Nudity, in its purest form, has been interwoven with spirituality and religion throughout history. However, it also stands at a contentious intersection where some spiritual practices celebrate it as a form of liberation and honesty, while others view it as a symbol of temptation and sin. This week in our Undressed Thread, we're exploring the complex relationship between nudity, spirituality, and religious beliefs.
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My personal spirituality embraces it. My "religion" forbid it.
There are several large and well-organized groups of Christian Naturists - I don’t represent them nor speak for them, but I find impressive the amount of time they dedicate to justifying nudity through biblical references. I would think it’s a one-and-done kind of thing: there’s the verse, OK let’s move on. But there seems to be a need to revisit and revisit these verses or passages and maybe that’s what some folks find spiritual about it, I don’t know.
present religious practices doesn't encourage nudism rather it forbids it. However Jainism & Naga saints embrace nudism & is a major part of their religious practices. Few centuries back certain religious rituals were performed in naked & we find it in the history. This cycle will go on as the time passes. I don't have any personal conflict in my naturism passion & personal spirituality.
I'm a Christian clergyman who had my first "nudist" experience at a German spa when I was 31; but I think of myself as a "congenital" naked-getting guy. Retired, now, I live naked virtually all the time when I'm at home: so to incorporate my naked life into my spiritual practice is a "no-brainer". I approve of what one of my Christian brothers has said: "Increasingly, nakedness commends itself as a spiritual practice." One of those practices is "relinquishment"; I like what Pete Williams has written in the AANR Bulletin about the practice of "relinquishment", and including the regular emptying of one's closets - and getting naked - as an aspect of that.
I know there are "Christian Naturist" groups, and a number of people within those groups have been pretty zealous about finding Biblical support for their naturist/nudist practices; but often I find their ways of interpreting scripture tortured and legalistic. OK: at least they're not using the scriptures to beat me INTO my clothes; instead their point is to get me OUT of them, which I already am. But Pope John Paul II has written a really profound support of nakedness from an authoritative Roman Catholic perspective; and I've met a number of clergypersons and their spouses from a variety of denominational perspectives at a number of naked venues; and any one of us could have been preaching at the photo you use to begin this discussion. So it's enough for me to say that I experience myself as "clothed with Christ's righteousness - and I need quite literally nothing else".
So I'd say, my being naked is an enhancement of my practice of Christian spirituality - they are not practices in conflict with each other.
And I know I'm not alone. I moved to a new urban center recently; at a naked social gathering, I thought I saw out of the corner of my eye a fellow I'd seen in the church I had begun attending. Six weeks later, another naked social gathering; I was sitting at the coffee table when I saw him come in the door. I looked hard at him and he looked hard at me: and a few minutes later we were sharing coffee together, just as we do at church: with a singular lamentable difference.
My Religion is Anglican albeit I am on the progressive side but I think if I tried to prophecy naked in the Twenty-First Century the police and the louder majority of Christianity and Hollywood would throw the book at me.
nakedness and spirituality are my way of life. meditation which is a daily practice for me is usually done in the nude. it all is so very natural free and honest