Excuse the word ‘shed’ it just came from the pen..er keyboard!;) I feel it appropriate to discuss this further in light of the recent debate in San Francisco, and to share what I consider on it.
I always wanted to know how such a practise of self harm came about and how did it become to be so popular, and this is what I found.
Firstly, As Salamu Alaikum to all my Muslim brothers. It is with the highest respect and love that I write on this topic. I write as a woman, and therefore as a lover of Man, and I bring all of my insights to it that I have available to me, from my form Woman.
Of course this practise is much more widespread than Muslim men only but I do focus on the origin, based upon my earliest findings, before I discuss other misunderstood reasons.
I share this from a place of divine light, of ‘Universal Spirituality’, that I consider ascends current practises of faith, and as a Being of the divine light, the root/origin of all Faiths and all constructed religious practises/activities/worships here on Earth.
I write to shed light on the root cause behind the habit of circumcision, and to explain how I do not feel a law to make it ‘banned’ is adequate, suitable or respectful.
This is about a sensitive as it gets, with an issue for a Man.
As I am a woman, a lover of man, and I do not have a penis/lingam, I feel it puts me in a good position to be completely unbiased and objective.
Just as a man can claim to have had much more intimate involvement than a woman on the subject of women’s breasts,;) as a woman I have naturally had much more intimate involvement with body parts of men, than other men.
I assisted a friend who was doing her Masters on this topic here in Australia, with the collection of data, so I feel able to discuss my findings, my knowledge of her results of her studies, and all my discoveries along the way.
Definitions used for this are ‘intact’ for uncut/uncircumcised, and ‘cut’ men sometimes for circumcised.
HISTORY: The topics of Human sexuality and religious beliefs are very much intertwined as one demonstrates our understanding and comfort of ourselves, and the other how we act out our beliefs.
The earliest texts I could find gave reference to collecting foreskins, and impregnating women, by (soldiers of) kings of other lands. This is how invasions of the day were carried out.
It was common place, when invading other lands, to bring back evidence of killings. Most of us may be familiar – from the U.S ‘WildWest’ movies, of the act of ‘scalping’ by Native American Indians. I am not suggesting for a minute that these movies are true accounts of events, but more to remind you of a system of collection of part of a human body, as evidence of enemy slain.
If you had to collect a human body part, what is the smallest most convenient part of a slain man to choose? An ear? Head scalp? Or foreskin? Right, foreskin! Far cleverer to collect these. In Hungarian language the word for foreskin is ‘skalp’, pronounced shh-calp.
Many more of these you can fit in your bag, more conveniently, less bloody, yet they still completely act as evidence that they were once part of a whole man. It really is the ideal part of a male enemy to collect, when taking finger prints is out of the question, and so more sensible all round. I have found this part of the world to be very smart, and this is clever indeed.
What these invading men would also do – or perhaps the leader of, is to impregnate as many women as possible during these invasions. Again, what a clever bit of thinking when you are only focussed on taking over lands. Make the next kin your own! Of course it is not the choice of a developed conscience, but we are talking historically and of quite ancient times that were much different to now.
I find this is also one of the root causes of women being covered over, and perceivably repressed and oppressed, but is more a case of men not trusting or respecting one another, than of only disrespecting their women. It is also why the practise of completely, or partly, sewing up the genitalia of woman began, and still continues.
If you grow up with reference books that speak of the history of impregnating women, ‘solution seeking creativity’ can see the invention of many deterrents such as covering your women, keeping set schedules for their whereabouts and contacts, keeping them out of view of other men, sometimes physically altering them to make a man unable to impregnate one of he tried.
These are simply different interpretations of the words, and different behaviours chosen as necessary to carry them out, by the humans that read them. This is precisely the same reasoning as many different variations to be found in Christianity now – many ‘offshoots’, so to speak as interpretations of the bible.
I can easily imagine smart, proud men using their human ‘solution seeking creativity’ and deciding they would rather remove their foreskin themselves than give another tribesman the glory.
