Integrating sex and spirituality
The Meaning of Anakosha
Diana was in deep trance lying under a pyramid of copper tubing, when she received the name Anakosha. It was two months after Bob died and she was on a healing journey, a modern-day vision quest, to find her next direction. While visiting her sister in Idaho, a nearby neighbor invited Diana to try out his experimental energy pyramid, which he had built in his home to Biblical proportions, and he offered Diana a chance to test it.
Lying under the pyramid with music playing, Diana was swept up into a place of soothing darkness, a great all-encompassing peace and quiet. About six or seven beings of light came then, and adjusted her body as she lay on a table, and then they left her to rest. All was black and peaceful like a void. Then, into the black emptiness a huge flaming letter "A" floated into her range of vision from the left, past her inner vision and on out to the right to disappear. The letter was on fire, a feeling like the picture above. Then came slowly a flaming letter "N" from left to right, followed by A - K - O - S - H - A. It could hardly be missed. There was no mistaking how to spell Anakosha, she just wasn't sure how to pronounce it.
Later Diana asked her sister and the others if they had ever heard of Anakosha, and spelled it for them. No, nobody had. Over the years people have asked Diana the origin of the name, telling her they could not find it in any books. And of course she too has looked. But the meaning slowly seeped into her consciousness. She wasn't even aware she knew this until she found herself telling people, "It's the processing of two opposites together to meld into oneness."
The emphasis was on the word "process" - a continual reminder to become aware of how to bring opposites together, like the push and pull of life. In the center between push and pull there is a neutral place where they become one in stillness, unified. It is true with all opposites. Anakosha is here to help us erase the opposite polarities in us so we can complete our journey in this dualistic, antagonistic, warring world, and return to our birthright of health, harmony and abundance once more. We don't have to die to get to heaven. Heaven is right here when we erase the warring factions within us. As for the origin of the word, while working on this website recently Diana thought to check out Wikipedia. Here's what it said:
Ana - to throw or lead upward
The English prefix, ana-, is derived from an ancient-Greek preposition, which means, essentially, up from (the source). Ana- is more easily understood when compared to the Greek kata- (English cata), which means down from (the source), with alternate senses of degeneration and decrease.The following words retain the original meanings of ana- and kata-: Anabolic pertains to substances that throw upward, or increase, mass (e.g. anabolic steroids, which increase muscle mass). Compare catabolic, which pertains to substances that throw downward, or decrease, mass. An anagogy is a spiritual interpretation that leads upward, or uplifts. A catastrophe is a downward turning event.
Kosha - the sheath covering the real Self
Kosha (Sanskrit), usually rendered "sheath", non-self, one of five coverings of the Atman, or Self according to Vedantic philosophy. They are often visualized like the layers of an onion. Belling states: According to the Kosha system in Yogic philosophy, the nature of being human encompasses physical and psychological aspects that function as one holistic system. The Kosha system refers to these different aspects as layers of subjective experience. Layers range from the dense physical body to the more subtle levels of emotions, mind and spirit. Psychology refers to the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being. Together, all aspects make up our subjective experience of being alive. The five sheaths (pancha-kosas) are alluded to in the fourteen verses of the Atmabodha. According to Vedanta the wise man should discriminate between the self and the koshas, which are non-self.
So what Anakosha means
Anakosha is interpreted to mean the upward lifting of everything that is human in us - mind, body, feelings, emotions, spiritual - and the lifting of everything we do, say, think, and act out. By lifting everything upward, including our sexuality, we transcend the warring parts of ourselves and enter the expanded zone of unity, harmony and grace. And we can do this without having to die. We still have a body. Life continues on with its adventures, learning and enjoyments, but we gradually realize we don't have suffering or trauma any more.