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Why are politicians and celebrities into sex?

Day of atonement for Eliot Spitzer: A post-resignation spiritual recovery program for Client 9

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BY PAUL KAIHLA — Why did Governor Eliot Spitzer, of all the high-minded and high-and-mighty, blow a reported $15K over the past eight months to have sex with high-priced call girls young enough to be his daughters?

Even after the one-time, law and order freak caved to demands for his resignation on March 12, people can’t get over this question. Our best depth-psychology reading . . . is that living with a wife and three kids in an official residence — combined with an all-consuming, ambitious public life and persona — snowballed to a point where it squeezed out any shred of space left to this guy’s already-challenged ability to be just with himself. When the psyche’s inner life eventually became so crowded out by his outer family and public roles, he disappeared to himself.

Creating a secret world known just to he and a small stable of no-strings-attached intimate partners was a strategy — albeit unconscious — for carving out an exclusive sanctuary for a sense of self.

In a sense, every addiction is about that. (See our slide show on the causes and cures for addictions.)

Each of us is hard-wired to seek an intimate space for Self, using the Jungian sense of the word (capital “S” self = the God within). The greatest seers in history entered seclusion in sanctuaries.

In the end, the deepest yearnings of the psyche always up-end the ego’s agenda. In the Spitzer case, the stuff that sowed the seeds of his sex scandal is essentially a calling card from the psyche to do some deeper work of getting to know his true nature.

A clue in this direction lies in Spitzer’s actions immediately after the sex scandal broke. What did he do? Cut himself off from the world, and cloistered himself in his Manhattan home with a tiny group of close aides. As of Monday, March 17, his last day of governor, he won’t have any aides or staff left to cloister with.

When Spitzer resigned office today, he said he was quitting politics cold-turkey. “In the past few days I have begun to atone for my private failings,” he said. “As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family.”

There is that great notion originated by Einstein that you can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. So stepping out of the milieu in which Spitzer manufactured his mid-life crisis, is the most cleansing move for his inner evolution.

One approach arises from the mystical tradition of Judaism (Spitzer’s faith) called the Kabala. As our very own Smadar de Lange notes, “Kabala is not a method to learn, but a vibration to be.”

David Rickey, a Jungian psychologist and Episcopal rector who has steeped himself in Kabbala literature adds:

One of the emphases in Kabfala is that the work we do on our selves opens us up to light (grace). The energy is less about “being good,” or righteous, as illuminating the regions of growth that come to the fore when doing the work to grow. So, if someone like Spitzer works on himself to grow, which means looking at deeper issues that arise such as the seduction of power, then the outcome for him and — by expansion — humanity, can be beneficial. That’s the “esoteric” meaning of the line from the Bible: There is greater joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over 100 just people who need no repentence.

Some of these same notions have found a contemporary expression among new female mystics. Check out our slide show featuring these wise-women.

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