If we each took the time to make a top-ten list of everything that’s important to us during a lifetime, most of us would probably put some of these things (pictured at right) near the top of our list.
Scientists and researchers study human reproduction and its many complex emotions and relationships—how they’re associated with certain brain patterns and hormones, how they shape our behavior, and how our behavior in turn affects the people around us. Our romantic attraction to each other, our lust for each other, and the deep, emotional attachments that we can develop over time with someone special… these things can all have a big impact on our lives and, collectively, on society.
Well, based on my afterlife research, reproduction (with all of its intense and diverse feelings and its sometimes-quirky behavior) is rare throughout the omniverse, even though it seems so compelling during our short lifetime here on Earth. In a moment we’ll try to put sex in context with the bigger picture of life, but first…
Sex and Science
Sex research was active more than 2,000 years ago in the East:
- Kamashastra was an ancient science in India that explored all aspects of relationships, eroticism and pleasure (or kama) in exhaustive detail… (going so far as to tell women what it means to be an ideal wife). It consisted of many texts by many authors, including massive volumes that were written centuries “before the current era” (BCE) and were later boiled down into the more concise kamasutra.
- The kamasutra (written around the year 350 CE) is often thought of simply as a sex manual for different positions and techniques, but it also addresses courtship, flirting, marriage, adultery, and other relationship issues.
- Tantra yoga was (and still is) a broad set of exercises for practicing meditation, breathing, stretching, and strengthening so that each practitioner can find the best ways to achieve the greatest of life’s pleasure (and, yes, it includes the pleasure of sex).
- It began in the 1800s, when sex research was mostly theoretical—based on surveys and questionnaires and analysis—pioneered by Alexandre Parent-Duchatelet, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Havelock Ellis, Sigmund Freud, Katharine Davis, Clelia Mosher, and others.
- In the 1900s it worked its way into the laboratory as sex researchers began to use techniques and technologies to better understand what kinds of physical and emotional changes occurred when people were enjoying various forms of sex. Some researchers, like Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, even had sex with their clients and colleagues as part of their research. It became a sort of westernized kamasutra.
- Since the year 2000, sex research is becoming more like a westernized tantra yoga, as scientists observe and measure what kinds of physiological changes take place when people experience pleasure—especially the pleasure (and sometimes the distress) associated with sex, romance, relationships, break-ups, happy marriages, unhappy marriages, and so on.
Sex research today. There’s no shortage of organizations and journals in the world devoted to sexology (which encompasses not just sex research, but also sex therapy, sex education, and efforts to shape public policy on matters of sex.)
Take the work of anthropologist Helen Fisher. She and her colleagues and peers use brain scans, hormone considerations, and other lab techniques to observe what happens inside us when we experience 1) pleasure in general, 2) pleasure during various forms of sexual activity, and 3) pleasure and pain that are associated with foreplay, romance, one-night stands, cohabitations, long-term happy marriages, unhappy marriages, break-ups, and just about any other conceivable circumstance related to mating and reproduction. Here’s a glimpse at some of their findings:
- From Helen Fisher’s professional website: The use of fMRIs (brain scans) can determine how different kinds of feelings or thought processes (infatuation, lust, deep attachment…) are associated with the brain, since certain brain regions are associated with dopamine (the pleasure drug) or oxytocine (the cuddle drug) or vasopressin (the attachment drug) or other hormones that affect our thoughts and feelings and behavior.
- From her Anatomy of Love website: Dr Fisher’s Personality Quiz has given more than 14 million people in 40 countries the opportunity to understand 1) how their thought processes and behavior forge their “personality signature,” 2) to whom they’re naturally attracted, and 3) the pleasure and disappointments that can come from connecting with different personality types. Personality is determined largely by how predisposed a person is to four particular hormones—dopamine (the explorer), serotonin (the builder), testosterone (the director), and estrogen (the negotiator).
- From a Harvard article about Dr Fisher’s work: Romantic love comes in the form of lust, attraction, or attachment. Lust: The sex organs secrete testosterone and estrogen to drive sexual desire. Attraction and attachment: Dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin are all produced in the hypothalamus, a region of the brain that controls emotions and various vital functions. Lust and attraction close down the brain’s prefrontal cortex that controls rational behavior… (hence the “sometimes-quirky behavior?”).
- From a Frontiers report by Dr Fisher and her colleagues: In the early stages of intense romantic love, men and women have symptoms similar to drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and other addictive behaviors. In each case, the brain’s hormone-controlled “reward system” is activated during addictive behavior, suggesting that certain aspects of the sex drive were programmed into human nature millions of years ago as an addiction, to ensure that we propagate as a species.
Sex here on Earth certainly seems to be a big deal, but has it always been a big deal?… and is sex a big deal elsewhere—in other worlds beyond our own?
