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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SEXLESS PRAYER PRAYERLESS SEXUALITY 880509 For collusions to defend themselves they must alienate sex and prayer from each other, for in prayerful sexual relationships collusions may be unmasked. In the ecstasy of open and honest sexual relationships the games of mutual self deception may become naked realities which are open to examination and loss of respect. Collusions are about pretensions which cannot be made explicit, cannot be seen without clothing which hides the reality. In prayerful sexual relationships participants seek integrity which is impossible while playing collusive games of mutual self deception. Healthy sexual desires might undermine the collusions. The survival of collusions requires the repression of healthy sexual desires, and the replacement of them with disintegrative desires which are consistent with the pretensions of the collusions. The essence of prayer is seeking both personal and communal integrity. The essence of sexuality is integration of bodies and souls in ways which create and provides for personal and communal continuity with integrity. Sexuality is related to personal finitude and brings together finite creatures to provide for communal continuity. Collusive games of mutual self deception seek to obscure truths which the players do not want to acknowledge; e.g., their finitude and limitations. Healthy sexual relationships acknowledge individual finitude and so undermine all collusions which seek to obscure human finitude and limitations. Thus, such collusions regard healthy sexual relationships as threats to the collusions' survival as set of respected beliefs. For collusions to survive there must be a separation between prayerful relationships and sexual relationships; for when separated neither is powerful enough to expose the naked truths about the collusions. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================