“In the end… all that will be left… is love…”
Thank you to the men and women whose beautiful photos inspired this piece of writing.
“In the end… all that will be left… is love…”
Thank you to the men and women whose beautiful photos inspired this piece of writing.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Life is light
Light is love
Through the love of man and woman
Between a woman’s legs
Through blood and pain
Light keeps the darkness at bay
Thank you to Love Alchemy for inspiring me to write this poem.
Feedback — positive and negative — is always appreciated.
Thank you for reading.
And thank you to the beautiful woman who made this photo possible.
1. Believed in the existence of the soul.
2. Believed in the existence of Heaven and Hell.
3. Believed that the body doesn’t last forever, but the soul does.
4. Believed that sin causes a soul to end up in Hell.
5. Believed that homosexual acts are a sin.
Than what would be the bigger act of hate?
To 1) Hide your beliefs from another, saying that there is no danger in homosexual acts?
Or 2) Tell the person that homosexual acts put their soul in danger?
My point being: Can we please move beyond calling people who oppose gay marriage “hateful”?
If I really hated you, than I would tell you that, when it comes to what two men or two women do behind closed doors, there is no danger of any kind.
Note: The language in this post could be called “Explicit” so reader discretion is advised.
As followers of my blog know, I write about nudity. For example:
Nudity was reserved for the bedroom or the bathroom. So it was… interesting… to be naked in a room that was neither. Walking around the living room, I felt like I was seeing it with new eyes. I felt like, all my life, I had been wearing a “Clothes Filter,” and now the filter was off. My eyes were as naked as my body.
~Being Naked Outside
Because of my Catholic faith, I don’t want to shy away from subjects like nudity. As a Catholic, I’m supposed to be a light in a dark place:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~Matthew 5:14 — 16
And that means talking about subjects considered by many to be taboo or indecent.
Which brings me to a blog I discovered weeks ago but, for the longest time, was not sure how to feel about. Until now.
Specifically, I’m talking about this blog post: I love being naked!
Below are excerpts from that post, and my thoughts on them:
…it’s such an awesome feeling. Having nothing touching your skin. Being able to touch anything you wanna touch, with nothing in the way. It’s looooove.
I understand. And I agree.
Being naked can be an awesome feeling. It can be nice to have nothing touching your skin. To be completely free.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
“And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”
It’s so sexy! Cuz that’s obviously what it’s all about. Being naked turns me on. Like big time. It makes me wanna touch myself all over all the time. And sometimes I do.
Once again: Perfectly understandable.
When you are naked, not only are you showing all of yourself, your body is preparing to give all of itself.
What do I mean? I mean this: Sex is an act of giving. The woman receives the man. The man enters the woman. The two become one.
“…a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
That’s why you want to sexually excite yourself when you’re naked: Your naked body is telling you “It’s time for sex.”
…I can get myself so increeeeeeeedibly turned on I can barely get myself to stop being naked any more.
There’s an old saying: “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.”
I don’t say that to come across as the stereotypical religious scold…
…I say that to tell you, belle noowelle: Don’t allow your nudity to become too much of a good thing.
There could come a day when you regret the choice to be naked.
And I don’t want that day to come.
I want being naked to be something that changes your life for the better in ways that you continue to discover throughout your long and happy life.
I know that might sound corny, but it’s true. I want you to be happy, belle noowelle.
Being naked is so cool. It helps with getting naughty, it makes me feel sexy, and it makes lame Sundays so much more interesting. Try it!
belle noowelle, your honesty and openness is attractive.
You don’t have to be naked to come across as sexy. You are sexy by just being your unashamed and positive self.
What I’m trying to say is: You’ve found something that brings you joy, and you want to share that joy with others, so that they may have what you have. And, to me, there is nothing more beautiful than that.
To conclude this post:
May being naked continue to bring you a feeling of freedom.
May your orgasms always be shattering.
May the people in your life always look beyond your naked body, appreciating your naked soul, too.
And, when all is said and done, may you look back on the life you have lived with no regrets, knowing that all the choices you made ultimately brought you to where you wanted to be, even if you didn’t know where it was that you wanted to be.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…”
Wild Women follow no religion, we follow the teachings of our ancestors and Nature is our temple. Nature is our Mother and teacher. Our sisters provide the strength we need, and the Goddess holds us within her heart. The Wild Woman follows nothing but her Wild Heart.
