Recently, I attended a Moksha Magick workshop in Clearwater, Florida. My family accompanied me and we took advantage of the opportunity by spending an enjoyable four day mini-vacation on Treasure Island and Clearwater Beach. Following the workshop, I became a Level 2 Moksha Magician, certified by the Temple of Divine Ecstasy. This means I am qualified to organize, participate in and teach the ritual.
In a very broad sense, Moksha means liberation, release, emancipation or freedom from something not so good in order to migrate to something much better. In Buddhism and Hinduism, Moksha is freedom from the endless cycle of reincarnations into a much higher state of bliss. And when I studied tantra many years ago, I learned the third purpose of sex, along with pleasure and procreation, was liberation; meaning freedom from mundane ordinary experience into a state of bliss.
When referenced with regard to nonphysical energy, magick is always spelled with a "k" in order to differentiate energy work from stage magic. Magick is about intention and focus; it can be defined as any willed action leading to intended change. Magick takes many ritualistic forms, such as yoga, divination and sex magick. Even the Catholic Eucharistic ritual can accurately be called magick, although I've never heard it referenced as such in church and probably never will.
Sex magick takes many forms, but in general, energy is raised and released to the universe through sexual activity. While energy can be raised in a multitude of ways, sexual energy, in particular, is highly potent and can be used for healing, personal growth and connecting with god, goddess or the universe. When sex magick is used for spiritual purposes, it is referred to as sacred sexuality.
The Temple of Divine Ecstasy members practice Moksha Magick, a marvelous ritual employing sacred sexuality. As part of the ritual preparation process, the ritual participants agree on an intention. While this is a group intention, private intentions are equally valid. During the ritual, energy is raised through sexual stimulation and released along with ritualistic intention to a loving universe.
Moksha Magick has been called Reiki on steroids and the analogy is somewhat accurate. It involves the use of a massage table and the flow of energy through the chakra system of the person on the table. Like Reiki, the ritual is about intention and focus; and like Reiki, a feeling of well being is imparted, although the experience is much more profound. Unlike Reiki, the ritual is performed with all participants nude. Orgasm is not the focus of the ritual, but it does occur, especially with women. Men will often not experience a physical orgasm or ejaculation, but I can say from personal experience that the energy orgasm is incredible.
The core purpose of Moksha Magick is healing, self-empowerment and personal growth. It is also about connection, both among the participants with each other and, of course, with the divine. However, no one denies the pleasurable aspects of the ritual. Yes, the ritual is undeniably sexual, but also, so much more. It is an old adage, but some things transcend the explainable and must be experienced. Moksha Magick is one of these things.