As the Sunai Institute’s activities revolve around ‘Sex’ it seems appropriate to first introduce the term theoretically: some describe Sex as a universal form of energy, created by and available to all living things. Surrounding, penetrating and binding material existence together. Others refer to it is Qi, Prana – Orgone even – or just as what makes the world go ’round. Regardless of which precise definition one feels most accurate, it seems undeniable that Sex is one of the major forces in the mechanics of human relationships and interactions. Yet, admittedly, it at times requires some practice or something of a sensus numinis to appreciate its omnipresence.
From a practical and pragmatic perspective we subscribe to the Easton/Hardy notion that “sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.” This radical notion has been selected from the pages of The Ethical Slut, by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy. A text that provides an insightful mainframe for our working definition of Sex:
Sex is not a destructive force, regardless of its somewhat dubious reputation in Western morals and religious thought. Sex and sexual desire are a building force, something strong, powerful and proven to be useful for not just pleasure in its own right – especially when willfully directed in acts of Magic(k), particularly when making use of power exchange dynamics . Sex is way more than acts of penetration. As Easton and Hardy pose the question “Are you having sex right now?”
We do claim: yes we are, and so are you! “Sexual energy pervades everything all the time; we inhale it into our lungs and exhale it from our pores… erotic energy is everywhere — in the deep breath that fills our lungs as we step out into a warm spring moment, in the cold water spilling over the rocks in a brook…” Easton and Hardy go on to to examine the notion of sex and sexual energy being shared e. g. by writer and reader in the very pages of their book; united in a sexual act of evoking thoughts and images in the reader, inspiration being bestowed from writer to reader.
Another example that illustrates the somewhat ephemeral yet omnipresent nature of the subject of disucssion is music. It being as individual in its evocative and associative nature [you have your songs, don’t you] as it is overwhelming in its capacity to induce unconditional climax [when the beat drops at something-silly-in-the-morning in a South London ad-hoc venue] or the sense of being awestruck by its divine beauty [cmp. Beethoven’s 9th, 4 Mvt., third minute when the woodwinds and the strings give the first glimpse of the Freude schöner Götterfunken (!) / Ode to Joy’s main theme – giving a teasing / edging hint of what’s to come].
Circling back to Easton and Hardy we quote their summarizing definition of Sex, one we wholeheartedly share: “whatever [mutually pleasurable] the people engaging in it think it is.”
With this in mind we created the Sunai Institute as a start of a journey. One of discovery, discussion and exploration of that omnipresent yet hard to curtail topic… Sex.
p.s.: It might be reassuring to you, highly esteemed reader, that even social scientists, statisticians and senior judges struggle with exactly defining the nature of Sex: see Struggling with Stating the Obvious for a few examples on this matter.