trial were tested for blood levels of alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol, relative to their prostate cancer risk. An inverse relationship was observed between alphatocopherol levels and prostate cancer, but only in current and recently former smokers. In other words, the more alpha-tocopherol these people had in their blood, the lower their prostate cancer risk.

    In the Physicians’ Health Study II, participants who were randomly assigned to receive 400 IU of synthetic alpha-tocopherol every other day for an average of 8 years had the same rates of prostate cancer as the control group, suggesting that vitamin E may not prevent prostate cancer. Furthermore, vitamin E supplementation did not have an effect on deaths because of prostate cancer in these participants.

    Other studies have suggested that genetic variations in specific genes may have an influence on the effect of alpha-tocopherol supplementation on prostate cancer risk. Clinical trials are ongoing to determine the efficacy and safety of various forms of vitamin E – both on its own and with other therapies – for prostate cancer treatment.

    As you can see, there is no clear cut evidence yet for the exact role of vitamin E in determining prostate cancer risk. However, supplementation may lower your risk and provide some protection against more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. In any case, you want to ensure that you are not deficient in vitamin E.

    Should Men Consider Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) Supplementation to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?

    "Pectin” is a carbohydrate substance that is found naturally in the inner cell wall of most plants. It is especially concentrated in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits, including grapefruits, oranges, limes, and lemons

    “Pectin” is a carbohydrate substance that is found naturally in the inner cell wall of most plants. It is especially concentrated in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits, including grapefruits, oranges, limes, and lemons

    Strictly speaking, modified citrus pectin (MCP) is not part of everyone’s diet. Instead, citrus pectin is a complex carbohydrate found in the peel and pulp of citrus fruit that has traditionally been used as a thickening agent for jams and jellies. When “modified” by treatment with high pH and temperature, it dissolves better in water and is more readily absorbed by the body.

    Preliminary research suggests that MCP may protect against various types of cancer, including colon, lung, and prostate cancer by inducing so-called “programmed cell death” or apoptosis, and by interfering with tumor cell metastasis (migration of tumor cells to other areas of the body).

    MCP has also been shown to activate so-called “natural killer cells,” indicating that it may be able to boost immune system activity against cancer cells.

    MCP is known to target galectin-3, a protein that is involved in the growth and migration of cancer cells to other parts of the body. MCP sticks to galectin-3, making the cell “slippery” and blocking the ability of galectin-3 to promote tumor growth and metastasis.

    In a 2007 laboratory study, prostate cancer cells were treated with different pectins, including citrus pectin and fractionated pectin powder (FPP). While both killed the cancer cells, FPP induced more apoptosis than regular citrus pectin – suggesting that specific structural features of pectin may be responsible for its ability to induce apoptosis (cancer cell death) in prostate cancer cells.

    Another study looked at the effects of MCP on the metastasis of prostate cancer cells injected into rats. Treatment with low to moderate doses reduced lung metastases but did not affect the growth of the main tumor.

    In a 2007 study, patients with advanced solid tumors including prostate cancer received 5 grams of powdered MCP 3-times daily for eight weeks. Most patients in this study reported improvements in their physical functioning and overall health status, along with a reduction in fatigue, pain, and insomnia. Best of all, up to a quarter of these patients had stable disease after treatment.

    If you think MCP will benefit you and you want to add it to your daily diet, experts recommend taking 1 teaspoon (5 g) three times daily of PectaSol-C, the only high quality brand of MCP that has been validated for purity.

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  • Poem - The Lovers

    The Lover asked: How would you like me to touch you?

    The Lover answered: I would like you to touch me

    as if you were going away tomorrow, far far away,

    and you wanted to remember the feel of my body,

    the texture of my skin,

    the hills and valleys that make up the landscape of who I am...

    I would like you to touch me as if you were blind,

    knowing that you love me,

    but unable to see me.

    Touch my face,

    my breasts, my belly, my toes...

    learn what I "look" like,

    imagine me in your mind as your hands explore my shape.

    I would like you to touch me as if your hands were healing hands,

    radiating love energy with every stroke.

    Feel the energy penetrating through skin,

    through flesh,

    entering into the cells of my body.

    I would like you to touch me as if you gained your nourish¬ment through your hands.

    Feed on me,

    drink deeply and draw from your touch the love that I hold for you.

    I would like you to touch me as if you were feeding me through your hands,

    as if by your touch I am nourished and sustained.

    Every inch of me cries out for your touch,

    yearns to be fed.

    I would like you to touch me as if your hand were a feather,

    lightly caressing the edge of my being.

