Those who seek power have understood the political punch of myth and ritual. They have always manipulated these central components of social life to further their interests -- and none of this changes during the Holidays.
President Obama has become our national scapegoat. Americans are good at exorcising demons, in order to affirm our inherent goodness, but we find it terribly difficult to look directly at ourselves in the mirror.
The word translated as "faith" in the New Testament simply means "trust." Do we trust in unprovable speculation about metaphysical realities by those who know better, or do we trust in a grounded, earthly, integrated faith?
On the first page of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins, his character calls in well to work. He maintains that he just feels too darn good to report for his job. That always struck me as an excellent idea.
We no longer see ourselves as active and response-able participants in the connective universal plan, but rather, the boss of it. Ironically, this leaves us feeling disturbed, disempowered, disconnected.
I came across sex magic in the context of my tantric studies and teacher training a number of years ago. I've learned to marry my orgasmic energy with an intention to manifest what I wanted to bring into reality.