William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision

The secret and mystical sexual practices at the heart of William Blake s creative and spiritual life Reveals newly discovered family documents connecting Blake s mother and Blake himself to Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation Shows Blake had access to kabbalistic and tantric techniques of psychoerotic meditation, which used sexual arousal toThe secret and mystical sexual practices at the heart of William Blake s creative and spiritual life Reveals newly discovered family documents connecting Blake s mother and Blake himself to Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation Shows Blake had access to kabbalistic and tantric techniques of psychoerotic meditation, which used sexual arousal to achieve spiritual vision William Blake 1757 1827 has long been treasured as an artist and poet whose work was born out of authentic spiritual vision The acutely personal, almost otherworldly look of his artwork, combined with its archetypal casting and depth of emotion, transcend societal conventions and ordinary experience But much of the overtly sexual work has been destroyed or altered, deemed too heretical by conservative elements among the mystic Moravians and Swedenborgians, whose influence on Blake has been uncovered only recently The author s investigation into the radical psychosexual spiritual practices surrounding William Blake, which includes new archival discoveries of Blake family documents, reveals that Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation fueled much of Blake s creative and spiritual life Drawing also upon modern art restoration techniques, Marsha Keith Schuchard shows that Blake and his wife, Catherine, were influenced by secret kabbalistic and tantric rituals designed to transcend the bonds of social convention Her exhaustive research provides a new context for understanding the mystical practices at the heart of Blake s most radical beliefs about sexualized spirituality and its relation to visionary art.
William Blake s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision The secret and mystical sexual practices at the heart of William Blake s creative and spiritual life Reveals newly discovered family documents connecting Blake s mother and Blake himself to Moravian a

  • Title: William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision
  • Author: Marsha Keith Schuchard
  • ISBN: 9781594772115
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision”

    1. While this book investigated the radical psychosexual practices and the erotic and visionary experiments that fueled much of Blake's creative life, does it add to the already enormous amount of critical literature and commentary that has grown around Blake? Being enlightened and enjoying "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" in an honors high school course, my dangerously expanded mind was thoroughly blown with Blake's carnal theosophy, raging humor, and imaginable fire in his poetry and art. So, wh [...]

    2. Name-dropper's guide to the Swedenborgian/alchemical/kabbalistic hypnotists & occultist crazies of the late 1700s. Sloppy research but highly entertaining and a great backdrop for reading Blake. Most names dropped are prefaced with "Blake might have could have maybe encountered possibly met probably read " Sensationalism pretending to be serious academic work. Still, the book has its moments."Despite their efforts to recover biographical facts about Blake, none of his nineteenth-century [...]

    3. I was reading this to get research material for a book on Blake. While it does have a lot of background information on his mother, and specifically Emmanuel Swedenborg and Count Zinzendorf, along with the Moravian faith, it is not till you get over half way through the book that you get to Blake at all. The other part of this is that everything she states is supposition. This means there is no proof to back up anything she says. Phrases like, "this suggests" are peppered throughout the book, as [...]

    4. I think I did learn more about the influences on Blake's thought. Anything that can help explicate his prophetic books is a good thing! However, it somehow seemed that Blake was less the focus of the book (especially in the first half) than the chronological minutiae of the Moravians, Swedenborgians, Kabbalists and Tantrics during the late 1700's/early 1800's. Not that the info was bad. A chart of the characters on one or two pages might have helped to keep track of them all.At times it felt lik [...]

    5. The suppositions Schuchard makes are far-fetched at times, but I suppose that's inevitable at this point when you're publishing on a much-researched and prominent figure like Blake. Simple put, Schuchard's research is so thorough, I'm pretty sure she's a supercomputer. How could anyone ever put a book like this together? Even if some of the claims are a little unfounded, her book does an EXCELLENT job of painting Blake's bizarre religious, artistic, and countercultural milieu.

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