We can all perform magic with our emotions, to take an unhappy state – anger, anxiety, stress – and use it for something positive. This is alchemy, like taking base metal and turning into gold. Regardless of what you are feeling, you have the power to direct your energy.
“Israel settled in [a place called] Shittim and the people began to act promiscuously with the daughters of Moab…Israel became attached to Baal-peor [a tribal god]” (Numbers 25:1-3]. Rashi explained that this was more than just inter-tribal promiscuity, but an act of betrayal against the Divine. The Moabite women would get Hebrew men into an aroused state, but before removing their clothes they would pull an idol out of their robes and make the Israelites pray to it. The worship ritual was dirty, even by modern standards and NSFW.
Our sexual drive can be the strongest emotion. Taoist Master Mantak Chia stresses how this drive can be transformed through an internal form of “Sexual Kung Fu”. On a spiritual and physical level, sexuality is a drive to create, as this emotion is responsible for the continuance of the human race.
We can take our raw energy, store it in our body and channel it for creative purposes. Anger, anxiety and stress can also be turned around for positive use. Retraining emotions may take time, but the magic is possible when you focus your mind and apply the practice (chi kung, yoga & meditation all provide systems for doing this).
When we transform negative emotions, and unify our thoughts with our actions, we can step into our full power – to apply this at home, at work, and in every aspect of our life.
“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
p.s. Shabbat Shalom & Happy 4th July to those who are celebrating, respectively, both or either.
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Teaching Based on Parsha Chukat.