Sex and Reproduction in the Big Picture
To understand sex in context of the vast omniverse, we have to embark on two fascinating journeys—one into our distant past, and the other into the paradise spirit world at level 3 where most people from Earth get settled-in after they die. The first journey reveals how sex and reproduction apparently originated in our world. The second journey shows what sex is like when hormones and reproduction are taken out of the equation.
The Origin of Sex
So to put sex into perspective, we first have to go back in time…
- … way beyond 200 years, when modern sex research started in the West,
- … way beyond 2,000 years, when sex research was underway in the East,
- … way beyond 20,000 years, when sex research was (hypotheticbly) underway in Atlantis, and
- … even a bit beyond 200,000,000 years, when the Earth first became a brutal place around the time the last ice age ended (some 260 million years ago).
Here’s what The Seven ethereals told ITC researchers* in a contact in 1987 (via station Luxembourg):
The animal consciousness has been forced on humanity. Humans themselves are not bad. Prior to the last ice age men lived peacefully together, man with man and man with animals.
(*ITC, or instrumental transcommunication, is the use of modern equipment to get in touch with the worlds of spirit)
When I first got involved in ITC research in the early 90s and read that particular contact, I immediately dismissed it, assuming there must have been a typo or miscommunication. Humans on Earth before the last ice age? Absurd.
But then I got more deeply involved in ITC, especially the results of Maggy Fischbach and Jules Harsch of Luxembourg. The more I followed their work, the more I came to know and trust the couple’s spirit friends. I especially came to trust The Seven ethereals who claimed to have been observing us humans on Earth across the eons while quietly providing us with guidance and support from behind the scenes.
It took me nearly 20 years to carefully unravel what I’d learned from science, religion, and other normal sources like schooling and the media before I could fully embrace that contact from The Seven as factual.
So in recent years I’ve completely revised my view of Earth’s ancient past, weaving together the mind-boggling ITC messages with religious writings, scientific timelines, and ancient carvings and artifacts. In a nutshell:
- Humans were apparently on Earth more than 4 billion years ago caretaking a young, Eden-like paradise. There was probably no sexual or asexual reproduction because everything was created and nourished by life-energy from the source.
- That all changed during the last ice age, after which dinosaurs (the “serpent”) appeared on the planet some 240,000,000 years ago. That’s when competition, contention, parasitism, and predation (and eventually reproduction) all became part of the powerful driving force within living things on Earth, including us humans.
So if that’s all true (as I suspect it is), then we humans on Earth have been enjoying sex for some two-hundred-million years… and our family scrapbooks are liable get a bit unwieldy someday, when we’re able to sort through our complete family trees.
Sex at Level 3, the Afterlife Paradise
Here are excerpts from two contacts that were received in the early 1990s, again, at Station Luxembourg. The contact came from Timestream, a large community of spirits who are living at level 3 of the spirit realms and have been trying to establish contact with people back home on Earth through our modern technologies. Timestream’s work was supported and protected by The Seven ethereals, mentioned earlier. Timestream told us:
People here are very much like they were during their lifetime. Men and women have the same sexual needs as before their death. Since the average age here is 30 years and everybody knows that the sexual organs also serve other functions than reproduction, nobody should be surprised when I say that everything goes on as usual. However, here a woman does not get pregnant.
You do not put away your sexuality, as it is a truly human characteristic. Sexual partnerships exist, provided both partners harmonize and desire it. We eat and drink like you do, but our food is produced synthetically. To put it another way, we more or less materialize physical food. The meat which some still enjoy here is only a reproduction of matter. No animal has to die for another being.
Those contacts suggest that:
- Hormones and other inner forces that compel us carnal humans to be competitive, parasitic, and predatory are no longer a factor once we leave our physical bodies behind and resume living in our spirit bodies. Those dark, symbiotic compulsions that help us to acquire food and mating rights on Earth are no longer necessary or present in our level-3 spirit bodies, which are nourished constantly by life-energy from the source… which includes love.
- So then why do people at level 3 still eat and have sex? Only because those things were pleasurable during their lifetimes, and they remember those pleasures. But the pain and distress associated with food-getting (such as having to kill something in order to eat it) and with mating (such as rape, disease, break-ups, and broken hearts) are no longer part of the process. I suspect that many, maybe most humans at level 3 no longer indulge in eating and sex, especially those who are preparing to advance to level 4. Love is one of the primary motivating forces that pull life ever closer to the source.
- So when we allow our sex, romance, relationships, and families here on Earth to be motivated primarily by love, then we’re living in accordance with “the grand plan” of the omniverse, and we’re happy. The more we allow ourselves or our loved ones to behave like competitors, parasites, or predators in our relationships, the more we’ll experience pain and distress.
- As long as we’re on Earth, however, those dark, symbiotic compulsions are inherent in us all, and it’s nearly impossible to eliminate them completely from our lives. We can only do the best we can to hold love as the ideal way of life, and to strive daily to encourage that light within us to outshine the darkness.
Not an easy thing to do amid Earth’s dramas, but it seems to be the key to happiness, especially when it comes to sex, romance, and relationships..