Herbal Ezine --  Wise Woman Wisdom
May 2005
Volume 5 Number 5
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The Goddess Speaks ...
Sex and the Sacred Girl

by Lisa Sarasohn
Author of The Woman's Belly Book
Sex and the Sacred Girl
by Lisa Sarasohn
Author of The Woman's Belly Book

Unleashed in 1962, Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl helped launch a revolution in women's sexuality. The book declared that women have the right to seek sexual pleasure for ourselves. The "sexual revolution" continued into the '70s, opening the field for women's self-expression even further.

Now's the time to take the revolution to another turn: understanding that women's sexual energy is sacred.

"Sacred"—what does that mean?

What's sacred is what's necessary for our survival.

From the beginning, humanity's survival has depended upon women's sexuality. Every tribe's survival has depended upon women's capacity to give birth, to bear healthy children into the next generation.

Our ancestors understood women's birth-giving power as kin to the Power of Being that creates, sustains, and transforms the world. Their images and icons of the Sacred Feminine celebrate women's awesome ability to regenerate life. In woman's body, the Great Goddess becomes manifest.

Carving celebrating the Sacred Feminine on a cave wall
in Laussel, France c. 25,000-20,000 BCE

Lovemaking is a ritual that celebrates the Goddess, an erotic dance of give-and-take drawing masculine and feminine into union. Eros is the power of attraction that tempts polarities together, embraces the universe, lures us toward life.

Your sexuality is one expression of your erotic life force, your core life energy. The source of this energy is your body's center, what the Chinese call the "Gate of the Mysterious Female." When you activate your body's center with movement and breath, you ignite your inner source of vitality. You amplify your life energy as a whole.

As one woman reflects, "I'm claiming my wholeness as a woman that I’ve never had before. Energizing my belly has enabled me to gain an openness and release of sensual, sexual energy and healing. I feel increased connectedness to the feminine."

This life we live is a grace. Our sexuality is a sacred trust. As we fully own our sexual energy as a generous gift, we can understand it as pro-creative power in the largest sense. Our sexuality is not only our capacity to bear children. It is, as well, our power to promote creation in any dimension we choose.

In these times, humanity's survival depends less upon the capacity to bear children and more upon the conditions into which our children are born. Survival depends upon women birthing new ways of being and doing that promote peace, justice, and sustainable economies on our planet.

How do we start?

With movement and breath, we cultivate the pro-creative power seeded in our "Energy Garden," our body's center.

We know ourselves as sacred beings and respect our sexuality as a sacred force of nature.

We realize that we're sexy—at our juiciest—as we express the truth of who we are.

And, we direct our pro-creative power not only for sacred pleasure but also for personal and planetary healing.

Spice Up Your Sexual Pleasure

Drawn from The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your Treasure Within, this breathing pattern helps connect your body-centered source of vitality with your sexual energy center, the second chakra in the physiology of yoga.

"A majority of women prefer reading a good book to having sex." As I recall it, that's what one survey discovered. When I mention this finding to friends, they nod with a knowing look.

With all the responsibilities of work, home, and family, many women are exhausted by the time they finally get to bed. More women than you might imagine mourn the loss of their interest in sex.

What is sexual pleasure? It's the play of sexual energy, one expression of your life energy as a whole. When you have more energy, you experience more pleasure.

Your belly is your powerhouse, your life-energy generator. Energizing your belly with movement and breath ignites a healthy delight in the pleasures of sex.

1. Sit or stand comfortably. Or lie on your back with a pillow under your knees to ease your lower back. Give your belly room to breathe by loosening your belt, unzipping your zipper. Rest your palms lightly upon your lower abdomen.

2. Feel the gentle rhythm of your breath, allowing your belly to expand as the breath enters in, allowing your belly to sink back toward your spine as the breath travels out.

3. Locate your belly center, the point a few inches below your navel and in toward your spine. As you breathe, picture the breath entering your body through the crown of your head, flowing down into your belly center and brightening the globe that’s glowing there. Stay with this image for five to ten cycles of breath.