I can easily imagine the eventuality of removing them on new-born bubs as it became a standard practise, as much kinder, easier and more straight forward to do it then, as it had become part of the communities practise by this time.
VIBRATIONAL CONSEQUENCE: That it continues to this day, is a wonderful example of us continuing to react from an energetic place of fear – though ‘fear’ as such, may not be felt anymore at all.
It vibrationally is still fear though – or the absence of love to be exact, so therefore does the same thing universally as from direct fear. We know now from widespread Law Of Attraction familiarity, that this is not the way to a place of peace, joy and love.
Holding the intent of love and trust in fellow-man, is not an obvious thing to do at all, when your penis is mutilated and your ability to receive the pleasure that is your’s diminished since soon after your entry into the physical realm/Earth.
While books can bring much knowledge and wisdom, they are also exactly what holds us in the past.
Many books were brought out to assist in the governing of people, chosen at the time by leaders of their lands, and their advisers, if any.
Books were made available without forethought of consequence, some mass-produced and paid for by a ‘crown’ or ‘leader’, for ease of ‘ruling’ at that time.
A way of rule that was decided as the best for the system of society operating at the time, of that particular city/area/country.
DEBATE & LAW RESPONSE:
Unlike what has been suggested in San Francisco, approaching the subject and answering it historically, and with reassurance is what is required I find. Otherwise it is only, and exactly, another man in a position of authority and of a ruling other than the man’s own, having a say in this man’s family. That is precisely the origin of the issue.
The issue as I see it, I repeat, is of trust of other men. If a man does not demonstrate an understanding of the origin of circumcision, it’s meaning for those who practise it, and why it continues to this day, it is only a reinforcement of the issue of mistrust, for this man by way of a Law, to order it forbidden.
Another man in assumed authority, will be determining a boy child’s appearance, and of his not following his father’s honoured practise of men in his family line. For another man to determine this may be felt to be disrespectful to the point of being humiliating, to a healthy sense of pride.
A law to stop this practise by force, will not do as good as an understanding of the need to hold the intent of love and trust to create ones reality, and explaining it.
Better it is part of a discussion explaining why it is not agood idea anymore to be living a path of fear and mistrust, with everything that the Law of Attraction can now demonstrate. Explaining that there is absolutely no reason to fear the original reasons for the beginning of circumcision, and a respectful understanding given to the inner processing required by a people going through transformation. A phasing out period explained as beneficial and incentives offered to those parents who allow their boys to remain intact.
Not knowing the pleasure that it removes, men who have been circumcised can have no knowledge of what they are missing.
A study into circumcision was carried out in Brisbane Australia by Gillian Bensley as part of her Masters thesis. Gillian asked all the sexually active women she knew to assist her in the collection of data, over a given period, asking willing ‘intact’ and ‘cut’ sexual partners, questions on sensitivity.
I was more than happy to assist, as I have always considered sexual behaviour as demonstrative of our acceptance and knowledge of ourselves, historically and traditionally, and an enormous determiner of our state of mind/health/attitude through the ages. Studying human sexuality has necessarily been an enormous part of my research into ourselves.
A simple questionnaire was structured for the men, asking for responses to which named parts of themselves, were the most sensitive, on a relative scale.
For those men who had a foreskin, the foreskin – or the inner lips/mouth of the foreskin more specifically – were the most sensitive part, without deviation from this.
Intact men named their foreskin mouth as the most sensitive, then the foreskin itself, then the head/glans of the penis, thirdly.
Circumcised men named the glans/penis head the most sensitive, most often, but some had no area of greater sensitivity at all, naming the shaft/body of the penis the most sensitive. This is easily the result of the penis being knocked around inside trousers etc without any protective coverage.
Additionally, having a foreskin, enabled what I am calling here a ‘secondary stimulus’ as the penis/lingam was massaged doubly by the action of the foreskin itself, as it moved within the vaginal channel of the woman, heightening the pleasure a man experienced in intercourse .
The men questioned – quite sadly in some cases I found – had only ever known, what they had known. They had only ever experienced their sexual sensitivity through an altered/ mutilated penis. The part of the potential greatest sensitivity for them, had been removed them, due to a fear centuries old.