    I would like you to touch me as if your hands were paintbrushes,

    and as you caress me,

    you are coloring me in brilliant,

    sparkling, dazzling hues.

    I would like you to touch me as if you were erasing the outer me,

    allowing me to reveal my inner self to you.

    I would like you to touch me as if you had carved a sculpture,

    and were now feeling its finish,

    smoothing out any rough areas,

    enjoying the finished product.

    I would like you to touch me as if your hands were fire,

    burning away the dross and leaving only the pure gold of my soul.

    I would like you to touch me as if your hands were sponges,

    soaking up the essence of my being.

    I would like you to caress me as if I were made of dry clay,

    and by dampening my skin you enliven my spirit.

    I would like you to touch me as if my skin were soft velvet.

    I would like you to touch me as if you were a musician,

    and your touch brought forth different sounds from different parts of me.

    I would like you to touch me as if I were a rare jewel,

    precious and valuable.

    I would like you to touch me as if I were your Lover.

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  • Energy 11.11

    My last blog was about the influx of energy that we have been receiving this year and the boost that was to be expected in November.

    When I wrote the blog, I was giving warning that it could be an uncomfortable month. I wasnt expecting to feel the discomfort myself, however at the beginning of the month, I found myself in a situation where I was sent straight back to the fear of my childhood. However, I do practice what I preach with regard releasing emotions from the energy. I have felt like one of those toys that you knock over and they come back to upright again. When I first started on my spiritual and healing pathway, it used to take me a while to come back to standing, but now it happens pretty quickly.

    I am however, aware that we are in the middle of an influx of clearing energy from the Universe. This is not only affecting us on a personal level, where we are being pushed to let go of the things in our lives that are not aligning with our core being, but it is happening on a bigger scale, with governments etc. We are shifting as part of the evolutionary process and there will be lots of things that have been hidden coming to the surface. For many the things being disclosed may be shocking and fear provoking, but I believe it all to be for the good, for our highest good.

    I cannot remember exactly when, but as a child or teenager, I was given information about technolgies that the world governments were aware of and were being kept secret. I believe these will come out into the open soon. Ways of supplying free energy to our homes and a way of running our cars, that does not cost us money or harm the environment. I have no idea at the moment how it might work in practice, but I believe there will come a time, maybe not in my own lifetime, where there will be no need for money.

    I also believe that there is a lot of knowledge that has been kept hidden with regard health. My close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer a short time ago and has had a double mastectomy and my cousin just two weeks ago was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is this week starting a course of chemotherapy. Everyone has the right to make their own choices with regard the treatments that they undertake, but my personal sense is that hitting the body with toxins, is not the answer, but I am aware that I have a very different attitude towards health, (perhaps most things), than the majority of people, including my family.

    Anyway, my reason for writing now, is that I believe that we, the earth, may be hit by a solar flare at some point in the near future. This could well knock out our computers and mobile phones temporarily, and many people may well find this a frightening experience, with thoughts of the world ending, armageddon. This is not the case. If it happens at all, it will just be a boost of energy to clear out the last of the low vibrational energy, so that we are able to complete our evolutionary process to the fifth dimension.

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  • An influx of energy

    I have spoken before about the waves of energy that have been coming from the Universe in order to help the earth on its evolutionary pathway.

    Almost every person I have spoken to in the last few weeks have found themselves dealing with thing in their life that they didnt expect to be dealing with - difficulties at work, the unexpected end of a long term relationship etc etc. I said at the beginning of the year that my sense was that there would be a lot of clearing happening this year. That anything that was not serving us as individuals or on a bigger earthly scale would be pushed to the surface to be dealt with.

    I have said to numerous clients that the Universe will start with little hints and if you dont pay attention and start to make changes it will give you more of a shove and if you still ignore it, something will happen that will force the situation, whether you like it or not. It has been very obvious with a couple of my friends, who have done their best to ignore certain situations, hoping that if they didnt pay it attention it would go away without them having to actually face it.

    I am writing this as a warning, that I believe that during November and possibly into December we will be receiving another wave of energy. A last push for this year to shine light on the darkness within our personal experiences and on the earth. Things can only be resolved and changed when we see them.

    So, if there is anything in your life that you are trying to ignore, be prepared for a bumpy ride. Whatever it might be, acceptance and taking steps to make changes, might be the easiest option, even if it doesnt feel that way right now.

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  • When sex is an act of exchanging love it becomes divine

    It’s because today’s society doesn’t really understand the difference between love and s*x , that many of us don’t recognize the importance of the role that the soul plays in the male-female relations. Many people lose their power and influence because they’re not good at channeling their sexual energy.