4. Continue breathing in through the crown of your head, directing the breath down to your belly center, now breathing out through the center front and back of your lower abdomen.

5. Stay with this image and pattern of breathing for ten to twenty cycles of breath. Experience the sensations occurring in your body.

6. Gradually return your attention to your whole body and to the present moment.

Lisa Sarasohn is a yoga and bodywork therapist, author of The Woman's Belly Book and the instructional Honoring Your Belly video, both available for order at Wise Woman Bookshop

Online Course by Lisa Sarasohn

new Initiation 2012: Awakening Your Sacred Center, Part I
taught by Mentor: Lisa Sarasohn

The year 2012 heralds a revolution in human consciousness. The signs suggest that the Sacred Feminine will be informing, and reorganizing, every aspect of human experience. As we embody the Sacred Feminine, we'll be equipped to participate in - and shape - this evolution of human awareness with wisdom and grace. This course is the first part of an ongoing process in which you'll embody the Sacred Feminine by energizing your body's center with movement, breath, image, story, and voice. As a first step, this course focuses on befriending your body's center and learning ten yoga-based moves which will form the core of your practice.

Price: $49.95

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Honor your belly!! Discover your treasure with in with Lisa Sarasohn

The Woman's Belly Book:
Finding Your True Center for More EnergyWoman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure by Lisa Sarasohn
by Lisa Sarasohn
Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure by Lisa Sarasohn ~~ Your body's center, your belly, is home to your core life force. It's the site of your soul power, the source of your passion and creativity, your intuition and sense of purpose, your courage and confidence. The Woman's Belly Book presents inspiring information, playful activities, and power-centering exercises to kindle the life energy concentrated in your body's core. Are you ready? Honor your belly and activate your Source Energy. Enjoy!

Retails for $15.95

"This warm and friendly book is filled with womb wisdom, belly laughs, gut feelings, and pelvic power. It is--as subtitled--a guide to buried treasure. I recommend it highly."
--Susun Weed

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Honoring Your Belly DVD Video
This fun and instructional video with Lisa Sarasohn is much more than a set of conventional stomach-crunching exercises. This dynamic sequence of belly-energizing moves draws from the wisdom of yoga and other healing arts. This 45-minute DVD video teaches you a dynamic sequence of belly-energizing yoga moves that develop and direct the Source Energy concentrated in your body's center.

Price: $29.95 plus shipping

Women's Anatomy of Arousal:
Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure

Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure by Sheri Winstonby Sheri Winston
266 pages.
Chock-full of information, illustrations, erotic art, games and exercises, a guided tour, wholistic sexuality, orgasmic abundance ...

The clitoris is just the tip of the volcano. Women have a largely unknown network of structures responsible for arousal and orgasm that even most medical professionals don’t know about. ... This fun, sexy, empowering guide combines lost knowledge with ancient and modern sexuality information to illuminate every woman’s secret paths to fabulous, orgasmically abundant sex.

Price: $19.95


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Making Love: An Herbal Guide - digital download
MP3 digital download - David Winston. 8th International Herb Symposium 2007. Run time 1:37:21.

Making Love: An Herbal Guide to Sexual Health.

Sex is an integral part of our lives, yet so many people suffer from lack of sexual fulfillment due to physiological and psychological problems...

Price: $19.95


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Herbs and Sexual Hormones - digital download

MP3 digital download - Matthew Wood - 7th International Herb Symposium 2005. Run time 1:25:03.

A study of the excess and deficiency of estrogen, progesterone, and androgen, the patterns of imbalance they create, their relationship to wider hormonal imbalances, and the herbs that treat them, with a salute to the heritage gift of great women’s remedies received from the Native peoples of America.


Price: $9.95

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Sexy Herbs - digital download
MP3 digital download - Ed Smith. 4th International Herb Symposium 1998. Run time 1:34:52.

Class for Everyone: (1.5 hr): In this informative and fun workshop, Ed covers herbal sexual tonics for men and women, aphrodisiacs, sexual stimulants, eroto-enhancers, and the treatment of erotomania, impotence, frigidity, and other such maladies.

Price: $11.95


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