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To attain mystical experience during lovemaking the mystical literature recommended that one fix, hold, stop, interrupt, contain, or stabilize thought. So, one should approach sex with an empty mind, a void mind, no mind, original mind, even mindlessness.
But be careful! You don't have to misinterpret the instruction "interrupt your thoughts". It has often, very wrongly, been taken literally to mean that mystics shun all mental activity and feature instead a blank, unaware, unconscious, numb, nonfunctioning state of mind, one which has closed out the world and locked away life.
What is really being recommended is that one should stop a particular type of thinking: the verbal, judgmental, conceptual, theoretical, labeling, evaluative, representational, running-internal-commentary-to-oneself type of thinking. This is thinking in which one's every experience, perception, or sensation is subvocally stated in words, given a positive or negative philosophical valence, explained to oneself according to some theory, affixed with a name, and linked with other conceptions by an abstract system of verbal rules of language called logic.
This mode of thought is associated with the left hemisphere of the human brain and generally takes the form of a subvocal monologue or dialogue. It is only this sort of thinking that mysticism rejects.
At the same time that one stops verbal thinking in mystical sex, one is completely aware of what is going on. Mysticism recommends that one fully, totally, directly experience and participate actively and creatively during lovemaking.One is completely awake, aware, involved and absorbed - but without describing every part of the experience to oneself in words as it's going on.
In mystical intercourse, lovers are more mentally aware, able to concentrate and get into it, by virtue of the fact that they are not thinking, because the direct perception of whatever is happening is no longer filtered by what we usually call the rational mind.
Mystical intercourse favors the creative, perceptive, intuitive, feeling of experiencing directly. Without describing every sensation to oneself, without thinking,"Oh, that is good!" one just feels the physical sensations that occur.
In conclusion, during mystical lovemaking men and women are open to sensation, perceiving it without evaluating it.
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