Wild Women follow no religion…
In the Garden of Eden, there was no such thing as religion. There was no need. Because Eve walked side-by-side with her creator, able to talk about anything, anytime, as easily as you talk to a loved one who is lying in bed with you. It wasn’t until after the Fall that Eve had to find a new means of maintaining her relationship with her creator.
…we follow the teachings of our ancestors and Nature is our temple.
Before the Fall, Eve lived in Nature. Specifically, in a garden. A garden called “Eden.”
Regarding following “the teachings of our ancestors”:
“Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
I’m not implying that Jesus is a Wild Woman. He’s not a woman. But: He is wild:
Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy.”
I am saying that following the teachings of one’s ancestors — fulfilling (i.e., doing) what was written — was essential to Eve’s salvation.
Nature is our Mother and teacher.
Question: What do a woman and a tree have in common?
Our sisters provide the strength we need…
…and the Goddess holds us within her heart.
The Wild Woman follows nothing but her Wild Heart.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…
Thank you to The Closet Atheist for her questions.
And thank you to The Closet Atheist for answering my questions. You can find her answers here.
The reason for this post is: I was feeling bored and curious one day so, wanting to make the best use of my time, I decided to reach out to The Closet Atheist in order to better understand where she’s coming from, and she did the same.
Below are my answers to the questions she asked me.
1. Why are you Catholic and not another denomination?
I was raised a Catholic.
Going to church, praying alone in my room, following the 10 Commandments — these actions, and the mindset that came with them, were as natural to me as wearing clothes, bathing, or brushing my teeth. They were something I did for the sake of my well-being, and because to not do them just felt wrong.
Now, as an adult out in the world, separated from the Catholic cocoon I grew up in, my faith remains an integral part of my life, influencing my thoughts and choices.
More about my faith in questions #2 and #4.
The reason I am not another denomination is:
I haven’t seen compelling evidence to show that another denomination, not the Catholic Church, is the “correct” expression of Jesus’ teachings.
For example: The Protestant Reformation lasted from 1517 — 1648. (Thanks, Google.) So, going by Jesus’ words to Peter — Matthew 16:18 — that means that, if any one of those Protestant churches established in the wake of the Reformation is the “true” Church, than Jesus waited 16 centuries to establish his church. And I just don’t see the reasoning in that. When Jesus says “On this rock I will build my church,” does that not imply that Jesus is building his church on this rock right then, not more than 1,500 years later?
Through apostolic succession, the Catholic Church can trace its origin back to Peter.* Which is something that Protestant churches, established more than 1,500 years after Peter’s time, can’t do.
2. Why do people sometimes say that Catholicism is a separate religion from Christianity rather than just a denomination within it?
I have not heard that before — that Catholicism is its own separate, non-Christian religion.
Regarding why people would say such a thing: I don’t know.
Skimming The Catechism of the Catholic Church, it’s clear that a foundation of the Catholic Church is the teachings found in the Bible. So this claim of Catholicism being “a separate religion from Christianity,” as far as I can tell, has no legs to stand on.
When it comes to Catholicism’s relationship to Christian denominations such as Lutheranism, Calvinism, Presbyterianism, etc., here is how I see it:
Picture a tree. Picture the trunk and the branches going up and up and up. The Catholic Church is the trunk, and the denominations (like Lutheranism and Presbyterianism) are the branches. Being offshoots, they wouldn’t exist without the trunk.**
3. If there was one thing you wish that Christians today would or wouldn’t do, or something you wish they understood about Christianity and what it means to be a Christian, what would it be?
I wish that Christians today wouldn’t conflate faith with politics.
I’ve been called a communist because I said that if I had to choose between saving one person from Hell or saving America, I would choose to save that one person. After all: Countries don’t last forever, but the soul does.
Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations,” not “Go and win an election.” (Matthew 28:19)
4. If you had a teenage or young adult child that told you that he or she is not a Christian, how would you respond to them?
I would be proud of them.
Because: Such an act would show that they were using their brains, not just accepting what they were taught because it’s what was expected of them.
The Bible encourages one to use their brain:
“Test everything. Hold fast to what is good.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:21
“…be as shrewd as serpents…”
I would be glad that this young person is testing everything and being as shrewd as a serpent. The fact that, as a result, this person is now an atheist, would not bother me.