Some men had penises that were bent out of shape from being cut awkwardly, that were left or right directional when erect. Others had scar tissue causing multicolouration or a candy-stripe pole look to the shaft, and one man’s penis had a red raw colour to it, from the scar tissue being pulled so tight.
Some had no sensory variation, more like when a man wears a condom, with the effect of a reduction in sensitivity to locations and an overall evening out of sensation. Circumcised men are also less likely than intact men, to want to wear a condom due to the desensitizing effect they already experience. This raises the futher issue of increased transfer of venereal diseases and other sexually transmitted complications, from circumcision, rather than as with an intact man who may feel no reluctance to use a condom.
HERE my brothers, is where we are meant to enjoy our bodies with ALL of our senses we have available to us. We are meant to be able to receive the further rewards that come through them, for a life well live.
Without our full sensibility, we cannot receive the rewards that GOD, Allah, The Divine Source is giving us, for our pleasure.
Spiritual practises reward us through our senses, and do not ever seek to limit them, that is purely a human doing. Your GOD only wants your pleasure.
HYGIENE ARGUMENT: Certainly there has been a direct cause between ill health and poor hygiene, especially throughout British history. Knowledge is filtering through the language groups and spreading through the countries and I feel greater awareness of the importance of being clean is much more common place than in the earlier centuries.
Excuses of hygiene used, for circumcision continuing, are simply that, excuses, and ignorance is being replaced with knowledge of adequate self-care. We are Human Beings after all, and I really think we can learn to wash ourselves properly, though certainly reasons of ‘historical ‘inadequate self care’, need be acknowledged so they can be rectified. They are no reason to cut a piece of your body off in the 21st century!;)
Human beings are more than capable of adequate self-care. If an Orang Utan can do something, a human being can do better, and actually contains the potential to do better…if they only knew!
Learning to wash is the solution, not chopping a piece of you off. Sexual health clinics have shared of the need to tell young men to “go and wash that thing, then I’ll take a look at it;)” telling of very unclean penises, offensive smells, serious inflammation and of foreskins stuck down with smegma (penile mucous).
Women get a similar mucous build-up under the skin of the clitoral glans or head ‘clitoral hood’ and it simply requires a moving of the skin in the washing/bathing practice.
Historically some humans have been in the dark about their own bodies, for reasons of ignorance and insecurity of the time, depending on the figure-head/system in rule.
This was particularly so in Britain, and I completely relate to feeling an ignorance about a body you are in! My mother only ever referred to that part of my body in the vaguest terms possible and then only once, with a stern cold and uncomfortable: “have you washed in-between your legs?”!!!! That part of my body was not even given a name by her! Some healing that took me.;)
I find that a Law to stop the practise of circumcision, will most likely continue the practise in possibly less comfortable and respectful places, as it simply is not an attractive idea when put this way.
Stopping it by force will not do as good as an understanding of the need to hold the intent of love and trust to create our reality, so we can foresee a likely end result. Explaining it and discussing it, is what is needed.
1.Humans are capable of keeping themselves clean. Teaching our boys about their bodies, and of self-care/body caretake habits. More needed in cold countries than hot ones as creativity moved in different ways, but more on this in another writing.
2. Continuing the vibration of love and joy not of fear. Intent has a huge meaning universally, and it is a universal truth, that continuing to remove a part of your body because of an outdated fear, continues the vibration of those fears (absence of love) into present day. There is only love, or the absence of it.
3. Being a Human adult with an adult attitude toward your own sexuality. Feeling comfortable with your own body parts, understanding what they are for, and how to use them to give yourself access to all your (god given) pleasures. Learning to relate sexually as best you can for the purpose of satisfying (to estactic;) sexual union with a woman.(god;governance o’er dimensions)
Language is all it takes, and we as humans specialize in it. It was at one time our highest evolution, and now our developed consciousness is, so let’s put it all together, for the benefit of ourselves and all life! : )