    The family, which is the basic building unit of our society, is not the same anymore. It’s falling apart. We witness the birth of unwanted children every day. Nowadays, people seem really confused by their sexual urges. They look at each other as they’re machines and that’s how the well-rounded, meaningful and fulfilling relationships become just a distant concept.

    Sexuality is a powerful life force which by itself isn’t good or bad. Like the knife- it depends on how you use it. A surgeon can save a life with that knife, but a murderer can take a life. The difference lies in the consciousness of the person that is using it. Similar to that, sexuality has two sides. Sexual activity can easily turn into mistreatment, amusement and lust. In such circumstances s*x becomes an act of selfishness. On the other hand, if it represents exchange of love, it becomes divine. When we engage in sexual activities in order to exchange love, it’s selfless and unconditional.

    :: The importance of a deep and meaningful relationship

    Our society desperately needs deep and meaningful relationships – filled with much more love than they are today. Nowadays people seem really confused by their sexual urges they look at each other like they’re machines and that’s how the well-rounded, meaningful and fulfilling relationships become just a distant concept. Most people haven’t really experienced true love. In fact, the majority of us have never been able to accept any kind of expression of love – whether it came from a parent, a friend or a spouse – without thinking about their hidden agenda. We haven’t really experienced selfless and unconditional love and we certainly won’t find it through meaningless s*x.

    Men and women need to become more sophisticated in their relations. It doesn’t really mean that they should refrain from s*x. However, instead of indulging into transient pleasures, we should learn the meaning of commitment and try to develop a solid, long-lasting and full of understanding relationship.

    :: Beauty comes from the soul

    This society pays an excessive amount of energy into beautifying the body in order to attract members of the opposite s*x. However, our soul, not the body, is the source of our beauty and attractiveness. God is beautiful, and the more soulful and devoted we are, the more our inner beauty gets to shine. Sometimes we forget that fact and maintain only physical relationships.

    But men and women can develop deeper relations. Pass the physical, women usually socialize and fall in love with man of romantic reasons, from the heart, while men usually establish relations that look logical and rational. Its because of those reasons that men and women can’t understand each other. However, there are even deeper levels of bonding where these differences practically disappear under the influence of the dazzling energy of the soul. Then sexuality becomes strong, constructive force.

    :: S*x as a divine act

    S*x is healthy and natural and it serves a divine purpose. In its highest and purest form, sexual intercourse represents merging of the male and the female in order to serve God, thus creates a way for a new soul to incarnate in the material world. When we truly see s*x in this manner, it becomes a spiritual act. On the other hand, if our perception of sexual intercourse is pretty shallow, easily engaging into one-night-stands, we accept the materialistic, selfish point of view on life. Spiritual cosmology sees the man as a part of a bigger community where every individual plays a unique part. A man who just inseminates a woman and then leaves her, doesn’t even show personal responsibility, let alone social responsibility and spiritual understanding. To be socially responsible, people should take care of the welfare of the whole community.

    Nowadays, so many of us engage into sexual activity so easily that our sexuality weakened, and so many relationships meet their end because people can’t satisfy each other. Creating semen requires such a big amount of energy. No wonder we are becoming incompetent as a society when men are wasting so much of their priceless treasure. Our memory and ability to fulfill each other are getting weaker. We do everything mechanically, becoming unable to appreciate the deeper and more meaningful level of friendship, love and partnership.

    :: The power of sexual energy

    Sexual energy is the most powerful energy that we posses. To grow spiritually, we must learn to govern it. Although, society emphasizes sexual activity, underneath it all, what we all really want is to give and receive love, not lust. When we express our sexuality through love, we elevate the level of your consciousness; but when we are under the influence of lust, sexuality can decrease our awareness. We can become divine beings or irrational beasts.

    Our inability to understand the spiritual aspects of sexuality and reproduction has become a serious problem. The planet is gradually becoming overcrowded with beings of a lower level simply because people practice s*x and don’t take responsibility. Egocentric people who use others for their own pleasure. Can’t be expected to give life to selfless, compassionate, devoted souls. How can such a community create anything holy and pure? Not a single highly developed soul will be drawn to these circumstances.

    We all need to pay more attention to our sexual behavior. We can be easily distracted by material benefits, and even s*x. So much that we forget the importance of true love. We must learn to love each other more and become more skilled in developing strong and long-lasting relationships. Long-term relationships, in the form of a marriage filled with love, provide an invaluable opportunity to men and women to express their sexuality in a spiritual connection.

    From consciousreminder.com

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