What would bother me is if this person, as a result of becoming an atheist, did not keep an open mind — if this person refused to hear or consider reasons to believe in a god. And I would be just as bothered by someone who did believe in a god refusing to ever consider the possibility that there isn’t one.
Faith, by its nature, requires uncertainty, however small.
That’s why the Bible — Hebrews 11:1 — says that faith is “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”*** (Emphasis mine.)
The fact of the matter is: Regardless of how strongly I believe there is a god, and regardless of what I see as evidence for the existence of a god, until I die and either enter the void or stand in front of the pearly gates, I won’t know, with certainty, if a god exists.
I realize that these words don’t answer your question: If you had a teenage or young adult child that told you that he or she is not a Christian, how would you respond to them?
This is how I would respond:
I wouldn’t mind that they weren’t a Christian.
Not everyone is, and not everyone will be.
Would I want this person to become a Christian? Yes.
But: I have to accept the reality that, for one reason or another, that might not happen.
So instead of beating them over the head with a Bible, I would tell them: “Keep on seeking goodness, truth, and beauty in all things, and one day you will find where that goodness, truth, and beauty comes from.”
5. How do you deal with doubt in terms of God’s existence?
If there is one thing that could cause me to not believe in a God, it is the violence I see in the world nowadays.
Which is one reason why I don’t like watching or reading the news. Knowing that there is nothing I can do to, for example, stop a terrorist attack in Britain, causes me to feel depressed and consider notions that I otherwise wouldn’t. Like committing suicide.
But, like a boomerang returning to the person who threw it, I always find myself returning to my belief in a higher power.
The reason why is: As horrible as the universe is, it’s also beautiful.
Two examples of beauty:
There are people who, even after being dead for years, have not decomposed.
For example: Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado, O.P., who died in 1731:
Juan Diego’s tilma
A garment bearing an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was undamaged after a bomb went off next to it.
Thank you for your questions, The Closet Atheist. I hope you were satisfied by my answers. And if you were dissatisfied with anything I said, let me know.
I hope the day will soon come where you can leave the closet.
*Apostolic succession: (in Christian thought) the uninterrupted transmission of spiritual authority from the Apostles through successive popes and bishops, taught by the Roman Catholic Church but denied by most Protestants. (Thanks, Google.)
**The Reformation (from Latin reformatio, literally “restoration, renewal”), also referred to as the Protestant Reformation and the European Reformation, was a schism from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther, and continued by John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other early Protestant Reformers in 16th century Europe.
***Conviction: a firmly held belief or opinion.
Erotica: Literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.
Lately I’ve found myself writing poems that, I realize, could be classified as erotica.
The reason I say that is: Sexual arousal is a theme that runs through both of them.
And that got me thinking: Oh no.
The reason why is: I don’t want to be some E.L. James type.
I want to be better than that.
I’m not saying that I want to consider myself superior to E.L. James as a person. No one is “superior” to anyone else. We’re all fallible human beings doing the best we can with what we have.
What I am saying is: From a purely literary perspective, I want there to be more to my writing than there is to a novel like 50 Shades of Grey. I want the (potentially) arousing aspects of my writing to point to something more: to not just be arousal for the sake of arousal.
While I write my poetry, I frequently find myself returning to a quote by Sharon Hodde Miller:
“…a woman’s breasts, hips, bottom, and lips all proclaim the glory of the Lord! Each womanly part honors Him.”
What I’m trying to do is show how sexual feelings “proclaim the glory of the Lord!”
My protagonists, as a result of what they are feeling upon laying themselves bare or consenting to another’s touch, are undergoing an awakening. They are realizing that their reality is not as they thought it was and, thus, must choose how to respond.
Not wanting to know what I will see, I close my eyes.
Blindly, I lay myself bare.
And I wonder: Is the scream trying to escape my mouth one of pleasure or pain?
And this night
A heart screams a word
On another note:
All art involving nudity or sexuality will be arousing to some extent because that is the nature of nudity and sexuality. If it does not arouse, it is bad art.
Asking a heterosexual man to not feel arousal at the sight of a woman’s naked body is like asking a person to not squint when they try and look directly at the sun.
At the sight of a woman’s body, a man’s willpower tends to melt away like a face that has seen the Ark of the Covenant…
Fitting, since the Ark, like a woman’s body, is an enclosure for what is holy:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
~1 Corinthians 6:19
Which would explain the need for campaigns like Still Not Asking For It — the sight of a woman’s body can be too much for a man to handle.