Nudity and shame – why do we feel shame about nudity?

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Nudity is a natural state of the human body, yet many people feel ashamed to expose it publicly or even privately. Why does this happen? Why do we feel shame about nudity? What makes nudity so controversial and uncomfortable for the majority of people? In this article, I will share both the psychological and energetic aspects related to shame about nudity, as well as the factors that contribute to this feeling.

Factors influencing shame about nudity

Shame about nudity: the social aspect

Why do we feel shame about nudity? One of the main reasons is because of the culture and society we live in. From a young age, we are taught that nudity should be concealed and exposing it is considered inappropriate and indecent. These values are conveyed by our parents, teachers, church, and media. In this way, over the years, nudity begins to be perceived as something disgraceful and shameful. Just observe how a parent reacts when the shoulder strap of a young girl's shirt slips down, revealing a nipple – most people can recall similar situations and hear words like "how embarrassing," "cover yourself, why aren't you ashamed?" "cover yourself because others can see you, how shameful," and so on. The same goes for a young (or even older) boy who forgets to zip up his pants – it often becomes the beginning of mockery and humiliation, especially among peers at school and sometimes even within the family.

Shame of Nudity: Self-esteem and Sense of Self-worth Aspect

The second factor that influences the shame related to nudity is our own self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It often happens that people feel ashamed of their bodies because they consider them unattractive or imperfect. It is these negative beliefs about themselves that make it difficult for them to accept their bodies and show them to others.

Shame of nudity: matter of intimacy

Another factor that influences the shame associated with nudity is our sense of intimacy. The body is something very personal and private that we only reveal in intimate situations with other people. Exposing our bodies to others can be traumatic because we feel vulnerable to judgment and criticism from others. This, in turn, is closely related to the social aspect as well as our self-esteem and attitude towards our own bodies.

Nudity and Energy - Shame of Nudity and Energetic Aspects

However, besides the psychological aspects, there are also energetic aspects related to the shame of nudity. So why do we feel ashamed of nudity? In various traditional Eastern philosophies and in different Eastern religions, as well as during matriarchal times, the body is considered a temple. In some Eastern philosophies, it is seen as a temple of the spirit. Sexuality and sexual energy are regarded as cosmic forces that connect us with the entirety of the universe.

In some cultures, what is related to the physical body and the emotional body is described as telluric energy, earth energy, or feminine energy, which polarizes with masculine energy. In this context, nudity is perceived as natural and beautiful, and the shame associated with it is considered unhealthy and limiting. Nudity represents our true selves. We are part of the universe.

The universe is depicted as God - not in the sense of the creator of everything, but as the concept of what is all-encompassing. Being a part of the Universe, we are part of this sacredness. The body is the closest, living representation of what is sacred, a part of the Universe. The body exists and lives thanks to the energies that polarize and create life. The body is a temple. We should take care of it, but we should not be ashamed of what is sacred. We should accept it and respect it as it is. A temple in the material world is a temple, whether adorned with many jewels or an empty space with a figurine of a particular deity.

In Eastern philosophies and also in the cultures of Mesoamerica, there is a concept called kundalini - the inner energy that flows through our bodies and can be awakened through spiritual practices. Nudity is then considered a natural part of the spiritual development process, in the sense that there will always be a barrier to full awakening if there is shame associated with nudity. But beware… it's not about walking around naked here and there and disregarding the law, regardless of whether we consider those laws to be right or wrong/limiting, etc.

Energetic blockages as the cause of shame associated with nudity

Energetic blockages in the body can contribute to the shame associated with nudity. In traditional Chinese medicine, Taoism, Buddhism, and the philosophy of yoga, there are various concepts of energetic systems that flow through the body and influence our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

In yoga, the primary energetic aspect related to the physical body is kundalini, the inner energy that flows through our body. Kundalini begins at the base of the spine and can be awakened through spiritual practices such as meditation and pranayama. Any energetic blockages in the body, especially in the lower part of the spine, can contribute to the shame associated with nudity. Kundalini is a feminine energy, but not all feminine energies are Kundalini. Kundalini, being a feminine energy, unblocks the obstructions in the energetic channels that hinder the vital energy from reaching the upper parts of the body and integrating the physical and emotional aspects with the heart and mind. It is also worth noting that yoga primarily practices in masculine energy. In Kundalini Yoga, Kundalini is activated using masculine energy through specific sets of exercises, practices, and repetitions focused on a specific goal. Personally, I lean towards the activation of Kundalini energy using feminine energy, without focusing on specific goals, allowing the body to activate as much as it is ready for in any given moment.

In Chinese medicine, there are concepts of energetic meridians, which are energy channels that flow through the body and influence our health. In the case of shame associated with nudity, energetic blockages can occur in the meridians related to our reproductive organs as well as in the meridians associated with our emotions and psyche.

Why do we feel ashamed of nudity? Blockages in the meridians associated with the reproductive organs can stem from negative past experiences related to sexuality or traumas related to nudity. On the other hand, blockages in the meridians related to emotions and psyche can arise from negative self-beliefs or difficulties in accepting one's own body.

Energetic blockages can have an impact on our health and well-being. Therefore, it is important to release these blockages through spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, or qigong, which are practices involving masculine energy. Additionally, authentic tantric massage can be a practice involving feminine energy. If you want to learn more about different practices and explore the concepts of active masculine energy, passive masculine energy, active feminine energy, and passive feminine energy, you can refer to a book about energies. Therapy options such as behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, or body therapy can also be utilized to address difficulties related to shame of nudity and release energetic blockages in the body.

How does tantric massage help to overcome shame?

Tantric massage is one of the practices that can help to overcome shame associated with nudity. This type of massage, when performed by a genuine specialist, combines elements of yoga, meditation, psychology, and sexuality, which can lead to greater awareness and connection with one's own body.

Tantric massage can help to overcome shame associated with nudity in several ways. Firstly, this practice encourages mindfulness of one's own body and acceptance of one's sexuality. We often feel shame about our bodies and sexuality due to negative beliefs that surround us, and tantric massage can assist in breaking through those beliefs and self-acceptance. For someone who has body insecurities, the initial experience of receiving a massage in nudity can be uncomfortable. However, when the massage is conducted properly and professionally, there is a great chance for breakthroughs to occur. The person may experience intense emotions, often accompanied by crying, and a sense of unconditional love for themselves and everything around them. After the massage, the subconscious mind will no longer associate "nudity and showing a naked body" with something negative. Because the deep experience (lasting around 1.5 hours) was safe, the subconscious will now associate nudity with safety, love for the body, and kindness.

Tantric massage focuses on the energetic interaction between the masseur or masseuse and the recipient, which leads to an increase in intimacy and trust. Here, intimacy does not refer to "intimate areas" but rather the emotional aspect of opening up to something that is important to us, often deep emotions or suppressed emotions. For most people, this emotional opening is more intimate than physical intimacy. By opening up to this interaction, the person receiving the massage can feel more comfortable with their own body and with their partner in their everyday life, within the comfort of their own home.

Tantric massage can help release energetic blockages in the body. Energetic blockages, such as those that occur in the energy channels associated with feminine energy, can contribute to shame related to nudity. Tantric massage can assist in unblocking these energetic channels, which can lead to an increased sense of freedom and self-love.

Why do we feel ashamed about nudity? Summary

Tantric massage is a practice that can help overcome the shame associated with nudity by encouraging acceptance of one's body and sexuality, increasing intimacy and trust with a partner, and releasing energetic blockages in the body. However, it is important to approach this practice with mindfulness and respect for one's body and others. Furthermore, it is crucial to find a genuine specialist who is knowledgeable and experienced in this field.

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