Very much in contrast to the standards of spiritual and depth meaning that have served humanity in centuries past, today, in accordance with the evolving unfoldment of self-organizing nature, it is incumbent on us to encounter consciously the sexual instinct in its own right. Regardless of whether people choose to accept this directive, or even know of its existence, it nevertheless remains, by way of self-organizing nature, an ethical imperative with which we must all come to terms. It is the case, accordingly, today, and most probably from this time forward, that no spiritual experience, no experience of depth meaning will be complete in the absence of its attainment.
Now to the extent that this places unprecedented demands on the individual, it too places unprecedented demands on relationships of sexual intimacy, especially marital relationships. In its traditional, collective form the institution of marriage has done little more than act as a container for concrete social and religious mores. Never has it been concerned with the problem of cultivative sexuality, not to speak of self-actualization. Yet today, whether people are cognizant of the fact or not, they nevertheless hold within themselves by way of self-organizing nature expectations of such psychological and spiritual growth through marriage. And they do so, I would add, even though marriage as an institution today is no better equipped to meet these expectations than it was hundreds of years ago. In the present day, marriage is failing because the consciousness demands placed upon it by self-organizing nature grossly exceed the consciousness capabilities of its traditional form. This gap, the ever-increasing divorce rate tells us, is of the greatest social, psychological, and spiritual consequence. It is a gap that has remained unaddressed for too long.
The discussion of sexuality to follow will proceed by way of an examination of two splits that exist as unhealing wounds within the collective consciousness of our culture. Firstly, we will turn to the problem of the